Gartner VP John E. Van Decker, FSN Publisher Gary Simon To Speak At BlackLine User Conference, Aug. 9-12, At US Grant Hotel, San Diego

RENOWNED FINANCE/IT INDUSTRY ANALYST, U.K.-BASED GLOBAL MEDIA EXECUTIVE TO DISCUSS IMPORTANCE OF FINANCIAL CLOSE OPTIMIZATION, ACCURATE REPORTING IN TODAY’S TOUGH ECONOMIC CLIMATE

Calabasas, Calif. - April 28, 2009 - BlackLine Systems, the first company to offer an automated account reconciliation solution for large corporations, is gearing up to host its annual user conference on Sunday to Wednesday, Aug. 9 – 12, 2009, at the historic landmark US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The event, expected to attract finance, accounting and compliance department executives from many of BlackLine’s Fortune 1,000 customers, will focus on best practices for improving the timeliness and accuracy of the financial close process, with particular emphasis on the intricacies and challenges of today’s difficult economic environment.

BlackLine has lined up two global financial/IT industry veterans – one from the research/analyst community and one from the media world – to speak at the event:
Both Mr. Van Decker and Mr. Simon have more than 25 years of experience in the IT and finance industries. Van Decker previously held management positions with AT&T and Castrol North America and also headed up the research division at IT consulting firm META Group. A renowned author based out of London, Simon has written many product reviews, whitepapers and books on finance/IT topics, of which his latest “Fast Close to the Max” focuses on the importance of a quick and accurate financial close.

  • John E. Van Decker, Vice President, Corporate Performance & Financial Management Systems at leading IT research and advisory firm Gartner, will deliver the keynote on Monday, Aug. 10
  • Gary Simon, Group Publisher & Managing Editor, FSN/FSN Newswire (a leading resource worldwide for business systems news for finance and IT professionals), will present as a special guest speaker on Tuesday, Aug. 11

  • About BlackLine
    Founded in 2001, BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. An experienced provider of software to Fortune 1,000 companies, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that, for the first time, automate the entire financial close process and help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. BlackLine software applications complement and are an integral component of existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

    BlackLine offers customers a choice between enterprise or OnDemand delivery. With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the effort the financial close places on the CFO. For more information, please visit www.blackline.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    Ashley Dyer
    Sr. Public Relations Manager
    P. 818.936.7166
    E: ashley.dyer@blackline.com

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