BlackLine vs. SAP ERP

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BlackLine
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
BlackLine automates the the processes required to finalize periodic closing of the books. Beyond close/reconciliation management the product includes capabilities to enhance the management and control of financial processes throughout the accounting cycle. In October 2020, BlackLine acquired Rimilia, an AR automation solution. Rimilia's capabilities are now part of the BlackLine platform.N/A
SAP ERP
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
SAP ERP is an enterprise suite comprising Financials (A/P, A/R, accounting, reporting, risk management, etc.), Human Capital Management (HR and Payroll), and Operations (procurement, manufacturing, sales & service). This is an enterprise level product designed for large organizations.N/A
Pricing
BlackLineSAP ERP
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BlackLineSAP ERP
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
More Pricing Information
Community Pulse
BlackLineSAP ERP
Considered Both Products
BlackLine
Chose BlackLine
BlackLine is a user friendly product vs using the existing ERP for journals. Dashboards, reporting, easy of customization, and administration is owned by Finance vs GIS.
Chose BlackLine
I did not implement BlackLine but it has been efficient in my experience.
Chose BlackLine
During our due diligence process, we evaluated BlackLine and Trintech. Trintech at the time (5 years ago) was not nearly as advanced in product functionality as BlackLine was. There was really no comparison.
Chose BlackLine
We have only used Microsoft Office products prior to BlackLine and with BlackLine we can get all our SAP balances with line item details loaded automatically. With Office we had to gather the data ourselves and then Export the data, and then mine the data to what we needed …
Chose BlackLine
Both are great products and I’ve used both. Successfully implemented FloQast to great success. Looking at the BlackLine approach currently due to size and complexity and my desire to build a best-in-class shop with appropriate scale and the potential for further enhancements …
SAP ERP

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BlackLineSAP ERP
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
9.0
2 Ratings
5% above category average
SAP ERP
-
Ratings
Journal entries and reports9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
8.2
24 Ratings
11% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings8.722 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings8.820 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
7.8
34 Ratings
6% above category average
API for custom integration00 Ratings8.334 Ratings
Plug-ins00 Ratings7.327 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
9.7
42 Ratings
17% above category average
Single sign-on capability00 Ratings9.736 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings9.741 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
8.6
41 Ratings
17% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings8.233 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.841 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings8.841 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
8.6
41 Ratings
12% above category average
Accounts payable00 Ratings9.341 Ratings
Accounts receivable00 Ratings9.241 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
9.0
37 Ratings
13% above category average
Inventory tracking00 Ratings9.436 Ratings
Automatic reordering00 Ratings9.232 Ratings
Location management00 Ratings8.733 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
BlackLine
-
Ratings
SAP ERP
8.8
37 Ratings
13% above category average
Pricing00 Ratings8.935 Ratings
Order entry00 Ratings8.937 Ratings
Credit card processing00 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Cost of goods sold00 Ratings8.533 Ratings
Best Alternatives
BlackLineSAP ERP
Small Businesses
Tipalti
Tipalti
Score 8.5 out of 10
Sage Intacct
Sage Intacct
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
OneStream
OneStream
Score 9.5 out of 10
Infor VISUAL
Infor VISUAL
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
OneStream
OneStream
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Score 7.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
BlackLineSAP ERP
Likelihood to Recommend
9.2
(188 ratings)
8.7
(49 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(17 ratings)
9.5
(6 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(50 ratings)
8.2
(14 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.2
(173 ratings)
8.2
(15 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
8.4
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(10 ratings)
9.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
BlackLineSAP ERP
Likelihood to Recommend
BlackLine
BlackLine is a very robust system and is capable of improving processes. However, it does take time and resource investments. If companies do not have the time and resources and are not willing to invest time and resources, this product will not solve their issues. This is an investment and can be an incredibly powerful tool; however, it won't do the work without guidance. The level of engagement and size of project may evolve over time, however, companies need to understand that it is not an overnight success, but the success that can be achieved in the long run is worth it. I also recommend working with a seasoned implementation partner on a new project. As a company develops the skills to lead the transformation, a partner may not be needed as much, but it is definitely recommended to start.
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SAP
The availability of the leading and non-leading ledgers meets our financial reporting requirements and helps us fulfill both the stock exchange requirements at the parent company level and country-specific requirements at the operating entity level. In addition, the Open Item Managed Account feature ensures that reporting teams optimize their efforts on subsystem-driven accounts to achieve accounting concurrency.
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Pros
BlackLine
  • Saving time! Our manual process became automated the minute we "turned on" Blackline!
  • Focus! By saving time using Blackline, our employees are able to focus on other job responsibilities and profit-generation
  • Support! Blackline's support throughout our implementation and post-implementation has been exceptional. We always receive timely responses and get answers fast, when needed
  • User Friendly! Their system is very easy to navigate. Even individuals in our organization that don't like or embrace change said the transition to Blackline was smooth and painless
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SAP
  • Organizational resource management and integration of different departments with each other as a software automation
  • We have Access to all insights and analytics data from anywhere
  • It doesn't matter how big your organization is, it supports everything from small companies to giant high-tech organizations, and they all have access to data at very high speeds.
  • If you use the web and cloud version, the initial costs will be greatly reduced and even a small start-up small company can enjoy the benefits of SAP ERP.
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Cons
BlackLine
  • In the master journal entries, it would be nice if you could insert a line without having to rekey the entire entry over again.
  • Before I would have said the "to-do list" needed improvements, but now it is so easy to tell what I need to look at instead of searching each section for items.
  • It would be great if the "certify - next" worked on all reviews
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SAP
  • SAP sometimes gets slow whenever most of the people in the company simultaneously use it
  • Hopefully they would extend background job processing to all tables in SAP since it sometimes goes time out whenever extracting large historical data (ex. 5 years expense data)
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Likelihood to Renew
BlackLine
BlackLine is invaluable to our close process. The time saved from moving paper and auto-certifying can be used for better review of the data. It allowed our CFO and Board of Directors to have confidence that our close process was timely and accurate.
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SAP
The cost of SAP as an ERP is quite high and the switching costs associated with ERP systems are even higher. That being said moving from one ERP to another only happens once in a great while for large organizations. Those switching costs include retraining, IT hardware requirements, outside consultants and more
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Usability
BlackLine
There are some processes that we currently use that cannot be done in BlackLine. Our users don't want to change their processes or learn new processes even though it would make their jobs easier. We have very few users who have adopted BlackLine fully, and management has not made it a requirement to use the application.
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SAP
It is worth my time as far as my concern I just loved the product and it has saved me from many problems that I used to [deal] with earlier overall it has [enhanced] my work efficiency that is why I am happy to give this rating to this product Also I loved the features and worth my working skills.
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Reliability and Availability
BlackLine
We never experienced an outage with BlackLine. The only time the system was unavailable was during planned outages for updates and upgrades usually Friday evening after 6pm pst until Saturday morning at 6am pst.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Performance
BlackLine
BlackLine performs rather quickly considering the amount of data we were pushing in and out of it.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
BlackLine
My conversations with vendor representatives and our account managers have all been very positive. They provide solution suggestions that are tailored to our organization and requirements. Questions are answered quickly. The company seems genuinely interested in seeing our organization succeed, not only in the implementation and use of their product but also financially.
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SAP
Well, I've had several scenarios where it was evident that they simply buy time. At the same time, their Product Support and Implementation teams are most likely not in sync. What's said by a member of implementation may not hold good when you refer the same thing with a member of the support team.
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In-Person Training
BlackLine
No answers on this topic
SAP
There are online courses available from SAP called openSAP courses which can be used as a learning tool. Apart from it, SAP trainers can be arranged at an additional cost to train in person.
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Online Training
BlackLine
Trainings are available for all topics on the BlackLine U portal. These were incredibly helpful when first starting with BlackLine to get the hang of it. Trainings are useful for any module. I have personally used this to teach myself how to use the tasks and variance modules, which are now fully utilized by my organization. The support team is also very helpful in training our team on anything additional we have needed.
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SAP
Self explanatory online videos are available for everyone’s access.
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Implementation Rating
BlackLine
You will have to meet up with your final users, approver, internal auditor and accounting policy holder. Everyone has to agree. When you have a well written process, workflow, policy, approval requirement, and control, your implementation process will be much easier
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SAP
Implementation of SAP ERP is actually taken up with phases, and every phase has a business purpose. Mostly every implementation goes well with the Golive, and support during HyperCare ensures that all issues raised post golive are fixed before going into Maintenance mode
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Alternatives Considered
BlackLine
I have not used any products similar to Blackline. However, Excel does offer many similar functionalities to Blackline in terms of reconciling accounts. Blackline offers many benefits over simply using Excel. The reconciliations are organized and easy to find, and they roll over each month on their own. They include the ability to auto-certify if they meet the criteria that your team selects. They also include an audit trail of documentation and approval for each step.
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SAP
SAP is totally integrated as are many of its greatest competitors, but the level of detail in the integration between modules puts SAP heads and shoulders above all others. Granted, the SAP implementation can be much more difficult to perform, but in the long run, the amount of effort you put in will result in excellent usability. After using Oracle's E-Business Suite for over 20 years, we did a due diligence search that lasted over 18 months before making a decision to go with SAP. This was a result of our Oracle system being made "un-upgradeable" due to a custom module that Oracle Consulting actually built for us. We were stuck in an old version of their database that would not work upon patching to the next version.
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Scalability
BlackLine
After implementing BlackLine our company acquired another large company with multiple operations. We were able to use the COVID shutdown to bring them on board with BlackLine with little effort in the setup and training of the users.
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SAP
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
BlackLine
  • More insight into balance sheet account balances. Our team is more timely with getting errors fixed and monitoring important accounts.
  • The task management tool helps us ensure that we are completing all accruals and reviews each month. This has led to fewer errors and missing accruals.
  • Our use of BlackLine has greatly increased our efficiency by reducing manual work.
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SAP
  • SAP has helped in transparency across different business unit and single financial view of the company that previously did not exist.
  • The cost of supporting the solution is slightly higher than the previous ERP and the consulting solutions cost more.
  • Overall SAP has brought in positive ROI and uniform business practices across the organization
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