If February DetermiNews could be summed up in one word, it would be “contracts.” This month, starting with our IACCM webinar on January 31, looked at contracts and how to best manage them with technology, internal processes and C-Suite level strategic focus. Contracts represent relationships, revenue and risk to every organization. Making sure yours maximize the first two and mitigate the third is what Determine does for a growing number of leading companies across industry verticals.
Late last month, Sean Delaney, Determine’s VP of Sales, and Mike Behne, VP of Professional Services, presented a webinar with IACCM on taking contract management “Beyond the Expected.” During that event, Sean and Mike discussed how real-life challenges morph into ideas and concepts for contract management innovations. One of the most important areas of focus for companies that want to manage uncertainty, mitigate risk and eliminate obstacles to competitiveness is implementation. After all, the success of any CLM implementation will play out over time in terms of adoption and value creation.
Financial Services (FinServ) organizations – banks, insurance companies, wealth management firm, wirehouses – are constantly trying to find a balance between regulatory mandates and expectations, and operational efficiency. Massive supplier data breaches seem like they have become an almost regular occurrence (when they’re reported), customer privacy and data laws are becoming more stringent (GDPR), and predatory behavior by suppliers and vendors is an ongoing issue. Certainly, the porous nature of globalization isn’t making things any easier. With all that to contend with, it’s critical to remember that you can pin the blame for risk on third parties, not the responsibility for it.
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Procurement does not have an easy job. We function as the spending conscience of the enterprise. When a contract is going to be awarded, we make sure a careful selection process is followed and that every specification or requirement associated with additional cost earns its place. We ensure that incumbent suppliers deserve renewed business, and push all suppliers to perform their best on behalf of the company. As important as all those things are, it can often leave procurement looking like the “skunk at the garden party” from an internal procurement stakeholder perspective.
If you’re reading this, you already know the importance of contracts to your organization. Every business transaction, supplier, partner, customer involves some sort of contract, so it’s critical to get them right. Here are three reminders of how to use CLM to work smarter, collaborate better, seize opportunities faster, mitigate risk and be better empowered to make intelligent business decisions and ensure compliance.
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.