Acer Europe chose BOARD CPM software as their European Platform for Planning, Sales Analysis and Simulation Processes
From February 2013, Acer Europe, which integrates brands such as Acer, Gateway, and Packard Bell, will implement BOARD for the collection and integration of data from 30 different European countries and from all their existing management systems. The objectives of the project are to plan and control the sales cycle and to increase profitability, as well as performing detailed business simulations.
With BOARD, Acer Europe is able to unify the Planning and Business Intelligence processes of their European sales area, managing within a single tool workflow, data entry and simulation, Reporting, Dashboarding and data analysis.
The centralisation of information, workflow mechanism automation, data entry flexibility and a greater capability for change management that BOARD guarantees, will improve not only efficiency, but also the effectiveness of their process as a whole.
Howard Cheung, CIO of Acer Europe says: “We chose BOARD for two reasons; integration and flexibility. On the one hand, the tool will enable us to manage Planning activities and Business Intelligence in a single environment, avoiding the management and continuous alignment of different applications, and ensuring better access to information. On the other hand, it is perhaps the only product on the market that grants the flexibility we need to effectively manage a Planning and controlling process characterised by a constant change in products and business lines, typical of a business with a high rate of innovation as the one in which we operate.”
“A fundamental step in the selection of BOARD’ – continues Fabrizio Berardi, Acer IT Project Manager – ‘was the prototype stage, during which, to be totally sure of the choice that we were making, we also conducted a first important period of training.
By operatively using BOARD we were convinced this was the right choice, as it confirmed all our expectations both in terms of creation of an advanced analysis and simulation environment, and in terms of ability to be flexible and to effectively deal with complex planning processes.”
“From an operational point of view, what impressed us most is the utter simplicity of the tool for its visual modelling environment, especially when compared to the wide and sophisticated functional offering. A key feature that enabled us to respond to the needs of today’s fast paced business environment, located in different geographical areas and subject to constant change’ –says Julien Gourraud, Acer Project Manager for BOARD implementation.
Jessica Venturini, BOARD Business Development Director, concludes: “Of course, there is no need to underline that the choice of Acer is a great success for us. Being chosen by a leading company in an industry with a very high rate of innovation, to manage key simulation processes, Profitability Analysis and Planning, confirms once again that BOARD's approach to Business Intelligence and Performance Management becomes virtually unbeatable when moving from a logic of pure visualisation to a real support to decision management.”
About Acer Europe
The Acer Group is a family of three brands - Acer, Gateway, and Packard Bell. This unique multi-brand strategy allows each brand to offer a unique set of brand characteristics that targets different customer needs in the global PC market. Today, the Acer Group still strives to break the barriers between people and technology. It ranks No. 4 for total PC and No. 3 for notebooks shipments, and has a global workforce of 8,000 employees. Revenues for 2011 reached US$15.7 billion.
The successful mergers of Gateway Inc. (October 2007) and Packard Bell Inc. (March 2008) by parent company, Acer Inc., completes the group's global footprint by further strengthening its presence in the U.S. and Europe.
BOARD International is a global leader in the Business Intelligence and Performance Management space. BOARD has enabled over 3,000 companies worldwide to rapidly deploy BI and CPM applications in a single integrated environment completely programming-free and in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. BOARD provides one accurate, complete view of an organization’s information, fully integrated with its processes, uniquely linking performance from strategic vision to all levels down to operational detail. BOARD has a worldwide reseller network with local partners across the globe.