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Webcast Summary

In pursuit of competitive advantage, optimized business processes, and better managed costs, many organizations have prioritized digital transformation initiatives. With these projects often led by IT or Corporate Strategy, Finance is often ‘along for the ride’ or another stakeholder - assigned to managing the budget and ensuring compliance. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

No matter where an organization is in its digital transformation journey, it’s not too late for Finance to take a leadership role. By optimizing critical processes like period-end close, Accounting and Finance can provide a valuable jumpstart and ROI to the broader initiative. Purpose-built technology for Finance can complement the ERP to automate traditionally manual month-end processes.

In this session, we’ll illustrate where financial close technology fits in the ERP landscape and share impactful results from Accounting & Finance teams that have made the most of the opportunity to transform. You’ll learn:  

  • Why some traditional digital transformation business cases fail and how Finance automation solutions can add value with immediate ROI
  • How leading organizations have successfully freed internal resources from the demands of their daily workload by up to 70% using automation 
  • What best practices can best impact the financial close and long-term digital transformation success 

About the Speakers

Molly Boyle, Financial Close Expert, BlackLine

Molly is responsible for helping companies understand the value of BlackLine in the financial close and finance transformation space and supporting the go to market strategy with relevant content and collateral.  Molly is based in Baltimore, MD and has 13 years of experience in public and corporate accounting.  Prior to joining BlackLine, Molly led the Corporate Accounting group at Under Armour where she coordinated the global accounting close process and was heavily involved in the design and monitoring of internal controls and accounting processes.  She also worked closely with the Under Armour management team to provide accounting insight on critical contracts and strategies​.
Christine Diaz, Senior Director, S/4HANA Finance & Logistics Center of Excellence North American Region, SAP

Christine has 23 years of SAP implementation experience ranging from functional consulting, project management to project delivery.  Her industry experience includes, retail, manufacturing, mining, high-tech software, professional services, public sector, utilities, pharmaceutical, engineering and construction.  
Christine’s role at SAP is to articulate the benefits of transforming into the digital age and assisting with the S/4 HANA move program. Her key responsibility is to present how SAP S/4HANA Finance drives business value for large enterprises.
John Zimmerman, Director – Financial Data Systems, The Hershey Company

John provides leadership and direction to ensure global financial data reliability, control and integrity surrounding technical and process solutions. He is responsible for the development, deployment and maintenance of Hershey’s financial processes. Additionally, he is responsible for all aspects of global financial master data, ensuring adequate control over financial information interfacing across Hershey’s systems environment as well as executing Hershey’s financial system security strategy. He also coordinates and manages Hershey’s financial close and consolidation. Currently John is leading the roll-out of several critical financial transformation capabilities, such as the Central Finance environment as well as BlackLine. He also leads the SAP S/4 CORE Finance portion of the ERP Program.
Nilly Essaides, Senior Research Director, Finance, EPM, and FinOps Advisory, The Hackett Group

Ms. Essaides has more than 25 years of experience researching, writing, and speaking about finance and treasury issues, with a focus on the way finance adds value to the enterprise through excellence in financial management and planning processes. Previously, she worked at the Association for Financial Professionals, where she led the financial planning and analysis practice. A prolific blogger with thousands of LinkedIn followers, Ms. Essaides writes for a variety of publications, and co-authored a book about the internal transfer of best practices, If Only We Knew What We Know (Simon & Schuster, 1998).

About the Moderator

Jess Bozzo, Content Manager, Argyle Executive Forum

Jess is the Content Manager for Argyle's growing CFO webinar division. In her current role, Jess is responsible for the creation and implementation of virtual event themes, overviews, and working with speakers and partners to create engaging and timely content. Prior to joining Argyle, Jess got her start in audience development and marketing with NewBay Media. A graduate of Gettysburg College, and a New Jersey native, Jess currently resides in Jersey City.
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Field of Study: Finance
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: None
Advance Preparation: None required
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based
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