Rob van den Wijngaard, SSC manager, shares why Leiden University chose BlackLine Smart Close.
“The Smart Close solution offers more than automation. It enables Finance Departments to standardize their financial close processes, delivers advanced robotic process automation (RPA), and offers opportunities for continuous improvement. Very few solutions can offer those benefits, so we knew Smart Close was a winner.”
While standardization and automation were necessary elements in a software solution, continuous improvement was an added benefit. The culture in Leiden University’s shared service center emphasizes the ability to continuously improve, and a software that would help enable that was something Wijngaard found very appealing.
“My vision for my shared service center is that tomorrow must be better than today. Smart Close offers opportunities for continuous improvement and helps us achieve that goal.”
One of the main ways that the solution enables continuous improvement is through Continuous Accounting. This modern approach evenly distributes month-end tasks over the accounting period, so that data and transactions are processed as they come in. It relies on automation to shorten the close and smooths out end-of-period spikes.