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November 07, 2022

BeyondTheBlack 2022: Day 1 Wrap Up

Modern Accounting
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Hilary O'Brien

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The first day of BeyondTheBlack 2022 is a wrap!

For everyone on-site with us, we hope you had an incredible day one in Las Vegas. Even though so much has already happened, this is just the beginning. Check out a quick recap of the day. 

Not Able to Join Us in Vegas?

Not to worry—we’re bringing the conference to you. Be a part of the action with access to eight livestreamed sessions that span the remaining two days of BeyondTheBlack. And did we mention you can earn CPE/CPD credits? It’s not too late to sign up—register now.

Here’s what you can expect on days two and three of the virtual livestream sessions:

Tuesday, November 8:

  • Go Beyond: From Caretaker to Value Center (Keynote session)

  • Intercompany Titans Panel: Time to Go Beyond Zero

  • Make Your CFO Look Good: Tips to Improve Both Your Lives

  • Customer Panel: Modern Accounting Award Winners

Wednesday, November 9:

  • Transformation Beyond Automation (Keynote session)

  • Women Leaders in F&A Panel

  • Why AR Management Needs to Be at the Top of Finance’s Agenda—Now More Than Ever

  • Customer Panel: Modern Accounting Award Winners

Pre-Conference Training Workshops

For those who attended a Pre-Conference Training Workshop, we hope you learned a lot and will be able to return home with actionable learnings to advance your company’s use of BlackLine and maximize fundamental system elements.

This year we hosted two sessions:

Calling All Administrators: Learn Vital Elements of Your BlackLine System—a collaborative exploration and evaluation of your critical BlackLine system settings and business processes to fully maximize fundamental system elements.

Jumpstart Your Journey with BlackLine Cash Application—an overview of BlackLine Cash Application. This interactive session walked participants through how this solution is used as an auto-matching and an exception processing tool to match incoming payments to existing invoices through relevant use cases.

If you couldn’t attend training this year but are interested in attending in 2023, be sure to let your BlackLine account manager know so they can keep you in the loop as the 2023 BeyondTheBlack agenda solidifies.

Highlights From Today’s Breakout Sessions

The first afternoon of sessions was jam-packed. There were sessions covering F&A hot topics like Winning the War for Talent, 2023 Predictions for Finance and Accounting, and ESG. Your peers attended breakouts on Financial Close Management, Transformation and Change Management, and AR Automation. No matter your interests, you can be sure there was a session curated just for you.

Here are just a couple of highlights:

How Aetna is Driving Continuous Innovation with Its Center of Excellence Model

To best serve the business, Aetna’s accounting and finance team established a Center of Excellence focused on transforming processes and reducing manual work. Since 2018, the Aetna COE has brought standardization, efficiency, and leading practices to the organization, and BlackLine solutions are enabling their success. In this session, attendees heard how Aetna is delivering measurable results, freeing up resources, and improving controls with BlackLine and its COE model.

How a REIT Uses BlackLine Task Management to Close (While Having a Little Fun, Too)

LXP Industrial Trust understands that innovation and technology are essential to growth and continued success. This session provided insights into how LXP utilized BlackLine Task Management to help transform and modernize its journey to modern accounting. LXP talked about how they created the BlackLine Intergalactic Highway for a fun way to encourage staff interaction and facilitate an accounting transformation from the traditional way of working to optimizing its accounting processes, thereby creating capacity for Accounting to focus on what matters most.

Coming Up on Tuesday

If you weren’t able to join us today, don’t worry, there are still an amazing number of sessions coming up on Tuesday! Be sure to check the full agenda or log on to the mobile app to set up your calendar so you don’t miss a single thing.

And don’t forget to join us Tuesday from 4:30-6:30pm for our Sponsor Reception in the Innovation Hub. It’s a great chance to connect with peers and friends, talk about your BeyondTheBlack experience so far, explore BlackLine solutions, and mingle with our sponsors.

Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub is the heartbeat of BeyondTheBlack. Carve out some time to visit—it's a great place to network with your peers and BlackLine teams, learn best practices and new ideas, and optimize your BlackLine experience. If you’re already a BlackLine customer, don’t miss out on the Customer Corner where you’ll find community, training, and exclusive customer experience resources.

The Hub is also a great spot to add to your points total so you can be eligible to win prizes in our Game On raffle experience. Check out some of the incredible prizes that are available at this year’s BeyondTheBlack.

 We can’t wait to see you for day two of BeyondTheBlack 2022!

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Hilary O'Brien