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

BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions that transform Finance and Accounting (F&A) by automating, centralising and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for large and midsize enterprises.  Designed to complement ERP and other financial systems, BlackLine’s cloud platform increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management and accounting automation.

BlackLine’s mission is to continuously improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of Finance and Accounting by centralising key functions within a single, unified cloud platform. Enabling customers to move beyond outdated processes and point solutions to a Continuous Accounting model, in which real-time automation, controls and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities. BlackLine helps companies modernise accounting operations with intelligent automation, ensuring more accurate and insightful financial statements and a more efficient financial close.  To date more than 2,800 companies with users in over 130 countries around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.

BlackLine is recognized by Gartner as a Leader in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions.

Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney servicing its 14 global locations.For more information, please visit


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