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Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

Board
Ranking in Business Performance Management
11th
Average Rating
8.6
Number of Reviews
35
Ranking in other categories
BI (Business Intelligence) Tools (23rd), Reporting (19th)
Planful
Ranking in Business Performance Management
16th
Average Rating
8.0
Number of Reviews
2
Ranking in other categories
Financial Close Software (16th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Business Performance Management category, the mindshare of Board is 6.5%, up from 5.8% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Planful is 1.4%, down from 3.2% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Business Performance Management
Unique Categories:
BI (Business Intelligence) Tools
0.6%
Reporting
0.5%
Financial Close Software
0.7%
 

Featured Reviews

Adnane BAAHMED - PeerSpot reviewer
May 12, 2023
A stable solution with good user-experience, easy deployment but needs some improvement with engine
The solution is used for financial purposes and HR The flexibility and the user-experience are the most valuable features of the solution. The engine of the Board should be made powerful like the engine of IBM planning which is more powerful in terms of performance. The consolidated finance…
KL
Feb 3, 2022
It has helped us speed up the turnaround time on our consolidation, and we haven't had anything come up that the program has not been able to solve
The part that we liked about Excel is that it had a better interface in terms of just graphical illustration of our results. So, if we wanted to look at our financial trends and put it into some type of graphical interface for people to look at, we still have to leverage Excel for that. The dashboards aren't as usable as maybe some of the other solutions, such as Tableau or other BI tools. The application that we use today for our BI tools is Tableau. That's how people absorb information. We don't really use the functionality or dashboards within Planful because of the robustness of Tableau. That's our single source of data. If Planful was better or more comparable in terms of features and functionality, we could probably leverage that in Planful.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"It has definitely saved us time, especially in our budget and planning processes."
"Our clients have improved a lot in terms of coordination and communication. This has improved their internal performance."
"The ability to create a data model and have it in testing within a week is fantastic."
"What is very valuable is the ability to customize. We didn't see a solution out there that really matched exactly what our functional requirements would be. So we were able to work with New Brain, our integrator, and we were able to build from the ground up what we wanted, and I think that's pretty unique to BOARD."
"The tool seems to have a lot of ways to handle scaling."
"My favourite feature of BOARD is the ability to write back to the OLAP DB, as well as the Rdb, and secure user data allowing databases to be flushed and rebuilt daily."
"The flexibility and the user-experience are the most valuable features of the solution."
"Now, we have only one version of the truth."
"It has helped us speed up the turnaround time on our consolidation. We don't have to do reporting in Excel anymore, which has cut down on the errors and the efficiency of our close time."
 

Cons

"​One of the things that I would like to see is the ability to have a rule directly referenced on the cubes.​"
"The product can be improved by making it possible to know where cubes are used."
"​We are looking for ways to distinguish zeros versus nulls in BOARD."
"One thing that I personally would like to see is additional visualization tools for visuals."
"It would be huge in the future if BOARD offered a lot more graphs and presentations, and it was a lot easier to use."
"We would like to see better logging in the procedural world."
"I would like to see better relationships with the partners."
"It's very powerful, but there is also a big learning curve. ​It should be a little more intuitive."
"The part that we liked about Excel is that it had a better interface in terms of just graphical illustration of our results. So, if we wanted to look at our financial trends and put it into some type of graphical interface for people to look at, we still have to leverage Excel for that. The dashboards aren't as usable as maybe some of the other solutions, such as Tableau or other BI tools."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Find a partner who will take responsibility for the implementation, and be available for support."
"It is not the cheapest product on earth, but you get so much. It provides good value for money."
"​In terms of the pricing, it was reasonable. BOARD is not the lowest in the market, but it was reasonable for us."
"The solution is quite expensive, if it is made cheaper then we can have more clients. I rate it four out of ten."
"Right now, everything is on a three-year term contract, and that is our main cost."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
14%
Financial Services Firm
11%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Wholesaler/Distributor
7%
Computer Software Company
15%
Manufacturing Company
11%
Healthcare Company
11%
Financial Services Firm
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
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Questions from the Community

Is Board better than Anaplan as a Business Intelligence (BI) solution?
We've had several FP&A departments include Anaplan in their analytics discussions, and while BI information IS generated, the focus is generally on compiling input from various sources and simu...
What do you like most about Board?
All the reports are prepared automatically.
What needs improvement with Board?
Sometimes, the data disappears from the product. We have had a few such cases. When I added my comments to the data, it disappeared. A technical specialist tried to restore it. It was not convenien...
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