SGV and BlackLine hold joint webinar

SGV and BlackLine conducted a webinar on “The Future of Finance for Shared Services Organizations” on 7 December 2021. Participants from various shared services organizations were present at the event.


SGV Partners with BlackLine’s VP of Strategic Accounts (Asia) Alex Chun and SAP Value Architect Jim Hawthorne


The webinar was opened by EY Asean and Philippines FAAS Leader and SGV Market Group 7 Leader Aris C. Malantic (ACM) and BlackLine’s Vice President of Strategic Accounts (Asia) Alex Chun. SGV FAAS and CCaSS Partner Benjamin N. Villacorte (BNV) led the first part of the session where he discussed how the role of finance leaders has evolved and how the finance function is expected to likewise transform, with an increased focus on long-term value. BNV also emphasized the increasing need for the finance function to support key decisions across the organization and how technology in shared services organizations can help drive efficiencies and greater insights.


The second part of the webinar was led by BlackLine’s Jim Hawthorne, who discussed how shared services organizations can realize the benefits of modernizing certain finance and accounting tasks through technology.


The webinar concluded with a panel discussion moderated by ACM, together with BNV, SGV Consulting Partners Maria Kathrina S. Macaisa-Peña (KSM) and Jan Ray G. Manlapaz (RGM), and BlackLine’s Jim Hawthorne as panelists. BNV shared his thoughts on how leaders can address the impact of transformation on an organization’s employees. KSM emphasized the need for shared services organizations to devote more time to providing better insights to the organization. RGM discussed the importance of understanding the challenges of the organization and developing a business case for transformation initiatives. Jim shared his experiences on how automation of certain tasks through BlackLine has helped in the transformation of the finance function.


ACM closed the webinar by highlighting the critical role that finance teams are expected to play in driving the transformation projects of their respective organizations.


The webinar was organized by SGV FAAS managers Alexander Bughaw, Dwayne Justin Ignacio, Marilen Quicio, Jan Chester Tubigan, Jerwin Esquibel and John Edralin, in coordination with the BlackLine team.

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