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The Future of the Finance - Christmas Roundtable Discussion

17th December 2019, London

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Location: St Martins Lane


Whether it’s automating manual processes and eliminating errors, centralising and streamlining accounting workflows, or digitising toolsets and ways of working, finance function transformation is increasingly seen as a critical step on the journey towards wider business transformation – one that enables the CFO to become a true catalyst for change and a driver of overall performance and impact.

How are you evolving your finance function in preparation for 2020? For instance, 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 your efficiency and decision-making?

Continuous accounting, AI, and RPA are some of the areas transforming how finance and accounting professionals think about their work and their role in the business in the future.

Join Meet the Boss and Blackline for a festive finance discussion to discuss what it means to close smarter, and why it’s important for your business. Discover how choosing the right tools can help ease the burden on already time-stretched IT resources and discuss your transformation challenges with a group of likeminded peers while learning how to make an automated close, balance sheet reconciliation and other back-end processes– a reality.


18:00 – 18:45  – Welcome Drinks Reception
18:45 – 19:00  – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
19:00 – 19:20  – Keynote Speaker
19:20 – 21:15  – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
21:15 – 21:30  – Wrap up and closing remarks from Blackline

Discussion Topics

  • Where do the pain points lie within your financial function? What typically happens in the close processes today?
  • What can financial automation (RPA and AI) really deliver via visibility, controls and efficiency? Where is the ROI?
  • Can a continuous accounting process help? What are the challenges to getting started?

Keynote Speaker

Dipan Shah, Solutions Consultant at Blackline

Dipan has a finance background with significant experience in ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and Retail. He has worked with SAP software for the last 20+ years, and his experience spans from solution management right through to end user support and training focussing on financials.

About Blackline

BlackLine is a provider of cloud-based solutions that transform Finance and Accounting (F&A) by automating, centralizing and streamlining financial close operations, intercompany accounting processes and other key F&A processes for large and midsize organizations. The company is recognized by Gartner as a Leader in its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions and as a pioneer in the cloud market for enhanced financial control and automation.

Designed to complement virtually all ERP and other financial systems including SAP, Oracle and NetSuite, BlackLine increases operational efficiency, real-time visibility, control and compliance to ensure end-to-end financial close management and accounting automation from within a single, unified cloud platform.

More than 2,600 companies with users around the world trust BlackLine to help ensure balance sheet integrity and confidence in their financial statements.

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