Your contracts are your business's most precious documents. They represent what your company owes and is owed, what you have been promised, what you are obliged to do and what your expectations of suppliers are. Do you want your precious contracts in systems that have general access or are used by corporate functions that have the highest staff turnover rates?
Every day we talk to companies about their enterprise contract management systems, and every day I hear substantially the same thing. Help us automate the drafting of our contracts and we’ll be all set. Wrong.
Lots of people talk about Return on Investment, ROI. They also say that the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. So what’s your Return on Risk? Most people view risk as a bad thing, but calculated risk can be very rewarding. Without big risks, there would be no great leaps forward.
Ask most 7-year-olds what they want to be when they grow up and you'll get the usual mix of astronauts, firemen, doctors, policemen and nurses. You won't get too many that proclaim a desire to work with contracts, let alone in the Contract Lifecycle Management space. At Exari we're obsessed with contract certainty.
We’re all aware of the benefits of automation, we do so much of it! Our network monitoring, backups, integrity and heath checks, spam filtering, intrusion detection, software builds and unit tests are all largely already automated. But one area that often seems to be left out in the cold is the automation of documents and documentation.
You know you need contract management software. As Gartner reported recently, “CLM Is Moving From ‘Nice to Have’ to ‘Need to Have.’” But how to convince your boss?
We’ve listened. We’ve taken your feedback - and the changing landscape - into account. This fall, we’ll release a new responsive interface in our 7.0 release of Exari DocGen™.
Wikipedia defines eating your own dog food or dogfooding as a way for a company to demonstrate confidence in its own products. The idea is that if the company expects customers to buy its products, it should also be willing to use those products itself. The marketing folk tend to refer to the same concept as the slightly more urbane "drinking your own champagne."
Don't get me wrong - I love a good home cooked meal. Fresh ingredients and loosely followed recipes mean that no two meals are ever identical. Flavors, textures and intensities always vary. Fast food is exactly the opposite - order a Big Mac anywhere in the world and you know exactly what to expect. Hilton (Conrad, not his great-granddaughter Paris) applied the same principal to his chain of hotels, with notable success.
I recently heard a story of a services firm that generated contracts from “passed around” Word templates. At some point, somebody actually read through the contract and realized the entire liabilities and indemnification section had been deleted. This contract form had been used for 2 years.