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Continuous Accounting. What is it and what’s in it for me?

20th July 2017, Frankfurt Main

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Venue: Villa Kennedy


Imagine you could have real-time visibility of your financial results at the touch of a button. If you could look at your balance sheet, at any point in time and manage risk in a controlled automated fashion, how much would that improve efficiency and decision making?

This is continuous accounting and it’s about to transform how finance and accounting think about their work and their role in the business.

Join us on 20 July to discuss what it means to close smarter by choosing a cloud software that enables your legacy ERP(s) to work better for you without the involvement of time stretched IT resources.

Throughout the evening we will be discussing how to make automating the close, balance sheet reconciliation and other back-end processes, as well as reporting on-the-fly, a reality.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Reception & Cocktails
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks from Blackline

Discussion Topics

  • What typically happens in the close processes today?
  • How can a Continuous Accounting process improve this?
  • What can financial automation really deliver via visibility, controls and efficiency, where is the ROI?

Keynote Speaker


Peter Naumann, The Hackett Group

Peter Naumann is a Director in the Global Business Services practice at The Hackett Group. He has a background in management consulting from Ernst & Young, focusing on shared services, with a particular interest in finance and accounting. In addition to leading maturity assessments, feasibility studies and benchmarks for multinational corporations, he focuses on operational restructuring, setting up target operating models and optimising F&A end-to-end processes (inhouse or outsourced). In his previous position, he was leading the finance and accounting operations for a BPO provider in the DACH region, responsible for transition management, services delivery, service management and driving business development. Within this position, he ran customer negotiations, as well as BPO implementations, set up front & back office outsourcing solutions and defined harmonised accounting processes across various countries.


Petra Ellmerich, BlackLine

Out of the Frankfurt Office, Petra Ellmerich, Regional Vice President D/A/CH  is driving BlackLine’s expansion in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Petra Ellmerich is a 30-year software industry veteran with sales and management experience at such market-leading companies as Oracle, Cognos and Siemens. Before BlackLine, she was Regional Vice President Sales D/A/CH for EPM, CPM, BI and Senior Director Financial Solutions at Infor.

About Blackline

BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions for Finance & Accounting (F&A) that centralise and streamline financial close operations and other key F&A processes.   Designed to complement ERP and other financial systems, the BlackLine Finance Controls & Automation Platform increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management, fuelling confidence throughout the entire accounting cycle.

BlackLine’s mission is to continuously improve the quality, accuracy and efficiency of Finance & Accounting by centralizing key functions within a single, unified cloud platform.  Enabling customers to move beyond outdated processes and point solutions to a Continuous Accounting model, in which real-time automation, controls and period-end tasks are embedded within day-to-day activities, BlackLine helps companies achieve Modern Finance status, ensuring more accurate and insightful financial statements and a more efficient financial close.

More than 1,800 companies with users in approximately 130 countries around the world trust BlackLine to ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.

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