A Year Later: An Update on BlackLine’s Solution Extension Relationship with SAP

New SAP S/4 HANA integrations, a central role in SAP’s latest financial closing offering, and a sales-performance award highlight BlackLine’s first year offering SAP Solution Extensions.

Solution Extensions (SolEx) represent the top tier of SAP recognition and are only awarded to companies whose products extend native SAP products. The recognition means that BlackLine solutions are now sold as SAP offerings.

“We’re continuing to work closely with SAP to articulate value to our customers and prospective customers. Our recent recognition as SAP’s fastest-growing cloud SolEx partner is evidence that we’re gaining traction in the market,” says BlackLine Director of Solutions Marketing Molly Boyle.

New SAP S/4HANA Integrations

BlackLine also announced that SAP has certified three BlackLine solutions for SAP S/4HANA 1909, its newest version of the company’s ERP solution. The newly certified BlackLine products are:

  • BlackLine Connector rel. S41905 for SAP Solutions—for extracting data out of SAP and into BlackLine
  • BlackLine Web Services Connector rel. S1905 for SAP Solutions—for sending data from BlackLine to SAP
  • BlackLine SmartClose 5.05.

Certifications such as these provide customers with increased confidence in the integrity and security of data flowing between SAP and BlackLine, notes Boyle. They also further demonstrate BlackLine’s commitment to providing and maintaining the highest level of integration with SAP.

A Central Role in SAP’s Record-to-Report Offering

Also solidifying BlackLine’s role is its inclusion in SAP’s new record-to-report positioning, which defines the SAP Financial Mission Control Center.

“The mission control center is a grouping of SAP products that provide end-to-end solutions for Accounting and Finance,” says Boyle.

“BlackLine’s solution extension offerings, SAP Account Substantiation and Automation by BlackLine and SAP Intercompany Financial Hub by BlackLine, are positioned alongside SAP Advanced Financial Closing and SAP Group Reporting to deliver value for SAP customers, including those running or moving to SAP S/4HANA and/or SAP Central Finance.

Helping Companies Move to SAP S/4HANA

BlackLine’s solutions are purpose-built to help any accounting team trade traditional manual accounting processes, which are no longer sustainable, for modern accounting, which is unified, automated, and continuous. In addition, customers are crediting BlackLine with helping them move to SAP S/4HANA or manage other finance transformation initiatives. 

“Customers have noted that their installation came in on time and on budget,” says Boyle. “And they’ve noted that BlackLine was a big part of their success. BlackLine solutions are providing visibility, automation, and control for customers as they navigate a major change (moving to SAP S/4HANA).”

Read this blog post to learn more about how SAP and BlackLine are improving the end-to-end financial close process together.