6 Ways Your Contract Portfolio May Be Losing Value

Is your organization making the most of your contract portfolio? Learn how to take control and up-level your portfolio’s value with solutions that can reduce revenue leakage, provide more meaningful oversight, and unlock tremendous material impact — all while helping your department connect more deeply across the enterprise.

If a company is a house of business, then contracts are its foundation — so much so that many industries often have 90% or more of their annual revenue locked into contracts, according to McKinsey & Company.

On the flip side, a lack of efficient contract management can lead to diminished visibility, inconsistent workflows, damaged vendor and supplier relationships, and an erosion of value to your contract portfolio at an average of 9% — and as much as 15% — revenue loss each year.

Here are six ways your contract portfolio may be losing value and how you turn that around today:

1. Lack of pricing tier awareness.

Contracts determine the financial flow of an organization, with each one carrying its own set of terms and risks. There is term-based pricing, release orders that may delay the purchase, and evergreen contracts that could contain and express entirely different obligations — as well as any agreement your company, well, agrees to. However, when the buy side often proffers a “take as long as you wish” philosophy while the sell side supports cash-in-hand as fast as possible, making certain to keep clear note of more flexible (even unfavorable) tiers can empower your department to avoid revenue leakage.

2. Missing deadlines and renewals.

For many contracts, there is a certain sequence that can lead to penalties if not followed. These can be financial in nature such as fees, fines, and compensatory damages, but they may also include long-term ramifications, like damaged reputation or even vendor or client loss. Establishing customer expectations and clarifying consistent protocols like project timelines, production schedules, and delivery dates can help your department stay on top of important milestones and eliminate lost time and missed revenue opportunities.

3. Not holding vendors to terms.

Procurement contracts cement the partnership between buyers and suppliers. What vendors does our company use? What rates were negotiated? It’s all black-and-white in the contract. But if a company is lax about delivering what was agreed upon, all negotiations can be invalid. Don’t let a lack of visibility into spend performance get away from your business, as diligent enforcement of negotiated supplier terms is a primary source of revenue.

4. Playing “ostrich” with the risks.

Contracts are, by nature, conduits of risk mitigation — so even the simplest one can lay an organization bare to liability if not handled properly. Especially in a tumultuous macroeconomic market laden with pandemic supply chain issues and geopolitical conflict, it is crucial to maintain current regulatory knowledge, know how to adapt quickly to new financial guidelines, and be aware of which contracts in your portfolio have clauses built in to address risk. The ability to not bury your head in the sand and quickly pivot to examine contracts for risk compliance will speed time to future revenue.

5. A sense of disorganization.

One reason a contract portfolio may lose value is the simple chaos of our busy business lives. A study published in the Journal of Contract Management revealed that seven in 10 companies find it challenging to find vital documents, despite contracts being a critical business tool and source of value. The need to search for contracts is a thief of time better spent on higher-value tasks, such as analyzing data insights or becoming an advocate for meaningful diversity and inclusivity. Launching, migrating, and archiving a secure, central, and digital document repository with a keyword search tool will promote better transparency across functions and contribute to faster revenue recognition.

6. Reluctance to add automation and AI to the mix.

Manual contract management programs that involve spreadsheet-based processes are not only time prohibitive and labor-intensive — often usurping at least half of most legal professionals’ workdays — but also devoid of the insight that advances true efficiency. However, contract lifecycle management (CLM) solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI) take visibility and efficiency to the next level by automating manual workflows and alerting teams to necessary updates and improvements. As a result, the most innovative can redline contracts in under two minutes, applying your company’s playbook and accelerating contract review by up to 70%.

A crossroad of opportunity and growth

The creation and execution of contracts comprise accountability, obligation, and trust. Visibility is also essential for discovering and assessing the risk that could disrupt business. Examining your contract portfolio regularly will help your department retain control, reduce rogue spending, and embrace collaboration across the enterprise. With this new era of CLM, innovation is at your fingertips to execute contracts more effectively and efficiently. This way, your team can focus on what matters most: unlocking the value of your existing contract portfolio, optimizing strategic and meaningful new partnerships, and skyrocketing your department’s revenue generation and operational excellence.

Learn how Onit’s next-generation CLM solutions and AI-powered innovations meet you where you work with end-to-end automation of the contract management process to cultivate partnerships, elevate efficiency, and ignite revenue growth for enterprise-wide success.

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