Robert Half, BlackLine Systems Enter Strategic Alliance

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/— Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, and leading financial close software provider BlackLine Systems have signed a new strategic alliance. Through the agreement, Robert Half will work with BlackLine to provide professionals certified to implement the BlackLine Financial Close Software Suite.

The business alliance expands a pre-existing successful relationship that Protiviti Inc., a Robert Half subsidiary, has had with BlackLine since February 2010. Protiviti helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. The expanded effort is expected to deliver even greater benefits to clients of Robert Half, Protiviti and BlackLine by leveraging staffing project professionals from Robert Half and consulting and finance transformation expertise from global consulting firm Protiviti. Companies will benefit by closing the books faster and more effectively and by having a scalable infrastructure to support future growth.

Robert Half will provide to businesses BlackLine-Certified Implementation Professionals, who have undergone a rigorous training course provided by BlackLine. These BlackLine-certified professionals are available now through Robert Half in major metropolitan markets throughout North America.

BlackLine develops software applications that automate the financial close process, improving and optimizing processes that were formerly manual and spreadsheet-driven.

“We are seeing demand from our clients to close their books more quickly,” said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. “Today’s agreement represents a significant benefit to our customers that combines Robert Half and Protiviti’s teams of professionals with BlackLine’s technology and complimentary WhiteGlove support to help companies maximize efficiencies and save money.”

“By aligning with leaders in the staffing and consulting industries, we can offer additional value to clients,” said BlackLine Systems CEO Therese Tucker. “The combined expertise of Robert Half and Protiviti will help companies get the most out of the BlackLine application, providing greater visibility into the overall close process in the end.”

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Menlo Park, Calif.-based Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in professional consulting and staffing services, and is the parent company of Protiviti®, a global consulting and internal audit firm composed of experts in risk, advisory and transaction services. The company’s specialized staffing divisions include Accountemps®, Robert Half® Finance & Accounting and Robert Half®Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam®, for highly skilled temporary administrative support personnel; Robert Half®Technology, for information technology professionals; Robert Half®Legal, for legal personnel; and The Creative Group®, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. Robert Half has staffing and consulting operations in more than 400 locations worldwide.