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 23 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), BOARD has 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 planning, customers mainly use BOARD for standard/enterprise reporting, ad hoc query and reporting and dashboards/scorecards. 51 percent of respondents plan to use it for advanced analysis in the future. BOARD targets mid-sized companies and large corporations across all industries. 72 percent of our sample of BOARD customers come from mid-sized companies (100-2,500 employees) with a median of 53 users (with 25 of them using planning functionality), but the mean of 95 users (45 for planning) indicates there are also some larger implementations. 57 percent of BOARD users are planning users – just below the survey average of 62 percent – reflecting the fact that BOARD is essentially an integrated planning and BI tool.

Current vs. planned use (besides planning)

N=59

Percentage of employees using BOARD

N=68

Planning users (as a percentage of all users)

N=68

Total number of users per company

N=68

Planning users per company

N=68

Company size (number of employees)

N=68

Summary of BOARD highlights

With eight top ranks and 27 leading ranks, BOARD once again achieves great results in BARC’s Planning Survey. Excellent ratings in numerous important KPIs help to consolidate its position as a leading CPM and BI vendor. Benefits enjoyed by companies using BOARD include improved integration of planning with reporting/analysis, improved integration of different sub-budgets, reduced planning complexity and improved employee satisfaction. 89 percent of respondents are ‘somewhat satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with BOARD, which in turn leads to its
high recommendation rate of 86 percent. With its “all-in-one” philosophy, BOARD offers broad functionality and considerable flexibility to users wanting to address various CPM and BI use cases on one integrated platform.

Planning functionality – Top-ranked

Peer Group: Global Vendors

Price-to-value – Top-ranked

Peer Group: Global Vendors

BOARD rating for price-to-value in the global vendors peer group

Vendor support – Top-ranked

Peer Group: Global Vendors

Reporting & analysis functionality – Top-ranked

Peer Group: Global Vendors

BOARD rating for reporting & analysis functionality in the global vendors peer group

Product satisfaction – Top-ranked

Peer Group: Global Vendors

BOARD rating for product satisfaction in the global vendors peer group

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Planning Survey 18 Awards

BOARD

Peer Groups BI-focused products, European vendors, Flexible planning platforms, Global vendors
VendorBOARD
Number of responses68
ProductBOARD
Offices24 offices in 17 countries worldwide
Employees> 300
Customers> 3,000
Revenues (2017)CHF 72.8 million
Websitewww.board.com

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Quotes from the Planning Survey 18

A very focused and competent vendor, and a partner who will develop a solution for a specific problem together with the customer. The software is easy to use, very flexible and scalable. We really appreciate the selfservice component and the fact that we can cover both our planning and reporting requirements with the same tool.
Head of business department, media/publishing, 101-2,500 employees
Superbly integrated planning and reporting functionality; well designed modular system for development without programming knowledge.
Head of business department, education, 101-2,500 employees
Flexible, easy to use once built, transparent and quick to process calculations that would otherwise take hours.
Analyst, retail, > 2,500 employees
One of the most flexible tools on the market. One of the best business process tools with minimal time and resources on tailoring due to the fact that it does not require specific IT skills. Visual BI functionalities are included. Thus, you have one tool for both purposes.
Person responsible/Project manager for departmental BI, FMCG, > 2,500 employees
A good product which is still being enthusiastically developed. The approach and mindset of the BOARD consultants is positive and they thrive on trying to push the boundaries of the tool.
Head of business department, travel industry, 101-2,500 employees