Does Ironclad work for scaling businesses?
Ironclad is a great product built around Microsoft Word, but is it the right choice for fast-growing companies looking for an all-in-one platform for their contracts?
This page explores the features, limitations and pricing of Ironclad in comparison to Juro’s all-in-one contract automation platform.
Ironclad has been implemented in large legal functions at enterprises like MasterCard, L’Oreal and Dropbox that are happy to rely on Word’s .docx file format, and implement or integrate a separate eSignature solution to actually get documents agreed. This creates an extra bottleneck, with more friction - not less.
But this multiple tool approach can struggle when it comes to adoption in the wider business, with commercial teams that want to work with all-in-one solutions, in-browser. This is evidenced by the lack of integrations into key systems for business teams, like Slack, Workday and Greenhouse.
Key pain points that users encounter with Ironclad are:
- Lack of self-serve: it’s difficult to create and update templates and workflows without hands-on support (and additional workflow costs)
- Workflow difficulties: it’s not possible to lock down contracts to prevent unwanted or accidental edits
- Limited data repository: accurate search is difficult due to unstructured data in .docx files; it’s not possible to create custom table views to manage contracts, and updates to the document during its lifetime have to be manually tagged
- No transparent, public pricing: Ironclad can result in high costs for users, as pricing is not publicly available
For self-serve automation that’s quick and easy to implement, it’s worth considering an all-in-one contract automation platform that offers the flexibility you need, with transparent pricing too.
⚙️ All-in-one contract automation platform
If you still have to use Word and pay for a separate electronic signature solution to agree contracts, do you really have a system of record for contracts? It's far easier and more efficient to manage your contracts in one unified workspace instead.
Instead, Juro covers every aspect of the contract lifecycle natively and in-browser, from self-serve creation from templates, through collaboration and negotiation, all the way through to eSignature and post-signature management and renewal. Manage one source of truth for contracts from an easy-to-use Kanban board.
⚡ Intuitive self-serve on templates and workflows
Fast-growing companies don’t have time to wait a week for support agents to turn around requests for template maintenance. They also don’t want to pay per workflow when they bring another contract template into the platform. With Ironclad, user reviews suggest you'll need the support team to make even minor changes to your templates.
With Juro, templates and workflows can be set up self-serve - and if you need help, our support team responds on average in under five minutes.
🔗 Business-wide adoption through deep integrations
Ironclad’s integration stack focuses on shared drives, to handle all those docx and PDF files; and eSignature providers, because Ironclad doesn’t include native, secure eSignature.
These are great for the legal team, but what about collaborating with the wider business? Juro integrates with Slack, Greenhouse, Workday and Zapier - not just Salesforce - to make sure that contracts and their data flow seamlessly between teams.
🚀 Get started in weeks - not months
According to the Ironclad website, “CLM (contract lifecycle management) solutions can only benefit your company if they’re deployed correctly, and they can only be deployed correctly if they’re set up by legal operations and technology experts”.
At Juro, we don’t believe in lengthy, complex implementations that need an army of engineers just to get you to square one. Independent reviews find that our product excels in ease of setup, and our SLA for getting new customers to value is 21 days or fewer. Instead of labouring through a sandbox and a long process of engineering, why not just create a free Juro account and get started right now?
Ironclad offers no public information about its pricing, no free trial, and no free plans. However, its customers include enterprises like MasterCard and L’Oreal, so the solution is probably priced at a level that corresponds with company size.
By comparison, Juro offers flexible plans to suit any business. Head over to our pricing page to select a plan that's right for your business.
Read independent Ironclad reviews
Ironclad is rated on Capterra with a score of ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.1/5), compared to Juro's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.8/5).
On G2, Ironclad is rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.3/5), lower than Juro's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.8/5). You can check out the direct comparison page here.
"For something as simple as directing a typo, you have to download the template, correct in Word and re-upload. It feels unnecessarily cumbersome"
"Non-legal background users have hard time understanding the process. These process and system is very foreign to them and it doesn't resemble any other software that they use"
"The search capabilities are really limited. You can only search by the title of the workflow. You cannot, for example, search by PO# or SKU#, which is extremely annoying"
Read independent Juro reviews
Juro scores higher than Ironclad in 5 of the 7 key comparison areas. According to independent review sites, reviewers prefer Juro when it comes to meeting user requirements, ease of setup, ease of admin, quality of support and product direction. Juro users say:
"Juro combines contract editing with signatures to create a market-leading product"
"Thanks to Juro, teams within our business can send out clear, well-drafted, beautifully designed commercial agreements that can be signed quickly. Crucially, all of this can be achieved with minimal input from our legal team"
"We've created a workflow that is scalable, quicker, automated and allows other teams to self-serve their contracts. For a small legal team this is essential and has saved us so much time"
"Easy to learn, intuitive user interface, anyone can use it without training"