• The CATS CM® Methodology

    Control over your contract portfolio in a scalable and strategy-driven way

    CATS CM® is the #1 contract management methodology worldwide since 2005. Over 500 organizations and thousands of professionals have worked or are working according to this standard. CATS stands for Contract Administration and Tracking Scenarios. It helps organizations to manage collaborations in a way that multi-year plans get the necessary agility. It also empowers people to become winners in contract management! CATS CM® sets the standard on how contract management should be approached within your company.

    Find out more, download 'The strategic value of contract management' below!

    Contract management is all about the realization of intended contract objectives. These objectives reflect everything an organization wants to achieve with the contract. CATS CM® enables organizations to proactively manage and execute contracts and at the same time focus on versatility and the need for change in the contract objectives. The methodology is used by both demand and supply. Realizing maximum value on your entire portfolio of contracts is key in realizing your total set of organizational objectives.


    CATS CM® is continuously developing in order to always stay one step ahead. The methodology is flexible. It is designed for operational purposes, but also has a high strategic and tactical value for organizations, as it meets objectives on different levels and recognizes that the necessary human involvement should be primary over systems.

     

    The book on the CATS CM ®methodology is available at Amazon, Managementboek.nl and for Kindle. To stay updated, follow the CATS CM ® LinkedIn page or join our Linkedin community!

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  • Use CATS CM®

    Successful organizations master CATS CM®

    Get maximum control over your ecosystem by managing your contract portfolio!

    In most organizations the dependency on vendors and clients is huge. There is a lot of focus on entering into a contract, but the true value is realized during the contract execution. This value comes from the ability to manage contracts on a single level in such a way that a company is able to:

    • Respond timely to fast changing environments.
    • Proactively manage the contracts effect on strategic KPI’s such as shareholder value, safety, shareholder value, Net Promotor Score (NPS), employee satisfaction and compliance.
    • Manage the aggregated level of contracts in a hyper-specialized supply chain.
    • Provide supplier, account and category management with true value adding information on portfolio performance.

    The process

    CATS CM® pays close attention to all factors in successful contract management.

    By incorporating these success factors in a balanced way on a strategic, tactical and operational level and in relation to adjacent processes companies can make contract management a true strategy. If you are a representative that would like to discuss improving and accelerating contract management within your organization, please get in touch with us!

    Become a CATS CM® certified professional

    Individual contract professionals

    Demonstrate your level of expertise in the CATS CM® methodology by becoming a certified contract manager, service manager, contract owner or contract management process owner! There are two levels of expertise: Foundation and Practitioner.

     

    Trainers and business coaches

    Enable professionals and organizations to improve their knowledge of and performance in contract management: Become a certified CATS CM® trainer or business coach! We provide full train-the-trainer and train-the-coach masterclasses to transform you into a certified CATS CM® trainer or coach.

     

    For more information, please send an e-mail to jointhecommunity@cats-cm.com.

  • Software Certifications

    Enhancing the performance of CLM

    CATS CM® is very effective in enhancing the performance of Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) systems and other related software.

    By adopting CATS CM® you can become a certified software provider for specific use of the methodology. If you are a software provider interested in the CATS CM® certification or if you want to know more about software and CATS CM®, please send an e-mail to jointhecommunity@cats-cm.com.

  • Services

    CATS CM® methodology tools

    CATS CM® delivers a wide range of services and products for organizations to improve their contract management performance. Here’s an overview of tools helping your business to embrace the #1 contract management method:

    Courses

    For more information about CATS CM® Foundation and Practitioner courses, please contact us and we will connect you with a certified trainer.

    Our e-learning CATS CM® Core is currently only available for selected users, please contact us for details.

    CM Book

    'Contract Management with CATS CM® version 4, from working on contracts to contracts that work'

    ENG | NL

     

    More to come!

    High-End Support

    Is your organization struggling to get the desired results out of contract management? Please get in touch with us and we will connect you with a certified coach.

    Certifications

    Certifications are available for professionals, trainers, business coaches and software. Please contact us for more information.

    Courseware

    All official CATS CM® courseware is developed by our wizards. For more information about the available materials, please contact us.

  • The Wizards

    Your solution, their masterpiece

    Linda Tonkes

    Chief Wizard

    Linda is determined to globally gain the acknowledgement contract management deserves as a value driver for business. In 2019 Linda refined the CATS CM® methodology as a co-developer of the methodology and co-wrote the book ‘Contract management with CATS CM® version 4, From working on contracts to contracts that work.' Alongside managing her own accountancy firm, after leaving Deloitte as a senior manager in 2011, she has been training and consulting CATS CM® since 2013.

    Gert Jan Vlasveld

    Senior Wizard

    Gert-Jan is a real ‘believer’ in contract management. He is one of the founding fathers of CATS CM®. He has had contract management running through his career as a central thread since 1995. Gert-Jan is an experienced trainer and advisor, co-developer of the method and co-author of the book ‘Contract management with CATS CM® version 4, From working on contracts to contracts that work.'

    Richard Steketee

    Technical Wizard

    Richard is an experienced consultant in the field of designing and implementing practical executable service and contract management processes. From his background in business economics he has a broad overview and provides the best suitable solution with the optimal result. As a co-developer of the CATS CM® method, he is also active as a trainer.

    Arjen van Berkum

    Strategic Wizard

    Arjen is a global knowledge leader in business (eco)systems. He believes contract management is a vital business function. Arjen sees a good synergy between his participation in CATS CM® and his other activities. Contract management is a crucial connecting element in his growing ecosystem. As visionary and strategic thinker he made a valuable contribution to the book ‘Contract management with CATS CM® version 4, From working on contracts to contracts that work.'

  • The Blog

    Ins and outs

    September 9, 2020 · The Methodology,Insights
    It seems like a long time ago when contract management pioneers Gert-Jan Vlasveld and Jan van Beckum started out on their venture to make their work easier. Both where responsible for managing large outsourced contracts and both came to the conclusion that there was no framework. There were no...
    September 4, 2020 · The Methodology,Insights
    Effective contract management ensures that the contract realizes the intended objectives, for the correct compensation, with acceptable risks, and with the efforts planned by the organization. Efficient contract management aims to achieve this effectiveness with minimum costs. As soon as an...
    September 2, 2020 · Contract Management,Insights
    Every organization is in a buy, sell and value-add trajectory continuously. The organization buys something, it does something to the purchased and then it sells its services or products – in a highly simplified way: The creation of value. Value is not derived from the buying perspective alone,...
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  • FAQ

    CATS CM®, the answer to your questions

    What is CATS CM®?

    CATS CM® is the #1 contract management methodology worldwide. CATS stands for Contract Administration and Tracking Scenarios. The method sets the standard on how contract management should be approached. It is designed for operational purposes, but also has a high strategic and tactical value, as it meets objectives on different levels and recognizes that the necessary human involvement should be primary over systems. It is a value driver for organizations, trainers and contract management professionals that want to become winners in contract management.

    How can I master the CATS CM® methodology?

    The worldwide network of CATS CM® professionals is expanding fast. There are several ways to learn CATS CM® for different levels and purposes. Please find more on the possible courses in the services section.
     

    The English version of the book is now available at Amazon, Managementboek and for Kindle.

    How do I become a certified contract manager?

    To become a certified contract manager, you need to attend a CATS CM® course and pass the exam. There are courses on several levels: foundation and practitioner. Join the community! For more information about CATS CM® courses, online or locally, please contact us.

     

    The online exam will be released in October 2020!

    Can I learn CATS CM® online?

    Yes, our e-learning CATS CM® Core is currently only available for selected users, please contact us for details. We expect the e-learning CATS CM® Core to be available to everybody worldwide in October. The online exam will also be released in October 2020.

    How do I become a certified trainer or coach?

    To become a certified trainer or coach and help organizations and individuals to excel in contract management, you need to pass the CATS CM® train-the-trainer masterclass. Are you a contract management professional interested CATS CM® certification? Please contact us.

    Can I have a chat with the author on contract management within my organization?

    CATS CM® is based on the high-quality substantive knowledge of Linda Tonkes and the intense collaboration with leading parties that have embraced CATS CM®. She is an inspiring sparring partner on a strategic level. To schedule a chat with Linda, please contact us at jointhecommunity@cats-cm.com.

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