Robert Half, BlackLine Systems Enter Strategic Alliance
New Relationship Helps Companies Expedite Financial Close Process
MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013
MENLOPARK, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Robert Half International,
the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, and leading financial
close software provider BlackLine Systems have signed a new strategic
alliance. Through the agreement, Robert Half will work with BlackLine to
provide professionals certified to implement the BlackLine Financial Close
The business alliance expands a pre-existing successful relationship that
Protiviti Inc., a Robert Half subsidiary, has had with BlackLine since
February 2010. Protiviti helps companies solve problems in finance,
technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. The expanded
effort is expected to deliver even greater benefits to clients of Robert Half,
Protiviti and BlackLine by leveraging staffing project professionals from
Robert Half and consulting and finance transformation expertise from global
consulting firm Protiviti. Companies will benefit by closing the books faster
and more effectively and by having a scalable infrastructure to support future
Robert Half will provide to businesses BlackLine-Certified Implementation
Professionals, who have undergone a rigorous training course provided by
BlackLine. These BlackLine-certified professionals are available now through
Robert Half in major metropolitan markets throughout North America.
BlackLine develops software applications that automate the financial close
process, improving and optimizing processes that were formerly manual and
"We are seeing demand from our clients to close their books more quickly,"
said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. "Today's agreement
represents a significant benefit to our customers that combines Robert Half
and Protiviti's teams of professionals with BlackLine's technology and
complimentary WhiteGlove support to help companies maximize efficiencies and
"By aligning with leaders in the staffing and consulting industries, we can
offer additional value to clients," said BlackLine Systems CEO Therese Tucker.
"The combined expertise of Robert Half and Protiviti will help companies get
the most out of the BlackLine application, providing greater visibility into
the overall close process in the end."
About Robert Half International
Founded in 1948, Menlo Park, Calif.-based Robert Half International, the
world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in
professional consulting and staffing services, and is the parent company of
Protiviti^®, a global consulting and internal audit firm composed of experts
in risk, advisory and transaction services. The company's specialized staffing
divisions include Accountemps^®, Robert Half^® Finance & Accounting and Robert
Half^® Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project
professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance;
OfficeTeam^®, for highly skilled temporary administrative support personnel;
Robert Half^® Technology, for information technology professionals; Robert
Half^® Legal, for legal personnel; and The Creative Group^®, for interactive,
design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. Robert Half
has staffing and consulting operations in more than 400 locations worldwide.
About BlackLine Systems
BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available
Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. BlackLine provides
quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the
entire financial close process to help improve the efficiency and
effectiveness of the close process for companies of all sizes. BlackLine
software applications complement a company's existing Enterprise Resource
Planning, Enterprise Performance Management and Governance Risk & Compliance
systems. BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta,
Chicago, London, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing
global client base. Click here for more information about BlackLine Systems.
Protiviti is not licensed or registered as a public accounting firm and does
not issue opinions on financial statements or offer attestation services.
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SOURCE Robert Half International Inc.
Contact: ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL, Maureen Carrig, (425) 945-2040,
firstname.lastname@example.org, BLACKLINE SYSTEMS, Kimberly Uberti, (310) 721-6850,
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