Accounting automation software leader recognized for driving digital transformation for customers

LOS ANGELES — March 11, 2020 — ** BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) today announced it is the recipient of an SAP® North America Award for Partner Excellence for SAP Solution Extension Growth — Cloud. Awards were presented by SAP to the top-performing SAP partners in the North America region that have made outstanding contributions to driving customers’ digital transformations. Recipients of this year’s awards have been – in partnership with SAP – helping customers adopt innovation easily, gain results rapidly, grow sustainably and run more simply with SAP solutions.

“Global businesses are increasingly recognizing that their traditional manual accounting processes are not sustainable andthat they can close faster with more visibility, automation and confidence by adding BlackLine to their SAP software landscapes, especially those running on SAP S/4HANA® or migrating to SAP S/4HANA,” said Marc Huffman, BlackLine’s president and chief operating officer. “This award validates the momentum and long-term potential that SAP sees in BlackLine as a key partner.”

Selected from SAP’s wide-ranging partner base, nominations for the SAP Partner Excellence Awards were based on internal SAP sales data. A steering committee composed of regional and global SAP representatives determined winning partners in each category according to numerous criteria such as sales achievement and performance. Awards were presented in a variety of categories, including overall sales, innovation, technology, services and solution-specific areas.

“BlackLine helps businesses streamline the financial close process by providing substantiation, accounting automation and intercompany governance within a controlled, end-to-end solution,” said Martin Naraschewski, senior vice president, global head of Line of Business Finance for SAP. “By offering BlackLine’s cloud-based solutions as SAP Solution Extensions, we are enabling our global customers to adopt and benefit from leading financial close technology that brings them added value, particularly for those running on SAP S/4HANA®. It’s exciting to see the momentum for BlackLine’s solutions building and we are enthusiastic about the future of our partnership.”

The BlackLine platform complements functionality provided by SAP ERP Financials and SAP S/4HANA. The integration brings enhanced control, automation and data integrity to audit, finance and accounting departments worldwide, while ensuring that data flowing to and from SAP solutions does so in an integrated manner. BlackLine’s cloud-based solutions are offered as SAP solution extensions under the following names:
Hundreds of the world’s leading companies currently run BlackLine alongside SAP. However, BlackLine is ERP agnostic and integrates with more than 30 different leading source systems, an added benefit for SAP customers with multiple ERPs.

  • SAP Account Substantiation and Automation by BlackLine

  • SAP Account Substantiation and Automation by BlackLine, premier edition

  • SAP Intercompany Financial Hub by BlackLine

BlackLine received its award during the SAP Field Kick-Off Meeting Las Vegas, an annual gathering of SAP executives, SAP field employees and partners. It is SAP’s largest yearly sales meeting, intended to gain and exchange information on SAP’s strategy, sales methodology, business growth opportunities and product innovations as well as drive success during the upcoming year.

About BlackLine **
Companies come to BlackLine, Inc. (Nasdaq: BL) because their traditional manual accounting processes are not sustainable. BlackLine’s cloud-based solutions and market-leading customer service help companies move to modern accounting by unifying their data and processes, automating repetitive work, and driving accountability through visibility. BlackLine provides solutions for financial close management, accounting automation, and intercompany governance, helping large enterprises and midsize companies across all industries do accounting work better, faster, and with more control.

More than 3,000 customers trust BlackLine to help them close faster with complete and accurate results. The company is the pioneer and recognized Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions. Based in Los Angeles, BlackLine also has regional headquarters in London, Singapore and Sydney. For more information, please visit
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