In 2012, our founder Alistair Maiden was tasked with automating ASDA’s contract process. At first he didn’t know where to start, but many Google searches later he settled on a plan to combine Ariba, Contract Express and DocuSign, to provide ASDA colleagues with a fully self-service contracting platform called Delphi.
Delphi was a huge success, reducing the average contract cycle from 17 days to 5 days and developing to triage non-contract related legal service requests. Delphi is now regarded as the first “modern” CLM and possibly the first digital legal front door.
Alistair thought there was a need for legal engineers to be an interface between legal teams and emerging legal tech. So, in 2016, Alistair left ASDA and formed SYKE.