The Benefits of a Secure Contract Repository

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    CobbleStone Software explains the benefits of a secure contract repository.

    Successful contract management requires you to embrace a centralized and secure process.  Manual contract management methods - such as filing cabinets for paper documentation, spreadsheets, emails, and disorganized digital storage – won’t cut it as your contract portfolio grows.  These methods make it nearly impossible for your organization to maintain version control, keep contracts and data secure, stay on top of key dates and milestones, and enforce contract archiving and retention rules.  Your organization can scrap these outdated methods in favor of something better.  As such, here are the benefits of a secure contract repository within leading, AI-powered contract management software.

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    Data Extraction & Data Identification

    With a modern contract repository backed by contract artificial intelligence, your organization's contract management processes can be streamlined and automated.  Your organization can trust a proven system for contract analysis and transforming static documents into dynamic building blocks for improved contract oversight, proactive opportunity identification, and preemptive risk mitigation.  Contract AI and machine learning within a robust contract management software platform can help your organization get the most out of its contract document repository.  Key contract information within imported contract documents can be intelligently mapped to the system or user-defined fields.  As such, data within your contract repository is organized, easy-to-navigate, and easily searchable – with relevant documents attached for easy access as well.


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    Protection of Sensitive Data

    Your organization can trust that sensitive data is protected and secure with a robust contract repository within leading contract lifecycle management software.  This data protection is helpful no matter which industry your organization hails from - but is perhaps most important for highly regulated industries such as government, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.  Your organization can identify critical data such as key dates, milestones, clauses, counterparty information, locations, emails, phone numbers, financial information, and more - thus eliminating the need for monotonous, time-wasting, and error-prone manual data field entry.  Your contract repository and relevant data will be most safe when storing contracts with a contract repository software provider that is SOC 1SOC 2, and Privacy Shield compliant – such as CobbleStone Software.


    Single Source of Truth

    A single source of truth refers to having one central repository that holds the most up-to-date and accurate version of a contract. In a sense, it virtually eliminates confusion and ensures that all stakeholders have access to the same information, reducing the risk of errors, disputes, and misunderstandings. By having a single source of truth, you can basically ensure that all parties involved are working with the same version of a contract. This decreases the possibility of outdated or conflicting information, ensuring consistency and accuracy in contract terms, conditions, and obligations.

    Searching for contracts across various platforms or physical storage can be a time-consuming and inefficient process. With a central location, you can easily locate and retrieve contracts, saving valuable time and reducing administrative costs. This streamlined access also facilitates contract reviews, renewals, and audits. A digital contract repository also enables seamless collaboration among team members, departments, and external stakeholders. With a single source of truth, everyone can access the latest version of a contract, making it easier to collaborate, share feedback, and make informed decisions. This promotes effective communication and strengthens relationships with clients and partners.

    Physical storage of contracts or scattered digital files can pose significant security risks, such as unauthorized access, loss, or damage. A secure contract repository provides robust security measures, including access controls and audit trails, essentially ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your contract data. A single source of truth also allows you to track and manage contract obligations, deadlines, and key milestones, reducing the risk of non-compliance and potential legal disputes. It also facilitates risk management by providing visibility into contract terms and conditions.


    Contract Repository Oversight & User Permissions

    User permissions oversight and centralized control of a web-enabled contract repository allow contracts to be safely stored.  Your organization's contract professionals can organize contracts, oversee permissions, ensure version control, keep track of contract status, quickly search for existing contracts, centralize collaboration, and more

    Confidential and sensitive information is stored and tracked within a contract repository solution throughout the contract lifecycle.  Your organization must have the ability to place access restrictions on PII, PCI, and other sensitive data.

    For instance, your organization's software end-users may not have any need to edit contracts other than those they've drafted themselves.  With a role-based permissions process, your organization can easily prevent instances of sensitive data from being accessed by unauthorized personnel.

    A secure online repository can help your organization by:

    • safeguarding the organization, location, protection, sharing, and searching of contracts.
    • improving accountability.
    • centralizing control.
    • increasing productivity.
    • streamlining contract management.

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    Contract Repository Use Case Scenarios

    Let's explore three practical examples of a contract repository at work.


    #1 - Handling Sensitive Data

    Imagine you work for a law firm that handles sensitive client contracts. Ensuring the security and confidentiality of these contracts is of utmost importance.

    A contract repository offers secure contract storage and access controls, allowing you to protect confidential information. You can set permissions and restrictions to ensure only authorized individuals can view or modify specific contracts. Additionally, a contract repository provides a centralized platform accessible virtually anywhere, enabling remote collaboration and ensuring that important contracts are always accessible when needed.


    #2 - Collaboration & Version Control

    Consider a scenario where you are part of a legal team working on a complex contract negotiation. Multiple team members need to review and provide input on the contract, leading to numerous versions and iterations.

    A contract repository facilitates seamless collaboration by providing a centralized platform where team members can access and edit the contract with check-in and check-out functionality so no edits go unsaved. It allows for version control, ensuring that everyone is working on the latest version and can track changes made by others. This basically eliminates the confusion of managing multiple document versions and minimizes the risk of errors or conflicting edits.


    #3 - Compliance & Audits

    Consider a scenario in which your organization is subject to regulatory compliance requirements or undergoes periodic audits. Without a contract repository, demonstrating compliance and providing an audit trail can be daunting.

    A contract repository maintains a comprehensive audit trail, capturing all contract creation, modification, and approval activities. This virtually ensures transparency and accountability, making it easier to demonstrate compliance during audits. Additionally, many contract repositories can integrate with other compliance tools or workflows, further streamlining the compliance management process.


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    Enjoy a Powerful Contract Repository With Contract Management Software

    Now that you know the many benefits of a robust contract repository, it is time to introduce the best possible CLM solution for contract security and centralization: CobbleStone Software.

    CobbleStone® is an award-winning, widely trusted contract lifecycle management software.  CobbleStone's highly acclaimed source-to-contract management software suite - CobbleStone Contract Insight® - has helped thousands of organizations from industries within both the public and private sectors to optimize the contract management process, boost revenue, promote productivity, centralize CLM processes, and reap the most value from contracts.

    Discover why thousands of contract managers trust CobbleStone to transform their contract repository processes.  To learn more about CobbleStone’s unparalleled contract lifecycle management software, book a free demo with a CobbleStone Contract Insight expert today!

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    *Legal Disclaimer: This article is not legal advice. The content of this article is for educational purposes only. The information on this website may not present the most up-to-date legal information. Readers should contact their attorney for legal advice regarding any particular legal matter.

    *This blog was originally published on August 23, 2021 and updated on June 6, 2024.

    Published: 06/5/24
    Sean Heck

    Written by Sean Heck

    Sean Heck is Content Marketing Manager at CobbleStone Software

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