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 US headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts. BOARD has 26 offices worldwide and a partner network in over 30 countries. Around 3,000 customers worldwide use BOARD to implement BI and planning projects. The company currently has a strong focus on internationalization, particularly by building up its presence in the United States.
BOARD 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 and can also be used to build financial consolidation and strategy management 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. 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
Besides planning, customers mainly use BOARD for ad hoc query and reporting (80 percent), standard/enterprise reporting (78 percent), basic data analysis (71 percent) and dashboards/scorecards (61 percent). 71 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. BOARD targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 56 percent of our sample of BOARD customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 78 users (with 45 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 110 users (59 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations. 63 percent of BOARD users are planning users, matching the survey average for all products. This reflects the fact that BOARD is essentially an integrated tool with strong planning but also BI functionality.
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