While every contract has unique characteristics specific to the commercial transaction, there are certain features that lend themselves to standardization. Indeed, most contracts have been assembled by business and legal teams with a ton of “cutting and pasting” from various contract templates; however, with a lack of systemic control. This can create what is known as content customization, worse yet and a ‘legal exception’ given the amount of complexity and risk a simple word change can generate. That is, content changes in the document assembly process can trigger a significant change in the intent or context and not be caught by the ‘naked eye’ in such process. So, if your company is a behemoth, or the proverbial “800 pound gorilla”, then maybe you can get away with just locking down your assembly process so no internal changes can be made. And even not allow for editing or negotiation with your counterparty.
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 so many options in the market, buying new software to fulfill a specific need in your company can be dream—or a nightmare. So, where to start? What do I need to know? What should my team be taking into account?
Most general counsel and procurement officers would probably agree that collaboration in contract negotiations is a challenge even when all parties are in the same room. So what happens in our virtual world where the new normal is that people are spread across multiple locations and time zones? What does virtual collaboration look like?
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.
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.
When setting up a written contract, there are several basic types to keep in mind:
5 basic tips for saving time in the contract management process
Future concepts and terms in CLM systems software
I recently considered the features Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) systems are likely to have in the next 5 - 10 years. In this article I consider terms that are likely to be used in 5 - 10 years time in the context of CLM systems and contract management. Below I outline a few after reviewing Gartner’s CLM Maturity Model (as well as adding one or two of my own predictions).
Features that CLM systems are likely to have in the near future