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InTheBlack combines technology, best practices, and networking to help accounting and finance professionals maximise value from BlackLine and accelerate transformation. Explore the latest technology throughout workshops with practical guidance and tips to optimise BlackLine. Learn from customer successes so you can implement best practices and transform your organisation. Advance your career and network with thought leaders and like-minded peers to learn and share innovative ideas.RSVP NOW
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Agenda** subject to change
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Thursday, 14 March 2019
Registration Opens and Breakfast
Welcome & Introduction
Trust Is in the Balance- Executive KeynoteAs the world around us seems increasingly uncertain, building and maintaining trust is more important than ever. Trust in a company might start with the CEO, but Accounting must be the stewards of accurate financials. More importantly, by liberating yourself from the more mundane elements of producing financial statements, accounting professionals at every stage of their careers can embrace their new role as partners in their business, providing strategic leadership and guidance. Presented by Therese Tucker, BlackLine’s founder and chief executive officer.
Climbing the height of Everest in the Alps with a Trusted TeamBritish media personality, television presenter, and journalist Phil Spencer is joined by “Everest in the Alps” teammates, including Capital One UK’s Chief Counsel Rupert MacInnes and BlackLine Account Director Mark Lindblom, to share how they raised funds for a charitable trust. This is an inspirational story highlighting the power and importance of building trust with a team committed to completing the “toughest four days on skis” to support The Brain Tumour Charity.
Future of Finance in the Transformative Age – Presented by EYWe are living in a transformative age as digital technology, globalisation, and demographic trends continue to disrupt not only organisations, but our society as a whole. As finance professionals, we see the role of Finance increasingly relied upon as a source of long-term value creation, moving beyond traditional cost management and controllership functions. Where once Finance was predominantly focused on reporting and balancing the books, it is now becoming a data-driven decision-center and strategic business partner. As a result, finance organisations are under undergoing massive transformation, with technology playing an increasingly significant role—impacting not only the capabilities of Finance but also the people who work in this critical business function. At the same time, the transformative age is characterised by increasing risk and uncertainty, and as companies seek to deal with this, it will become more important than ever to trust the accuracy and completeness of financial results while developing new and innovative ways to drive insight. We believe leading companies will maintain a high level of trust, while maintaining flexibility and driving insight in a cost-effective manner, by choosing the right tools to succeed.
Build Trust Not Walls!In a world gone mad with uncertainty, accountants are the last bastion of trust and shareholder confidence. Join Michael Ryan as he tears down the walls of accounting’s sacred cows to build one version of the truth based on the marriage of integrity, teamwork and technology. No longer will Accountants toil late into the night on Intercompany balances, with spreadsheets and Pizza! It’s a brave new world and accountants are leading the charge into the future!
It's All About the Information - Presented by DeloitteIn a world where robotics have started working alongside humans to optimize processes and 65% of today’s primary school children will work in jobs that do not yet exist – we live in a time of unprecedented change.
What does all of this have to do with Finance and information? Everything.
Over the coming years, eight trends will greatly influence the setup, role and operations of the Finance function and with it, the importance of finance to your entire organisation. These trends are driven by the generation and usage of information and data.
The correct data governance and ownership is vital to optimize processes and remain successful.
Nobody knows for sure what the future will hold, but we all have the responsibility to prepare for it – For Finance this will mean getting the right dynamic people, technology and processes to optimize information usage and enable your organisation to set the right course now and into the future to take advantage of the inevitable disruption.
Customer Success Showcase & PanelThree BlackLine customers will share their success stories in rapid succession. Following the conclusion of their sessions, a short panel will invite your questions on best practices and lessons learned on these customers’ journeys.
Finance in the Digital Era - Presented by SAPThomas Popp-Madsen, from SAP’s Centre of Excellence for ERP Financials, helps companies transform their finance functions by advising on the latest trends and innovations. In this special presentation, he will discuss emerging trends and how finance is evolving in the digital era. Thomas will also talk about the key technologies that are underpinning the change in the way Finance works, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.
Designing Software. Building Trust.We tend to come to trust software the way we do people. But is that really the best approach? BlackLine’s Chief Product Officer, Isaac Tucker, will explore some philosophical considerations for adopting new software. You will also see the future of BlackLine as Fred Li, Director of Product Management, showcases the product roadmap and what drives BlackLine’s approach to development.
Finance Automation With Cloud RoboticsBlackLine Smart Close brings native robotic process automation technology into your SAP deployment. It’s designed to make it easy for Accounting to create and manage financial close workflows, schedules, and approval flows. For those running other ERPS, we’ll explore the future of BlackLine’s roadmap for automating financial close activities across the finance technology stack.
Shorten Your Close by Optimising Your Journal Entry ProcessMost companies want to close faster, but struggle with where and how to start. By tracking journal entry data and setting up some basic metrics, you will find that transforming your journal entry processes is more within reach than you may have thought. Attend this session for a proven approach and begin the journey of optimising your accounting close process.
Automating Exceptional Outcomes – Moving from Transactions to AnalyticsAccenture predicts that about 30% of the future finance workforce will soon be focused on by-the-books tasks, and the other 70% will be data gurus who connect with the business. This will create competitive advantage, as accounting and finance professionals are equipped to be strategic partners to the broader business. Moving the focus from transactions to analytics starts by eliminating manual processing and reconciliation. Automating these manual tasks enables accounting and finance professionals to focus only on exceptions, and frees teams to tackle everything else on their list.
Clarity of Purpose – Measuring Your Transformation JourneyThe best way to improve something is to measure it. With BlackLine’s reporting functionality, companies can gain unique visibility into the progress, results, and risks of their financial close transformation journey. New dashboards provide users with role-based intelligence, enabling everyone to take intuitive action and streamline their workflows.
Networking Happy HourCome 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.
Optimising Account ReconciliationsAn expert in corporate finance and process optimisation will share best practices and tips for using more of the Account Reconciliations solution.
Customer Case Study: Getting the Most Out of ReconciliationsThe best way to improve processes and maximise your investment is to hear about it from those who have already made great progress on their journey. Bring your questions as this BlackLine customer delivers real-world proof of a successful reconciliation process transformation.
BlackLine U Workshop: End-To-End Reconciliations With Matching & JournalsGet hands-on experience with BlackLine Transaction Matching and Journal Entry, and set your team up for success. We'll show you how to automate reconciliations and other data matching processes with ease. Together, we'll configure business rules for one-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-many matches. We will also demonstrate how to leverage cross-product functionality and perform end-to-end reconciliations.
Can Your Data Drive?While being 'data-driven' has become a cliché, it’s still a key initiative for today's business leaders. There’s a large focus on the insights that can be gained from business data, and it all starts with a foundation of clean, expansive, and relevant data that can answer pressing business questions. This session will explore how to become a data-driven organisation by achieving data integrity with your finance systems and maximising analysis in BlackLine.
Best Practices for Using Pass RulesThe key to success when automating your high-volume reconciliations starts with the use of pass rules. This session 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.
Thinking Big With TasksBlackLine Task Management provides a number of features to help increase control, automation, and reportability around your process checklists. During this session, we will point out these features, discuss how they can help reduce your PBC burdens, and share some tips and tricks to help you get your process under better control.
BlackLine U Workshop: Streamline Account Reconciliations with Templates & ItemsYou’re using BlackLine to perform your reconciliations, but how can you work even smarter? Determine the most efficient BlackLine Reconciliation template to choose for your reconciliations and determine which controls to add for better visibility, reliability and efficiency. You will be able to see how to customize reconciliation templates, use the controls and manage items to your organization’s benefit.
Using the New Auto-Grouping FeatureSee how to automatically group your accounts based on easy-to-create rules. This will eliminate the headache around ensuring all accounts are properly grouped for each close.
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 immediately alert you to fluctuations, and helps ensure the timely identification and remediation of issues.
Streamlining & Automating Journal Entry ManagementLearn the many ways BlackLine's Automated Journal functionality can be used to streamline the management of your journal entry process. We'll walk you through various use cases and the process for setting this up in your own BlackLine instance.
Exponential Benefits: How BlackLine Solutions Integrate to Save TimeUnderstand the power of BlackLine's integrated platform by exploring how different products work together to increase automation and value to the organisation. Learn how to take advantage of functionality like task dependencies and how to connect a journal entry to an account reconciliation.
BlackLine U Workshop: Go Beyond the Balance Sheet—Using Reporting to Analyse Organisational MetricsLearn how to use Reporting to analyse not only the financial health of your organisation, but also business process continuity and risk. We will demonstrate how to build and analyse key report charts, and help you answer questions like “what are my reconciling items telling me?” and “what happens when my most productive staff member goes on vacation?” with ease.
BlackLine U Workshop: Calling All System Admins—Maximizing Efficiency with Auto-CertificationsAre you a dedicated BlackLine System Administrator? Attend this workshop to discover our best practices for setting up and managing auto-certification rules. Learn how you can bring added efficiency to the organisation by applying rules to low-risk accounts or accounts with no activity. Set the focus on value-added activities, like handling exceptions and shortening the month-end close.
Complete access to all sessions, entertainment, and networking opportunities.
- Experience all Keynotes & Breakout Sessions
- Enjoy an exciting networking opportunity at BlackLine’s Cocktail Reception
- Network with industry thought leaders in the Sponsor Hub
- Attend hands-on BlackLine U Workshops
- Hear best practices from a wide range of customers
- Gain insight on a variety of topics through breakout sessions.
- Book a one-on-one appointment with an expert at the Customer Success Lab
- Test out new product features at The Sandbox
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