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The Future of Accounting is Here: BlackLine Is Enabling Greater Operational Effectiveness and Agility

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Since being founded in 2001, BlackLine has become a leading provider of cloud software that automates and controls the entire financial close process. BlackLine’s vision is to modernize the finance and accounting function to enable greater operational effectiveness and agility, and BlackLine is committed to delivering innovative solutions and services to empower accounting and finance leaders around the world to achieve Modern Finance.

BlackLine believes that this passion and dedication to its customers is why BlackLine’s Finance Controls and Automation platform is trusted by more than 196,000+ users in over 150+ countries around the world and why it has been named to the Forbes Cloud 100 list and the Inc. 500/5000 list for the ninth year in a row. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with offices in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, and throughout the United States, its team of professionals and network of partners help transform the way accounting and finance teams work to drive more accurate financials and more effective organizations.

Finance Controls and Automation Platform

Designed entirely in the cloud from the ground up, BlackLine is the only unified technology solution built specifically for accounting and finance. No messy acquisitions, no disparate hybrid software-hardware combinations, and no expensive middleware or upgrade costs, just the world’s most trusted solution for Finance Controls and Automation.

The Unified Cloud for Accounting and Finance

The simplicity and usability of BlackLine solutions are unique. Unlike some systems on the market today, BlackLine is not a Frankenstein patchwork of old software and hardware. Rather, it’s a comprehensive Finance Controls and Automation platform built on a single codebase and delivered securely via the cloud. Users enjoy a consistent experience with single sign-on and avoid constantly switching between multiple systems. Data is available between products within the platform as well, without having to be transferred between or through other systems. Organizations can manage the entire accounting and finance lifecycle and gain a global view into tasks and processes, all in one centralized, secure, and reliable system: the only unified cloud platform built specifically for finance and accounting. When clients purchase BlackLine, they focus on adopting the technology for process improvement rather than supporting its infrastructure.

 The BlackLine Difference:  The Unified Cloud for Finance and Accounting

Many companies offer products to support accounting and finance functions, but most solutions are cobbled together from hardware and different software systems not originally engineered to integrate with each other. Not all systems are created equal. There are complex issues with customization, service packs, and version control. Stop fighting with poorly integrated software. There’s a better way. BlackLine is an entirely cloud-based, comprehensive accounting system that is a single solution. Whether users are preparing account reconciliations, adding journal lines, executing tasks, or running reports, their experience is consistent. BlackLine was built organically on a single codebase, meaning every component of the platform is naturally integrated and designed to work with the rest of the platform. With multiple major feature additions a year, high-availability up-time, and a highly secure data model, BlackLine’s unified model delivers consistency and reliability and enables accounting teams to focus on process improvement and best practices. The difference is clear.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

  • Cloud-based SaaS Delivery model: No hardware, software, or 3rd party software to install or maintain
  • System infrastructure and maintenance is shouldered by BlackLine, not IT departments
  • Finance leaders control the software and can focus on features and best practice adoption

Continuous Innovation

  • Customer-focused configurability and innovation for proven extensibility and expanding uses
  • Multiple releases per year delivered automatically and without costly, heavy service packs
  • Tailored adoption of new products as you grow, with controlled testing of new functionality

Rapid Deployment

  • Flexible, consultative implementation approach to modernizing finance operations
  • Highly successful, responsive implementations providing tested best practices
  • Implementation risk eliminated with standard system connectors and bank integrations

Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Privately owned cloud infrastructure designed for the security and performance needs of finance
  • Its industry-leading up-time among cloud applications providers means your data is always available
  • Comprehensive disaster recovery and security standards

Enterprise-Class Security

  • Data is always protected and encrypted, at rest and in transit
  • World class data operations, rigorous physical, network application, and data-level security
  • Industry-leading third-party security audits and certifications, including ISO27001 and SAS70 Type II

ERP Integrations

  • Bridges gaps left by ERP systems for added visibility into the close status accuracy
  • Integrates with SAP, Oracle, NetSuite, and more than 40 other accounting and finance systems
  • Save IT resources from addressing new challenges with ad hoc solutions and reports

BlackLine Customer Success

Words from the Chief:

“As a BlackLine customer, you’ll enjoy a dedicated team that is committed to maximizing your results. Our Customer Success Managers and Account Managers work with you at every step of your BlackLine journey ― from going live to realizing even more value years down the line. We’re ready to develop a roadmap for your success, advocating, guiding, and helping you get the most out of BlackLine.”

Going live with BlackLine is just the beginning of your financial automation journey. As a BlackLine customer, you continually gain access to powerful new benefits through automated updates and best practices. That’s why we created our industry-leading Customer Success program. Our Customer Success team partner with you to offer a holistic and best practice-driven approach to delivering continual value to your organization.”

Meet the Elegant Chief

Therese Tucker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer: Therese founded BlackLine in 2001. She designed the first offerings of BlackLine’s products, engineered its transition to the cloud in 2007, and has led the organization in automating the financial close process via the company’s flagship Finance Controls and Automation Platform. Under her direction, BlackLine has experienced strong growth since its inception.

Previously, Therese served as Chief Technology Officer for SunGard Treasury Systems. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Illinois.

 “We attribute our success to the close relationships we’ve built with our customers.”

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