In The Black

SYDNEY

21-22 May 2019

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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.

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Confirmed Speakers

Therese Tucker

Therese Tucker
CEO & Founder, BlackLine

Andrew Fastow

Andrew Fastow
Former CFO of Enron

Isaac Tucker

Isaac Tucker
Chief Product Officer, BlackLine

Stephen Wolfman

Stephen Wolfman
Director of Platform Product Management, BlackLine

Thyra Williams

Thyra Williams
Product Director, BlackLine

Zach Hoogerland

Zach Hoogerland
Product Strategy, Manager

Michele Quartel

Michele Quartel
Product Training Manager, BlackLine

Chris Beltran

Chris Beltran
Global Product Manager, Nike

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Agenda*

* subject to change

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration Opens and Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome & Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Trust is in the Balance- Executive Keynote

As 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.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Premier Sponsor Keynote - Presented by EY

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Morning Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Titanium Keynote Sponsor Keynote - Presented by Deloitte

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Customer Success Showcase & Panel

Three Blackline customers will share their success stories in rapid secession. Following the conclusion of their sessions, a short panel session invites you to ask your questions on best practices and lessons learned on their transformation journeys.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Networking Lunch

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Finance Automation with Cloud Robotics

BlackLine Smart Close brings native Robotic Process Automation technology into your SAP deployment. It’s designed to be easy and simple 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.
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Managing the Intercompany Mess

Do you have intercompany accounting challenges? If you are answer is "no" or "I'm not sure," then the follow up question is: Do you have multiple entities? If so, you probably have challenges you may not even be fully aware of! This session will introduce you to key concepts and functionality of Intercompany Hub and the challenges it can solve within your organization. Ask the questions you've been wondering about but haven't had the chance to ask. 
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Automating Exceptional Outcomes – Moving from Transactions to Analytics

Accenture predicts about 30 percent of the future finance workforce will soon be focused on by-the-books tasks, and the other 70 percent will be data gurus who connect with the business. This will create competitive advantage as accounting and finance professional 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 this enables accounting and finance professionals to focus only on exceptions instead of finding them in the first place, and frees teams to tackle everything else on their list. This session will show you how high-volume transaction reconciliations can be automated.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Clarity of Purpose - Measuring Your Transformation Journey

The only 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. The new dashboards provide users role-based intelligence, enabling everyone to take intuitive action and streamline their workflows.
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Afternoon Break

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Designing Software. Building Trust. - Product Keynote & Roadmap

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.
4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Rules vs. Ethics

Andrew 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. a little shorter believe it or not Andrew 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 “fraud” by looking for 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.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Join event attendees, BlackLine team members, and the event’s sponsors at this networking event.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint - Nike Transform Processes with BlackLine

10:30 AM - 10:45 PM

Morning Break

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

BlackLine U Workshop: End-To-End Reconciliations with Matching & Journals

Get 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.
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Shorten Your Close by Optimising Your Journal Entry Process

Most 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 to learn more about a proven approach, and begin the journey of optimising your accounting close process.
11:15 PM - 11:45 PM

Streamlining & Automating Journal Entry Management

Learn 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.
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Best Practices for Using Pass Rules

The 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.
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

BlackLine U Workshop: Streamline Account Reconciliations with Templates & Items

You’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.
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Use Variance Analysis as Your "Watch Dog"

See 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.
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Take Note of the New Notebook

BlackLine’s Notebook functionality improves collaboration and control throughout the close. With configurable role-based access and a redesigned Notebook grid, users can easily manage and review notes to take proper action and ensure the effective and timely execution of critical controls. Come see for yourself! Learn how to improve communication and visibility with Notebook.
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Thinking Big With Tasks

BlackLine 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.
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Exponential Benefits: How BlackLine Solutions Integrate to Save Time

Understand the power of BlackLine's integrated platform by exploring how different products work together to increase automation and value to the organization. Learn how to take advantage of functionality like task dependencies and how to connect a journal entry to an account reconciliation.
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Afternoon Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

BlackLine U Workshop: Go Beyond the Balance Sheet: Using Reporting to Analyse Organizational Metrics

Learn how to use Reporting to analyze not only the financial health of your organization, but also business process continuity and risk. We will demonstrate how to build and analyze key report charts, and you will be able to answer questions from “what are my reconciling items telling me?” to “what happens when my most productive staff member goes on vacation?” with ease.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

BlackLine U Workshop: Calling All System Admins—Maximizing Efficiency with Auto-Certifications

Are 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.

Pricing

Early Registration
$195

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Registration increases to $295 after April 18th

Complete access to all sessions, entertainment, and networking opportunities.

  • Experience All Keynote Sessions
  • Enjoy a networking cocktail reception following the first day of conference.
  • Network with industry thought leaders in the Sponsor Hub
  • Attend hands-on BlackLine U Workshops
  • Hear best practices from existing 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

Location

The Star Sydney Event Centre

80 Pyrmont St,

Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia

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