Confused about how to track your contracts and get a handle on your process? You’re not alone. Many managers and staff simply do not have the time or expertise to keep track of their contracts. Yet, failing to effectively track contract performance can lead to huge problems down the road - the kind that result in legal action and expensive settlements. With all that’s at stake, is there an easy way to take control of your contracts and protect your company? Well, this is where an intelligent contract repository comes in. It helps in two major ways:
Knowing what contracts you have
Understand what you have in those contracts
A contract repository is a centralized database or system used to store and manage contracts and other relevant documents. The contract repository allows organizations to easily access, track, and manage their contracts and ensures that all parties involved in a contract have the most up-to-date version of the agreement. It uses advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) to automate and streamline contract management tasks.
The most valuable feature of a modern contract repository is to allow teams to organize their contracts & make them searchable. Let's take a look at each:
Contract Organization: One of the biggest problems faced by organizations large and small is something like 'we don't know where all our signed contracts are' or 'we have a 10 year old relationship with Acme Inc. and material business contracts are spread across many people, departments and repositories' or 'how do I ensure that all my signed contracts are updated with the latest regulatory clause', etc.
A modern contract repository should allow you to:
Search for Contracts and Search within Contracts: Once your contracts are organized in a repository, the next most important feature is the ability to search for contracts by:
Most organizations maintain their contract repository using Excel and shared drives / SharePoint / Google Drive. This is a good start but not scalable. Let us look at key reasons by Excel is not a good contract repository tool:
One of the top benefits of using a contract repository is improved contract management. By storing all contracts in a single location, it becomes much easier for organizations to track and manage their contracts. This can be particularly useful for large organizations with many contracts in place, as it allows them to easily keep track of contract expiration dates, renewals, and other important information.
Another benefit of using a contract repository is enhanced collaboration. By making contract information easily accessible to all relevant parties, contract repositories enable teams to work together more efficiently. For example, if a sales team is working on a new contract, they can easily access information from previous contracts to ensure that they are meeting all necessary requirements.
A third benefit of using a contract repository is improved compliance. By having all contracts in one location, organizations can easily ensure that they are adhering to the terms of their contracts. This is particularly important in industries with strict regulations, such as healthcare and finance, where non-compliance can result in significant fines and penalties.
A fourth benefit of using a contract repository is reduced risk. By having all contract information in one location, organizations can easily identify potential risks and take steps to mitigate them. For example, if a contract is set to expire and the organization has not yet begun negotiations for a renewal, the contract repository can alert relevant parties to this potential risk.
Finally, a fifth benefit of using a contract repository is increased cost savings. By having all contract information in one location, organizations can easily identify opportunities for cost savings. For example, if a company has multiple contracts with the same supplier, they can use the contract repository to compare prices and negotiate better terms.
Some examples of large organizations that have successfully implemented contract repositories include:
We understand that the first step of developing organization mandate and launching an effort to locate all the contracts is typically the hardest for most companies. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to understand how we bring in some of our LegalOps and ContractOps partners to drive that initiative.
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