Press Release

BARC The Planning Survey 18: Board achieves top rank for Planning Functionality in the ‘global vendors’ peer group

Monday, 04 June 2018 - Chiasso, Switzerland and Boston, USA

Board takes top marks in BARC’s The Planning Survey 18, the world’s largest survey of planning software users, achieving top ranking position in a wide number of areas like planning and reporting/ analysis functionality, price-to-value and customer satisfaction in the peer group ‘global vendors’.

With eight first places and 27 leading positions in important categories of the survey, Board International has consolidated its position as the leading supplier of integrated performance management and business intelligence software within BARC’s The Planning Survey 18. 

This annual research is based on customer feedbacks and it points out the strengths and challenges of many vendors in the CPM space across the world. Evaluating several features of the product, customers using Board have praised its planning and analysis functionalities, the price/ performance ratio and support in the peer group ‘global vendors’. 89% of users state that they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with Board. Additionally, the platform has been regarded as very impressive because it is particularly flexible, easy to use, and provides a large number of benefits and value to businesses.

As the level of maturity of corporate planning increases, software support requirements increase too.
The Planning Survey 18 confirms that although Excel is still widely used, a large number of companies, particularly mature ones, are focusing on professional planning solutions. Even expertise has increased greatly so that planning has reached a considerably higher level of maturity. Therefore, organizations are increasingly dealing with topics such as simulations and scenario management, predictive analytics and integration of strategic, financial and operational planning to optimize, speed up and simplify their decision-making processes. Thus, software tool requirements increase too. “The integration of planning, business intelligence and advanced analytics into one comprehensive solution is an essential part of effective, efficient corporate control and management and should therefore be considered in the software selection process,” explained Dr. Christian Fuchs from the BARC Institute. 

For us it has always been clear that planning, analysis and reporting go hand in hand. Organizations can, for example, identify, track and evaluate driver relationships only with a directly interlocked planning and analysis solution, so as to quickly and accurately optimize decision making processes “ said Giovanni Grossi, Board CEO and co-founder. 

Board as an innovative trailblazer.
In addition to making it easy to use and giving it extensive functionality options, Board focuses on providing excellent user support when further developing its product - whether with new technologies, such as voice control (natural language processing) or by using artificial intelligence, for example in predictive analytics. “Board has always placed the close interlinking of business intelligence and corporate performance management within one platform firmly in the foreground and has often taken up the trailblazer role when it comes to innovations. Users feel this particularly because they can go seamlessly from one task to the next,” explained Dr. Fuchs. “This is certainly one reason for the fact that user companies achieve particularly high benefits with Board.”

Download the Board results of BARC’s The Planning Survey 18 here: 





About the Planning Survey 18:

The Planning Survey 18 is the fourth edition of the most important annual study conducted by BARC to select and use planning tools. The results are based on an international survey of almost 1,500 users, consultants and manufacturers which was conducted between November 2017 and February 2018: It includes analyzing and comparing 17 leading planning products based on user feedback and current data on market trends and the selection and use of planning tools. As part of the survey €1 was donated to UNICEF for each survey filled in. In total €1,500 was raised for the good cause in this way. You can find further information at


About Board International:

Board is the #1 decision-making platform for organizations of any size. Founded in 1994, Board International has enabled more than 3000 companies worldwide to rapidly deploy Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management and Predictive Analytics applications on a single unified and programming-free platform. The Board platform allows companies to achieve a single, accurate and complete view of business information and a full control of performance across the entire organization, from strategic formulation down to operational execution. Thanks to its programming-free toolkit approach, global enterprises such as Coca-Cola, DHL, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, Toyota and ZF Group have rapidly deployed end-to end decision-making applications in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. Headquartered in Chiasso, Switzerland, and Boston, MA, Board International has 21 offices around the world and a global reseller network. Board has been implemented in over 100 countries.