Former NASA Astronaut, Sr. Execs from Deloitte, Salesforce.com to Deliver Keynotes at BlackLine Annual User Conference; ABB, Atlas Air, Cox, Zurich Among Clients Presenting
4-DAY AGENDA IN SAN FRANCISCO TO HIGHLIGHT CREATIVE INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS, BENEFITS AND ROI OF SAAS; PLUS, PRE-CONFERENCE COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY PLANNED WITH GLIDE
LOS ANGELES – Nov. 6, 2012 – Leading financial close software provider BlackLine Systems will be hosting its 2012 Annual User Conference next week from Sunday to Wednesday, Nov. 11 to 14, at the iconic Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.
Former NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman, Ph.D., will deliver a keynote drawing on his experience and life lessons learned from two space shuttle missions, during which he logged over three months in space including three spacewalks and two trips to the International Space Station. Other keynotes will be given by Deloitte Principal Lee Dittmar, who will speak on “Finance in the Post Digital Enterprise” and Peter Coffee, Salesforce.com vice president and head of platform research, who will give a presentation entitled “Social Connection and the Enterprise.”
Speakers also include senior finance executives from more than 20 BlackLine client companies including ABB, Atlas Air, Cox Communications and Zurich Insurance Group. Several sessions are expected to hone in on the benefits of selecting a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) provider to automate traditionally manual financial close processes, rather than hosting (and having to maintain) the software on-premise.
More than 300 clients, partners and prospects from around the globe are registered to attend the four-day event. ‘BlackLine Certified Implementation Professional’ firms from the company’s global network, including conference sponsors Deloitte and UHY Advisors, will be presenting. Ernst & Young, Horn Solutions, KPMG LLP, Resources Global Professionals and Robert Half International each have BlackLine Certified Implementers signed up and planning to present, as well.
The day before the conference begins BlackLine employees and interested clients and partners will volunteer their time with GLIDE, a San Francisco organization that, for more than 45 years, has been providing a range of holistic services – from meals to housing to healthcare – to the poor and disenfranchised in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Participants will assist with the GLIDE Daily Meals Program, providing food to families in this poor, harsh urban community. BlackLine will be making a donation on behalf of the group and encourages others to contribute, as well.
At the BlackLine Annual User Conference, clients from around the world are given an opportunity to:
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- Learn best practices from BlackLine’s team of experts
- Hear how experienced users from other companies, and in specific industries, creatively use BlackLine
- Preview upcoming software enhancements
- Directly influence the product direction going forward