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Automating the Financial Close Process After a Merger

August 01, 2017

Business mergers are always a challenge for the finance team, especially when they are burdened by manual processes. Here's how one Armanino client, a national financial services firm, recently found a solution to eliminate post-merger integration headaches and streamline their monthly financial close.

The Background

The firm, which manages roughly $13 billion, had acquired another asset management company, but they weren't able to fully integrate their financial systems. This meant that more than a year after the merger, they were still running multiple instances of Microsoft Dynamics GP and Concur, reporting was completely manual, and the financial close process was taking 25+ days.

The financial services firm asked Armanino to perform a technology and business process assessment, and our team found numerous gaps. The monthly financial close was full of manual processes and workarounds, and with no integration of systems, the finance team was stuck using spreadsheets and paper. It took considerable time to track down data for manual cash reconciliation processes, and the staff was saving all journal entry support on a shared drive and then printing copies to save in physical binders, which made it hard to share information.

The Solution

Based on these findings, we recommended that the firm automate and standardize their close process by implementing BlackLine to create paperless workflows, enable notifications and signoffs, and provide controls to ensure data accuracy. BlackLine provides automated transaction matching, a platform for journal entries and attached support, and established workflows, all integrated.

The anticipated result? The financial team will have a financial close that's 3-10 days shorter, as well as enhanced internal controls and a clean audit trail that both shortens the audit process and makes it less expensive.

Contact the Armanino BlackLine team or Director Ryan Prindiville to learn more about automating your financial close process.

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