Commerce throughout the ages has centered around the concept of agreements between parties. The contract itself is the center of this as it documents every aspect of these agreements. The ability to effectively manage this agreement process and then to record all of this in a contract is the foundation of why a contract management solution is necessary for organizations. This is especially true for manufacturers who work with incredibly complex agreements that are tied to not only customer and supplier order quantities, but also now are tied to quality of their products and the overall ability to react to customer needs. As manufacturers deal with increasingly complex business negotiations and subsequent agreements, they stand to gain significant advantages from using an enterprise contract management solution to help drive compliance and ultimately profitability.