LOS ANGELES – Sept. 3, 2019 – Financial controls and automation software leader BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) is hosting its annual global user conference this month in Los Angeles. InTheBlack 2019: BlackLine’s Finance & Accounting Innovation Experience (ITB 2019) will focus on best practices for accelerating the financial close while ensuring the highest levels of trust and accuracy in the numbers as companies increasingly seek to transform their Finance & Accounting (F&A) organizations with increased automation and incorporation of innovative new tools, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.
The 4-day conference will feature speakers from more than 40 BlackLine customers including Aetna (a CVS Health Company), Dell Technologies, Domino’s, Intel Corp., Sirius XM Holdings Inc. and SunTrust, with F&A professionals from each sharing best practices learned by automating critical processes using BlackLine’s cloud platform.
With intensifying global competitive pressures, a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, the growing complexity of financial processes, and heightened demand for clear visibility into balance sheet data, F&A must reconcile ever-increasing data volumes. In a world of uncertainty, it is vital that the right automated checks and controls are in place to verify data and process integrity and address potential issues prior to public reporting. A key theme at ITB 2019 will be how automating and streamlining manual, spreadsheet-based processes can help improve data accuracy, visibility and control, instilling greater internal trust, confidence and accountability levels, reducing risk and ultimately impacting key decision-making.
Thought leaders from EY, Deloitte, Genpact and SAP will also be speaking at ITB 2019 and are among the more than 20 BlackLine strategic consulting and technology partner firms that are sponsoring the event, demonstrating BlackLine’s expanding ecosystem in the F&A arena.
In addition to BlackLine CEO Therese Tucker and other BlackLine experts, featured keynote speeches will be delivered by Theranos whistleblower Tyler Shultz, as well as bestselling authors and Freakonomics Series co-stars Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. BlackLine’s Chief People Officer, Susan Otto, also will conduct a fireside chat with Billie Jean King, former world No. 1 professional tennis player and long-time champion for social change and women’s equality.
In conjunction with ITB 2019, BlackLine will be hosting a Giving Back Day in which customers, partners and employees will come together to help Hollenbeck Middle School with several beautification and improvement projects.
ITB 2019 is expected to draw a global community of over 1,600 attendees with more than 120 speakers spanning approximately 130 sessions. ITB 2019 will be held Monday to Thursday, Sept. 16th to 19th, at the J.W. Marriott L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, with Giving Back Day on Thursday, the 19th. For more information, go here.