The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-03-23T00:17:10Z Board International Wins Australian Contract To Deploy Forecasting and Budgeting Solution For Global Sports Betting and Gaming Group 2021-03-23T00:17:10Z board-international-wins-australian-contract-to-deploy-forecasting-and-budgeting-solution-for-global-sports-betting-and-gaming-group Sydney, 23 March 2021 – Software vendor Board International, today announced that Entain Australia, part of the UK-listed Entain Group, has selected its all-in-one Board decision-making platform, which unifies business intelligence, planning, and predictive analytics, to support momentum in its rapidly growing business operations.Entain is one of the largest operators in the Australian market through its four local brands Ladbrokes, Neds, Bookmaker, and Betstar. The organisation employs more than 400 professionals who provide Australians with an engaging entertainment experience.“At the start of the COVID crisis in early 2020, we realised the limitations within Excel to provide a dynamic and everchanging forecast solution that was able to run concurrent scenarios to ensure simulations could be reviewed in a timely manner,” says Anthony Novic, Director of Finance at Entain Australia. “Having forecast models on multiple spreadsheets, created by multiple people, made it increasingly difficult to ensure data integrity and accuracy was achieved in very uncertain times.”Following a market review of available solutions in the planning software landscape, Entain Australia set out to implement a software solution that was sufficiently dynamic, could ingest significant amounts of data, and produce quality and appealing reports for internal and external stakeholders.As Novic explains, “we ultimately chose Board based on our experience of working with the team in the initial proof of concept phase, during which time we found the core of the product most appealing. Being able to create unlimited possibilities to structure and customise the system in a way that best works for our business made the decision easy. Being in a relatively niche industry, a lot of the ‘off-the-shelf’ products were simply not suitable for how our business operates. We could see that Board would allow us to tailor certain aspects to meet different business units’ needs, without requiring any developer skills.”Entain was also attracted to Board’s ability to create detailed PowerPoint slide decks automatically, based on data from different Board dashboards. This will save time, ensure data is up-to-date at all times, and enable the organisation’s Finance department to focus better on forecast and budget timelines.In addition, achieving a single source of truth, along with drill-through capability to interrogate the data, will empower the wider business to make timely decisions and achieve its strategic objectives.Entain plans to go live with Board in the next few weeks, with the first phase of deployment focused on the reporting of management accounts within the Finance and Leadership team. A subsequent second phase, with a live integrated budget model, will be implemented before the end of June across the wider Australian business operation.As Novic explains, “Board will give our business the necessary elements to provide a better live forecast view, and the ability to run different scenarios based on different key performance targets we set within our short- and long-term futures. Being in an industry where day-to-day operations can vary greatly, Board will give us the flexibility to succeed.”All key employees within the business, from the Customer Service division to the leadership team, will ultimately benefit from Board being implemented. By having multiple systems linked together within Board, the company anticipates a significant return on investment based on time saved in forecasting and budgeting processes, improved accuracy, and richer insights.Nic Dennis, Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Board International, said, “It was very important to us that we could provide Entain Australia with the streamlined planning, budgeting, and forecasting solutions they needed to deliver the services and support required to drive their business growth. Product and solution delivery innovation experience is at the heart of what makes Board International tick, and we look forward to the incredible benefits that our technology and services will bring to Entain Australia in the years ahead.” About BoardBoard is the #1 decision-making platform. Founded in 1994, Board enables people to have a transformative impact on their business, helping them to intuitively explore and leverage their data in a flexible, all-in-one decision-making platform. By unifying planning, Business Intelligence and predictive analytics, the Board platform allows companies to produce a single, accurate, and complete view of business information, gain actionable insights, and achieve full control of performance across the entire organization. Thanks to Board, more than 3,000 organizations worldwide, including Coca-Cola, Ricoh, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, and ZF Group, have deployed end-to end decision-making applications at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. www.board.com Board International Launches Solution Marketplace 2020-04-06T02:15:49Z board-international-launches-solution-marketplace Sydney, 6 April 2020 - Leading decision-making platform vendor Board International today announced the launch of the Board Marketplace, an online hub offering a range of prebuilt analysis, planning, and forecasting solutions. The marketplace can be accessed here: https://www.board.com/en/marketplace. Over 3,500 organisations worldwide are already using the Board decision-making platform to drive digital transformation of business processes, creating applications through its user-friendly, drag-and-drop interface. The new Board Marketplace features a range of ready-made solutions built specifically for the platform by trusted partners. These solutions can be implemented alongside customers’ existing Board solutions to further enhance decision-making process in areas such as Sales & Operations Planning, Workforce Planning, and Budgeting, Planning, & Forecasting. The Board Marketplace is the latest of several initiatives designed to help customers maximise their investment in Board. The customisable nature of the platform means it is perfectly suited to expansion, enabling customers to transform planning and analysis activities across their organisation with minimal effort, said Giovanni Grossi, CEO and Co-Founder of Board International. Every solution featured on the Board Marketplace is built using best practices and enables Board customers to benefit from our partners’ expertise in specific industry processes. We are receiving regular application submissions, so the Marketplace will offer an increasing range of solutions moving forward,” said Cristian Gangemi, Board Marketplace Manager. About Board Board is the #1 decision-making platform. Founded in 1994, Board enables people to have a transformative impact on their business, helping them to intuitively play and create with data in a flexible, all-in-one decision-making platform. By unifying Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, and Predictive Analytics, the Board platform allows companies to produce a single, accurate, and complete view of business information, gain actionable insights, and achieve full control of performance across the entire organisation. Thanks to Board, global enterprises such as Coca-Cola, Ricoh, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, and ZF Group have deployed end-to end decision-making applications at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. Board Ranked a Leader in Four G2 Grids for BI & CPM 2019-10-30T22:31:27Z board-ranked-a-leader-in-four-g2-grids-for-bi-cpm Sydney, 31 October 2019 - Software vendor Board International, developer of the Board decision-making platform, has achieved a leading position in several of G2’s 2019 market intelligence grids relating to Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, and Predictive Analytics. Vendors’ positions within the G2 grids are determined based on a combination of reviews gathered from the G2 user community, online data sources, and social media. The result is a score for Customer Satisfaction and Market Presence which places vendors in one of four quadrants. Board has been ranked in the latest grids as a: · Leader in Business Intelligence Software · Leader in Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Software · Leader in Self-Service Business Intelligence Software · Leader in Business Intelligence Platforms Software · High Performer for Predictive Analytics In addition, Board has achieved the Leader status in the G2’s Momentum Grid® reports for BI Platforms, Self-Service BI, CPM, and Predictive Analytics, with positions being driven by factors such as customer satisfaction and growth in employees, reviews, social, and web. The company has also been positioned in G2’s top 25 Best Global Vendors in the Asia Pacific list. This ranking considers user reviews from countries in the Asia Pacific region for vendors that operate globally. The companies are ranked by the vendor’s average Satisfaction by product and category, using categories that have an existing G2 Grid®. Identified vendors also need to have a physical presence in the Asia Pacific region, with offices and employees focused on the region. Board achieved a satisfaction rating in the Asia Pacific of 82.3. Mark Sands, General Manager Asia Pacific, Board International, said, “We are very proud to have been recognised by G2 as one of the Top 25 Global Vendors in Asia Pacific, in particular as the only vendor in our market space that made the list. It’s a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the Board team and our business partners across the region as well as the increasing strength of our business in the decision-making space as more organisations realise the benefit of unifying business intelligence, corporate performance management, and predictive analytics in a single solution. Click: https://www.g2.com/categories/corporate-performance-management-cpm#grid to take a look at the CPM Report and click here: https://www.g2.com/categories/business-intelligence-platforms#grid to see the BI Report; and learn more about what real users have to say about Board. If you are a Board user, you can also leave your own review on G2’s Board review page: https://www.g2crowd.com/products/board/reviews About G2.com (formerly G2 Crowd) Headquartered in Chicago, G2.com’s revolutionising how businesses discover, buy and manage software and services. More than three million monthly users rely on G2 to help them find and buy the best software for their businesses. The platform has 900,000 reviews, and $100M in total funding invested by IVP, Accel Partners, LinkedIn, Emergence Capital, Pritzker Group, Chicago Ventures, Hyde Park Ventures, industry leaders and founders. G2's customers include IBM and Zoom. Its most recent funding, a $55M Series C, was in October 2018, followed by the company's acquisitions of Siftery and Advocately. About Board Board is the #1 decision-making platform. Founded in 1994, Board enables people to have a transformative impact on their business, helping them to intuitively play and create with data in a flexible, all-in-one decision-making platform. By unifying Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, and Predictive Analytics, the Board platform allows companies to produce a single, accurate, and complete view of business information, gain actionable insights, and achieve full control of performance across the entire organisation. Thanks to Board, global enterprises such as Coca-Cola, Ricoh, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, and ZF Group have deployed end-to end decision-making applications at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. www.board.com ENDS Board ranked the #1 solution for Sales Planning in Dresner Advisory Service’s’ Wisdom of Crowds 2019 Sales Planning Market Study 2019-10-29T02:40:11Z board-ranked-the-1-solution-for-sales-planning-in-dresner-advisory-services-wisdom-of-crowds-2019-sales-planning-market-study Chiasso, Switzerland and Boston, US - 28 October 2019 - Decision-making platform provider Board International has achieved the leading position in Dresner Advisory Services’s 2019 Sales Planning Vendor Ratings.The ratings form part of Dresner’s annual Wisdom of Crowds® Sales Planning Market Study, which takes an in-depth look at the sales planning software market. Board has achieved the leading vendor position based on user scores across 27 categories related to features, integration, technology support, and deployment options. As a unified decision-making platform, Board enables an integrated approach to sales planning, analysis, and forecasting, streamlining the whole process and providing sales teams with actionable insights. Operating on top of any CRM and making it possible to integrate sales data with orders, invoicing, incentives, and other legacy systems, Board creates complete visibility of the sales process and its impact on other areas of the business, resulting in more effective planning and decision-making. Furthermore, its native predictive analytics capabilities allow organisations to integrate their traditional forecasting cycles, with predictive ML driving superior accuracy and governance across the whole sales planning process. “By enabling digital transformation across global, enterprise-wide sales planning processes, Board really makes a difference in piloting sales and marketing team performance. The result achieved in the Dresner research Sales Planning report is a great recognition of the value that our decision-making platform is bringing to our customers in this space. Board also delivers further benefits by enabling organisations to integrate the sales process with the rest of the organisation, from the supply chain - ensuring the sales plan can be properly executed - to finance, in order to keep control of the bottom line,” comments Giovanni Grossi, CEO and Founder of Board International. Download a copy of Dresner’s Wisdom of Crowds Sales Planning Market Study to learn more about the ratings and the state of Sales Planning: https://www.board.com/en/learn/dresner-advisory-sales-planning-market-study-2019 About Board Board is the #1 decision-making platform. Founded in 1994, Board enables people to have a transformative impact on their business, helping them to intuitively play and create with data in a flexible, all-in-one decision-making platform. By unifying Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, and Predictive Analytics, the Board platform allows companies to produce a single, accurate, and complete view of business information, gain actionable insights, and achieve full control of performance across the entire organization. Thanks to Board, global enterprises such as Coca-Cola, Ricoh, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, and ZF Group have deployed end-to end decision-making applications at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. www.board.com Board Receives Dresner Advisory Services’ 2019 Industry Excellence Awards 2019-08-14T02:42:55Z board-receives-dresner-advisory-services-2019-industry-excellence-awards Sydney, 14 August 2019 – Decision-Making Platform vendor Board International has been named a winner in four categories at Dresner Advisory Services’ 2019 Industry Excellence Awards. Board was named a Customer Experience Leader and a Trust Leader for both BI and EPM after achieving a leadership position within two industry-rating models included in Dresner’s 2019 Wisdom of Crowds Market Studies for Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management. The Board platform combines BI and EPM capabilities in a single user-friendly interface, enabling organizations to achieve a fully integrated business planning, analysis, and reporting approach in one solution. The Dresner Customer Experience Leader award is given to vendors who demonstrate high levels of sales and service as well as product/technology, while the Trust Leader award acknowledges vendors whose customers report a solid perceived confidence in them. This is the second year Board has received awards from Dresner, having been named an Overall Leader in EPM and a Technology and Trust Leader in Business Intelligence last year. “I am delighted to see our continued success in these awards, which I believe prove how valued we are by our customers for both our approach and the capabilities of the Board platform itself,” said Giovanni Grossi, CEO of Board International. “We congratulate Board for their Industry Excellence Awards in both the Business Intelligence and Enterprise Performance Management areas this year,” said Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. Access the full Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence Market Study here: https://www.board.com/en/learn/dresner-advisory-business-intelligence-market-study-2019 ### Ends ### About Board Board is the #1 decision-making platform. Founded in 1994, Board enables people to have a transformative impact on their business, helping them to intuitively play and create with data in a flexible, all-in-one decision-making platform. By unifying Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management, and Predictive Analytics, the Board platform allows companies to produce a single, accurate, and complete view of business information, gain actionable insights, and achieve full control of performance across the entire organisation. Thanks to Board, global enterprises such as Coca-Cola, Ricoh, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, and ZF Group have deployed end-to end decision-making applications at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. http://www.board.com ENDS Taylors Wines Tastes Data-Driven Financial Success with BOARD 2019-02-07T02:10:39Z taylors-wines-tastes-data-driven-financial-success-with-board Sydney, 7 February 2019 - Board International, the # 1 decision making platform for organisations of any size, has announced that Taylors Wines is using BOARD for integrated planning, analysis and reporting as part of its strategy to become a data-driven business. Taylors Wines, a family-owned winery that crafts great Australian wines in the Clare Valley, South Australia, wanted to make a greater amount of information available to its management, sales, marketing and finance teams - wherever they happened to be working. The business utilises data to support sales growth in stores, restaurants and bars that stock Taylors Wines; to better understand demand and use that to manage stock levels and production; to measure the impact of winning international wine competitions on sales; and to accurately track rebates it paid out to customers. Prior to the BOARD deployment ,Taylors Wines was running its business off just three reports: a direct sales report updated daily, a monthly P&L, and a static PDF produced monthly for its area sales team. All the reports had limitations: the direct sales and P&L reports could only be interrogated by finance, meaning many emails from people trying to understand what data sat behind the results in front of them. The static PDF report, meanwhile, was hard to read on iPads used by the area sales team. “Finance was spending so much time creating reports rather than analysing them,” said Hamza Jinwala, Finance Manager, Taylors Wines. “Our main goal was to make information available to people on the go, as and when they need it, without relying on us. Instead of relying on a sales analyst or finance team members if and when they wanted to get the information, we wanted to let them just go and get the information themselves.” The BOARD reporting tool primarily runs on top of Taylors Wines’ data warehouse and also links directly to other internal data sources such as customer relationship management (CRM) and various Excel worksheets. The organisation has increased the number of reports it produces from three to over 100, unlocking latent demand for data and value for the organisation. Where area managers were previously only measured on revenue, now they also use BOARD to track who sells what ranges and brands, where they are running in-store promotions and retail displays, and other metrics. They use BOARD to identify gaps, opportunities and to create a shortlist of customers to visit. These are all new capabilities. In addition, we have a dashboard and get the information updated to sales managers every week or more frequently if we want to.” Long-term profitability and stock levels can also be easily measured. “We’ve been able to create a long-term forecasting model whereby we can actually look at what our profit is going to look like for the next five years, and based on that we can discuss what sort of initiatives we’re able to afford in the future,” Jinwala says. “We also used to hold quite a bit of safety stock just so we didn’t run out, but now with BOARD we are producing weekly forecasts that are fed into the production planning schedules so they can be changed to avoid running out of stock and losing sales.” BOARD makes it easier to reliably check rebate claims filed by customers. “We’ve got hundreds of customers who would send in their rebate claims. We wouldn’t even bother checking whether they were correct because there was no source to check them against. Now we just go into BOARD and look at whether the claim is valid or not,” Jinwala says. Another major benefit of BOARD is that Taylors Wines can see how winning wine medals and displaying these on its bottles impacts sales. Prior to BOARD, the impact on sales was completely unknown. “Depending on the type of medal and prestige of the competition, we’ve seen a 15 to 20 percent increase in sales on bottles with more than two medals on the label,” Jinwala says. “We didn’t know this before or even enter that many wine shows, but as we’ve started tracking the sales uplift via BOARD, we’ve been able to enter more wine shows and win more awards.” BOARD occupies a critical place in Taylors Wines’ operations. “It’s just simple things we now take for granted. From a company perspective it was a great decision to deploy BOARD because we were able to become more efficient and achieve cost savings. And because everyone is so much more self-sufficient, the finance team is now free to concentrate on bigger and better things,” Jinwala adds. 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 H&M, KPMG, DHL, Mitsubishi, NEC, Puma, Siemens, Toyota 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. www.board.com BOARD Named FrontRunner for Business Intelligence Software 2018-11-14T06:37:21Z board-named-frontrunner-for-business-intelligence-software Sydney, 14 November 2018 - BOARD International has announced that it was named a FrontRunner for Business Intelligence software by Software Advice. FrontRunners is designed to help businesses evaluate which software products may be right for them. “A robust Business Intelligence solution is vital for today’s data-driven organisations so it is fantastic to see that our users feel BOARD offers the functionality and flexibility they need to meet their analysis requirements,” says Giovanni Grossi, CEO of BOARD International. FrontRunners is published on Software Advice, the leading online service for businesses navigating the software selection process. FrontRunners evaluates verified end-user reviews and product data, positioning the top scoring products based on usability and user recommendations for small businesses. FrontRunners for Business Intelligence software is available to read online. In the report, BOARD received a Usability score of 4.46 out of 5, and a User Recommended score of 4.48 out of 5. In addition to these ratings, FrontRunners specify that BI solutions must “support embedded analytics, custom dashboards, visual analytics, collaboration features, and self-service data preparation” to be included in the quadrant. As an all-in-one Decision-Making Platform, BOARD offers all of these features alongside comprehensive planning and forecasting capabilities within a unified coding-free interface, enabling users to build their own analysis, simulation, and planning applications without relying on IT teams. Disclaimer: FrontRunners constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Software Advice or its affiliates. About Software Advice Software Advice is the leading online service for businesses navigating the software selection process. Advisors provide free, personalised software recommendations, helping companies of all sizes find products that meet their business needs. Software Advice also features objective research by industry experts and reviews from validated users, saving buyers time and resources. Software Advice is a Gartner company. For more information, visit softwareadvice.com About BOARD BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform. Founded in 1994 and Headquartered in Chiasso, Switzerland, and Boston, MA, BOARD International has enabled more than 3000 companies worldwide to effectively deploy Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management and Predictive Analytics applications on a single platform. The BOARD platform allows companies to achieve a single, accurate and complete view of business information and full control of performance across the entire organisation. Thanks to BOARD, global enterprises such as Coca-Cola, DHL, KPMG, Puma, Siemens, Toyota and ZF Group have deployed end-to-end decision-making applications in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. board.com Evans & Partners Selects BOARD to Digitally Transform Their Performance Management 2018-11-01T00:50:28Z evans-partners-selects-board-to-digitally-transform-their-performance-management Sydney, 1 November 2018 - BOARD International, the #1 decision making platform for organisations of any size, has announced that Evans & Partners, a premier Australian investment firm, has deployed the BOARD corporate performance management and predictive analytics solution for budgeting and reporting. The decision to select BOARD followed a market evaluation to replace its legacy Excel software which was unable to provide the level of analytics that management required around various initiatives, financial products and services. At the same time, a decision was taken to replace its MYOB accounting platform with SAP Business One. As Evans & Partners Financial Controller Jim Biemond, explains, “We are a growth company in both size and complexity and required a system that could better meet management reporting needs and replace manual processes with well-documented and automated workflows. Prior to BOARD, reports could only be produced by the finance team. The content and format of reports was pre-determined by the way Excel stored the data and there was no flexibility to ask different questions or to present data other than by division or region.” Evans & Partners also ran its annual budget in Excel. The budget model had in excess of 100 tabs, and complex data flows and lookups - all undocumented. Only Biemond knew exactly how the model worked, creating a key person risk in the process. “To someone who wasn’t intimately involved with the model, it was pretty much a black box where numbers went in and somewhere at the end numbers came out, but there wasn’t much transparency or documentation around what calculations occurred to get that output,” Biemond says. BOARD was implemented in two stages. In the first stage, the BOARD reporting capsule was introduced to address the company’s reporting and analytical needs. During the second stage, Evans & Partners engaged business intelligence consultancy, LightARC, to implement the BOARD budgeting capsule to replace the previous Excel-based model. “The great thing about BOARD is it’s such a robust toolkit that, with the system knowledge and technical expertise of a business partner like LightARC, you can quite easily change and enhance to better meet your needs,” Biemond says. The benefits With BOARD bedded down, Evans & Partners is able to collate and present financial data in ways that it could only dream about before. Reports can be delivered to management and financial advisors quicker, at higher quality, and with considerably less effort for all involved. “The key benefit for us overall was efficiency,” says Biemond. “We could produce more and better with the same finance team resources.” A case in point is that, historically, the finance team created a revenue and cost of sales report towards gross profit for each of its 40 investment advisors. This was a manual process where one person spent two days a month rekeying data out of MYOB into a master workbook, separating the data into individual worksheets, and then mailing personalised reports out to the advisors. “We were able to eliminate that whole two day process with the BOARD broadcasting function,” says Biemond. “We developed a particular report which could then be broadcast through the email function in BOARD to completely automate that process.” Automating the report meant that significant time was freed up that could be reinvested in other value adding finance functions. “We could absorb increased business growth and complexity without increasing our headcount as quickly because we were replacing manual processes with more automated processes, which freed up time to work on other things and new things that were going on [or coming in],” Biemond says. The firm was also able to enhance the advisor reports with extra information such as business development and travel costs with little extra effort, resulting in a better output to the advisors. Evans & Partners’ executives - its CEO, COO and divisional management team - also benefit from higher quality reports and self-service capabilities. “There’s so many more ways that you can collate the data and present it that just wasn’t available in MYOB and Excel,” explains Biemond. Historically, the finance team was limited in the type of data it could include in management reports, and in its ability to show trends or compare data to different periods of time or against forecasts rather than just the annual budgeted amounts. “As part of the BOARD implementation, we deployed BOARD clients to the management team so that they could log on and access some selected reports, they could view the performance of their business area, and drill down into the data to start doing some preliminary analytics,” Biemond says. “For example, they could look at the brokerage revenue and drill down by advisor, so they could see which advisor was contributing the most or the least to that number. They could also do that without much assistance from finance.” The third major improvement is to Evans & Partners’ yearly budgeting process. Where previously Biemond would spend much of the months between March and June deep in budgeting - “there were periods where I’d be working full time on it, keying in data and calculations and trying to update the model to be relevant to where the business was at that particular point in time”, he says - this has “significantly reduced with BOARD”. “There’s still effort in the budget but it’s significantly less, and it’s more focused on engaging with the business to get an understanding of their plans and intentions, and on getting the right outputs from the model,” Biemond says. The budget cycle is still run once a year but there is scope to use the BOARD toolkit to enhance it and run it quarterly in line with the practice of the wider Evans Dixon Group. “We designed the BOARD budgeting capsule in a way that we could enhance it towards rolling quarterly forecasts,” adds Biemond. Evans & Partners was established in 2007 and grew to 130 staff across Sydney and Melbourne, before merging with Dixon Advisory in February 2017 to form the Evans Dixon Group. It is one of three brands operating under the new group, which offers investment and wealth management services and has operations in Australia and the United States. The company provides a wide range of investment and advisory services to private clients, philanthropic organisations and institutional investors. Ends About BOARD BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform for organisations 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 organisation, from strategic formulation down to operational execution. Thanks to its programming-free toolkit approach, global enterprises such as H&M, KPMG, DHL, Mitsubishi, NEC, Puma, Siemens, Toyota 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. Groupe SEB Chooses BOARD For Smarter Finance Reporting 2018-10-17T07:29:42Z groupe-seb-chooses-board-for-smarter-finance-reporting Sydney, 17 October 2018 - BOARD International, the #1 decision making platform for organisations of any size, has announced that Groupe SEB, owner of iconic homeware brands like Moulinex, Tefal, T-fal and Krups, has selected BOARD to power a suite of smart finance applications to manage its worldwide operations. BOARD acts as “finance toolbox” where different components can be combined to create standalone application for finance and management reporting requirements. It is layered over Groupe SEB’s existing, decade-old management report system, but provides the flexibility demanded by executives, finance and other business functions to understand their performance. “We wanted to start by bringing value to parts of our operations and then add more and more tools within this toolkit to create a snowball effect,” said Philippe Martelo, VP, Finance Information Systems Groupe SEB. Groupe SEB has developed three standalone applications in BOARD to date. The first application seeks to consolidate 800 SAP BW reports into ten business intelligence environments. The project is ongoing as more and more reports are incorporated. A second application consolidates sales forecasts for Groupe SEB’s 150 subsidiaries worldwide. “The idea is that every week they provide us with a sales forecast for the current month, and for the 3-6 months to come,” Martelo said. This is consolidated into a group level sales forecast delivered via an iPad every Tuesday. The third application, called ‘Strategic Orientations’, is considered internally to be the most promising, taking advantage of BOARD’s advanced calculation and simulation functionality. Strategic Orientations encapsulates Groupe SEB’s strategic planning process, providing profit and loss (P&L) planning for the next five years. It helps the business plan its product development and strategic marketing activities. “In the past, this strategic plan was managed in Excel with bits and pieces, with mistakes, with markets trying to change the OpEx of corporate or otherwise massaging the figures, so it was not efficient or reliable,” Martelo said. Using Strategic Orientations, all parts of Groupe SEB can understand how decisions they make at a local or internal level roll up to the group’s P&L. “Each user can manage the tool as they wish. It can be top down, bottom up, by brand, product or geography. This is very smart and very much appreciated by all the users because we didn’t change the underlying processes. With this tool, we enabled them to work as they did in the past, albeit far more flexibly,” Martelo said. In addition, because the application was developed using agile methodologies, it is being augmented iteratively. A recent update introduced a “sandbox” where different scenarios, such as changes to input figures, can be safely tested. Groupe SEB considers Strategic Orientations to represent the “heart” of BOARD’s capabilities. “It makes us very happy and is very promising for our next steps. It is giving us a lot of ideas to develop the next set of finance applications.” “We are very excited to see what Groupe SEB has been able to achieve with BOARD to date,” said Mark Sands General Manager Asia Pacific, BOARD International. “We look forward to seeing how they are able to continue to push the boundaries of business reporting, and the impact that this has on their worldwide business development and success.” About BOARD International: BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform for organisations 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 organisation, from strategic formulation down to operational execution. Thanks to its programming-free toolkit approach, global enterprises such as H&M, KPMG, DHL, Mitsubishi, NEC, Puma, Siemens, Toyota 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. www.board.com ENDS Movember Foundation Escapes the Spreadsheet Shackles with BOARD 2017-09-13T04:45:36Z movember-foundation-escapes-the-spreadsheet-shackles-with-board BOARD International, the world’s leading supplier of decision-making software, today announced that Movember Foundation, the innovative charity focused on improving the health of men, has deployed the BOARD performance management software platform to support its ongoing global growth. The new platform replaces a complex mix of spreadsheets and manual processes that had evolved as the organisation grew during the past 14 years. Movember is now active in 21 countries and has raised more than $770 million to help fund some 1200 different health-related projects. "We could clearly see BOARD had the capabilities we were seeking,” said Movember Commercial Manager, Simone Corner. "We were particularly attracted by the way in which it essentially provided a blank canvas that could be adjusted to meet our specific requirements." Corner said the time required to complete the annual budgeting process has been reduced significantly while BOARD also allows data from Movember's console application, which tracks donor activity, to be easily combined with data from the organisation's NetSuite ERP system. An evolving challenge As Movember grew its activities into an increasing number of countries, the task of keeping track of finances had become complex. Donations and other sources of revenue from multiple locations and countries needed to be pulled together for processing and reporting. "We were doing everything in Excel spreadsheets," said Corner. "While this had worked when we were small, as we grew it had become ever more unwieldy. The last time I created a budget, it involved pulling together more than 500 different worksheets for consolidation." A decision was made to find an alternative system for handling the tasks of financial budgeting, reporting and forecasting. Key requirements included flexibility, adaptability and the capability to deal with a dispersed organisation working with multiple different currencies. After examining a number of options, a decision was made in June 2016 to deploy BOARD. Improved visibility With BOARD now in place, Corner said Movember now has "one source of truth" that ensures reports provided to senior managers are based on the most up-to-date data available. BOARD has also removed the chance of errors occurring due to mistakes made through incorrect spreadsheet formats or linkages. "BOARD gives us what is essentially a real-time view into our operations around the world," she said. "This is something that was simply impossible to achieve when we relied on spreadsheets and manual processing." Working with BOARD, the Movember team configured the cloud-based platform so it could provide version control and workflow capabilities. Budgeting and forecasting components were also added, together with a foreign exchange conversion tool. Streamlined processing Corner said BOARD has significantly improved the way in which data is collected from each country and combined to create financial reports. "We work in a wide range of countries and deal with multiple currencies and exchange rates, but everything is combined and converted into Australian dollars for reporting," says Corner. Corner said finance managers in each global location can input their details directly into the BOARD platform and make them available "at the push of a button". The FX tool handles all currency conversions, further streamlining the process. "We can now also easily combine different legal entities using BOARD which saves a lot of manual processing. Overall, the difference it has made to our day-to-day operations has been very significant." Corner said BOARD will continue to provide valuable support to Movember as the organisation evolves and grows in the future. About BOARD International: BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform for organisations 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 organisation, from strategic formulation down to operational execution. Thanks to its programming-free toolkit approach, global enterprises such as H&M, KPMG, DHL, Mitsubishi, NEC, Puma, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Toyota 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. www.board.com BOARD International positioned as a Visionary in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Strategic Corporate Performance Management Solutions 2017-07-12T02:56:08Z board-international-positioned-as-a-visionary-in-2017-gartner-magic-quadrant-for-cloud-strategic-corporate-performance-management-solutions BOARD International, the world’s leading supplier of decision-making software, today announced that it has been ranked a visionary in the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Strategic Corporate Performance Management (CPM) Solutions, and also has been included for the first time in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial CPM Solutions. BOARD’s position in the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Strategic CPM moved up and to the right from its 2016 position in the same report, closely approaching the Leaders Quadrant. “BOARD is proud to join the rarified ranks of vendors included by Gartner in both its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Strategic CPM Solutions and its Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial CPM Solutions, ” said BOARD Founder and CEO Giovanni Grossi. “Our positions in these highly influential global reports affirm BOARD’s strength and rapid growth in the increasingly important Corporate Performance Management markets.” “BOARD International is a Visionary in this market, largely due to its ability to support complex requirements and provide continued product innovation, ” wrote Gartner (Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Strategic Corporate Performance Management Solutions, Christopher Iervolino, John E. Van Decker, 29 June 2017). “ It has showed strong vision in terms of innovation and a good understanding of the market. Its customer references surveyed scored it above average in all areas including solution's ‘ability to meet our needs’ and ‘Overall Satisfaction with Vendor’. They also scored it in the top quartile for application flexibility, Performance, Integration and Analytics. About BOARD International : BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform for organisations 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 organisation, from strategic formulation down to operational execution. Thanks to its programming-free toolkit approach, global enterprises such as H&M, KPMG, DHL, Mitsubishi, NEC, Puma, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Toyota 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. www.board.com Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. BOARD International Accelerates Australian Market Presence with Infocube Partner Appointment 2017-06-26T23:33:31Z board-international-accelerates-australian-market-presence-with-infocube-partner-appointment BOARD International, a global leading provider of Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management and Predictive Analytics unified software solutions, has today expanded its partner network in Australia with the appointment of Sydney-headquartered Infocube, a leading Australian management accounting consultancy specialising in business analytics, business intelligence and performance management.   The appointment will provide Infocube with access to the full range of BOARD decision-making solutions for mid to large-sized enterprise organisations.  At the same time, BOARD will enable Infocube to provide customers with a greater depth of financial management expertise and solutions, particularly in the areas of corporate planning, reporting and analysis.   Infocube is a management accounting firm specialising in business analytics, business intelligence and performance management. Its customers include both local and global multinational companies, including Woolworths, News Corp, Cerebos, and Hunter Douglas, as well as government agencies and not for profit organisations.  Their clients benefit from Infocube’s comprehensive range of solutions and services incorporating everything from data warehousing to corporate planning and business intelligence.   BOARD selected Infocube as a partner because of the company’s exceptional capability and experience in analytics and performance software deployments and support.  The partnership offers BOARD an opportunity to further its reach across Australia, and draw upon the knowledge and capability of Infocube’s expert consultants.   John Vaughan, Managing Director, Infocube, said, “By partnering with BOARD, we are embarking on the next stage of our evolution. For the past 15 years, we have been working with everyone from global corporations, government agencies to smaller organisations, focusing on helping them with creating world-class financial management solutions.    “We are now able to take to market a combination of our deep financial management expertise, especially in the areas of corporate planning, reporting and analysis, with the simplicity and sophistication of the BOARD corporate performance management solution. We look forward to working with BOARD and building a mutually successful business.”   BOARD is a complete Corporate Performance Management solution, created specifically for financial managers, that covers everything from reporting and analysis, planning and consolidations. Its ease of use, integration and broad feature functionality has perfect synergy with Infocube’s business and technical skill set.    Mark Sands, Managing Director Asia Pacific, BOARD International, said, “We don’t take partner selection lightly and everything we’ve seen from Infocube reinforces that it fits the deep technology and business expertise we look for in a partner.  They have a refreshing and dynamic approach and they are the right partner to help BOARD reinforce its brand as a market leader.  The organisation’s expertise in business analytics and performance management services will help both companies deliver innovative solutions and the highest level of performance and ease of use solutions which Australian business requires today.     “We look forward to working with Infocube and supporting their team with technical training, professional services, and post-sales support.” About Infocube Infocube is a Sydney based management accounting consultancy that specialises in business analytics. Established in 2002, Infocube has worked with extremely large corporations to smaller companies and public sector organisations to build and support a range of data warehouse, business intelligence and performance management solutions.  About BOARD International BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform for organisations of any size. Founded in 1994, BOARD International has enabled more than 3,000 companies worldwide to rapidly deploy Business Intelligence, Enterprise 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 that enables full control of performance across the entire organisation, from strategic formulation down to operational execution - www.board.com BOARD 10.1 Brings Business into the Cognitive Space 2017-03-17T02:31:00Z board-10-1-brings-business-into-the-cognitive-space By combining cognitive technologies, storytelling and in-context collaboration BOARD 10.1 augments business users’ capabilities to unleash new intelligence from data and instantly translate insights into action.   BOARD International, the world’s leading supplier of Decision Making software for enterprises, today announced availability of BOARD 10.1, the new release of its all-in-one platform for Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management and Predictive Analytics.   BOARD 10.1 is the first step of a transformative journey that will progressively extend the reach of the BOARD platform to decision-making tasks traditionally performed by humans, creating disruptive business advantages for organizations.   "In BOARD 10.1 we are enhancing the platform with cognitive technologies that mimic human understanding and thought processes" said BOARD International CTO Pietro Ferrari.   "This way the new BOARD version drastically improves the way people interact with data, making it natural and easy, like an interaction amongst humans. On a single platform and architecture, we are bridging the domains of cognitive computing with business intelligence, planning, simulation and predictive analytics to revolutionise how business decisions can be made."  Search Generated Analytics The new Search Generated Analytics function enables users to perform analyses without even needing to lay a finger on the keyboard. Business users with zero technical knowledge can simply interrogate BOARD verbally and get back a machine-generated report that is automatically integrated with vocal and written narratives. The same results are achievable also by typing in a question: BOARD will automatically create a pertinent report and returns all the most relevant results amongst existing reports.  Story Telling New story-telling functionality allows users to create a personalized version of enterprise reports and save them in the form of a live presentation. The live presentation can be saved into a personal workspace or shared with individuals and workgroups, creating a virtual community working together in real time on the same reports.  In-Context Collaboration BOARD 10.1 strongly enhances collaboration across decision-making processes by introducing the ability for multiple users to work together in real time on the same analysis and to contextually communicate through an embedded chat.  Automated narration At a user’s request, BOARD 10.1 automatically generates smart descriptions of analyses and reports to highlight what is most important and interesting, both in the form of text and voice.    Cutting-Edge User Experience BOARD 10.1 introduces a totally redesigned drag and drop UI that drastically improves the interaction with data and minimises the learning curve for business users, allowing them to easily and effectively create their own personal views of enterprise reports.  About BOARD International BOARD is the #1 decision-making platform for organisations of any size. Founded in 1994, BOARD International has enabled more than 3,500 companies worldwide to rapidly deploy Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management and Analytics applications on a single unified and programming-free platform. ENDS