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Real User
Budget Officer at a government with 201-500 employees
Apr 22 2018

What is most valuable?

For me, because I do a lot of the administration of the system, it's just how easy it was to set up and how easy it is to maintain.

How has it helped my organization?

The way that we designed the personal service forecasting module - about 80% of our operating budget is personal-service related in government. The way that it allows us to take all the variables in, and do a lot of "what if" scenario… more»

What needs improvement?

Being only about a year and a half into using the tool, I don't think I know enough of what's still possible. I'm excited to learn about the e-learning tool and the community that's just starting out. If I was to look at it, from my point… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The budget system that we were using prior to investing in BOARD was written back in the early 90s, and it had a hard-coded date in there that it would not let us to do any forecasting beyond the year 2017. So we were forced into looking at… more»

What other advice do I have?

Technical support is definitely a 10 out of 10. The system solution is about a nine out of 10, and the only reason why I would give it a nine and not a 10, is that it still takes IT folks to really support it. It's not totally able to be… more»
Sujata Telang
Real User
BI Developer at a healthcare company
Apr 23 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the procedures mainly, how the data flow corresponds and how a cube is based on different dimensions, and how the entity reacts to it. We have a cube which can be broken down into different levels, and the way they want to slice it and dice it, that's the user's requirement. So we do that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

They had calculations from baseline for average, standard deviations, just like what you would do in Excel. We have 75 or 86 buckets based on the tissue. There are something like 20 product lines. So if you do the math, we are talking about some 800 graphs and layouts which they generally print… more»

What needs improvement?

The procedures, they have a long list... There are existing gaps which I was asked to overtake and minimize and make it more efficient. Whatever procedure was created has 90 lines of writeup. If I could just export it to Excel and read it, and open different pages, see different pages of procedures… more»

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to selecting a vendor, what's important is a big community, support systems. I feel communication is very important, whether it's an email or something else. Within a couple of hours, if somebody responds, that is helpful, if they can provide a quick solution. It pacifies the people on… more»
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Rebecca Jackson
Real User
Strategy and Performance Analytics Director at a government
Apr 23 2018

What is most valuable?

From our perspective, what was 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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For us, the city of Fayetteville has very disparate data sources on different RMS systems, so the benefit for us was to be able to reach out across departments - globally, across our organization… more»

What needs improvement?

The one thing that I think we would like to see in terms of improvement of the application is the ability to print. It's fantastic to have all of these graphic visualization of data, but we're not… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Excel. We switched because of the need to have accurate and consistent data that was secured. Once it's been approved in BOARD, it's stable, it's there. There was also the need to be able to add… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate BOARD as an eight out of 10. The things that really could be improved would be a couple of things. I think the print issue is big, and then the ability to have that back support. It feels… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Products like Hyperion, Tableau. We went with BOARD because of the cost, the ability to customize, and New Brain being a company that was an integrator and willing to partner with us - it was more… more»
Bob Gill
Reseller
Principle Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

It is easy to make quick updates. As the business changes, we can maintain the tool without programming help from IT. Simplicity. The big thing for us is, when we do an… more»

How has it helped my organization?

All staff can now see their relevant scorecards online. This helps them see exactly how we are trending towards our goals, from which their bonus compensation is… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have more connectors for other data sources. BOARD is a great tool to become the single source of the truth. Making it easier to connect data sources… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Find a partner who will take responsibility for the implementation, and be available for support. This is important.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously, we used Clarity. We switched because Clarity was at the end of its life, and there was no active development to improve the tool. The feedback that we were… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is refreshing to use a tool that makes things easier, and works as expected. Reach out to a sales person and watch a demo, because only when you see someone working… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated these tools: * IBM Planning Analytics * Oracle Essbase * Adaptive Planning * Budget Maestro We chose BOARD because of the ease of use. For us that reduces our… more»
Rich Wojcik
Real User
Director of FPNA at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Apr 23 2018

What is most valuable?

It is "one" solution. Keeping it simple: Allowing my team, my users, end users, and me only one application to plug into to get all of their financial data. This is key.

How has it helped my organization?

The low hanging fruit on the how it is performing now that we have built it into our integrity and trust in our numbers. Where in the past, there have been issues, now we have only one version of the… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be huge in the future if BOARD offered a lot more graphs and presentations, and it was a lot easier to use.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

BOARD goes by the motto of "Be Simple". I have used other platforms in the past: IBM and some Oracle products. The are very complex, data-ridden. BOARD is very non-IT friendly, which I am excited… more»

What other advice do I have?

I have been totally thrilled with BOARD. Just do it. I think about the way that BOARD is trying to continuously reinvent itself. Adding the community is huge. It gives us a source out of Google to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were looking at other vendors, like Sisense, and all your typical, major competitors. BOARD stood out because it was the company with "one" solution. I liked the way that I felt as a user and… more»
Real User
System Controller at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 22 2018

What is most valuable?

Having one version of the truth. And we're tracking each revision, so we can say, "Okay, this is what you said, and now it looks like you're coming down or you're going up. You need to explain why." It's good that everyone sees the same… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has sped things up - since we never have enough time to get things done. This has streamlined the process. Before, sales was doing Excel spreadsheets, and then we were putting that in a forecasting system. This, on the other hand, is all… more»

What needs improvement?

We, and finance and accounting, use the client more, where everyone else is on the Web version. Going between the two makes it difficult sometimes. But nothing you can't deal with.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were using Datum, I think Cognos bought them, or IBM. It reached its lifecycle, and they were reviewing, I think it was their TM1 system. We did a whole RFP, and had several vendors, from Oracle and BOARD and the TM1 system. We did a… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would tell colleagues to give this a good look. The setup may be a little bit more time-consuming, and understanding how everything works together. But longer term, it will probably save in the end. I don't have to be looking for other… more»
Bernie Lucido
Real User
Senior Business Analyst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 22 2018

What is most valuable?

It has a lot of valuable features. Primary is its flexibility and versatility and, obviously, functionality goes along with that. Plus, it does that at a small footprint in the file servers, and does it very efficiently.

How has it helped my organization?

The ease of designing. The ease of making it happen on a daily basis. What I mean by that is catching up daily. You just schedule the report and off it goes.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It gets real difficult to use a lot of Excel spreadsheets, especially when you have 10 or 15 or more people using different spreadsheets, trying to get them all together. Not only that, but are their formulas correct? Don't get me wrong… more»

What other advice do I have?

My purpose is telling them what they need and writing the initial SQL and building the capsule. Once I do that, I'm done, and then they just go off. I'm not a day-to-day user. In terms of advice to a colleague who is looking at a similar… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were several. There were a couple that were in the cloud, and we didn't like the cloud aspect of them. That was four or five years ago.
KenCevolani
Real User
BI Developer at a retailer with 201-500 employees
Apr 22 2018

What is most valuable?

You can build reports pretty quickly. We do not use BOARD as our main data store. We have a data warehouse that BOARD consumes data from. Therefore, our data's fairly organized before it comes into… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our data is now more structured. Between our data warehouse and BOARD, which are both brand new, we now have a more structured data view with more accurate, timely data. We can also build reports… more»

What needs improvement?

If we build a ton of procedural stuff, it is not good at alerting us to what may have failed, like logging and job steps. It is our understanding from the jobs we continue to run, even though one step… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

It was before my time at the company.

What other advice do I have?

Try to use all the out-of-the-box functionality. Try to use BOARD for what it is good at doing and do not tread outside its capabilities, because then you start running into issues, such as writing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Tableau, Power BI, and BOARD, then chose BOARD.
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