Aligning IT with the business: The holy grail of IT – does Contract Management software make it possible?

A great article written by Windows IT Pro magazine recently indicates that there is possibly light at the end of the tunnel for beleagered IT managers hoping to achieve the seemingly impossible goal of aligning IT with the business – in the form of Contract Management software.

Is contract management a problem?
Well yes, for many organisations, who spend 3.4 weeks on average (according to Forrester Research) drafting and negotiating contracts, often involving expensive external lawyers and highly paid senior managers, only to effectively throw away the contracts into departmental filing cabinets, computer hard drives or electronic repositories once the contract has been signed.  That is a problem because all of the obligations, commitments, milestones, penalty clauses and bonus payments that comprise an organisation’s contract landscape are now effectively hidden and lost to the enterprise.

Contract Management software
Contract Management software solutions help organisations to streamline their contract drafting, approval and archiving processes, as well as allowing key business managers to manage key contract milestones and obligations more effectively through the use of advanced reporting and analytics.

Dolphin Contract Manager
Dolphin Contract Manager  from Dolphin Software provides all of these functions within the familiar environment of Microsoft SharePoint and Office 2007.  Dolphin Software’s Contract Management system provides role-based access to the system, allowing both contract-specialist users and non-specialist business users to use the system. 

Microsoft Office Business Applications (OBAs)
For the 60,000 organisations that have licenced Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) around the world, solutions like Dolphin Contract Manager provide a compelling business context to SharePoint.  Dolphin Software has used SharePoint as an application development platform that exploits the existing functionality of SharePoint and enhances it to provide a world-class contract lifecycle management solution.

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2 Responses to Aligning IT with the business: The holy grail of IT – does Contract Management software make it possible?

  1. Sanjay says:

    But how much does this cost over and above the MOSS licensing? And is it not just more headache for the MOSS admins? Does this application really leverage the SharePoint platform as a super ‘web part’ or is it just a separate .net application that co-exists with SharePoint?

    • Hi Sanjay,

      Thanks for your comments – here are our answers to your questions:

      How much does this cost over and above the MOSS licensing?
      Dolphin Contract Manager is a best-of-breed contract management application that uses MOSS 2007 as an application development platform (read more in this previous blog entry). The solution provides the same (and in some areas, more) functionality than other best-of-breed contract management software solutions on the market, while allowing organizations who have already invested in Microsoft technology to deliver high value business applications using the same technology platform. Pricing for Dolphin Contract Manager is determined by the number of users and the core role groups of users. Customers who have already licensed MOSS 2007 frequently find that solutions like Dolphin Contract Manager provide a compelling business context to SharePoint.

      Is it not just more headache for the MOSS administrators?
      Dolphin Contract Manager is a Contract Management application within Microsoft SharePoint. It has been designed specifically to integrate seamlessly and rapidly into existing SharePoint environments. Dolphin Contract Manager will inherit the site templates and stylesheets that have already been defined in an existing SharePoint environment. Administering Dolphin Contract Manager on an on-going basis is nothing more than administering a corporate SharePoint environment.

      Does this application really leverage the SharePoint platform as a super ‘web part’ or is it just a separate .net application that co-exists with SharePoint?Dolphin Contract Manager is a full Contract Lifecycle Management solution built specifically in MOSS 2007. Dolphin Software has configured and developed functions to enable SharePoint and Office 2007 to provide a market-leading contract lifecycle management application. Dolphin Contract Manager is not a separate .net application that integrates at the interface level with SharePoint.

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