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The Rockport Group Walks Tall in the Cloud

The Rockport Group has long been focused on helping its customers find the right fit – and when the business was sold and subsequently set up as an independent company, it needed to find a good fit for itself. The organization began looking for a way to stand up its ... MORE »

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Take Asset Management Planning to the Next Level

The requirements of ISO 55000 are growing increasingly important for organizations whose health depends on the health of their assets. They’re recognizing more and more that asset management is not just about keeping up with asset maintenance; rather, it’s about balancing cost, risk, and performance in order to tie asset ... MORE »

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The Kraft Heinz Company Unlocks Recipe for Strategic Business Insight

When the merger between Kraft Foods and Heinz was finalized in July 2015, the resulting Kraft Heinz Company became the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world — and the volumes of data that the newly merged company had to manage were as expansive as the organization itself. Learn ... MORE »

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Clearing Open Items in SAP Systems: Best Practices for Reconciliation and Automation

by Michael Gilmartin and Stephen Wolfman

In many finance departments, open items can pile up in the system, slowing down operations with an overabundance of unmatched transactions. These open items need to be matched and cleared as quickly as possible, but for large organizations, that can be a time-consuming and inefficient task. During a recent SAPinsider Live Q&A, this issue was tackled by BlackLine’s Michael Gilmartin, Director of Solutions Consulting, and Stephen Wolfman, Director of Product Management. These experts fielded attendees’ questions on open-item management, automation for open-item clearing, and solutions for simplifying that process. Below is an abridged transcript of the conversation. The full transcript is available on SAPinsider Online at


Streamline and Automate SAP ERP Financials Processes with Financial Close Management Software

by Susan Parcells and Michael Gilmartin

A big area of concern for SAP customers in finance — where questions commonly arise — centers on managing financial and accounting processes in SAP ERP systems. Automating a company’s account reconciliation, closing, and other financial processes can greatly simplify tasks and save employees valuable time and energy. During a recent SAPinsider Online Q&A, BlackLine’s Director of Finance Transformation Susan Parcells, and Michael Gilmartin, Director of Solutions Consulting, at BlackLine, answered questions and provided tips and best practices on automating and streamlining financial processes. 

The following is an abridged version of some of the questions fielded. The full transcript is available at SAPinsider Online at


How to Improve Financial Performance with Real-Time Insights and Predictive Capabilities

by Bryan Plug

With an economy on the upswing and companies in growth mode, finance is becoming an engine to drive that growth by unlocking capital to fund key business initiatives. To reflect the changing role of the Office of the CFO, finance teams are recalibrating their processes and setting new goals to accelerate the cash-to-cash cycle and optimize business performance. Examine best practices and case studies in leveraging business technology for growth.



Prepare for a Wave of Perpetual Disruption

by Joshua Greenbaum

Tips for Navigating an Evolving GRC Landscape

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Build Value-Added Extensible HR Capabilities with SAP HANA Cloud Platform

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