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Webinar Recording

Improving the Close Process – Benefits & the Role of Automation

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
There is a general agreement that it is best practice for companies to close their books within one business week, yet few succeed. There are many benefits to improving the close, including:

  • Timely dissemination of information to management
  • More efficient use of resources
  • Better visibility and control of the end-to-end close process

This webinar will show you not only the value of closing faster but also how automation can help you get there. Finance expert, Larry Maisel, will be joined by Finance Automation specialist, Tony Beeston.Together they will discuss how you can improve and automate the accounting close process, closing books in less time, with less stress and less cost.
After attending this event you will be able to:
Recognize what occurs during the closing process
Recognize the benefits to improving the close process
List the symptoms of problems in the current state closing process
Recognize how to accelerate the close to achieve targeted benefits and operational efficiencies
List the Governance and Risk Management practices of accelerating the close process


Larry Maisel , President, DecisionVu Group, Inc.
Larry Maisel
President, DecisionVu Group, Inc.
Larry Maisel is President of DecisionVu Group, Inc., a management consultancy specializing in Corporate Performance Management, Financial Management, and IT Value Management. He is a seasoned business executive who has successfully demonstrated abilities to provide leadership in Strategy and Financial Management, and Information Technology. He has extensive industry experiences with global organizations including MetLife, Chase, GE, Boeing, Ford,, and many other Global 1000 industrial and financial service companies. Larry has held senior executive positions at PeopleSoft, and as Executive Partner in Charge of KPMG Consulting’s Strategy and Financial Management Consulting Practice. Larry is a CPA, CGMA, holds a BA in Economics from New York University and an MBA in Corporate Financial Management from Pace University.
Tony Beeston, Finance Automation Specialist, Automic
Tony Beeston
Finance Automation Specialist, Automic
Tony has been working in the IT Automation industry for over 30 year, for the last 15 of those he has been delivering solutions to business around the globe concentrating on resolving real world problems in running end-to-end business processes across ERP systems. Currently working as the Finance Automation specialist at Automic Software, he is helping companies establish best practice in delivering process automation for the accounting closing cycle for the Office of Finance.
Moderated by: John Kogan, CEO, Proformative
Moderated by: John Kogan
CEO, Proformative
John has been CFO at four technology companies, a finance executive at Cardinal Health, and in multiple roles at AlliedSignal and Cisco Systems. John has raised over $100M in equity capital and debt and has played central roles in numerous buy and sell-side transactions for both public and private companies. As COO at two companies, John also ran Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Service operations. He has also founded, invested in and been a board member or advisor of a number of companies. John has a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


Event Sponsor Automic
Automic - Automic, a leader in business automation, helps enterprises drive competitive advantage by automating their IT and business systems. Its Finance Automation solution enables organizations to shorten their financial close process, simultaneously increasing auditability and control of their accounting systems. With offices worldwide, Automic powers over 2,600 customers. The company is privately held by EQT.
By filling out this form you will become a member of Proformative, and are subject to Proformative's User Agreement. This webinar is provided to you for free by the sponsor, who may contact you later.

There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.