Businesses enter into contracts for certainty. But did you know that all contracts - no matter how well written - involve a degree of risk? Contracts, in fact, may actually create risk in business transactions. From initiation and negotiation to award and renewal, contracts involve complex actions that can and do go wrong. The goods news is that contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) software can help to mitigate that risk. In this article, we review the nine stages of CLM and offer ideas on best practices to ensure that your business runs as smoothly as possible.