BOARD offers a modern Integrated Business Planning (IBP) platform that integrates strategic, financial, and operational planning, enabling full control of performance across the organization.
Unlike spreadsheets, BOARD’s multidimensional planning environment is based on a single shared data repository and offers data validation, workflow, enterprise-class security, audit trail and versioning capabilities. This enhances the controllability and efficiency of the entire planning process - making it fully reliable in terms of results and significantly less onerous in terms of time and resources.
BOARD’s in-memory technology (HBMP) delivers outstanding performance in aggregating, spreading, and running calculations on large data sets with complex business models and thousands of users. All changes to data are automatically spread across dimensions and hierarchies, providing an instantaneous picture of the overall impact of any single variation.Since they are based on the same unified metadata layer, all the applications, reports and analyses are updated in real time, maintaining a single version of the truth across the whole BOARD environment and creating a fully integrated planning supply chain.
BOARD offers the ability to directly modify the data model during the planning or forecasting process, throughout the entire integrated business planning process flow. A new business unit, a new product, a new market or a different investment can be inserted in a controlled way during a planning cycle, simulating the effect of a new scenario on the whole business model. Furthermore, structures and relationships can be changed at runtime, providing unparalleled flexibility in building and maintaining any planning application.
BOARD offers a powerful set of advanced features that provide unparalleled flexibility and effectiveness in relation to data entry processes, while ensuring full data reliability.
Data entry can be easily controlled by defining a set of validation rules for any input value (i.e. minimum price for a product)
The data available for visualisation or enabled for data entry varies according to the role of the user
BOARD’s Excel® add-in allows users to work without being connected to BOARD and to synchronize data automatically when they first reconnect
BOARD allows users to freeze the value of one or more cells, including totals or subtotals, and then distribute data changes to non-locked cells only
A special function called “reverse algorithm” extends the capability to propagate changes across dimensions and hierarchies to the calculated fields (e.g. If you change a percentage value this will be automatically reflected in the quantities from which the percentage has been generated, even if the percentage is a calculated value)
Any data entered in BOARD can be recalculated in real time. This function is typically used to enter data in one currency and to have it immediately available in several different currency formats.
Users can input a value and spread it to a more detailed level through allocation patterns that they can easily define, adjust and simulate (i.e. the total Business Plan revenue for the year can be phased in months, based on a different calendarization hypothesis)
Thanks to its relational engine, and unlike other IBP solutions, BOARD can automatically write back the outcomes of any budget/data-entry cycle directly into the ERP database, effectively integrating transactional and planning systems.
BOARD’s integrated business planning process includes built-in workflow management, which includes conditional alerting and mailing, cell locking and triggered events, and data auditing and validation processes. Planning steps can be easily created and correlated to approval cycles according to the logic behind the process. Personalized Excel and Word-based reports can be broadcasted at scheduled times or when a specific event occurs. Unlike the reports from typical BI and CPM systems, analyses within BOARD’s integrated planning solutions are completely interactive, and once received, allow users to interact on-the-fly with the data, according to their role-based security profiles. Integration with BI guarantees a strong capability to monitor and represent workflow cycles, through interactive control panels and dashboards.
BOARD’s IBP software procedures engine allows users to effectively model key business processes by easily configuring a set of pre-built rules. Such processes include driver-based allocations, eliminations, conversions, consolidations, initializations, top down and bottom-up reconciliations, value calendarization, multidimensional calculations and, more generally, all the necessary operations to implement company-wide planning, forecasting, simulation applications. This delivers a truly integrated business management approach and helps to drive businesses towards a Digital Office of Finance.
BOARD enables the generation of unlimited plan versions and scenarios, such as operating plans and financial plans, making it easy to track the evolution of forecasts and plans over time and to compare them with results.