Why venture capital should embrace contract management

4 May 2021 by Arjen van Berkum

“Nobody can do it alone” is one of my favorite quotes when it comes to describing the state of business today. We are all working in an environment where trends like hyper-specialization, the increasing speed of innovation and the growing pressure from legislation force companies to focus even more on their core business than before. Due to the increase of (specialized) suppliers taking care of (parts of) business processes, this leads to complex ecosystems where companies rely on each other in global supply chains. Something venture capital companies should take into account.

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The real power of an ecosystem

19 April 2020 by Arjen van Berkum

A few years ago I was engaged by APG in the Netherlands to help them create something that was then known as the Smart Services Hub. A brilliant idea where government (the province of Limburg), business (APG, the world’s largest pension provider) and Maastricht University joint efforts to create an ecosystem of technology in the smart services. Rather quickly Accenture and Conclusion where excited to join this initiative and a next Brightlands Campus was born. The reason I am writing this blog today is because I want to share some key takeaways from this journey.

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Becoming the client of choice

11 April 2020 by Arjen van Berkum

As many know, I am a status quo challenger when it comes to workforce optimisation. Looking at the future of work, I firmly believe that talent will remain a scarce commodity the next few years. This makes it important to do good vendor management. How do you behave towards your suppliers, How do you treat their staff?

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Free webinar: Putting a business in Control with CATS CM Contract Management

9 April 2020 by Linda Tonkes

We hope you are doing fine in these pandemic times, where social distancing is disrupting daily lives. Not only lives actually, also businesses. Society has stranded in times of extremes in threats and opportunities. Especially now, exploring the way to get the most added value out of your contracts might be a really good idea. Let us introduce the CATS CM® approach to you through a free webinar on April 17th at 12:30 pm, co-hosted by Paustian Consulting (Denmark)!

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The sum of all contracts

8 April 2020 by Arjen van Berkum

Running any large enterprise comes with its challenges. And one of the big challenges is that you simply do not know everything; that you simple cannot control it all. If you want to stay ahead of the pack, you should think on creating value for others. Especially if you want to create value for yourself.

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Contract Management 2.0: why AI and RPA will boost outsourcing results

17 August 2019 by Arjen van Berkum

The world is changing in a fast pace due to the overwhelming developments in technology and operational models. Just like any market, also contract management is subject to the influences of digital transformation. Technologies like artificial intelligence and robotic process automation are slowly entering the contract management market. How will contract automation impact contract management? Technology evangelist Arjen van Berkum wrote an interesting article on these topics. We are happy to share his vision with our readers.

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CM Partners kicks off its international network with partnership Paustian Consulting

15 August 2019 by Linda Tonkes

More and more organisations from other European countries are exploring the contract management method CATS CM®, which has become the standard method for contract management in the Netherlands. Its our pleasure to announce that Paustian Consulting has adopted our method and will be our service partner for the Danish market.

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Five success factors for contract management implementation

1 October 2018 by Monique Liedtke

Proper implementation of contract management is very complex. You have to take a lot of dimensions into account, including promotion, process-based work, influencing, representing interests, resistance, culture, systems, etc. Often, insufficient attention is paid to the pitfalls of contract management implementation. Too many projects get stranded due to insufficient support or a hastily considered approach. How does one achieve successful implementation?

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Four decisive responsibilities for successful contract management

by Monique Liedtke

The CATS CM® approach to contract management recognises a number of important responsibilities. It is crucial to incorporate these responsibilities unambiguously and in the correct place in the organisation. What to keep in mind? How do you make sure that responsibilities for successful contract management are assigned to the most logical person or department?

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Supplier management versus contract management

by Monique Liedtke

Despite the fact that there are quite some differences within some organisations in terms of tasks and responsibilities, one can say that vendor and supplier management involve managing the supplier. So, let’s equate both these terms with supplier management. Then two areas are left for comparison: supplier management versus contract management. 

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