BOARD

4.5 / 5 55 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Over 3000 companies worldwide are utilizing BOARD to improve the effectiveness of their management decision-making processes.


Average Ratings

55 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • BOARD
  • www.board.com
  • Founded 1994
  • Switzerland

About BOARD

With BOARD, you can manage and control all Budgeting, Planning and Forecasting processes for any department in any industry: from goal-setting and decision-making to operational execution to results monitoring. Combined with BI and Predictive Analytics capabilities, BOARDs ease of use and flexibility empowers users in different functions to create analyses or planning and budgeting workflows quickly and easily, without any coding or the need to ask for help from the IT department.


BOARD Features

  • "What If" Scenarios
  • Balance Sheet
  • Capital Asset Planning
  • Cash Management
  • Consolidation / Roll-Up
  • Forecasting
  • General Ledger
  • Income Statements
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Department / Project
  • Profit / Loss Statement
  • Project Budgeting
  • Run Rate Tracking
  • Version Control

BOARD Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Very intuitive and responsive

Aug 18, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Good to have.

Pros: 1. Good response time to refresh data 2. Ease to use by business people 3. Great feature to drill for specific values in charts.

Cons: 1. Not sure how the data security of the organization's will be taken care by this tool and underlying dashboards.

Great start to our System Review Process

Jun 09, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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Pros: I liked the detailed questions asked by the rep. The questions prompted me to think about what was really important to the success of the project.

Cons: Some of the results provided did not meet the requirements we discussed. We specifically requested a global system and a few were designed for US use only.

Great product, great value. More than BI.

Apr 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: It connects to virtually any data source and easily will produce dashboards enabling great analysis! You are limited by what you can imagine.

Cons: There is a learning curve regarding the terminology and logic of the product, but that is more a result of changing the way you think about data.

Highly Recommend

Apr 05, 2017
5/5
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Ease of Use
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Features & Functionality
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Comments: So far, the implementation and ease has been great. Board staff have been so helpful in providing training and answering questions, as well as provide solutions to problems or helpful suggestions.

Pros: visual ease, understandable, helpful staff

Cons: buy-in from management.

First project was to ambitious

Apr 05, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: I want to create a few more projects before making up my mind.

Pros: It is extremely configurable. It accepts data from almost any source. I like the final look, it is enough like excel that end users don't resist too much.

Cons: Complex applications seem to become even more complex. Drilling into layers of configurations is a little confusing until I have spent enough time.

BOARD Review

Apr 05, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Comments: Our initial project with BOARD was through a reseller and it was a difficult start for the product. However, now that we are direct with BOARD, the support has been tremendous and makes us want to master it so that we can fully utilize what it offers.

Pros: We are early users for the product but the staff and even users are very helpful and are encouraging for how to learn to use it in many ways.

Cons: No online training available - even just for tips and tricks

All in one package

Apr 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
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Comments: We brought Board in as a tool for inventory projections, to replace the excel spreadsheets that relied on multiple vlookup and match-index formulas, which took forever to load and equally long to update. Now with Board, the process takes minutes and updates are painless. We can also use the multiple objects in Board to present the data in more visually appealing forms than the standard spreadsheet format.

Amazing Product

Apr 05, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: We are mid-way implementing this product but just with demos and strategy discussions we can already tell how easy BOARD is going to make our lives. Its very agile and flexible thats a huge plus for the business users. Looking forward to BOARD 10.1 and all other amazing releases set for this year.

Pros: Flexibility and agility

Cons: It requires a slight learning curve around the entities, relationships, cubes and the procedures. Training users is a slight tough task as there is no ready user manual available.

BOARD Software user

Apr 05, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: Excellent software, data management and reports excellent source for managers. Currently using Oracle and supervisors find it extremely difficult to navigate. Board has enabled users to view expenses and plan budgets with a simplified process

Board is a fantastic product

Mar 28, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of set-up and use Very quickly can create dashboards and reports Integrates with excel seamlessly Regular updates each year to expand capability

Cons: Nothing of note; support is excellent; on-site consultant were very knowledgeable; integrated very easily with our databases

Robust software with a lot of potential

Mar 20, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Can link to multiple databases to extract data and making the data usable for management. We have taken reports that would take us 4-6 hours each month to prepare for management. Board has provided us the ability to provide the reports to management that are always the most current.

Cons: Need more documentation on how to use and program. To learn the program has a lot of trial and error. Better manuals would allow users to build more functionality in shorter time with less frustration.

BOARD - Used for Budgeting and Financial Reporting

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comments: The flexibility of this product continues to surprise me in that I will often ask "can BOARD do this" and the answer always seems to be yes. Very satisfied BOARD customer for over 2 years.

Pros: Flexibility and functionality of the product, it can be used to do many things, many ways Can be used to develop and implement a fairly complex budget model and reports within a couple of months Easily attaches to SAP using the SAP connector Very powerful financial reporting tool Excel Office Add In is awesome Exceptional customer service, this vendor cares about its customers satisfaction

Cons: Big learning curve to master the development work as an administrator Setting up security profiles is very time consuming

Impressive features and functionality but requires much configuration

Mar 17, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Impressive features and functionality. One stop shop for all reporting needs. Excited to see how well it integrates with all of our various data sources

Cons: With the complexity that comes with so many features and functionality it will require time to acquire skills necessary to become proficient

Board Value

Mar 16, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Quickest implementation from start to finish for smaller to mid-size project needs. Large feature set for a low manageable cost.

Cons: Differentiated support for layouts and features comparing the web and client implementation. Distribution and updating of add-on's is manual and difficult to manage for virtual teams.

Buckner International & BOARD

Mar 16, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: My experience with BOARD has been quite positive from the beginning. So far it has solved the problems we've needed to solve. We are still in the process of implementing it across different departments so I'm looking forward to it helping with solving even more issues we often face.

Pros: - Customizable - Capability to translate to multiple languages - The support has been phenomenal - accessibility across multiple countries

Cons: I can't really think of anything that I don't like about it.

Very Powerful Software

Mar 16, 2017
4/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: Very powerful, we have found that the only limit to how much we can manipulate and enrich our data is our understanding and creativity when it comes to designing data flows.

Cons: It does take a while to learn and feel comfortable using the more advanced features in Board. There was more trial and error than some people may feel comfortable with.

BOARD - A Paradigm Shifter

Mar 16, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Flexibility; Ease of Use; No coding requirement, Multiple streams of development possible. capability to have multiple databases.

Cons: Improve Printing capabilities of capsules & screens. Documentation can be improved for end user development as well as access security.

#1 BI & CPM Tool

Jun 28, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I have been using Board Mit for one year in my previous working experience. Later, I had chance to get in touch with IBM Cognos, MS SQL based BI Tools, Oracle BI and Qlikview. I am defentively acknowledged that Board MIT is the best tool outhere: unique platform (IT skill huge savings), easy to use (fast adoption across the departments), fully functional on dashboarding, reporting, analisys, analytics, what-if and what-for scenarios (save tons of money and time).

Pros: Easy to use, complete, scalable, desireable for business orchestration.

Cons: The platform in itself is an instrument. To gather the best out of your investment you have to run a proper partner selection. Software Houses add lower value respect to business oriented consultants

Recommendations to other buyers: It's the first must have tool for data & knowledge driven C-Levels looking after outreaching their business goals.

User-friendly tool with good capabilities

Dec 03, 2015
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: Good performance on processing data/serving up reports, user-friendly interface, does not require programming knowledge, just a good understanding of the data and relationships, easy to find inconsistencies in data (if any). Vendor support is readily available.

Cons: There hasn't been any major issue with the product or the vendor so far.

Recommendations to other buyers: Data quality is critical. Also provide values for all the records as BOARD does not work well with "null" values.

BI efficiency with Board

Dec 03, 2015
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use Low infrastructure requirement Ease of development Vendor provides great support

Cons: Board has met our requirements for more than 5 years without any significant development or operational issues. There is nothing not to like about the product or the people who support us.

Recommendations to other buyers: Plan a small project to use as a prototype. Use the prototype to collect development and implementation metrics. Plan/budget for structured training from time of purchase.

Terumo Sales & Operations Planning

Dec 03, 2015
3/5
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Multi user capability. Integrated capabilities: schedule, reader, procedures all provide a good level of flexibility. Support organisation is always willing to help.

Cons: Cube limitations on number of entities. Dataview limitations on number of rows. Lack of time out on infinite sessions. Unable to run procedures on the same database when an infinite session is running. Datareaders have no variable parameter filtering capability. Performing grouping and max/min functions on cubes is difficult.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ensure the back end is correctly structured before considering dataviews and dashboards

BOARD, a great performance management solution

Dec 02, 2015
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: We were introduced to BOARD after many years of experience with using alternative multidimensional budgeting, planning and reporting solutions. While many of BOARD's competitors have come and gone, BOARD has shown both a commitment to support performance management and importantly a commitment to innovation. We use the product for a number of our subsidiaries as well as deliver solutions for our clients on it.

Cons: The initial engagement with the product is slightly different to other approaches and does take a little time to re-educate yourself to its methods, but once you do the reasons BOARD chose this way becomes clear.

Recommendations to other buyers: It is always best to try different solutions out for yourself against a set of clear quantitative criteria. If you do this BOARD usually will come out on top.

easy to use, pleasant to the eyes

Dec 02, 2015
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Software is easy to install and backup is simple. Support from BOARD is fantastic; always returning with solutions for both server and application questions.

Cons: Data import error messages can be improved to provide more information on why a record failed to get imported.

Recommendations to other buyers: There is permission control where data access can be set to different groups of users. Accounting periods can be locked after each import which prevents accidental overwriting of past data.

Our clients use BOARD for Forecasting and Financial Reporting

Dec 01, 2015
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
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Pros: BOARD's data integration and data entry capability. The combination of Performance Management and BI in the one tool makes BOARD very flexible and our clients use it for many application.

Cons: Not a lot, if anything it is not as easy to get data in for quick ad-hoc reports but that is going to be fixed in BOARD 10.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you consider Data Integration and data entry capability. A great dashboard with inaccurate data is not that great and reports without simple things like comments can be hard to understand.

BOARD, a great performance management solution

Dec 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We were introduced to BOARD after many years of experience with using alternative multidimensional budgeting, planning and reporting solutions.
While many of BOARD's competitors have come and gone, BOARD has shown both a commitment to support performance management and importantly a commitment to innovation. We use the product for a number of our subsidiaries as well as deliver solutions for our clients on it.

Easy to use, pleasant to the eyes

Dec 02, 2015
4/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Software is easy to install and backup is simple.
Support from BOARD is fantastic; always returning with solutions for both server and application questions.
There is permission control where data access can be set to different groups of users.
Accounting periods can be locked after each import which prevents accidental overwriting of past data.

Fantastic!!!

Nov 25, 2015
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: It is very fast, easy and friendly. I love the capability of Board to adapt to every reality

Cons: I started to use board 10 years ago, I was a user, now I'm Administrator. I'm not able to say what I don't like, I use Board for all.

Recommendations to other buyers: When you talk about board you must be consider not only the quality of the software but also the high quality of the technical support.

Perfect!

Nov 25, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have started to use Board in 2006 as an user. Now I'm Administrator and a Business Analyst for my society. For me is very easy to make all the analysis required and also to implement new ones. It is also easy to compare different informations came from different dipartment.

BOARD supporting operational planning

Nov 25, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Cost/effectiveness. Very easy to adapt and customize the application. Fast DB engine.

Cons: A lot of hardware resources needed. Some little bugs have been corrected only in the last rel. 9.1

Recommendations to other buyers: Take care to well understand your licenses needs (in tems of engine license) considering dev/quality/prod.

Great BI tool, easy to use, big performances

Jun 25, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy setup and implementation. Integration and standardization of data from various sources. Each user is able to obtain all informations needed in autonomy. Depth of analyses, ability to drill down and track data between various the dimensions.

Cons: Nothing of really important, may be printing options could be improved (but you can overcome with the office add-in)

Recommendations to other buyers: Office add-in (Excel in particularly) is a plus. Mobile version is improved in Board 9 (I am using Board 8). Try a demo.

Great Results!

Jun 08, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We initially wanted BOARD to improve our budgeting process, but after we saw the potential, it quickly spread throughout our foundation. We now use it for Sales reporting, our Planning functions and managing inventory at our multiple facilities.
It has become invaluable and the ease of use drives us to continue to seek new places where we can benefit from this tool. It has improved our efficiency and most importantly, we are all working with the same data, rather than multiple spreadsheets and sources.

Excellent solution for analytics and BI/CPM solutions

May 29, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have used Board since 1997 and found it to be an outstanding solution that allows a real focus on the value of insight and analytics, as opposed to more traditional flat enterprise type reporting. Speed of deployment, capability through BI and CPM functionality is second to none which has allowed us to provide multiple solutions for the business and end customers that truly add value.

BOARD Review

May 28, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We have been working with the BOARD software for 3 years now and find that it is a great tool to model businesses. The toolkit approach means that for each different business we can tailor the requirements easily and quickly. Being able to create workflow around not only hierarchical submissions but also business processes means the end user experience is improved and informed.

BOARD is truly one product allowing us to join up planning/forecasting applications with BI reporting and dashboards with one skillset and one licence purchase. Being all from one source there is never the issue of people seeing different numbers or reconciliation differences.

BOARD is intuitive to build and use with no back end coding required, meaning this is a tool that can be owned in both IT or departments such as Finance, HR, etc.

I using Board till 10 years

May 15, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Comments: Very user friendly, very quick and easy to implement,

Great option to get your BI + Planning solution up and running just like you need.

May 12, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Board allows you to go beyond a normal BI tool allowing to plan and measure your metrics, in order to measure the whole business cycle the way you need.
The easy programming interface lets you customize the application and taylor it to your requirements.

A very good tool-kit for different applications

May 08, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Pros:
-easy to use
-easy to maintain
-easy to develop new applications
-good "look and feel"
-good performance
-fast Development of new features/releases

Cons:
-new releases sometimes contain bugs
-generating huge lists is not sufficient

Great Toolkit für Planning & Forecasting

May 07, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: We are using board since 9 years for planning, forecasting & reporting. Great flexibility in designing the planning process, easy to handle, low total cost of ownership.

Deviation Analysis and Budget Planning with Board - worldwide

Apr 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: - Provides the consolidation of data and data structures of various source systems. - Standard reports are defined and simplifies the daily work, so that manual effort is no longer required. - The aggregated data allows ad hoc evaluations according to defined criteria across different data sources. - No programming skills are required for the user. - Budget planning based on past values is possible.

Cons: - Data quality is only as good as they are maintained in the source systems (obviously). - Data can be evaluated according to defined criteria only . - Graphical technology for column, line or pie diagrams could be more modern; though, guess that was done in version 9 (working with version 8.1.4 still).

Recommendations to other buyers: - Upfront a clear picture of what the objective and focus of the tool shall be in the final outcome. - A concept with a defined reporting agenda. - A good integration into the root source systems is a must.

Board BI review

Apr 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I find the product functionality to be better than other products that I have used, and the vendor is very responsive when contacted.

Cons: Learning product is a little different that other BI products that I have used.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make to understand and use all functionality, which I believe better than other BI tools.

Complete solution for any organization need for BI and CPM

Apr 06, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use and easy to learn product with comprehensive toolbox approach, worldwide best class support, competitive pricing and you can start small.

Cons: Support for Android mobile app still in in progress.

Recommendations to other buyers: Beside organization core system and other OLTP system, you only need Board Software to provide information management solution, from BI reporting and dashboard, Financial reporting, Budgeting and Financial planning, Forecasting, KPI and scorecarding, monitoring, alerting, information workflow, and now (from Board 9) also predictive analysis.

Board Platform

Mar 30, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The product is complete compared to the others in the space. Support is excellent. They completely understand the space.

Cons: There is nothing I can comment on in this section.

Recommendations to other buyers: Compare apples to apples. Many other/competing products claim they can do similar things but require add on products.

BOARD a top tool for Planning Reporting and Analysis

Mar 20, 2015
5/5
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4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Development is possible without any programming knowledge. The controlling department is independent of the IT department.

Cons: Spontaneous reminds me of nothing. We are very satisfied with BOARD.

Recommendations to other buyers: Consider the ease of use, Office Add Ins, multilingualism and development without programming knowledge.

Excellent software, great support

Mar 19, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: It's user-friendly with the ability to perform more complex tasks if required. It's very visual and constantly improving. They have exceptional customer service and advice.

Cons: It's very effective at loading in data and presenting it, though it can be difficult to use to manipulate or transform data.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try the demo. BOARD excels at visualizing data, and it's a wonderful tool.

BOARD - A easy to use and powerful BI tool - All in one solution

Mar 19, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: We were one of BOARD¿s first Customers in Australia, and we have been using this product in our business for over 10 years. We found BOARD to be an easy to use and extremely flexible tool that has improved our business processes. As a programmer who would spend countless hours developing reports to meet the ever changing business requirements, I was blown away in the POC by the user-friendly interface and the ease to create reports so quickly on the fly to meet our entire business needs. I have not created another report program since, as BOARD can do it all. Not only is it a powerful tool for creating reports and dashboards, but the forecasting and budgeting functions that allows write back to cubes and the running of scenarios, makes it an all in one BI tool. One feature over the years that our business has embraced is the Excel Add-in feature, and due to its easy to use interface, users are able to run reports in Excel themselves.

Cons: I have no dislikes of the product and am impressed by the improvements made to BOARD over the past years, as it shows they are future thinking in understanding what Businesses are after.

Recommendations to other buyers: Its interface is easy to use by all areas of the business. It is such a powerful tool, that I am continually impressed by what it can do. When I ask the support staff if BOARD can do something, the answer is usually yes. The support staff are extremely knowledgeable and responsive. If you are looking at BI Tools, I recommend organizing a proof of concept as you will not be disappointed.

BOARD Review by CFO of American Refining Group

Mar 12, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: BOARD is an extremely powerful tool that is allowing us to more quickly analyze and manage our business. It is very user-friendly for creating new reports, dashboards and analyses, and we have expanded its use in numerous areas of the company. We find new uses for it nearly each day. Lastly, the support staff at BOARD is very responsive and great to work with. I have used multiple ¿business intelligence¿ tools in the past, and BOARD is, without a doubt, the best. I would 100% recommend this tool to businesses of all sizes and industries.

Cons: Nothing of note; Product keeps getting better with each release.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do a demo and you will see how user-friendly it is. You will also see the cost is very affordable unlike some other products.

Training and implementing of Board

Mar 09, 2015
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The product and the things it can do are remarkable. There is inter-company reconciliations and multiple levels of adjustments. In addition, the customer support is exceptional. I have had wonderful experiences with our rep. He is remarkable in how he explains things and his patience.

Cons: The training and system documentation leave a lot to be desired. If you are looking for documentation on how the system works or how to do something -- well, best of luck to you.

Recommendations to other buyers: The most important thing to know is what you are going to be using the software for. Is it pure consolidations? Do you want reporting? How easy is it to administer after the implementation?

Implementor

Mar 06, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like my relationship with the sales team the best. The front end reporting features and functions. I also like the flexibility of Board to be a BI, FP&A, Consolidation, and Reporting tool and that Board is 100% GUI interface - no programming. I can always find someone to help with my questions. I also like the ease of installing and updating Board Software. It is pain-free compared to a lot of software I've experienced. Finally, how wonderful Board demos to customers.

Cons: What I like the least is the limited Board Data Reader for flat files. It does not specify what fails to load in detail from the Board Data Reader log.It does not allow for both field and columns reading at the same time. We should never have to massage/manipulate any files GL extracts to load into Board. It does not allow for exception maps (i.e. all data is mapped one-to-one except for the following). On-line documentation and Knowledge Base is limited. It should include all Customer Case call resolutions and Server installation requirements. Nexel is a good start, but needs to be on Rows, besides Columns. Also, there's a bug with only reading the 1st column. Next, we need formatting in DataViews (e.g. Cell level Underlines, Double Underlines, Changes in font, Bolding, Annotations, etc.). Another opportunity is Dependency Reporting for dynamic DataView Reports showing specified levels. Lastly, Class Attribute Filtering calculations (this may be available is some form, just haven't figured it out, yet.) Offering Advanced implementer training and certifications would be helpful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Board is huge and flexible with a rich depth of functionality all on one platform. Compare it to all the major vendors who have to offer a lot of different products to provide the same functionality as Board does. That means a huge investment by companies who do not go ahead with implementing Board.

Board Partner and User

Mar 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: When looking to partner with a BI software vendor, we had a few key capabilities that we were looking for in a solution. These capabilities included: 1) the product must be easy to setup and configure and not require lengthy project implementation timelines; 2) the product must be able to empower the end users to create dynamic visualizations to support the needs of their business; 3) support for the analytics must not require an army of developers or technical personnel to maintain the application Many of our customers are mid-market companies that can't afford large expensive reporting solutions, but still require the quality and usability factors that users get from the more expensive off the shelf products. BOARD provided all of this and so much more. Our customers begin realizing value almost immediately following the initial implementation, visualization their business in ways they have never been able to before through dynamic interactive dashboards and reports. The product also offers our customers with a way to quickly keep up with their changing business. With BOARD, as the business changes and new questions need to be asked, the product provides the subject matter experts with the ability to dynamically create valuable visualizations to find their answers. No need for report writers when you have a controller or back office user who knows the right questions to ask to affect the performance of the organization. With this product, gone are the days of the technical business analyst trying to interrupt the request from the business, and instead the business is now creating exactly what they need with little involvement from IT.

Cons: There is some redundancy in the product, which at times can and will require users to have to repeat a formula on multiple reports instead of making the change once and all the reports get updated. This is an area that I see the product improving in overtime.

Recommendations to other buyers: My biggest recommendation for any company looking into BI solutions is to first figure out what it is you are trying to accomplish. Set some goals and objectives, and document your pain points. From their you can build a list of capabilities that will address the needs of the company. Once this is complete, work with different vendors to evaluate each of the tools against the needs of the organization. Creating a scoring system with weighted averages is always recommended as some capabilities are more important than others. At the end, when you are through, compare the scoring you should have a conclusion that will support a direction for your company. Our evaluation of products included 14 vendors, and we spent three months going through this process prior to selecting Board. 14 vendors is a lot to look at, and some companies will want to keep the list to a smaller number say around 4 to 6. I would also recommend reviewing some of the materials from research companies like Gartner and Forrester. They have done some analysis based on specified capabilities, and can provide additional insight into your review.

A cost effective way of reporting data from SAP and many other sources

Feb 25, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It improved performance with access to real time feeds of data from SAP on demand and reduced times to build and run reports. I also like the ability for users to create and develop complex reports without requiring IT.

Cons: Nothing really. Since we implemented the BOARD product, we have seen a quantum improvement in the speed and flexibility of our reporting.

Recommendations to other buyers: Understand your business requirements. Get vendors to demo with your real data and pilot some reports. Ask them how they differentiate themselves from their competitors, understand the licensing model, and ensure onshore support is available. For us BOARD could actually demo the SAP integration via the BOARD SAP Connector, which can run existing SAP queries, ABAPs and SAP data sources.

Very quick reporting!

Feb 25, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I've been programming for 30 years, which includes doing lots of reports. Once the data is in BOARD, it's really amazing how quickly one can turn out a new report.

Cons: There may be some room for improvement with allowing a user to set and hold some specific settings (e.g. - date ranges, categories, etc.)

Recommendations to other buyers: Our parent company already had Board, so we did not really do any kind of evaluation. We had only looked at one other BI solution, and it was very expensive compared to Board.

Great Combination of Performance Management and Business Intelligence

Feb 19, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The product offers a variety of BI tools, but on top of that, it allows for the creation of many different performance management applications.

Cons: Some of the functionality is not available for mobile yet.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are looking for an all-in-one performance management and business intelligence software, this software is perfect.

Flexible, Dynamic, Powerful Tool for reporting, budgeting, or finance!

Feb 17, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is easily customized to fit agency needs. The vendor is always willing to help and keep us informed as to improvements being made on the system.

Cons: There seems to be constant upgrades lately, which is a good thing, but I would prefer they hold off and roll it all out at once to avoid being behind the latest platform.

Recommendations to other buyers: BOARD is a customized system. There's nothing out of the box. You build it to your needs and specifications.

BOARD for planning, reporting and analysis - all-in-one

Feb 16, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The main advantage, apart from the fact that BOARD is one single product for planning, reporting and analysis, which saves weeks and months in implementation, is its ease of use. I have seen several cases where financial controllers with medium IT affinity were able to start producing their own reports and analyses within a matter of days!

Cons: The multi-cube approach does have its advantages; however, it does take getting used to when you first start out.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ask the vendor to produce a Proof of Concept (PoC), be it paid or unpaid. Have them document how long it took them to develop the PoC, as that will give you a good indication of implementation timeframes and costs. Also, ask them to show your key users how the solution works to find out how quickly your people are getting the hang of it. As Business Intelligence is the area in IT where there is probably one of the greatest influences from the business user side, make sure that the implementation partner understands your requirements and that the software will be able to fulfill these without too many workarounds. If there are key features you need (e.g., a waterfall diagram or a workflow process in planning), make sure you are shown how this is implemented. Don't take "Trust me, we can do that" for an answer.

BOARD is a great Financial Consolidation solution

Feb 05, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: The implementation phase is really fast. The price for the software licenses is good value.

Cons: Nothing to mention, as we received great support from both BOARD and the implementation partner.

Recommendations to other buyers: Ask for a Proof of Concept, and you will notice yourself what the differences with competitors are in terms of speed, cost, and results.

Its been very nice to use BOARD as our reporting tool for development

Apr 23, 2014
4/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Its more effective and costs less money.

Cons: It lacks some features in the web client. Some advanced features work fine in the client, but the same features are not available in the web client. Hopefully, it will be corrected in later versions.

Recommendations to other buyers: It's been really good and easy to use BOARD for reporting and analysis.