2021 has arrived, and with it comes new innovations to your contract management software processes. Keeping this in mind, we have outlined six critical contract management tools that your organization should equip itself with to stay ahead of future-minded contract management best practices in 2021 and beyond.
In order to get started with improving contract lifecycle management, there first needs to be an understanding of what exactly the contract lifecycle is - as well as how it progresses. To that end, we have provided an illustration that shows the stages in the life of a contract - as well as descriptions that give more insight into how each stage involves and can be managed with contract management software!
The contract approval process can prove challenging for many contract management and contract administration professionals. Without the proper contract lifecycle management tools in place, bottlenecks and human error can lead to longer contract lifecycle times. Delayed contract approvals may fail to meet business rules, business processes, and business and regulatory compliance standards - potentially leading to missed opportunities for time-sensitive pricing options and special terms. The challenges and problems of inefficient contract administration are apparent, but what are the root causes of the issues with contract approvals?
Contracts are legally binding - and thus need to be executed properly. As such, organizations should be equipped with a thorough understanding of the contract lifecycle. The contract lifecycle is the process under which a contract is authored, reviewed, sent for signature, executed, and - potentially - renewed. The “lifecycle” is an archetype used to compartmentalize and understand a contract’s complex evolution. The lifecycle begins with contract requests and concludes when said requests are fulfilled - with the possibility of contract renewal. Learn about the eight stages of the contract lifecycle below.