Need a contract tool that’s easy to implement?
Cobblestone software is an enterprise-level contract management system aimed at procurement teams in large corporations. The software is typically adopted by businesses in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and government sectors.
Having launched back in 1995, Cobblestone offers three different versions of the software for businesses:
- Enterprise Edition
- Express Edition
- Workgroup Edition
The majority of Cobblestone’s features are only available in their Enterprise Edition solution, while their Express Edition is designed as an entry-level solution, and their WorkGroup version is deployed on-site.
However, even despite Cobblestone’s variety of solutions, the software still remains a less popular option for scaleups and other fast-growing businesses. This may be because users have reported it to be clunky to use, inflexible, and priced for enterprise-level businesses.
This comparison page explores these limitations in more detail, as well as how Cobblestone compares to more modern contract automation tools like Juro. Read on to find out more about Cobblestone’s features, limitations, reviews, and pricing.
As we just described, Cobblestone is an enterprise tool that’s great for managing procurement contracts including common workflows like Statement of Work templates. But is it suited to managing standardized contracts at scale?
Well, while the platform does offer a lot of general contract management features, there are a few important drawbacks of the tool according to independent reviews on G2 and Capterra. Let’s run through these together now.
Cobblestone software’s key limitations include:
- Difficulties with reporting: according to independent reviews on G2 and Capterra, some Cobblestone users find the reporting functionality difficult to use. While some users describe the process of using it as ‘trial and error’, others say that the reporting tools could be more intuitive and easier to use.
- Rigid and inflexible: another common complaint from Cobblestone users is that the platform is less flexible than they’d like. Since it is an out-of-the-box platform, Cobblestone is less flexible than some other solutions. This makes it harder to customize and means that certain fields are automatically presented to users regardless of their relevance.
- Unattractive UI: independent Cobblestone reviews have described the user interface as ‘clunky’ and ‘difficult to navigate at first’. This suggests that the platform may not be as easy to use as other solutions with a more modern and intuitive interface like Juro.
- No native eSignature: unlike Juro which has native, binding eSignature, Cobblestone must be integrated with a separate eSigning tool to sign contracts electronically. Cobblestone advertises integrations with DocuSign and Adobe Sign for this. However, the software can also be integrated with some other alternatives to DocuSign too.
- Fewer integrations: Cobblestone integrates with enterprise-level tools like Oracle, DocuSign, Microsoft, and Salesforce. However, it doesn’t integrate with many other leading systems that legal and business teams use daily. Zapier, Slack and Greenhouse are just a few examples of these missing integrations.
Scaling businesses need a contract tool that empowers commercial teams to self-serve on contracts without increasing contract risk. To do this, they need a tool like Juro that’s easy to navigate and adopt.
They also need a solution that provides value at every stage of the contract lifecycle. Cobblestone appears to focus heavily on providing value post-signature in the storage and tracking of contract data and commercials.
This is only one area of friction being felt in the contract process, so Cobblestone may not support business users' pre-signature to drive efficiency in the creation and approval of contracts. If you want a solution that streamlines the contract workflow from end to end, Juro is most suitable.
Let’s run through a few of Juro’s key value areas and explore how Juro’s all-in-one contract automation software can add value to your business.
✍️ Rich-text contract editor
Juro’s rich-text editor is designed specifically for creating contracts. This enables Juro users to generate, format, edit, and amend contracts effortlessly within the platform. Users can even add rich media such as images and GIFs to their contracts to make them more human.
This is perfect when you want to make a great first impression in employment offer letters, for example. Plus, it makes it much easier to create contracts that people actually want to sign.
🤝 Collaborate on contracts in real-time
Juro’s collaborative workspace enables legal and business teams to negotiate contracts without friction. Juro users can negotiate contracts externally and review them internally, all without leaving the platform.
Users can move between internal and external versions of a contract with ease to add comments that can be hidden from counterparties. They can also discuss clauses in comment threads, with a detailed timeline of changes to provide visibility into who views, edits, and shares your contracts.
🖊️ Native electronic signature functionality
Once negotiated, Juro’s native electronic signature feature enables users to sign contracts wherever they are on any device. These eSignatures are secure and legally binding, so you can rely on them to replace traditional wet ink signatures.
Users can send and sign contracts in bulk, making it easier to scale your contract workflow and get contracts signed quickly.
📊 Capture valuable contract data
Juro enables users to continue to gain value from their contracts post-signature. Since contracts in Juro are built as structured data, they are fully searchable.
This means that Juro users can query and filter through contracts with ease, gaining access to valuable contract data and analytics in seconds. This is great for tracking progress against legal KPIs and improving visibility into contracts.
🔗 Integrates with 4000+ tools
Juro also integrates with 4000+ tools, empowering commercial teams to create and manage contracts within the platforms they know and love. Juro integrates seamlessly with Salesforce, Greenhouse, Workday, Slack, Pipedrive, Google Drive and more.
Unfortunately, Cobblestone does not advertise pricing for any of their plans or software solutions. However, given that they typically serve enterprise-level customers and larger accounts, it’s likely that the pricing will reflect this.
Juro, by comparison, offers a wide range of different plans for businesses of all sizes. This includes plans for small startups, growing teams, and scaling companies that need access for unlimited users.
This flexible approach to pricing makes Juro an affordable option for a wide range of businesses and teams. To find out more, check out our pricing page.
Cobblestone is rated 4.7 out of 5 on G2, like Juro. Juro and Cobblestone also have equivalent scores on Capterra, with both rated 4.8 out of 5 overall.
However, Cobblestone’s G2 score for ease of setup is considerably lower than Juro’s score of 9.2 out of 10. In fact, Juro is #1 rated by G2 for speed of implementation, which results in strong adoption. Meanwhile, Cobblestone have a score of 8.7 for ease of setup.
Below are some independent reviews left by verified Cobblestone regarding adoption and ease of setup.
“A little difficult to navigate at first, but this was likely due to the need for learning the system and its functionality rather quickly”
“I have tried to watch a few of the video tutorials to learn features on my own and how to navigate the system. I have found that some of these are boring and therefore not easy to follow”
“Takes some time to learn how to use it, but once you do it is very simple and customizable”
Let's now look at what Juro users have to say about Juro's ease of use and implementation:
“The platform is so easy to use and user-friendly. It includes many valuable features that make contract management simpler”
“The layout and structure of Juro mean it is accessible and highly user-friendly. It can be used by both IT confident people and those who are unfamiliar with tech systems”
“Easy to learn, intuitive GUI, anyone can use it without training”
Read more about users’ experience with Juro on G2 and Juro on Capterra, or head over to our case studies to find out more. Alternatively, if you want to find out more about how Juro can help your business to automate legal contracts at scale, fill in the form below.