At ContractRoom, our mission is to make contracting easy and efficient. I recently came across an article by Cindy Cox in Inside Counsel about making the contracting process more efficient. The article, Contracting efficiency for your legal department in 3 easy steps, is a good read. And Cox’s advice dovetails perfectly with what ContractRoom offers.
As a business leader, you know you can’t control every aspect of your business. That’s why you hire good people. However, there are some things you should be able to control, and your contracts should be at the top of that list. So often, though, drafting contracts quickly spirals out of control—the process become unwieldy and it’s impossible to follow all the changes and revisions to the content.
Have you ever uttered the words painless – or better yet, happy – and contracting in the same sentence? Probably not, and you wouldn’t be alone. Even the savviest business and legal minds know that getting to a signed contract is a tedious, friction-oriented process. Additionally, the legal landscape is constantly evolving, meaning that business owners, corporate execs and their legal counsel (GCs) need stay current with the regulatory environment as well as staying on top of current industry trends and emerging technologies. Sound painful?… Doesn’t have to be.
Collaborative editing tools for agreements/contracts (also, referred to as “redlining”) have been used for decades by contract negotiators (both attorneys and business people). The question is, are the current tools really suitable? Redlining has all the appearances of a wonderful collaboration tool, letting people see exactly what changes the other party is proposing and accepting or rejecting them. Therefore, on the surface, the answer may be, “Yes”. However, looks can be deceiving… and after reading on, you’ll probably quickly change your answer to, “No Way”.
It’s Time to Create a Contracting Resolution/Revolution… with the right way to collaborate, contract & comply.
Had to share an email received this past weekend as an example of how the message of "happy contracting" is beginning to spread... We've had a huge uptick in our inbound traffic from potential users/customers expressing interest in our solution — which is not only a new way of contracting, but the best way for high-volume business-to-business transactions.