Legally speaking, contracts can be interpreted in vastly different ways. From verbal contracts, called express contracts, to implied and quasi contracts, project managers need to plan for all possibilities.
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.
Unless you’re living under a rock you will have heard of Pokemon Go, the new game in the form of an app created Niantic Inc., an American software development, which is also responsible for its distribution. The game, Pokemon Go, is owned by the Pokemon Company, which is in part owned by Nintendo. Apple and Google are also receiving a lot of the revenue Pokemon Go is creating. The playing of this game has become a craze! So much so that American presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has even used “Pokemon Go” as a verb, describing how she would like people to respond in the polls. "I don't know who created 'Pokemon Go,' but I'm trying to figure out how we get them to have 'Pokemon Go To the Polls,' she said.
Current contract management processes are lacking proper rules and controls. Why is that a bad thing? Well, serious consequences typically arise from lack of oversight during the negotiation phase or mismanagement of contract commitments after execution.
It may be a slight exaggeration to claim e-Discovery could ever really be easy. The tremendous amount of information created and stored electronically makes complying with rules of discovery in civil litigation a challenge. And that is never easy. But avoiding court sanctions and penalties for non-compliance — not to mention the staggering cost of collecting and reviewing the data — is the goal of any legal team, and with the right technology tools, managing the e-Discovery process is as easy as it can be.
Compliance is expensive and time consuming—keep abreast of regulations can be a full-time job in and of itself, let alone ensuring your company is in compliance. Can automated systems keep your firm in compliance? Absolutely. Whether you work in a highly regulated industry or simply want to ensure your team is using the most up-to-date and legally solid contracts, automated tools can eliminate errors and breaches.
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.