Contract managers and project managers are integral members of many business teams. Although their roles and responsibilities are similar, and in some instances may even overlap slightly, these are distinct positions requiring unique knowledge and skills. For simple contracts and projects, it is often possible and economical to utilize one team. However, for more complex endeavors, it is generally best to rely on separate teams with content-specific expertise. Here are some key differences between contract managers and project managers.Read More
Contract management is an important business operation, but the members on the contract management team likely feel that it can be a rather thankless position. Unfortunately, many company leaders are so embroiled in other facets of the business that they overlook the significance of contracting. This is no doubt an unintentional oversight, but one that can nonetheless negatively impact the entire contracting process. Regardless, contract management professionals must not lose sight of the importance of their role and can even take steps to demonstrate the value that they add. Here are 5 tips just for contract management professionals:Read More
Contract management requires quick thinking and a keen attention to detail. As a result, it is crucial that a company's contracts are drafted well. Here are some things to consider when drafting contracts to ensure that the final agreements are actually manageable.Read More
For quite some time, negotiating and drafting contracts and the ensuing management of those agreements was a complicated (albeit primarily administrative) process. Different people within a company handled different steps in the contracting process, and communication among those members was usually less than ideal. As a result, contract disputes became all too common and companies spent a fortune on enforcing, litigating, and rectifying contract breaches.Read More
Change is inevitable. And, just because contracts are supposed to be fixed agreements does not mean that they will escape this inevitability. Circumstances change, needs change, prices change, technology changes, demands change, and basically anything contained within a contract is subject to change at some point. Changes to a contract may not be ideal, but it is bound to happen eventually, and it is an increasingly frequent occurrence. Obviously, contract changes complicate the contract management process, but it does not have to derail things altogether or lead to disputes. Here are a few simple ways that the contract management team can effectively handle contract changes:
Running a business involves multitasking, prioritizing, and constantly revisiting how best to multitask and prioritize. More often than not, there simply aren't enough hours in a day,to get everything that they need to do done. Certain things get postponed to the next day or the next week or even the next month. Because of the constant juggle, people have a tendency to put off doing things that don't seem pressing in the immediate future.Read More
This is the second in a two-part blog series covering the basics of contract management software.
In our previous post, we covered the beginning of the basics of contract management software: contracts database, milestone alerting, and management reporting. Today, we’re going to review three more ways contract management software helps companies work more efficiently.
This is the first in a two-part blog series covering the basics of contract management software.
Contracts are a vital and unavoidable part of doing business and implementing some sort of contract management system is a necessary albeit time-consuming process. As many companies grow, they use spreadsheets and email for contract management. Contract management software, purpose-built to streamline this process, is much more efficient. The problem is, however, that there are a ton of different software providers, all with a myriad of features, and it can be tough to know where to start.