BOARD was founded in 1994 and employs more than 220 people worldwide. Both its head office and software development headquarters with approximately 30 employees are located in Chiasso, Switzerland. BOARD has 23 offices worldwide and a partner network in over 30 countries. Around 3,000 customers worldwide use BOARD to implement both planning and BI projects. BOARD generated CHF 50.5 million in revenues in 2016.
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 planning, dashboarding, reporting, analysis 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 Corporate Performance Management. BOARD’s vision is to enable business users to implement solutions without significant IT support, based on an easy-to-use toolkit with no technical programming needed.
User & Use Cases
BOARD is an integrated tool for planning and BI.
Besides planning, BOARD is typically used for standard and enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, data analysis and dashboarding. A module for advanced and predictive analysis was released in BOARD 9, and 54 percent of respondents to our survey are considering using BOARD’s predictive functionality in the future.
As the company size figures show, BOARD is mainly used in mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median number of 70 users in a common environment (with 20 of them using planning functionality). However, the mean of 115 users per company (60 users for planning) tells us that the product can also be used in much larger environments.
51 percent of BOARD users are planning users – compared to the survey average of 60 percent – reflecting the fact that BOARD is not only a planning tool but offers comprehensive BI functionality as well.
Current vs. planned use (besides planning)
Percentage of employees using BOARD
Planning users (as a percentage of all users)
Total number of users per company
Planning users per company
Company size (number of employees)