To create a new Contract you will need to navigate to the Contract section and then press the [New] button.  You will then be provided with the Contract entry screen ready for you to complete.


Fig 1 - Contract Entry screen


All the fields on the default Contract entry screen and their meaning.


Field Name
Description
Contract#
Unique identifier for the record, generated by the solution.
Type* **
This is the term for the Type of Contract that you are creating.  The current Value Set will contain a default list of options, for example; Energy & Utilities, Legal, Professional Services, IT Software or Hardware etc.

If you have pre-defined fields or layouts for specific Contract Types** then the Type value you select here will adjust the form accordingly, for example an Energy Contract may require different fields to be completed or displayed than a Legal Agreement.

If you have a hierarchy of Contract Types use the Expanded Search icon to display all your Contract Types and their hierarchy levels
Contract Title
The generic title for the Contract record (for example; Server subscription). This may not be the actual Contract document name as there may be more than one Contract document associated to the Contract record.
Reference
A reference number for the Contract, this can be from a document or unique for your company records.
Confidential?
An indicator to say if this Contract is confidential, if ticked, then the Contract can only be viewed by people who are linked to the Contract. Please refer to People and Contracts for more details.
Status
The current status of the Contract, the default status for all Contracts is 'Auto' but can be manually altered. If 'Auto' is selected it will enable the system to change the status of a Contract automatically.  This function is dependant on your specified 'Number of days before a Contract end date status is set to 'Due' value and the Contract End Date entered.  

For example; you can specify that if any Contract End Date is within 30 days of the current date then the status of the Contract will automatically change to 'Due'.

You can specify the number of days all your Contracts automatically update from 'Active' to 'Due' in the Account Configuration screenthe default is set to 30.

Please note this setting will apply to ALL contracts.
Contract Classification*
The classification of the Contract.  The current Value Set will contain a default list of options: Agent/Supplier/Customer.
Priority*
The priority of the Contract. The current Value Set will contain a default list of options: High/Low/Medium.
Category*
The specific Category of the Contract. For example; if the Contract Type selected is Energy & Utilities, then you can specify an exact category of Electricity, Gas, Water, Sewerage etc.

The current Value Set will contain a default list of options.
Department
Multi select of Departments.

Either type the name of the Department directly into the field (if known), or use the magnifying glass to display the 'Find' screen to be able to search for the correct Department using various options.

If you have created an Organisation or Department Structurethen the various departments that you have created can be assigned to a specific Contract. By selecting a value here you are assigning the Contract to a department within your organisation.  This will allow you to monitor all the Contracts a specific department is responsible for.

For example;
Department 1 is assigned Contract 1 for Energy & Utilities
Department 1 is assigned Contract 2 for Finance
Department 2 is assigned Contract 3 for Energy & Utilities
Department 2 is assigned Contract 4 for Professional Services

Now you can filter or view your Energy and Utilities Contracts and see how much each departments are worth, or you can filter or view by department and see exactly what Contracts they are responsible for.
Contract Value (£)
The Contract Value is the monetary value of the Contract.  There are three options to choose from:
  • Enter value - to enter the contract amount and its frequency, default value - Once, Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Bi Annual, Annual
  • Use Financials to Calculate Value - The solution will use the values entered in the Financials sub tab to calculate the Contract Value, please refer to Managing Contract Financials for more details.
  • No Value - If the Contract is a zero value contract i.e. NDA
User can optionally choose what values they with to see on the Contract form, a Lifetime Amount, a Frequency Amount, a 'Up To' Amount and also indicate if these values are Approximate or not.  Please refer to Contract Value for more details.
Currency
This is the currency in which the Contract is agreed.  If the Contract currency is other than your base currency then the system will also display the value in your base currency using exchange rates daily updated from Yahoo Finance.
Annualised Value (£)
The Annualised Value is a free text field to display the breakdown of the Contract value per year.
Active Start Date
The date that the Contract commences.
Review Date
A date chosen by you to Review the Contract - please note this does not trigger any notification alerts, it is just for information only.
Active End Date
The date that the Contract with expire.
Notice Period
Free text field will allow you to enter if a Notice period is applicable - please note this does not trigger any notification alerts, it is just for information only.



All Value Set contents (Other than Status fields) can be adjusted to contain values pertinent to your company in the Value Sets screen.

** Specific layouts for Contract Types can be created in the Define Form Layouts screen.