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Amgen Joins BlackLine Systems, SAP for Webinar on Automating Account Reconciliations

     Amgen Joins BlackLine Systems, SAP for Webinar on Automating Account

Director of corporate accounting from biotechnology pioneer to discuss ease of
integration with SAP® solutions, benefits realized since using BlackLine, plus
best practices for optimizing account recs

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2013

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Biotechnology industry pioneer
Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN), is teaming up with financial software provider BlackLine
Systems  and enterprise application software leader SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) for a
webinar next week entitled "No Account Left Behind!  Learn How Amgen Uses
Solutions from BlackLine and SAP to Help Keep Its Account Reconciliations in
Good Shape."  


The webinar, geared at finance, accounting, audit and compliance managers in
mid- to large size organizations  will focus on how finance and/or compliance
executives can further ensure the integrity of their balance sheets – and
ultimately financial reports – by implementing software, such as BlackLine's
SaaS-based Account Reconciliation solution, to automate the traditionally
manual, labor-intensive and spreadsheet-driven account reconciliation
process.  Carlos Gonzalez, CPA, director of corporate accounting at Amgen,
will present a case study on the ease of integration with SAP® solutions and
key benefits the public biotech company has seen since using BlackLine. 

The session is designed to inform customers, whether operating in an
environment of only SAP solutions or applications from multiple vendors, how
account reconciliation process optimization can help them achieve a quicker
and more accurate financial close process.  Gonzalez will highlight how Amgen
uses solutions from BlackLine alongside SAP software to review and rate the
quality of each reconciliation in order to better ensure the accuracy of the
company's financials.

What:  "No Account Left Behind!  Learn How Amgen Uses Solutions from BlackLine
and SAP to Help Keep Its Account Reconciliations in Good Shape"

When:  Wednesday, June 26^th, 2013, 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT

Speaker lineup:

  o Stefan Karl, chief solution expert, Finance Solutions, SAP AG
  o Susan Parcells, CPA, director, Finance Transformation, BlackLine Systems
  o Carlos Gonzalez, CPA, director, Corporate Accounting, Amgen

Attendees will learn best practices for optimizing the account reconciliation
process, including how to:

  o Implement technology to gain visibility into and control over the status,
    progress, exceptions and risk points around the financial close
  o Help ensure all accounts are being reconciled (including new accounts) and
    that the correct, most updated balances are being reconciled, all the time
  o Review and rate each reconciliation on the quality and accuracy of its
    resulting balance
  o Use standardized templates to help improve the quality and consistency of
  o Create automated workflow so tasks are assigned, prepared and reviewed by
    the right people at the right time
  o Query real-time dashboards and reports to gain insight into specific
  o Use an online document repository for easy access to all supporting
    documents associated with reconciliations
  o Import data directly from SAP solutions via a customized BlackLine

To register, please go here.

BlackLine is an SAP software solution and technology partner in the SAP
PartnerEdge®program.  The company is also a participant in SAP Store, the
online e-commerce channel or "e-channel" for enterprise solutions and services
from SAP and its partners designed to provide SAP customers with information
on relevant, complementary technology solutions that are certified by SAP
(such as the BlackLine solution).

BlackLine was named a 2011 SAP Pinnacle award finalist in the "Software
Solution Newcomer of the Year" category.  SAP Pinnacle awards are presented
annually to the "best and brightest" of the SAP partner ecosystem, recognizing
partners that have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with
SAP and driving customer success.  

About BlackLine Systems
BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available
Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution.  An experienced provider of
software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000,
BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications
that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial
controls for companies of all sizes.  BlackLine software applications
complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk
and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class software in a simple and secure
OnDemand/SaaS platform.  With a proven track record and a commitment to
customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close
places on accounting and finance professionals. 

BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago,
London, Melbourne, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing
global client base.  For more information, please visit  

SAP, PartnerEdge and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of
SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries.

All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their
respective companies.

Media Contact:
Kimberly Uberti
Director of Corporate Communications
BlackLine Systems  

SOURCE BlackLine Systems

Contact: Kimberly Uberti, Director of Corporate Communications, BlackLine
Systems, +1-310-721-6850,
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