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Enable Blog — Deal Management
Many businesses around the world have integrated various rebate management processes to get a better grasp of their B2B deals. These businesses quickly found the benefits of having a rebate management platform, inspiring other businesses to look for software of their own. While businesses stand to benefit from rebate management processes, some companies might have reservations of what these processes and platforms can do for them, and whether their businesses should make the investment. They often go into the software selection process with misguided presumptions and tend to stumble upon outdated information. Such “myths” can be misleading and discouraging to potential software users and fail to communicate the significant benefits businesses make, causing them to resign the chance to maximize the value of their rebate agreements.
With 80% of B2B transactions governed by contractual agreements, contracts are the foundation of nearly every trading relationship and should seek to define and mitigate risk. Contracts also provide the basis by which companies ensure compliance with regulatory and financial accountability requirements. More importantly, agreements should be documented.
However, the number and complexity of those contracts are growing. According to IACCM, the average Global 1000 corporation maintains over 40,000 active contracts; these high numbers of contracts are difficult for companies to track and maintain. This difficulty is magnified when contracts are managed manually with pen-and-paper, filed away into overflowing cabinets or saved as Microsoft Office documents, at best, in shared folders or at worst, on individual employee’s hard drives. Plus, with remote working on the rise in many workplaces, deal management can become even more complicated.
Like almost every other business process, making the move to a deal management solution, with a built-in centralized deal repository, is necessary for improving efficiency, speed, and cost.
To survive and succeed in today’s changing business landscape, companies need to evaluate their current processes and realise that digitalization is transforming how organizations in every industry carry out their operations.
Forbes has reported that 90% of global businesses have kicked off a formal digital transformation initiative of some form. The concern for many companies is that they’ve already fallen behind, or they are too late to get started. But that is certainly not the case.
One of these forms of digitalization that you may not have considered is deal management, which might ordinarily have been completed by different teams including finance and procurement. This benefits your business by freeing up more time and ultimately eliminating the risk of human error.
This blog will help you identify the reasons you need to digitalize your deal management processes and how companies that adapt will stay competitive and relevant.
What is digitalization?
According to Gartner, “Digitalization is the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities”. By leveraging digital technology, a business can improve or enhance existing business processes. For example, digitalization can convert all your deal management into a digital format. Once converted, a business can upgrade its manual processes to automated processes, eliminating the need for basic spreadsheets. Companies that don’t keep up with these digital processes will get left behind.
How important is digitalization?
Research shows that digitalization of the contracting process is lagging in most companies. According to International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM), 85% are using manual deal management processes. As a result, estimates suggest that an average organization with one thousand employees spends an unnecessary $2.5 million to $3.5 million every year searching for documents or re-creating lost documents. This only further shines a spotlight on the need for digitalization.
Plus, those involved in the deal management process, including finance, believe better technology would make finance processes more effective according to PWC Finance Effectiveness Benchmark Study. Furthermore, 70% of CFOs expect digital developments will change the way their finance organization operates.
Research also suggests that by digitising the most information-intensive processes, businesses can cut costs by up to 90% and significantly speed up turnaround times.
Reasons to adopt digitalization of deal management sooner rather than later
Rebate deals are a big part of every trading relationship—if you haven’t got a good handle on them, you could be missing out on massive opportunities.
When it is done well, rebate management improves partner relationships, provides financial compliance and reduces audit risk, eases cash flow for customers, improves rebate accuracy and predictability and helps grow business through true partnerships between manufacturers and their customers.