InTheBlack LA: What’s New for 2017


According to a 2016 attendee, InTheBlack will change your job, your role, and your life.

This is a big statement, and it’s not only the primary purpose of the entire conference but also a key driver in BlackLine’s vision.

Finance automation improves accountant’s lives by allowing them to finally focus on meaningful tasks that add value to the broader business. But to get the full benefit of the tools you’re using every day, it’s essential to continually learn new functionality, best practices, and use cases.

This is just part of what you’ll gain from attending InTheBlack in LA on November 15-18. With 136 hours of content, 100+ thought leaders and industry experts, 1,500 like-minded professionals, and 4 exciting days of innovation, you will leave inspired and ready to transform the way accounting and finance work for you and your organization.

Digital Disruption & Transformation

Change is becoming the new normal, and in order for organizations to stay competitive, it’s essential for accounting and finance teams to gain insight into the current disruptors and network with other professionals to discuss challenges and solutions.

This year, InTheBlack is bringing you hot topic spotlights on robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, and blockchain. You will discover how robotics and other modern innovations are helping accounting and finance teams work smarter and embed automation into their processes.

You won’t want to miss these sessions and Bits:

  • Vice President of Product Management Isaac Tucker will explore the rapidly changing finance technology landscape and what it means for the people driving the future innovations in F&A

  • Get the basics down about blockchain, and better understand what its future will mean for you in “Blockchain: 5 Things You Need to Know Now”

  • CFO Mark Partin will host an insightful panel of finance leaders to make sense of new technologies including Artificial intelligence, blockchain, and robotic process automation

Advanced Training Workshops & Industry Best Practices

Advanced Training workshops are brand new this year, and designed to make your teams even more productive, efficient, and effective. Expert trainers will provide hands-on instruction and in-application experience as you dive into sessions like Advanced Reconciliations, Tasks – More Than Month-End Checklists, Getting the Most Out of BlackLine’s New Reporting, and Stop saying “What the Flux?!” with Variance Analysis.

“BlackLine’s always changing and this is our time to focus on what are we going to do for next year and how are we going to use some of that new functionality,” says an attendee from last year.

We’ve also developed advanced workshops with guidance on best practices for intercompany accounting and networking via LinkedIn, to equip you to bring even more value to your organization.

At the close of last year’s conference, another 2016 said, “I've learned a lot this year that I'll be able to take back to my company. I'm excited to be able to talk to our controllers and directors about what we can implement to improve our monthly reconciliation and overall close process.”

Accelerating Continuous Accounting

If you attended the conference in 2015 or 2016, you already know that the Continuous Accounting approach is a game changer for the evolution of the accountant’s role.

Continuous Accounting spreads financial close tasks across the entire month, instead of waiting until the end of the month, making accountants far less frenzied with more time for analysis. The pace of accounting finally aligns with the pace of business, and this gives accountants their nights and weekends back – even during the close.

This year, we will focus on best practices and KPIs that will help you better understand your processes and where there is opportunity for continuous improvement.

Here are a few of the sessions that will dive into this revolutionary approach:

  • SAP will help you unlock business value with Continuous Accounting

  • Energy Transfer Partners will map out the next steps on your journey to Continuous Accounting

  • Varian Medical Systems will talk about how to make Continuous Accounting real

  • BlackLine’s Isaac Tucker will share how products and processes can serve as the blueprint for achieving Continuous Accounting

Join Us at InTheBlack 2017

The best practices, industry trends, and product knowledge you’ll learn will not only change your life, but the lives of your teams as well. And the inspiration you’ll gain may even change the way you feel about going to work every day.

It’s time to play your part in the transformation of finance and accounting. Register for InTheBlack today.