PwC to Present with BlackLine at Annual Shared Services & Outsourcing Week in Amsterdam

SESSION TO FOCUS ON THE BENEFITS, ROI THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED THROUGH THE AUTOMATION OF ACCOUNTING PROCESSES FOR SHARED SERVICES CENTERS

LOS ANGELES – May 9, 2012 – Representatives from financial software provider BlackLine Systems along with consulting and implementation partner PwC Advisory will be speaking at the 12th Annual European Shared Services and Outsourcing Week conference next week in Amsterdam.

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

With the number of companies moving to a shared services environment and/or outsourced finance function (often overseas) expected to increase, it is increasingly critical that proper controls are in place. Accuracy, visibility and timeliness of the account reconciliation and financial close processes, as well as the need for real-time access to information with clear, streamlined communications between all parties involved, is more important than ever before.

At this year’s European Shared Services Week conference, BlackLine Director of Corporate Communications Kimberly Uberti will moderate a session entitled “The Road to Reconciliation: Achieving Balance Sheet Integrity.” The BlackLine presentation will focus on how automating traditionally manual accounting processes, such as account reconciliations, can virtually eliminate spreadsheets – and the errors/headaches that come with them – and ultimately help companies “achieve balance sheet integrity.”

The following panelists will share their insight on how companies operating in an outsourced or 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 knowledge of how they can:
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 howard.goldstein@blackline.com.

  • Michael Gilmartin, BlackLine solutions consultant and former BlackLine System Administrator, IMS Health
  • Pieter Geyer, senior advisor, PwC Advisory
  • 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 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

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 companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class software in a simple and secure OnDemand/SaaS platform. With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals. For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.

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Media Contact:
Kimberly Uberti
Director of Corporate Communications
BlackLine Systems
310-721-6850
kimberly.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

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