Board was founded in 1994 and employs more than 420 people worldwide. Both its European head office and software development headquarters are located in Chiasso, Switzerland. A second regional US headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts. Board has 27 offices around the world and a global partner network. More than 3,000 customers worldwide use Board to implement analytics and CPM 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 in-memory database called WAVE, which also allows for business-user-friendly data modeling. It is a web-based flexible development environment for creating dashboarding, reporting, analysis, planning and predictive analytics applications and can also be used for financial consolidation and strategy management. Users can create and tailor a broad range of applications specifically to their own needs. 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 analytics 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. 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, self-service data preparation (called Data Fast Track), storytelling, collaboration and cognitive capabilities incorporated into the system (including cognitive search by natural language query (NLQ)).
User & Use Cases
Besides planning, customers mainly use Board for ad hoc query and reporting (78 percent), standard/enterprise reporting (73 percent), dashboards/scorecards (69 percent) and basic data analysis (62 percent). 67 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. Board targets mid-sized and large companies across all industries. 71 percent of our sample of Board customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 100 users (including 40 using planning functionality), but the mean of 157 users (including 73 for planning) indicates there are also several larger implementations. 54 percent of Board users are planning users – significantly below the survey average of 65 percent – reflecting the fact that Board is essentially an integrated tool with strong planning but also BI and analytics functionality.
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