BOARD was founded in 1994 and employs more than 300 people worldwide. Both its European head office and software development headquarters with approximately 40 employees are located in Chiasso, Switzerland. A second regional headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts (US).
BOARD has 23 offices worldwide and a partner network in over 30 countries. Around 3,000 customers worldwide use BOARD to implement BI and planning projects. BOARD generated CHF 50.5 million in revenues in 2016, growing by more than 45 percent. The company currently has a strong focus on internationalization, particularly by building up its presence in the US.
BOARD is a one-product company and provides a combined product consisting of a front end and a proprietary multidimensional database. It is a flexible development environment for creating dashboarding, reporting, analysis, planning and predictive analytics applications. BOARD offers strong functionality, especially for planning and simulation use cases, and provides a consistent environment for administration, development and utilization. Due to its tightly integrated front and back ends, the proprietary BOARD database allows only limited access for third-party front ends.
BOARD’s product strategy is based on an “all-in-one” philosophy. The goal is to deliver an easy to use and technically homogeneous environment in support of BI and CPM. BOARD’s vision is to enable business users to implement tailored solutions without significant IT support, based on an easy-to-use toolkit with no technical programming needed.
In the past few years, BOARD strongly enhanced its innovative capacity, focusing on trending topics and providing new functionality. Besides BEAM (the vendor’s analytical engine for advanced analytics), BOARD introduced a cloud offering, based on Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, and self-service capabilities (called Data Fast Track).
With its current release, storytelling, collaboration and the incorporation of cognitive capabilities into the system (including cognitive search by natural language query – NLQ) have been added to the product.
User & Use Cases
Besides its main use cases (standard/enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, and budgeting/planning), BOARD is also frequently used for dashboards/scorecards and basic data analysis today. Advanced analysis and financial consolidation are also in the future plans of many customers.
BOARD targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 70 percent of our sample of BOARD customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 100 users, but the impressive mean of 681 users indicates there are also significantly larger implementations.
BOARD is geared to business users with broad functionality for various BI and CPM tasks. Typical users often use BOARD to navigate and view data, while business power users are exploring/analyzing as well as modeling/enriching data.
Current vs. planned use
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5 products most often evaluated in competition with BOARD
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Percentage of employees using BOARD
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Number of users using BOARD
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Tasks carried out with BOARD by business users
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Company size (number of employees)
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