Xerox/ACS, KPMG LLP to Join BlackLine Systems on Panel at 17th Annual North American Shared Services & Outsourcing Week

Session to emphasize importance of automating financial close processes for companies in shared services, outsourcing environments

LOS ANGELES – March 4, 2013 – Representatives from financial software provider BlackLine Systems, U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP and BlackLine/KPMG client company Xerox/ACS will speak at the 17th Annual North American Shared Services & Outsourcing Week this week in Orlando.

The 2013 North American SSOWeek, slated for Monday to Thursday, March 4 to 7, expects to welcome more than 800 senior shared services and outsourcing executives for four days of intense learning, information-sharing and intimate networking sessions focused on the issues that are most important to them.

Susan Parcells, CPA, BlackLine Systems director of finance transformation and product expert, will moderate a panel entitled “Best Practices for Achieving Balance Sheet Integrity.” The session will focus on ways the CFO can improve control and visibility surrounding the financial close process by automating traditionally manual accounting processes, such as account reconciliations. Previously, finance organizations had to rely on spreadsheet-driven processes that often lead to hidden errors, resulting in costly mistakes.

Gary Carpenter, manager, R2R transformation, Xerox/ACS, will discuss how large companies operating in shared services and/or outsourcing environments can communicate better, improve efficiencies, increase productivity, reduce bottom line costs and ensure accuracy on the balance sheet by implementing an automated account reconciliation and financial close system such as that offered by BlackLine.

KPMG Principal Ron Walker will offer insights based on his firm’s experience in implementing finance and governance technologies for global companies.

Attendees will hear 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 among all departments (accounting, finance, compliance, auditing, etc.)
  • Realize return-on-investment in a short timeframe
  • Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting
  • Define responsibility and process ownership
  • Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations

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About BlackLine Systems
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.

BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, New York City and Sydney to serve the company’s growing global client base. For more information, please visit


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