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Guide to Executing a Remote Audit

Due to the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak to businesses worldwide, many auditors will be conducting their review of company financials from a remote location. This can create challenges in obtaining the necessary information and supporting documentation that auditors may require for their sign off.

Keep in mind that audits are also intended to review your system for internal controls. This includes understanding and articulating your Risk and Control Matrix to the various auditors.

Finance automation can help overcome these challenges. Understand how you can provide auditors with the needed visibility and information they need through multiple areas of functionality and tools.
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    Cynthia Moore, Senior Director, Information Security Operations, BlackLine
    The current pandemic may have created unease within finance departments, but it has also created a unique opportunity to strengthen the finance function. As more employees utilise remote working, it is essential for departments to use the best technology in the most efficient ways.

    Automation can help bolster security, speed up every day processes, and allow employees to focus on the important things—particularly as time becomes an extremely valuable asset.

    Tune in to learn how automation can drive better business practices, including closing with a distributed workforce and adapting to remote financial monitoring; speeding up departmental efficiency and accuracy; and increasing data security and compliance in the remote-working model.
  • Guide to Executing a Remote Audit Recorded: Jan 26 2021 19 mins
    Lee Coogan, Vice President Customer Success, BlackLine
    Due to the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak to businesses worldwide, many auditors will be conducting their review of company financials from a remote location. This can create challenges in obtaining the necessary information and supporting documentation that auditors may require for their sign off.

    Keep in mind that audits are also intended to review your system for internal controls. This includes understanding and articulating your Risk and Control Matrix to the various auditors.

    Finance automation can help overcome these challenges. Understand how you can provide auditors with the needed visibility and information they need through multiple areas of functionality and tools.
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    Midsize F&A teams face a unique set of challenges. They’ve outgrown the often informal systems and processes typical of smaller business but lack the resources of larger enterprises.

    To reach their full potential, midsize companies must be able to grow their top line while retaining operational agility and keeping administrative overhead in check.

    Fortunately, modern close automation technology allows organizations to effectively scale, become more productive, and strengthen controls. And modern accounting is now readily achievable.

    Join industry expert Ventana Research and BlackLine customer ARRIVE Hotels & Restaurants as they explore the value of close automation, especially for evolving and growing midsize organizations.

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    -How midsize organizations can establish an achievable modern accounting roadmap
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    Stressful deadlines, stretched resources, and limited budgets.

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    Manual processes have traditionally been one of the biggest challenges for accounting teams. These challenges are being magnified as teams shift to a distributed workforce.

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    Keep in mind that audits are also intended to review your system for internal controls. This includes understanding and articulating your Risk and Control Matrix to the various auditors.

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    To reach their full potential, midsize companies must be able to grow their top line while retaining operational agility and keeping administrative overhead in check.

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    -The benefits of investing in close automation software, including improved efficiency and real-time data for faster business decisions
    -How midsize organizations can establish an achievable modern accounting roadmap
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    -Recognize ways to mitigate work-from-home (WFH) cybersecurity risks.
    -Explain how to conduct a virtual audit.
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    -The definition of intercompany accounting
    -Challenges and use cases for a unified intercompany solution
    -Impactful applications and outcomes for organizations using SAP Intercompany Financial Hub by BlackLine
  • Time-Saving Automation for a Remote Workforce Recorded: Oct 28 2020 27 mins
    Joe Demian, Customer Success Manager, BlackLine
    With employees that are new to a remote working environment, many can be experiencing an increase in the time to complete their deliverables. They are relying on a virtual communication structure, have limited access to essential documentation, and are asked to reprioritise activities and responsibilities to complete tasks with a decentralized team.

    Learn about global settings which enable employees to focus on risk, timeliness, and importance based on the company’s needs and requirements to close faster.
  • Mapping out an Achievable, Virtual Close Recorded: Oct 28 2020 48 mins
    Sonia Chu, Finance Transformation Specialist, BlackLine | James Glau, Solutions Consultant, BlackLine
    Manual processes have traditionally been one of the biggest challenges for accounting teams. These challenges are being magnified as teams shift to a distributed workforce.

    Accountants must adopt new ways to effectively collaborate so they can close on time with confidence. The good news is that a modernized close can be implemented quicker than ever before, even in these uncertain times.

    This presentation will cover why manual accounting processes are not sustainable, the real costs of accounting including risk, time, and employee morale, and how to rapidly adopt modern accounting with an expertly curated playbook for close automation essentials.
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    Stephen Arietta, Vice President, Internal Audit, BlackLine; Molly Boyle, Director, Solutions Marketing, BlackLine
    Although company management and auditors may not see eye to eye on everything, they can agree that teams must find new ways to effectively work together during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Moving to a remote audit can present seemingly unsurmountable challenges, such as tracking PBC requests and status or providing and obtaining supporting documentation. But remote work doesn’t have to hinder your productivity.

    Organizations that enable a technology-driven close and audit processes gain more streamlined collaboration, even with a distributed and virtual workforce.

    Join industry experts to hear best practices for transforming the financial close and audit processes with technology, including how to:

    •Increase transparency and improve client-auditor relationships
    •Streamline key audit processes, including PBC management
    •Adapt to a remote audit with added visibility
Make the Move to Modern Accounting
Companies come to BlackLine because their traditional manual accounting processes are not sustainable. BlackLine’s cloud-based solutions and market-leading customer service help companies move to modern accounting by unifying their data and processes, automating repetitive work, and driving accountability through visibility. BlackLine provides solutions for financial close management, accounting automation, and intercompany governance, helping large enterprises and midsize companies across all industries do accounting work better, faster, and with more control.

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