As this year’s InTheBlack experience draws nearer, Connor Group is excited to debut our latest thought leadership piece, The Blueprint for System Success.
As a premier BlackLine implementation partner, we have in-depth expertise in implementing world-class close and reporting processes. We’ve also seen firsthand how BlackLine can continue to add value to your organization in the years to follow.
In this upcoming thought leadership piece, we highlight these key factors to help you ensure a successful BlackLine implementation.
Systems Don’t Solve Everything
As much as we’d like a system to make everything better, this is simply not how it works. Many factors can make successfully implementing a new system much more challenging, like a close process that’s highly manual and overtaken with too many dependencies, a team that lacks the skills to perform meaningful reviews, or an unbalanced workload throughout the team.
When embarking on system implementation, first carefully contemplate the problem at hand and work to address all aspects of it—not just the system component.
If you’re considering implementing BlackLine, then you may be trying to solve challenges in your close and reporting processes. There are many ways you can work to improve the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of your close, and making these improvements part of your implementation can take your close to the next level.
Appoint A Champion
Change is hard, and implementing a new system is no small change for an accounting organization. Having a leader within the organization who is enthusiastic about BlackLine and its capabilities goes a long way in making the change more palatable for the rest of the team.
Identify your champion early and empower them to lead the charge. Their enthusiasm for BlackLine will be contagious, and in no time, the rest of the team will be on board too.
Altering how you work and operate can be difficult. Teams can become accustomed to their current spreadsheet reconciliations, manual checklists, and methods of tracking progress through the close, so deploying new a new system and leading practices can feel daunting.
But when you’re looking to optimize and automate a close, it’s important to be open to new ways of operating, new ways of thinking, and new ways of communicating. Approaching close transformation with openness will allow you to take full advantage of the capabilities and benefits a system like BlackLine can provide.
Here’s an excerpt from The Blueprint for System Success:
It’s time to transform and automate the close/reporting process. It’s time to embark on an exciting new system implementation.
You’ve decided to implement BlackLine as the perfect system to achieve your goals. The business case has been built, the funding has been approved, and you’re ready to get started.
But before jumping feet first into BlackLine implementation, ask yourself: do you have a blueprint for success?
Just as the construction of a new home needs a blueprint detailing how to construct the foundation, companies need a blueprint for systems implementation. Proper system configuration is not possible without clear objectives to get the system up and running.