Created to combine business intelligence, corporate performance management and business analytics, BOARD is a full-featured business intelligence system that suits midsize and enterprise-level companies in a variety of different industry segments.
Within the reporting functionality, BOARD allows users to pull from almost any data source, as well as generate full self-service reporting. These reports can be exported into several different formats, if necessary, such as CSV, HTML and more. The system also features extensive multi-lingual capabilities, making suitable for companies that need to deliver reports in another language.
The dashboard application allows BOARD users to create a fully customizable experience, featuring drill-down and drill-through functionality, as well as several different types of data visualization options. By implementing BOARD’s data collecting and analysis functionalities, companies can view data in a relevant way that helps drive intelligent business decisions.
Janos from NGK Spark Plug (Australia) Pty. Ltd.
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.
There hasn't been any major issue with the product or the vendor so far.
Data quality is critical. Also provide values for all the records as BOARD does not work well with "null" values.
Peter from NGK Spark Plug (Australia)
Ease of use
Low infrastructure requirement
Ease of development
Vendor provides great support
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.
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.
Owen from Terumo
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Multi user capability. Integrated capabilities: schedule, reader, procedures all provide a good level of flexibility.
Support organisation is always willing to help.
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.
Ensure the back end is correctly structured before considering dataviews and dashboards
Mark from Protogen Technologies
Specialty: Software / Technology
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.
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.
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.
Alex from Tenet Sompo Insurance Pte. Ltd.
Software is easy to install and backup is simple.
Support from BOARD is fantastic; always returning with solutions for both server and application questions.
Data import error messages can be improved to provide more information on why a record failed to get imported.
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.
Kim from Bi5 Solutions
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.
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.
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.
Valentina from BASF Srl
It is very fast, easy and friendly. I love the capability of Board to adapt to every reality
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.
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.
vittorio from Giochi Preziosi
Cost/effectiveness. Very easy to adapt and customize the application. Fast DB engine.
A lot of hardware resources needed. Some little bugs have been corrected only in the last rel. 9.1
Take care to well understand your licenses needs (in tems of engine license) considering dev/quality/prod.
Marco from Alerion Clean Power
Specialty: Energy & Utilities
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.
Nothing of really important, may be printing options could be improved (but you can overcome with the office add-in)
Office add-in (Excel in particularly) is a plus. Mobile version is improved in Board 9 (I am using Board 8). Try a demo.
Ole from Riedel Communications
Specialty: Media & Communications
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Victor from Third Wave Business Systems
I find the product functionality to be better than other products that I have used, and the vendor is very responsive when contacted.
Learning product is a little different that other BI products that I have used.
Make to understand and use all functionality, which I believe better than other BI tools.
Budy from Plasmedia
Easy to use and easy to learn product with comprehensive toolbox approach, worldwide best class support, competitive pricing and you can start small.
Support for Android mobile app still in in progress.
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.
Marvis from Precision Fabrics Group
Product is reliable and error free - vendor cares about customer's satisfaction!
I really do not have anything that I dislike about this product. The software is designed to provide data-view summaries of large amounts of data. The one thing that I struggle with here is that my users want to print, and Board's printing options will never meet all the desired printouts that people would "love" to have. The big question to ask these users is "Why Print?"
I would tell others to trust the organization, the software, and its people. I can honestly say that this vendor wants your business, and they treat you like they never want to lose your business.
Mark from Third Wave Business Systems
The product is complete compared to the others in the space. Support is excellent. They completely understand the space.
There is nothing I can comment on in this section.
Compare apples to apples. Many other/competing products claim they can do similar things but require add on products.
Miroslav from juwi AG
Specialty: Energy & Utilities
Development is possible without any programming knowledge. The controlling department is independent of the IT department.
Spontaneous reminds me of nothing. We are very satisfied with BOARD.
Consider the ease of use, Office Add Ins, multilingualism and development without programming knowledge.
Kevin from Taylors Wines
Specialty: Food / Beverage
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.
It's very effective at loading in data and presenting it, though it can be difficult to use to manipulate or transform data.
Try the demo. BOARD excels at visualizing data, and it's a wonderful tool.
Kristine from Puma Australia
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.
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.
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.
Brian from American Refining Group
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.
Nothing of note; Product keeps getting better with each release.
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.
Greg from Concessio
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.
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.
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?
Allen from Concessio Inc.
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.
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.
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.