LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Financial software company BlackLine Systems and enterprise application software leader SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) hosted a webinar last week to show how global organizations can close their books with confidence using the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions.
The webinar, which attracted more than 400 finance, accounting, audit and compliance managers in midsize to large enterprises around the world, focused on how finance managers and compliance officers can further ensure the integrity of their balance sheets – and ultimately financial reports – by implementing enterprise-class financial software packages, such as BlackLine's flagship SaaS-based offering, to automate the traditionally manual, labor-intensive and spreadsheet-driven account reconciliation process. Mark Pischke and Karen Santagata of the Accounting Services team at Kraft Foods presented a case study on the benefits of BlackLine, ease of integration with SAP solutions, and return on investment (ROI) the food & beverage company has realized since using BlackLine alongside SAP software.
Led by Mario Spanicciati, EVP of Operations and executive director of EMEA for BlackLine Systems, the webinar was designed to inform customers, whether operating in an environment of only SAP solutions or applications from multiple vendors, how account reconciliation process optimization can help them achieve a quicker and more accurate financial close process. The session demonstrated the importance of the account reconciliation process as a critical step on the path to "closing with confidence."
Stefan Karl, chief solution expert, Finance Solutions, SAP AG, participated, as well.
Attendees heard how, by automating their account reconciliations, they can:
- Virtually eliminate spreadsheets (and the manual errors that often come with them) from their account reconciliation process
- Automate traditionally manual accounting functions
- Have a faster, more efficient close cycle - maintaining more control and visibility worldwide, while reducing risk
- Realize exceptional ROI in a very short timeframe
- Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting
- Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations
BlackLine is an SAP gold partner in the SAP PartnerEdge® program. The company is also a participant in SAP Store, the online e-commerce channel or "e-channel" for enterprise solutions and services from SAP and its partners, designed to provide SAP customers with information on relevant, complementary technology solutions that are certified by SAP.
BlackLine was named a 2011 SAP Pinnacle award finalist in the "Software Solution Newcomer of the Year" category. SAP Pinnacle awards are presented annually to the "best and brightest" of the SAP partner ecosystem, recognising partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnerships with SAP and driving customer success.
Just last quarter, the company announced that the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions has become an SAP-endorsed business solution – joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally.
About BlackLine Systems
BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. With more than 85,000 users in over 100 countries, BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class financial software in a simple and secure SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform. With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals.
BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing global client base. For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.
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