Obligation Management-1

Organizations invest a lot of time and effort in preparing an all-inclusive, error-free, unanimously approved contract. Getting it signed by the respective parties is the sweet fruit of labor. However, once it has been signed off, it is usually stored among thousands of other contracts, never to be looked at again. All those contractual obligations that took so much deliberation to be framed are seldom measured.

Contractual obligations, simply put, are the legal commitments that the signing parties have agreed to fulfill. For example, a sales contract includes obligations of payment, delivery, quality of goods, etc. Obligation management means ensuring that contracting parties fulfill the commitments laid out in the contract.

To get the full value out of your contracts, it is imperative to manage these obligations well. Without an obligation management system in place, it is hard to ascertain whether a business deal is working per the terms and conditions mutually agreed upon. Important milestones of delivery, payment, and more may easily get missed. Furthermore, contracts often contain penalty clauses to be enforced whenever specific obligations are not met by a contracting party. Not tracking obligations can lead to missed opportunities and may translate into heavy financial losses for an organization.

In this blog series on obligation management, we will discuss why organizations have such a hard time managing obligations. We will also demystify the ways in which a contract lifecycle management solution makes obligation management a cakewalk. Watch this space for more on obligation management.

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Author Arthur Raguette

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