Global Garden Care Products Giant Shared Journey Modernizing F&A Processes Using BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions

LOS ANGELES – May 20, 2016 – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) presented alongside BlackLine and SAP (NYSE: SAP) on the transformation of finance and accounting (F&A) in a roundtable session this week at SAPPHIRE® NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Laurel Johns, manager, Finance Consolidation & Controls at ScottsMiracle-Gro, shared the company’s journey transforming its F&A processes using the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions, an SAP-endorsed business solution.

Throughout the session, Ms. Johns highlighted the ease of integration with SAP solutions, as well as the key benefits and ROI the $3 billion public company has realized since using the BlackLine suite on a global basis. Attendees of the by-invitation only interactive session heard first-hand about the selection process, implementation, lessons learned and key successes since implementing the BlackLine suite alongside SAP software.

The cloud-based BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP Solutions complements the functionality inherent in the SAP ERP Financials solution and the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution, bringing enhanced control and automation to F&A departments worldwide. BlackLine recently announced that its BlackLine Connector 3.0 has achieved certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform running on the SAP HANA® platform. BlackLine Connector provides embedded, real-time integration with SAP ERP and the BlackLine Financial Close Management solution’s various products, such as account reconciliations and variance analysis.

BlackLine is a member of the SAP PartnerEdge® program. Through the program, partners work closely with SAP to develop and certify the technical integration of their solutions with SAP software. Integrated partner applications extend, complement and add value to SAP solutions, thereby helping mutual customers more successfully meet business needs and drive strong results.

SAPPHIRE NOW focuses on how companies can enable their digital business strategy and get more from their technology investments. SAPPHIRE NOW and the ASUG Annual Conference is the world’s premier business technology event and largest SAP customer-run conference, offering attendees the opportunity to learn and network with customers, SAP executives, partners and experts across the entire SAP ecosystem.


Ashley Dyer

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