Kraft Foods, MGM Resorts, Genpact and SAP Among Presenters at 2014 BlackLine User Conference

Event will highlight how ‘modern finance’ organizations are leveraging cloud technology to automate and improve financial controls to drive business performance

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 12, 2014 – Senior accounting and finance executives from several BlackLine customers and partners – including Kraft Foods, MGM Resorts International, Genpact and SAP – are lined up to speak next week at the company’s 2014 User Conference in Chicago. The event will highlight how ‘modern finance’ organizations are leveraging cloud technology to automate and improve financial controls to drive business performance, with many presentations highlighting enterprise-class applications and best practices for using the world’s leading finance controls and automation platform. Consultants from several BlackLine Certified Implementation Professional firms from the company’s global network, including conference sponsors Experis Finance, Protiviti, RGP, UHY Advisors and VACO, also are signed up to attend and present during the four-day event, with UHY lined up as the sole Platinum sponsor.

Through a joint event with Windy City Habitat for Humanity, BlackLine employees and interested clients and partners will volunteer their time the day before the conference begins to help rebuild homes in the Chicago area. BlackLine also will be sponsoring a toy drive for the duration of the conference to benefit RefugeeOne, a local non-profit refugee resettlement agency. BlackLine will be making a donation on behalf of the group to each organization and encourages others to contribute, as well.

In addition to presentations from some of the world’s leading global organizations, 2014 BlackLine User Conference keynotes will be delivered by global business legend and pop culture icon Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group; Geoffrey Moore, renowned author of the iconic book Crossing the Chasm; and Gartner research director John E. Van Decker.

The 2014 BlackLine User Conference will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers from Sunday to Wednesday, Nov. 16 to 19. Many local Chicago businesses will be showing their support providing services and discounts during the event including Uber, Macy’s, Fleming’s, SkyDeck, Shedd Aquarium and The Second City.

At the annual BlackLine User Conference, clients are given an opportunity to:
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BlackLine is the leader in Enhanced Finance Controls and Automation software and the only provider today offering a completely integrated cloud platform—built from a single code base—that supports the entire close-to-disclose process, as well as a host of other key accounting and financial processes. BlackLine’s Finance Controls and Automation Platform increases business efficiency and visibility, while ensuring the highest degree of balance sheet integrity.

Delivered through a scalable and highly secure cloud model, BlackLine empowers more than 900 global companies to reduce the time and resources required to execute month-end closing with unparalleled accuracy, fueling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle. With more than 100,000 users in over 100 countries, BlackLine complements existing Corporate Performance Management (CPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Although BlackLine is 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, Oracle Gold Partner and participates in the partner programs of NetSuite and several other ERP providers.

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