BlackLine Systems to Lead a Microforum and Demo Theater Session, Plus Client Booth Presentations at SAPPHIRE® NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference

Dow Chemical to discuss ease of integration with SAP® solutions; benefits of BlackLine; cost-savings since using BlackLine Financial Close Suite, an SAP-endorsed business solution

LOS ANGELES – June 3, 2014 – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), along with other BlackLine Systems client companies, will be joining the financial close software leader and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) to deliver several presentations each day at BlackLine booth number 1313 during SAPPHIRE® NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference taking place June 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.

The BlackLine System Administrator from Dow Chemical will be in the BlackLine booth for a series of demo sessions highlighting the ease of integration with SAP solutions, as well as the key benefits and return on investment (ROI) the nearly $60 billion public company has realized since using BlackLine on a global basis to accelerate its financial close.

The regular booth presentations with Dow and other BlackLine clients are just one of three activities BlackLine will participate in during the conference to showcase its end-to-end solution for helping companies accelerate the financial close.

Representatives from BlackLine and SAP also will co-host a microforum presentation in the Lines of Business campus (LB255) entitled “Make the Most of Your Entity Financial Close and Account Reconciliations.” Presented in a roundtable format, the SAP and BlackLine microforum is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT on June 2. The presentation is designed to generate discussion on how finance, accounting, audit and compliance executives can help ensure the integrity of their balance sheets – and ultimately financial reports – by implementing software to automate the traditionally manual, labor-intensive and spreadsheet-driven financial close and account reconciliation processes. Lastly, the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions will be featured in another microforum session titled “Close with Confidence and Achieve Balance Sheet Integrity,” to be held in the Lines of Business Demo Theater (LB203) on June 5 at 12 p.m. EDT.

Each of the BlackLine sessions – in its booth or in the Lines of Business campus – is designed to inform customers, whether operating in an environment of only SAP solutions or applications from multiple vendors, how account reconciliation process optimization can help them achieve a quicker and more accurate financial close process.

Featured Speakers:

  • Stefan Karl, chief solution expert, Finance Solutions, SAP AG
  • Elizabeth Milne, manager, Accounting and Financial Close Portfolio, Product Marketing, SAP
  • Bob Davenport, senior implementation and application consultant, BlackLine Systems
  • Theresa Buckmaster, BlackLine system administrator, The Dow Chemical Company

Attendees will leave the various sessions with insight into how, by automating their account reconciliations, they can:

  • Virtually eliminate spreadsheets (and the manual errors that often come with them) from their account reconciliation process
  • Automate traditionally manual accounting functions
  • Have a faster, more efficient close cycle - maintaining more control and visibility worldwide, while reducing risk
  • Realize exceptional ROI in a very short timeframe
  • Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting
  • Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations, worldwide

The BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution – joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally. BlackLine also is an SAP gold partner in the SAP® PartnerEdge® program and a participant in SAP Store, the online e-commerce channel or “e-channel” for enterprise solutions and services from SAP and its partners, designed to provide SAP customers with information on relevant, complementary technology solutions that are certified by SAP.

BlackLine was named a 2011 SAP Pinnacle award finalist in the “Software Solution Newcomer of the Year” category. SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to the “best and brightest” of the SAP partner ecosystem, recognizing partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnerships with SAP and driving customer success.

To learn more, visit BlackLine at SAPPHIRE NOW in booth 1313.

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. With more than 90,000 users in over 100 countries, BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Though ERP-agnostic, the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution – joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally that are endorsed by the enterprise application software leader. BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class financial software in a simple and secure SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) 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, Melbourne, New York City and Sydney to serve the company’s growing global client base. For more information, please visit


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