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February 5, 2018

3 benefits of an integrated and automated contract management process

3 benefits of an integrated and automated contract management process

You don’t have to be a corporate general counsel to know that managing contracts can be complicated and time consuming. While almost every contract starts with a request, and ends (hopefully) with renewal, there’s a lot that needs to go on — and sometimes doesn’t — in between. That’s where an integrated and automated contract management process comes in.

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January 30, 2018

Rethinking SRM as the Dust Begins to Settle on Carillion

Rethinking SRM as the Dust Begins to Settle on Carillion

I recently shared my initial thoughts about the news that Carillion, the 2nd largest construction company in the UK, had gone into liquidation because it could not secure the funding required to stay in operation.

As a reminder, Carillion is a private sector firm that provided a wide array of public services across Britain. They served lunches in public schools and provided maintenance to prisons; They provided cleaning and foodservice in hospitals, and they maintained roads. Perhaps most importantly, they did all of this through a huge network of subcontractors and partners, many of whom are now facing financial difficulties in the wake of the Carillion collapse. By some estimates, up to 30,000 companies could be affected.

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January 4, 2018

Source-to-Pay: From Automation to Prediction

Source-to-Pay: From Automation to Prediction

Smart and collaborative platforms, unified interfaces, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: all these developments are forcing source-to-pay solution providers to regroup and adapt their technology offerings.

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August 17, 2017

It’s your decision. Or is it?

It’s your decision. Or is it?

Back in the day I did some work for a wealth management firm in New York. At that time, I was introduced to the area of Behavioral Finance, and more broadly, behavioral economics as espoused by Richard Thaler at the University of Chicago. While not new concepts, they gained new relevance – and urgency – during the financial meltdown 10 years ago. As my client used to say, investors are often their own worst enemies. In times of stress, even the most solidly constructed investment portfolio can be undermined through panic, overreaction and poor decision making. Part of the advisor’s role was, and is, saving people from themselves. There are parallels in technology decision making.

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