We’ve got smart phones and smart houses. The way we live and work has become immeasurably more interesting and efficient because of our technology. The same is true for contract negotiations and the future is looking even smarter. With emerging technology like Blockchain, contract lifecycle management (CLM) can be further revolutionized through self-execution, transparency, and mass collaboration.
In every society throughout history, legal contracts have played an important role in day-to-day business activity. The concept of a voluntary and binding written or expressed agreement between two or more parties to provide a product or service for some type of compensation was as familiar to the citizens of ancient Rome as it is to us today. The difference between contracts long ago and now was perhaps the higher percentage of “handshake” agreements, as well as with 'much' less legal complexity.
Traditional contracts can have several pitfalls that can be avoided through the use of technology. Think about what a contract traditionally has been: a single, lengthy, paper-based document that is time consuming to create and, therefore, does not get updated regularly.
With emerging technologies like blockchain ledgers and decentralized markets taking hold, business managers can fully expect the business contracting environment to change dramatically in coming years.
Manage and Capture Your Unstructured Data!
In 2012, IDC conducted research on the digital universe in 2020. Based on the outcomes of that research, IDC estimates the world’s information is doubling every two years. By 2020, the world will generate 40 exabytes of data, a 40-fold increase from 2010! However, almost all of the current (approx. 90%) data is considered unstructured.
There is a trend we’ve seen building over the last few years, and we think it’s one whose time has come. It’s the rise of operations within in-house legal departments. It’s an understanding that applying sound business practices to legal operations not only increases efficiency, it helps the company’s bottom line.
If you have some concerns about your business’ contracting practices, you are not alone. Huron Consulting Group, conducted a survey with legal technology professionals, and more than half (57%) of the respondents said they are concerned about their company’s contract management procedures.
ContractRoom is excited to share that COO, Peter Thomson's, article, "Technology can boost smarter collaboration if you understand the process" is featured in IACCM's Contracting Excellence newsletter.