Deloitte, United Airlines To Join BlackLine on Panel at SSON Finance Transformation Summit 2010


Calabasas, Calif. – Sept. 27, 2010 – Representatives from financial software provider BlackLine Systems along with Deloitte & Touche LLP and BlackLine client United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAUA) will be speaking at the Shared Services & Outsourcing Network’s (SSON) Finance Transformation 2010 show set to take place Tuesday, Sept. 28, to Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, in Chicago.

Finance Transformation 2010 will bring together leading financial shared services experts from around the world to share best practices for streamlining finance operations through ‘people, end-to-end process and technology.’

Smart, efficient close to report cycles create a foundation for evaluating performance, supporting business decisions and satisfying external reporting requirements. Until now, financial departments have had to rely on spreadsheet-driven processes that often contain hidden errors, resulting in costly mistakes.

BlackLine VP and Product Expert Jeff Adler, CPA, and Deloitte & Touche LLP Advisory Services Partner John Gimpert, national leader, finance transformation, will co-lead a presentation entitled “Closing With Confidence: Not Just for the Sake of Doing it Faster, But for the Sake of Doing it Better.” During the session, the co-presenters will discuss how automating traditionally manual accounting processes, such as account reconciliations, can virtually eliminate spreadsheets – and the errors/headaches that come with them.

Kevin Spars, managing director of financial reporting and accounting at BlackLine client company United Airlines, will follow sharing his experience on how global companies operating in a shared services environment can communicate better, improve efficiencies, increase productivity and reduce bottom line costs by implementing an automated account reconciliation and financial close system.

Attendees will leave the session with insight into how they can:

  • Implement technology to automate the entire financial close process, increasing control and visibility across the board

  • Ensure timely, accurate and documented communications between all departments (accounting, finance, compliance, auditing, etc.)

  • Realize exceptional return-on-investment (ROI) in a very short timeframe

  • Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting

  • Define responsibility and process ownership

  • Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations

The Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON), which puts on several conferences throughout the year, is the largest and most established community of shared services and outsourcing professionals in the world.

To learn more, contact Howard Goldstein at or visit BlackLine at the show.