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BOARD review by <span>Bob G.</span>
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What do you like best?

I like that the toolset can be used for many different business processes. It can replace passing Excel spreadsheets around, and provide effective reporting. Rather than buying several different products, we decided to purchase BOARD and slowly update our business processes to use it where appropriate. As folks are becoming more familiar with it, they're comfortable using it in place of Excel.

What do you dislike?

There are many features and options. It can sometimes be overwhelming to decide which features and options to use on which screens. Having a clear roadmap is important. There are so many things we could do with the tool, that if we didn't have clear direction on where to focus first, we would go down a rabbit hole.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Rather than investing in 10 different products, buy BOARD and use it across the company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to provide a portal for our KPI scorecarding, controlled by Finance. As we change our strategic goals and KPIs for each business unit, we do not need to rely on IT to make any programming changes.

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BOARD review by <span>William O.</span>
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Coming to the 8th Year of using BOARD

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What do you like best?

Ease of developing and delivering new budgeting or analysis features when business environment changed

Easy to integrate with databases from various platforms using its Data Readers (Ms SQL, Oracle, Excel, MySQL and so on)

Able to call to 3rd party application for black-box processing directly from Board Procedure

Seamless upgrading process from version 7 to latest version

Simple but powerful tools - although the tools are simple but they are powerful and sufficient to build solution with any level of complexity

What do you dislike?

For a conglomerate long-term detailed budgeting, processing would take longer time due to the cube structure complexity

Based on our current requirement, database duplication needs to be performed yearly in order to start fresh while keeping the multi-year budgeting of previous year

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a budgeting tool for a conglomerate , you can consider BOARD. Its features are simple to use and learning curve is fast so there is no problem in delivering a solution quick. The fact that it allows calling to external programs to do black-box processing and return back the processed result set makes it an obvious choice with reusability to prevent re-inventing what's already available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Users can be more involved by providing their basic input during budgeting process

To simulate financial standing of various businesses involved in an organization

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BOARD review by <span>Yves T.</span>
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What do you like best?

- Very flexible software that can be setup in a couple of days

- User can setup it's own reports either in BOARD directly or in the Excel/Powerpoint environment

- The smaller size of the vendor allows a good relationship with consultants, technicians and marketing experts from the headquarter

- Good working interface to SAP, CRM MS Dynamics and Cognos TM1

- Very logical setup of the database structure

What do you dislike?

- The Microsoft Office addin especially is very powerful tool, on the other hand especially the Excel addin causes some crashes ad support some limited amounts of layouts

- When purchasing the software as a BI tool it has to be considered the need of a datamart.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Interface to many different external data sources.

We use it for our whole product sales, orders, stocks and margin analysis on consolidated level (25 reporting units).

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What do you like best?

Assist in consolidating data and produce reports.

What do you dislike?

The followings are more for feedback purpose:

When there is a lot of data/calculations involved, the system tends to slow down, processing speed is affected and also it is very dependent on the internet speed.

It is an off the shelf system and thus requires a lot of customisations in house. May be it should introduce some preset common templates for use by industry in market.

There should be some improvement on the formatting once the data is export in excel format. Currently, in the exported excel file, all are set to be "text" format and it requires a fair bit of housekeeping in cell formatting etc before it can be used as a normal file like other excel files.

In addition to the current "per license" fee base, may be should introduce more economical package like packages for 4 users, 6 users etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

BOARD is useful and effective if:

- the user has a good IT support team in house

- there is a lot of data to be consolidated and analysed in different report formats

- there is a way to speed up the system processing time when there is a lot of data

- there are predefined templates for those commonly used reports/set-ups based on those common industries in market

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It assists in consolidating data from different business units/departments to produce the required reports.

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BOARD review by <span>Barbara M.</span>
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What do you like best?

It was easy and fast to create a lot of dashboard and reports with a very large amount of data so that final users can do analysis of the business in few time. All new requests can be performed without trouble

What do you dislike?

I appreciate very much this software and I didn't find any big issue till now. There's only one thing I have noticed: in a dashboard containing a summary table it's not possible to place the sum of the columns in the first row but only at the end and this is not helpful in case of a large number of rows.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can produce data for analysis in a easiest way and faster. I made the user independent in its own job for control and planning and gave to the management the visibility of the trend of business with simple dashboards

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BOARD review by <span>Chris C.</span>
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Excellent Financial Report Software

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What do you like best?

The flexibility of creating reports and then related charts and exporting and using it in excel. The data is clean and easy to use.

What do you dislike?

The complexity of building some reports will take a little programming training and understanding. It is not so intuitive for complex reports for even a power user. You have to get the training and then it is easier. Their helpdesk is always friendly and supportive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For the price and product features, it is definitely worth considering its use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Budgeting, Forecasting, and all types of financial reporting and drill through to transaction level detail or pivoting on multiple variables.

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