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What is contract lifecycle management?

Any legally enforceable agreement between two or more parties is a contract. There are several stages in managing an organization’s contracts, including drafting, executing, renewing, and many more. Manually managing contracts can be cumbersome and time-consuming.

Contract lifecycle management (CLM) is a set of processes businesses use to effectively manage their contracts, thereby reducing risks and manual errors to save costs and improve efficiency.

What is CLM software?

CLM software helps businesses streamline their entire contract process, from the contract’s creation to its execution, and way beyond. CLM solutions like Zoho help businesses accelerate the contract process, automate workflows, manage bulk contracts efficiently, execute them smoothly, unlock insights, and much more.

Common steps in CLM

Each company executes their contracts differently. However, the following steps are common across most organizations:

  • Drafting
  • Collaborating
  • Automating
  • Centralised Management
  • Identify Risks & Insights
  • Drafting contracts

    Drafting contracts

    Simplify, automate, and speed up your contract initiation and drafting with Zoho Sign. Here's how our tools help you create customized and reusable contracts, import templates, and auto-populate data from your CRM apps:

    • Create your contracts using Zoho Writer, our powerful word processor.
    • Use our AI writing assistant, Blue Pencil, to summarize, rephrase, or generate contractual terms.
    • Auto-fill fields and auto-populate data into the fields.
    • Reuse your contracts by saving them as templates.
    • Merge your data from Zoho CRM, Zoho Sheet, or other data sources.
    Drafting contracts
  • Collaborating and negotiating

    Collaborating and negotiating

    All contracts go through a series of collaborations and negotiations. With Zoho Sign, you can collaborate and negotiate with both internal and external stakeholders in real time. Edit, share, and finalize contracts hassle-free.

    • Once a contract is drafted, you can view, edit, comment, and share contract drafts with all your stakeholders within Zoho Writer.
    • Collaborate with your internal and external stakeholders via apps like Zoho Connect, Zoho Cliq, Zoho Mail, and Zoho Meeting.
    • Finalize the negotiated contract.
    Collaborating and negotiating
  • Automating contract workflows

    Automating contract workflows

    By automating repeated tasks, businesses can boost productivity. Accelerate and streamline your CLM process by automating your workflows. From auto-populating legal terms and bulk sending documents for signatures to configuring custom integration flows, automate every stage of your CLM approach with Zoho Sign.

    • Set signing orders and approvals.
    • Send private messages and explain your approval requirements.
    • Automate your workflows with no-code tools like Zoho Flow, Microsoft Power Automate, and Zapier.
    Automating contract workflows
  • Storing contracts

    Storing contracts in a centralized repository

    A centralized repository of your organization’s contracts is essential for complete transparency and visibility.

    • Securely store, share, and manage contract-related files with Zoho WorkDrive.
    • Report, track, and analyze the contract activities. Gain better control over the signature activity with Zoho Sign’s integration with Zoho Writer, Zoho Contracts, and other CLM tools.
    • Enable access controls, set user roles, and track document activity using Zoho WorkDrive and Zoho Sign.
    Storing contracts
  • Unlocking risks

    Unlocking risks and insights

    Gain insights into contract performance, identify potential obligation risks, and mitigate business risks with Zoho Contracts.

    • Keep track of your document activity and contract milestones achieved (such as negotiations, approvals, and signatures) with activity and milestone reports.
    • Use performance reports to gather insights into contract performance and analyze metrics effortlessly.
    • Auto-fill fields and auto-populate data into the fields.
    • Mitigate business risks by staying up to date with your obligations. Generate obligation reports to track unfulfilled obligations, identify defaulters, and set reminders to never miss an obligation.
    • Stay on top of your contract, clause, counterparty, and user activities by generating reports.
    Unlocking risks

How Zoho Sign can help in your CLM journey

  • Automate signing workflows and set default workflows to save time.
  • Create and save signable templates, auto-fill fields with text tags, auto-populate fields, merge recipient data from existing CRMs, and automate reminders and notifications to reduce contract generation time and the document turnaround time.
  • Customize the contract, authentication methods, signing language, emails, and post-sign functions.
  • Seamlessly sign within comprehensive CLM apps like Zoho Contracts.
CLM journey

CLM can become a nightmare without the right CLM software

See how Zoho solves the top five common CLM challenges:

  • Common CLM challenge

    Solve it the Zoho way

  • Process delays in generating, circulating, signing, and storing contracts

    Generate reusable templates.

    Edit the contract with multiple stakeholders in real time.

    Sign securely with military-grade encryption.

    Store in the cloud or on local devices and repositories.

  • Maintaining legal compliances

    Zoho Sign is compliant with regional and international regulations such as HIPAA, the GDPR, and the CCPA.

  • Lack of control and visibility

    Set access roles and restrictions for contract recipients and viewers.

    Enable recipients to view, approve, or sign. Set authentication codes to ensure restricted access.

    Track signing status, reports, and activities without switching applications.

  • Lack of real-time collaborations

    Facilitate real-time discussions using Zoho Workplace apps.

    Edit and comment on documents with Zoho Writer.

    Send private or public messages to recipients.

  • Tracking contract changes and renewals

    Enable long-term archival for long-term validation of your contracts.

    Renew contracts by sending automatic reminders to recipients.

Why choose Zoho Sign over the others

  • Features Zoho Sign DocuSign Adobe Sign Dropbox Sign
  • Unlimited contract signing, storage, and templates Yes No No No
  • Tighter integration with Zoho apps and third-party apps Yes No No No
  • Qualified electronic signatures (QES) for contract signingYes Yes Yes Yes
  • Blockchain-based timestamping Yes Yes No No
  • Free migration and onboarding assistance Yes No No No
  • Free technical support Yes No No No

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does CLM stand for?

    CLM stands for contract lifecycle management. It refers to managing all the steps involved, from drafting a contract to its execution and further—even its renewal or termination.

  • What are the benefits of using CLM software?

    Typically, managing contracts physically requires lots of time, money, and labor. CLM software helps you be more efficient. It accelerates and automates the contract lifecycle with mitigated risks and reduced errors. From the drafting of a contract to its renewal, all the contract-related activities can be customized, accelerated, and automated with CLM software. By incorporating a CLM tool, you can avoid repetitive and tedious drafting, skip delays in document turnaround, collect secure digital signatures, store contract in cloud backups safely, and retrieve them at any point. That's why, CLM software is a must-have for businesses looking to scale up in operations and save time.

  • What CLM solution does Zoho provide?

    Zoho offers a wide range of solutions to manage contracts including Zoho Writer, Zoho WorkDrive, Zoho Sign, Zoho Flow, and many more. However, Zoho Contracts is our comprehensive, all-in-one CLM solution that helps businesses streamline their entire CLM process. It has useful features such as:

    • A built-in clause library to suggest legal clauses
    • Contract drafting and editing supported by Zoho Writer
    • Provision to collect digital signatures using Zoho Sign
  • Are contracts executed with Zoho Sign legally compliant?

    Zoho is renowned for its compliance with strict data security and privacy protocols such as HIPAA, the CCPA, and the GDPR to name a few. Zoho Sign offers legally valid signatures for many countries. However, each contract and region is different, and we recommend consulting your legal team to see if Zoho Sign is suitable for your organization.

  • Does Zoho Sign support integrations for CLM tools?

    Zoho Sign tightly integrates with other Zoho apps and many third-party applications as well. Some of the popular integrations includes Microsoft 365, Google apps, cloud-services like OneDrive, Zoho WorkDrive, integration platforms like Zapier, and many more.

    If you want to integrate Zoho Sign with your existing CLM tool, we also have APIs to support your use case.