How Insights Drive Data-Driven Accounting

Mario Spanicciati

Businesses use data generated and verified by accounting to know how they are performing, to manage operations, and to make key business decisions.

This is the primary reason accounting exists in the first place. And with the accelerating pace of business today, accurate, up-to-date data is more essential than ever.

So then shouldn’t the accounting department be managed in the same way? Chief accounting officers, controllers, and finance chiefs need operational and performance data to know how their department is performing, to efficiently manage their operations, and to enable data-driven decision-making.

Visibility is even more critical when it comes to the financial close, to enable accountants to deliver process-optimizing financial data that is still relevant to the company’s future, instead of creating a picture of the past. But with most of the accounting operations still performed through spreadsheets and manual processes to this day, this simply isn’t happening.

It is imperative for companies to start modernizing their accounting functions in order to remain competitive. This starts by eliminating manual processes and digitizing operations. Once this is done, accounting and finance executives need access to performance data to improve their processes.

They also must be able to benchmark this data against their peers to really understand how they are doing and expose areas of weakness. With this insight, they can make meaningful changes that will benefit the broader business.

When accounting operations are improved in this way, it not only makes processes more efficient, but it also provides the real-time data companies need to stay ahead of the competition in a rapidly changing world. This level of actionable intelligence elevates the CFO and the finance team from a cost center to a value-adding, strategic leader of the business.

BlackLine’s Finance Controls and Automation platform automates manual tasks and digitizes accounting processes, while BlackLine Insights provides the data needed to improve operations. Together, they represent a real modern finance solution.

Join this live webinar on June 19 to learn more about how your organization can become data-driven by achieving data integrity within your finance systems.

This article originally appeared on and is republished by permission. BlackLine is an SAP partner.

Mario Spanicciati

About Mario Spanicciati

Mario Spanicciati is chief strategy officer at BlackLline, where he is responsible for driving global marketing strategy, developing strategic partnerships, and building out key alliances worldwide. Mario has worked alongside company CEO Therese Tucker since 2004 and headed up the company’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) operations, launched in London in 2013. Mario also led the company’s expansion into France and Germany with the opening of the BlackLine Paris office in 2015 and BlackLine Frankfurt in 2016. Under his direction, the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP Solutions became an SAP-endorsed business solution, joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally across all industries and categories. Prior to joining BlackLine, Mario was with Merrill Lynch. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University.