Blackline Adds Efficiencies and Process Flow to General Ledger Accounting Team
January 27, 2022

Blackline Adds Efficiencies and Process Flow to General Ledger Accounting Team

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with BlackLine

My organization uses BlackLine as a process flow solution to manage a multi-national team across different time zones. It is an organizational tool that helps with visibility and a real-time understanding of where everyone's work status is. It is also helpful that the system automatically moves prepared reconciliations to a reviewer's queue, eliminating the need for communication outside of BlackLine as to the status of each reconciliation. It is also very helpful that BlackLine will automatically de-certify a reconciliation if the balance changes. This is a great feature that notifies the preparer if something is booked to an account without them knowing. It is an additional safeguard to know that the reconciliations are accurate and up-to-date. It would be nice to be able to assign a range of "days" that a task needs to be completed because sometimes the task does not need to be done on one day of the month-end close, in particular. Additionally, if a colleague leaves the company, the remaining team members are unable to remove recurring comments that the former colleague included in the reconciliation. Overall, BlackLine has been instrumental in our general ledger team's ability to meet our month-end/quarter-end/year-end close deadlines.
  • Clear visibility to the status of other user's reconciliations.
  • Auto-decertified if a balance changes.
  • Ability to set up accounts to auto-certify if balance is within a certain dollar threshold.
  • Former colleagues recurring comments on reconciliations are not able to be removed
  • If a preparer's name is changed on a reconciliation, they become the preparer named in all historical reconciliations, and we lose the historical data. Sometimes we may go back to the preparer of a particular month with questions, but we would lose the ability to do that.
  • Self-manage assignments so as colleagues join or leave we can move assignments around for tasks and reconciliations.
  • Auto-decertify if a balance changes on a reconciliation.
  • Ability to easily refer back to historical reconciliations.
  • The general ledger team has been able to hit all deadlines consistently for month-end closes.

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BlackLine works very well for general ledger accounting teams to stay organized and meet all deadlines. Everyone's individual responsibilities are clearly defined by using this tool, and everyone is able to be held accountable for their work. It has been instrumental in process flow efficiency for our multi-national team working in different time zones. BlackLine is a tool that keeps everyone on the same page!