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.
An infallible contract process has two variables: a trustworthy team and reliable contract management software. Although one of these variables can perform without the other, having both will result in the best performance.
Managing contracts effectively can be difficult without the right resources. Your team can be well-versed in contract management best practices, but without a contract management system to track their actions and process workflows, bottlenecks could be occurring, tasks may be overdue, and you have no way of knowing if you are losing out on opportunities. How do you know what’s going on within your team’s processes? If you’re not sure, it may be time for an upgrade to contract automation. Learn how to create an infallible contract process for your organization.