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August 8, 2018

Growing procurement influence through CLM.

Growing procurement influence through CLM.

Unlocking the strategic value in contracts.

A recent McKinsey study was chock-full of surprises in terms of procurement and CLM, including this little gem:

Across industries, total procurement operating expenses are typically less than 1 percent of total spending. By underinvesting in this way, companies are overlooking a significant source of value: suboptimal contract terms and conditions combined with a lack of effective contract management can cause an erosion of value in sourcing equal to 9 percent of annual revenues. For Fortune’s 2016 Global 500 companies, this 9 percent would have equaled $2.5 trillion in value.”

Kind of makes you wonder, what’s in your contracts?

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July 17, 2018

CLM or ECLM, that is still the question.

CLM or ECLM, that is still the question.

One of the continuing questions in our industry is whether an organization should be considering contract lifecycle management or enterprise contract lifecycle management. It really isn’t one product versus another, because it’s not about the solution, but the strategy behind your contract requirements. As we always stress, when it comes to contracts you have to think about the enterprise even if you are starting with just one department or office .

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July 10, 2018

Supplier management IS contract management — and vice versa.

Supplier management IS contract management — and vice versa.

Good contracts make good relationships.

Interesting snippet from a Gallup article (undated) that I read recently: Gallup finds that customers increasingly expect suppliers to possess the deepest and timeliest information on their most important business issues. These include the economics of customers’ businesses, emerging challenges within customers’ industries and trends within a supplier’s customer portfolio . What’s interesting is that they refer to supplier/customer dynamics as “partnerships” instead of just “relationships.” Optimizing those partnerships requires integrated supplier management and contract management.

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June 28, 2018

June DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

June DetermiNews: A Review of the Month in Source to Pay and Contract Management

I read recently that there has been a growing trend – call it an outbreak – in towns, cities and municipalities having their computer systems held for ransom. Apparently, it’s more common than most people realize (they’re easier prey than the business world). What was interesting about the story is the fact that many of these towns refuse to pay the ransom, and instead pay A LOT more to upgrade and update their systems to be more secure. Or they might do both. But it shouldn’t take a catastrophe to convince an organization that implementing the latest technology is the right thing to do – for risk as well as operational reasons . And it doesn’t have to cost a king’s ransom.

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June 14, 2018

How contract management plays a critical role in regulatory compliance.

How contract management plays a critical role in regulatory compliance.

Businesses need to be more responsive to regulatory changes; an agile CLM approach can help.

You’ve heard of HIPAA, Dodd-Frank, GDPR and Sarbanes-Oxley, but what about HITECH, Stark Law, CECL, IFRS 17, TIR57? There is no shortage of acronyms in the regulatory world, and no shortage of regulations whether you’re in financial services, healthcare / life sciences, pharmaceuticals or many other industries. One of the biggest issues with regulatory compliance is that the rules are always changing — and the changes seem to be accelerating. Which means your contract management needs to be even more agile and responsive.

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June 12, 2018

Demand more from your Contract Management Software.

Demand more from your Contract Management Software.

New players are currently devising solutions designed by and for contract managers.”

— Thierry Vidal, Director of Contract Management at NAVAL GROUP

The quote above, made by Thierry Vidal, Head of the Process and Tools Commission of the French Contract Management Association, was in the association’s December newsletter. Through a series of interviews with leading contract practitioners, The Journal of Contract Management provides a look at what contract management needs your software solution should support — beyond the usual alerts, clauses, workflows and e-signatures. In short, don’t settle for merely “adequate.”

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