Integrate contract management with enterprise business applications
Many enterprises find their frontline (sales, support, and buyers) and back office (accounting, operations) teams to be disconnected and working in silos even in the context of same customer or vendor. While they rely heavily on mission-critical ERPs, CRM, accounting, inventory management and other business application systems the contractual relationship of the counterparty with the business is ignored as these transactions are processed.
The value of enterprise contract repositories increases abundantly when it is leveraged as a reference point that drives key business decisions such as customer renewals, supplier registration and ongoing transactions such as payment and obligation fulfillment.
The External List, which resides in SharePoint and stores the data according to an easily configurable data connection mapping. This list, once configured can be imagined as having the database table with SharePoint list interface. New external connections are established easily through SharePoint Data Source explorer feature which allows for searching of external database tables and mapping of table elements with the External list metadata.