Board

BOARD was founded in 1994 and employs approximately 350 people worldwide. Both its European head office and software development headquarters with approximately 40 employees are located in Chiasso, Switzerland. A second regional US headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Board has 27 offices worldwide and a global partner network. Around 3,000 customers worldwide use Board to implement BI and CPM projects. The company currently has a strong focus on internationalization, particularly by building up its presence in the United States.

Board International (Board) provides a combined product consisting of a front end and a proprietary multidimensional database, which are essentially always used in combination. The Board tool is a graphical development environment, which enables complex BI and CPM content to be created by business power users without technical programming skills. The platform is geared towards dashboards, reporting, analysis and predictive analytics combined with planning, financial consolidation and strategy management applications and is most frequently used in these areas.

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.

Over the past few years, Board has strongly enhanced its innovative capacity, focusing on trending topics and providing new functionality. Besides BEAM (the vendor’s analytical engine for advanced analytics), it has introduced a cloud offering based on Microsoft Azure, storytelling, collaboration and cognitive capabilities incorporated into the system (including cognitive search by natural language query (NLQ)). Alongside existing self-service capabilities (called Data Fast Track) the vendor added self-service reporting features in its latest release.

 

User & Use Cases

Customers mainly use Board today for standard/enterprise reporting (88 percent), dashboards/scorecards (83 percent), ad hoc query (76 percent) and budgeting/planning (76 percent). 67 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. Board targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 76 percent of our sample of Board customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 50 users, but the mean of 147 users indicates there are also some significantly larger implementations. Board is geared to business power users with broad functionality for various CPM and BI tasks. Typical tasks carried out with Board by business users particularly include viewing and navigating data. Exploring/analyzing data and creating reports are typically tasks for (business) power users.

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Percentage of employees using Board

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Tasks carried out with Board by business users

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Board

Peer Groups Americas-focused vendors, Dashboarding-focused products, EMEA-focused vendors, Integrated performance management products, OLAP analysis-focused products
VendorBoard
Number of responses42
ProductBoard
Offices27 offices in 18 countries worldwide
Employees350
Customers>3,000
Revenues (2018)CHF 90-95 million approx.
Websitewww.board.com