Managing contracts can be challenging for legal, procurement, and contract management professionals, especially when primarily relying on outdated processes. Managing the contract lifecycle from requests to renewals can prove challenging with spreadsheets, emails, filing cabinets, and other disparate tools and systems. Without accountability, visibility, a clearly defined process, and actionable insights, organizations can find themselves running into compliance issues, not realizing contract value, and encountering other setbacks.
(This blog was originally posted April 7, 2017. Updated April 30, 2018)
Procurement managers have their work cut out for them. Being responsible for making sure their organization gets the right product or service at the best price is a process. Trying to manage both e-procurement and acquisition duties can be quite stressful at times. For the procurement and acquisition process to proceed with minimal hiccups along the way, managers should evaluate whether or not their current methods are working. Should they find something isn't working right, this shouldn't be cause for alarm - finding the problem is the first step to fixing it.
Legal contracts are the foundation for companies of every size in every industry, with your business being no exception. Contracts are the written handshake that solidifies your relationship and outlines the promises that both parties have made to each other. Once that contract is in place it’s important to your business and its bottom line that you continue to monitor your contracts to ensure the parties involved are living up to their best practices and standards.