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Supporting rapid growth with a state-of-the-art planning and reporting

Unified Management Information, Operational Planning, and Strategic Planning at ZF 

We draw data from all the different areas from all the different divisions, and put it into a single system which gives our managers a Single Point of Truth from which to guide our company.

Armin Ohlinger
Head of Management Information Governance

00:00:03ZF Friedrichshafen AG, with its main office in Friedrichshafen, Germany is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers. We have more than 135,000 employees worldwide and make over €35 billion in sales.

00:00:14Why did you implement Board? We chose Board three years ago because we are a fast-evolving and fast-growing company and we needed a BI solution that can adapt to these changes. Board's toolkit concept suits us because we can react flexibly to the changes in the company.

00:00:38How do you use Board? We use Board for a variety of applications; we built a MIS (Management Information System) with Board and we use Board for our operational and strategic planning. We also built commenting solutions, including year-end commentary for tax notes. In total, over 1,200 of our colleagues use Board on a daily basis in almost every ZF location across the globe. Ours is a very large and important system and we tend to exhaust this topic with Board because we really do use all the functionality that Board offers.

00:01:23How has Board benefitted your company? We have the advantage that we now have a single source of truth in our MIS. We draw data from all the different areas from all the different divisions, and put it into a single system which gives our managers a Single Point of Truth from which to guide our company. A system where the truth is brought together. That's a huge advantage in controlling a large corporation.