Most of the time, sticking with the status quo makes sense: familiar systems and protocols are time-tested and easy to follow. In fact, upending traditional workflows or introducing new tools can trigger fear and frustration, and sometimes a new option isn’t always the best fit.

When it comes to contract management, many legal departments still rely on an ad hoc set of solutions that combine filing cabinets, spreadsheets, emails, and a shared drive - and for a lot of teams, those solutions work just fine. But holding on to spreadsheets and other low-tech options for too long can be equally costly. Thankfully, making the switch to contract management software no longer requires a leap of faith.

So how do you choose between hundreds of different options to find a solution that best fits your companies needs?

In this paper, we establish a baseline to help you understand the capabilities - and limitations - of contract management software as well as a simple set of guidelines to help you determine if you need a solution and, if so, which option makes the most sense.

Our framework for helping you understand the problem of contract management includes:  

  • How to know when it's time to upgrade your contract management system
  • How to decipher which features you need
  • What to take into consideration before making a decision 
  • How to select contract management software
  • How to identify the best solution for your company

It’s true that dedicated contract management software can help organizations better manage the entire contracting lifecycle. If you’re keen to improve your current contract management strategies, there’s bound to be a software solution to satisfy your requirements, from the initial drafting of a contract through signing, execution, and renegotiation. Ultimately, the final decision to make the switch depends upon what your organization needs now, and how you envision future growth. Only you can know for sure how best to optimize your organization’s contract management system, but if you begin by assessing your needs and goals, you’ll be in the best position to make the right choice.

Ready to learn more about whether contract management software is the right tool for you and your team? Download The Contract Management Software Selection Guide, and gain access to valuable insight into the options available and learn how to vet those options to make the right choice. 

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