In The Black


17-18 March 2020


The Accounting & Finance Innovation Experience you can’t miss.

InTheBlack London brings together our global community of controllers, accountants, finance executives, and BlackLine experts for an impactful event that will deliver thought leadership, inspiring keynotes, education, networking, and professional development right to you. Join us in London on March 17-18 to network and learn with your local finance and accounting peers.


Confirmed Speakers

Darryl Bannon

Darryl Bannon
Finance and Strategy Consultant

Mike Walsh

Mike Walsh
CEO of Tomorrow

More speakers to be announced

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Finance & Accounting Innovation Journey Framework

A framework to guide your Finance and Accounting Transformation Journey. A blueprint to measure your current state, prioritize goals, and build out a roadmap of targeted quick, medium and long-term activities for a successful journey to your end game.
The framework focuses on 5 key areas:

1. Define and prioritize your goals (end game)
2. Identify the KPIs to track progress
3. Assess the 5 Core Finance & Accounting Processes
4. Design a roadmap
5. Monitor progress
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Titanium Sponsor Presentation

BlackLine's global ecosystem of advisory partners help companies deliver measurable results throughout their digital transformation initiatives. This thought leadership session will provide guidance for you as consider the next step in your journey.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Titanium Sponsor Presentation

BlackLine's global ecosystem of advisory partners help companies deliver measurable results throughout their digital transformation initiatives. This thought leadership session will provide guidance for you as consider the next step in your journey.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Customer Success Showcase

BlackLine has always been a company focused on innovating for our customers. This year we want to showcase some of our most innovative customer stories. BlackLine's Founder & CEO Therese Tucker will invite innovative leaders who have delivered transformational results for their companies. The Customer Innovation Showcase will give you something to take home with you along with new ways of overcoming obstacles and driving transformational change in your company.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Taking the First Step with BlackLine

Thinking about BlackLine or just recently purchased? Don't know where to start? Join this session and learn best practices for starting your journey to finance transformation with BlackLine.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Implementations Best Practices

Planning and design is key, especially when it comes to automating you financial close. In this session, we’ll get you off to the right start with insights from expects. We’ll discuss project planning and design, as well as best practices and lessons learned from a successful implementation.
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Financial Close Excellence by SAP

Hear directly from experts and current SAP customers who have embraced financial close innovation. Add the exclusive session to your agenda to experience: Three hours of financial close excellence content with SAP leaders and experts along with a Product demonstrations of SAP’s Solution Extensions by BlackLine.
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Mistaking Chaos for Complexity: Rethinking the Accounting Experience

When was the last time you used a rolodex or called a travel agent? Did you recently opt to go the library instead of asking Google for some information? Believe it or not you can still buy ledger paper online! Technology has transformed so many of our activities and freed up our time to focus on other things. How we spend our time at work is directly correlated to the value we add to the business. Yet enterprise technology can seem daunting, systems are not built to naturally work with another, data lives in silos, and bringing it all together is often manual and chaotic. This chaos is often mistaken for complexity because it is we humans that historically had manage it. But in reality, “machines” and software are ideally suited for managing the chaos, so we can focus on the truly complex in our daily jobs.This session will show how BlackLine’s product innovation is focused changing the experience of F&A professionals with technology that connects your systems, provide visibility across every process, runs intelligently and automatically, and importantly, easy for you the users.
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Your Journey with Change Management

Optimization projects on both a large and small scale not only impact your processes and technology, but also your team. A project management plan transforms your technologies and processes, but an integrated Change Management Plan supports your teams through the transformation. Change Management is a structured and intentional plan to support people through change as part of a transformation journey. We will discuss how to integrate a Change Management methodology into your project plan in order to prepare and support individuals through the changes to their jobs, as well as, ensure that employees adopt, use, and optimize the change being introduced.
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Afternoon Break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel: The Transformation Experience

Join this panel of experts in change management, hear leading best practices for getting your team (from the top down) on board for change and get all your questions answered.
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

The Algorithmic Leader - Mike Walsh

5:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Networking Happy Hour

Come together with peers, industry experts, and BlackLine team members to explore your own experiences and plans for changing accounting in your organization. Or, simply unwind with friends with over hor d'oeuvres and beverages.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

Best Practices: Optimizing Account Recs

Join us in this session to obtain best practices for taking your account reconciliations to the next level of excellence, while mitigating risk. Along with standardized reconciliation templates, account rules, and other tools, we'll discuss various ways to manage your end-to-end close process, enabling continuous analysis. This approach will spur improvement in quality, accuracy, and efficiency within your Finance and Accounting functions.
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Best Practices: Reporting & Dashboards

Dive into BlackLine's Homepage Dashboards and see how you can gain greater visibility into the status of your close and improve workflow and insights, whether you are a Preparer, Reviewer, Manager, or Controller.
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Building a Better Business Case: Getting Your Executives Onboard with Accounting Transformation

For accounting and finance teams, securing budget for technology can be a tall task. A compelling and robust business case is a critical requirement to starting a transformation, and it shouldn't be overlooked. In this session, we'll review how financial close solutions deliver value for customers and how you can best demonstrate that value to gain executive approval and support.
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Customer Certification Training

Advance your BlackLine product knowledge and skills with this hands-on workshop that will offer best practices for setting up, configuring, and managing the tool across many different industries and design profiles. This will be done through group discussion and hand-on exercises facilitated by a BlackLine expert. Lunch included
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Intercompany Transformation: Understanding the Value Drivers and Business Case

Intercompany has become very challenging for many global organizations, most notably due to increasingly strict regulations. To complicate things further, intercompany is a cross-functional process that involves multiple departments beyond Accounting (i.e., Tax, Treasury, FP&A, BU Finance, Legal, etc.). How do you engage all these departments to baseline & benchmark the expected benefits from an intercompany transformation? Do you know all the value drivers to consider by stakeholder and how to categorize these benefits (i.e., cost savings, productivity gains, cost avoidance, compliance)? Join BlackLine for a presentation on building a comprehensive intercompany business case and learn how our customers have realized these benefits in their transformation enabled by the Intercompany Hub.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

How Do You Match Up?

Are you wondering how your pass rules match up against best practices? Join this session to learn the keys to success for automating high-volume reconciliations, including pass rule guidance, data source rules, the import utility, and more. We will cover the impacts pass rules have on matching results, how "tolerances" can be used to improve results, and how you can leverage pass rules to have BlackLine do more of the analysis for you.
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Use Variance Analysis as Your "Watch Dog"

Automate the monitoring of account balance and activity fluctuations as they occur, rather than waiting until the period end to uncover anomalies. With BlackLine Variance Analysis, you can proactively contribute to the narrative in the numbers. Automation technology serves as your built-in "watch dog" to alert you immediately to fluctuations and helps ensure the timely identification and remediation of issues.
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Advanced Matching: In-Transit, GL Mapping, Duplicate Elimination, Import Utility & Dynamic Grouping

For intermediate and advanced users of Transaction Matching. This session will demonstrate how to use advanced matching features to accommodate more complex business scenarios and optimize your high-volume reconciliations.


All Access Pass: FREE


Reasons to attend:

  • Experience all Keynotes & Breakout Sessions
  • Network with industry experts at the Welcome Reception
  • Attend hands-on BlackLine U Workshops
  • Hear best practices from a wide-range of customers
  • Book a 1:1 appointment with an expert at the Customer Success Lab
  • Test out new product features at The Sandbox
  • Select from one of two optional customer training & certification courses!
  • NEW! Reserve your seat for sessions before the event. Session registration will be available at the end of January.



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InTheBlack. London 2020