The search for a solution that would allow the SSCs to achieve these goals continued.
“Finally, our U.S. SSC chose BlackLine’s Finance Controls & Automation platform to achieve its initial streamlining and automation goals. After considerable research, it soon became clear to us that BlackLine could help our entire SSC network to achieve a flawless level of internal controls. After analyzing the other options on the market, we validated the U.S. entity’s choice. BlackLine’s functional coverage, modularity, and cloud/SaaS deployment met all of our needs, and we adopted it in our SSCs worldwide,” explains Perrier-Gustin.
Today, nearly 2,000 company employees are using the BlackLine platform—accountants, CFOs, and entity controllers—as well as external auditors. GL balances are automatically loaded into BlackLine monthly, increasing automation. Users can prepare and approve reconciliations more efficiently, and leadership and auditors have the visibility they need.
“The implementation of BlackLine was very fast. In about fifteen days, we deployed BlackLine to the first SSC (approximately fifteen users) via two WebEx training sessions. Our users can also do online training courses, conveniently accessible through BlackLine University, or if necessary, we contact our customer success manger directly.
“On average, the full deployment of a SSC network took about six months,” says Perrier-Gustin.