When we designed ContractZen solution with our R&D team and with the help of several lawyers and business executives, we noticed that there are extremely good collaboration and workflow tools and services on the market. These tools have very different feature levels and pricing range. Therefore it was logical that we concentrate in creating the best possible solution to manage the final documents (i.e. approved documents) and integrated this metadata-driven service to the best e-Signature solutions on the market. This way our clients can choose the most suitable document collaboration and workflow tool available for them and then use ContractZen to e-Sign, store, find and share their documents easily and securely.
From our point of view, people should use best of breed tools that are specifically created for workflow and collaboration purposes. Services that have both workflow and contract management tools are not usually as good as the previously mentioned, because they cannot keep up with the technological advancements that collaboration tools are facing. Tools that specialize in a smaller area (but can be integrated into other products) are usually state of the art.
So, ContractZen focuses only on managing the final (i.e. approved) documents, so we do not have any document creation, workflow or collaboration tools. However, we have integrated several e-signature services into ContractZen (like Adobe Sign and Assently) so you can send your documents for e-signing straight from our service. You can also track the statuses of the signatures in ContractZen, and the signed documents will be automatically stored in your account so you can easily find and manage them afterwards. In addition, Adobe Sign has workflow features in their eSigning service. You can, for example, choose the order in which the signers sign the documents, and add approver(s) to the signing workflow (so you can first send the document for approval, and then for eSigning).
We recommend you to evaluate which tool is the best match for your needs. (For example, you might want to check out what kind of new collaboration tools Microsoft Office 365 and Google Docs offer.)