The Accounting & Finance Innovation Summit you can’t miss.
InTheBlack combines technology, best practices, and networking to help accounting and finance professionals maximise value from BlackLine and accelerate their financial transformation. Explore the latest technology with practical guidance and tips. Learn from customer successes so you can implement best practices and transform your organisation. New to BlackLine? The conference showcases how forward-thinking businesses have strategies focused on how to move faster, be more responsive, less manual, and more transparent. Join us as you advance your career and network with thought leaders and like-minded peers to learn and share innovative ideas. Event registration is complimentary.REGISTER NOW
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Agenda** subject to change
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Welcome & Introduction
Trust Is in the Balance – Executive KeynoteToday we stand at an inflection point. Seismic shifts in Accounting & Finance are ushering in an era of remarkable change. While journalists speak of automation in sometimes frightening terms, instead of focusing on just surviving rapid disruption, we must use new technology to thrive. If we shift our thinking, the digital future of accounting is exciting.
Future of Finance in the Transformative Age - Presented by EYIn this transformative era, we accept change as the only constant. But that doesn’t make the unrelenting pace of change — the sense the present immediately vanishes as the future keeps arriving — any easier to handle. Technology, however, is only the undercurrent, or perhaps the driver, of constant change, with many other factors playing a role as well. Risk and compliance requirements are also on the rise with ever-increasing government scrutiny. This places significant pressure on CFOs, whose tenure is decreasing in a role increasingly filled by those who come from outside the finance function. In the past, companies could take a wait-and-see approach but now many CFOs know that wait-and-see while the competition moves ahead is not a strategy — it’s a way to fall behind. Join EY at ITB 2019 where they will talk about " How will digitization affect the future of the finance function? " EY will talk about the most recent drivers, trends and topics relating to the finance function of the future. Now is the time to embrace the transformative digital age, leverage the power of digital technology and build an agile finance function that is adaptable, insightful and cost-effective.
Making Digital Transformation a RealityThe topic of digital finance transformation is broad in scope, making it hard to know where to begin. While success may seem far off, it’s important to think of transformation as a journey. During this session, BlackLine’s Chief Transformation Officer, Tammy Coley, will share her experiences with making finance transformation a reality—as a former BlackLine customer and also while assisting other companies during her global travels.
Digital Controllership – Explore Your Digital Potential - Presented by DeloitteIn a world where digital change has become rapid and new ways of working are being discovered, we are constantly being reminded of what Finance could look like in the next 10 years. While it’s critical for organisations to keep an eye on the future, many finance professionals are seeking practical, tangible insights to understand today’s digital capabilities and in doing so, plot a pathway for their own organisations digital evolution.
Digital ControllershipTM provides a platform to think differently about how Controllership is delivered across the organisation, improving governance and efficiency through cloud-based technology. Case studies will provide a window into the ‘art of the possible’, providing tangible takeaways to apply in your own organisation.
Rules vs. EthicsAndrew Fastow, the former Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corp., will share his story and explore the concept of rules versus ethics.
Ethics is understanding the difference between what is right to do and what you have the right to do. Fraud examiners, Auditors, Regulators, and Compliance experts look for “fraudor employees who are “breaking the rules.” However, a majority of what is determined to be fraud after-the-fact were actually decisions made by employees who believed they were “following the rules.” The traditional definition of fraud does not include a very significant component of fraud, namely “loopholes”.
When is it acceptable to engage in a transaction that technically complies with the rules, but that may be misleading? Can a transaction that technically complies with the rules be considered unethical or illegal? Is it ever appropriate to depart from GAAP or IFRS?
Mr. Fastow will cite examples of such transactions at major companies, he will discuss the rationalizations made by executives to justify their decisions, and he will discuss examples of how these decisions can cause great harm to stakeholders.
The Pathway to Intelligent Finance - Presented by SAPIn this keynote presentation, Richard will discuss emerging trends and how finance is evolving key technologies that are underpinning the change in the way Finance works, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics.
BlackLine Product RoadmapBlackLine's Director of Product Management, Fred Li, will explore the product roadmap and what drives BlackLine’s approach to development.
Understanding Robotics in FinanceRobotic process automation presents an exciting opportunity to integrate legacy systems and increase the overall efficiency of your organization. Yet, it is not a panacea. Understanding where, when, and how to apply RPA to your finance systems is critical to ensuring success in your digital transformation projects. Join this session to get the essentials you'll need to consider purpose-built automation vs. gap-filling robotics. You'll need both.
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. Attend this session to learn how to automate your high-volume transaction reconciliations.
Clarity of Purpose – Using the New Reporting & DashboardsWith BlackLine’s reporting functionality, companies can gain unique visibility into the progress, results, and risks of their financial close processes. The new dashboards provide users with role-based intelligence, enabling everyone to take intuitive action and streamline their workflows.
Digital Finance Transformation Panel“Finance Transformation” has become a bit of a catch-all term, and one that often leaves a Finance department wary of an uncertain and challenging future. However, taking an innovative approach and continually improving accounting doesn’t have to be scary. Transforming the finance function is not only doable, but is required to remain competitive. This panel will showcase the challenges, mistakes to avoid, and success stories from leaders in innovative accounting.
Networking ReceptionCome together with peers, industry experts, and BlackLine team members to explore your own experiences and plans for changing accounting in your organisation. Or, simply unwind with friends with over hor d'oeuvres and beverages.
Complete access to all sessions and networking opportunities.
- Experience All Keynote Sessions
- Enjoy an engaging networking cocktail reception
- Hear best practices from existing customers
- Network with industry thought leaders in the Sponsor Hub