2-day conference puts focus on how lean-forward organisations can attain ‘Modern Finance’ status by adopting latest strategies and technologies for finance transformation

LOS ANGELES and MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Finance controls and automation software leader BlackLine is hosting its sixth annual APAC User Conference next week in Melbourne.  Serving the company’s rapidly growing base of clients in the region, the BlackLine conference will focus on the need for finance transformation and best practices for accelerating the financial close and elevating finance organisations to true ‘Modern Finance’ status.

Accountancy and finance team members from Australia Post and Du Pont will present case studies on how each has used BlackLine’s cloud-based financial automation platform to increase efficiencies and improve productivity and visibility, ultimately speeding up their financial close cycle.  Representatives from Atlassian, Dennis Family Corporation, Qantas and Transdev NSW will participate on a panel, each highlighting their journeys to Modern Finance.

An expert panel of speakers from organisations including Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and The Hackett Group will address the need for finance transformation (and ultimately Modern Finance) due to intensifying global competitive pressures, a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, the growing complexity of financial processes, and heightened demands for clear visibility into balance sheet data.  Highly respected business journalist and industry commentator Beverley Head will moderate the session.  Executives from Deloitte and Hackett Group also will deliver keynotes.

In addition, Forensic Accountant Tim Tribe, CPA/CFF, will give a keynote entitled ” Employee Theft – The Fraudsters Adapted, Did Your Controls?”

Representatives from other BlackLine client companies from around the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region are registered to attend, joining BlackLine’s team of experts in Melbourne.  As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthen its global operations to provide clients everywhere with superior service, BlackLine has designed the two-day event for attendees in the region to share their ideas on how Finance and Accounting can get the most value out of the BlackLine platform.

Both new and experienced users who attend the Melbourne sessions will be given an opportunity to:

  • Learn best practices from BlackLine’s team of experts and other customers
  • Hear how experienced users from other regional companies creatively use BlackLine
  • Preview upcoming software enhancements
  • Directly influence the product direction going forward

BlackLine has more than 100 customers based in APAC, including ACE Asia Pacific Services, BlueScope Steel, Boral, Bunnings, Coles, Downer EDI, Evolution Mining, Kimberly-Clark Australia, Linfox, Optus, Tabcorp, Qantas, QBE and Wesley Mission.  During the past 12 months, the company has seen a 38 percent increase in its customer base and also has added new sales, professional services and technical support team employees in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. 

The BlackLine APAC User Conference 2015 will be held on 8-9 September at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne.  For more information, contact Howard Goldstein at  howard.goldstein@blackline.com or visit: https://www.blackline.com/user-conference/apac.

About BlackLine
BlackLine is a leading provider of Enhanced Finance Controls and Automation (EFCA) software and the only one that offers a unified cloud platform supporting the entire close-to-disclose process.  The BlackLine Finance Controls and Automation Platform is designed to help midsize companies and large enterprises strengthen controls, lower compliance risks and gain greater efficiencies and visibility.  Delivered through a scalable and highly secure cloud model and built from a single code base, the platform supports many key accounting and financial processes including the financial close, account reconciliations, intercompany accounting and controls assurance, fueling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle.

More than 110,000 users across 1,100 global companies in over 100 countries currently leverage BlackLine to increase accountant productivity and elevate controls and compliance functions to ‘Modern Finance’ status, with customers comprising more than 25 of the Fortune 100 and over 100 of the Fortune 500. 

BlackLine complements existing enterprise systems for Corporate Performance Management, Governance Risk and Compliance and Enterprise Resource Planning.  The BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution, joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings.  BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner, Oracle Gold Partner, and participates in the partner programs of NetSuite and several other ERP providers.

BlackLine global headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City, Paris, Sydney and Vancouver.  For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.

SOURCE BlackLine