Board vs. MicroStrategy Analytics

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Board
Score 8.1 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
BOARD is a business decision-making platform for organizations of any size. BOARD hosts several business modeling, planning, and analysis all in one cloud-based platform.N/A
MicroStrategy Analytics
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
MicroStrategy Analytics is an enterprise business analytics and mobility platform. Key features include automatic big data analysis and reporting, data discovery and visualization, digital security credentials, and support for mobile devices.N/A
Pricing
BoardMicroStrategy Analytics
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BoardMicroStrategy Analytics
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsMust contact sales team for pricing information.
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Features
BoardMicroStrategy Analytics
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.8
95 Ratings
20% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
10.0
26 Ratings
20% above category average
Pixel Perfect reports6.882 Ratings10.023 Ratings
Customizable dashboards6.895 Ratings10.023 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates6.888 Ratings10.024 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.8
100 Ratings
20% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
10.0
24 Ratings
21% above category average
Drill-down analysis6.898 Ratings10.022 Ratings
Formatting capabilities6.096 Ratings10.024 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages6.868 Ratings10.016 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration7.591 Ratings10.023 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.2
92 Ratings
13% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
10.0
23 Ratings
18% above category average
Publish to Web6.881 Ratings10.022 Ratings
Publish to PDF7.589 Ratings10.023 Ratings
Report Versioning6.882 Ratings10.020 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.580 Ratings10.022 Ratings
Delivery to Remote Servers00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.3
75 Ratings
6% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
10.0
22 Ratings
21% above category average
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)6.874 Ratings10.020 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.568 Ratings10.019 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.566 Ratings10.018 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining7.31 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.5
76 Ratings
16% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
10.0
21 Ratings
15% above category average
Multi-User Support (named login)7.574 Ratings10.019 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model7.571 Ratings10.020 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)6.874 Ratings10.020 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.271 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Report-Level Access Control00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.8
79 Ratings
15% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
9.7
19 Ratings
19% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access6.074 Ratings9.919 Ratings
Mobile Application6.059 Ratings10.015 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile6.070 Ratings10.019 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.5
81 Ratings
11% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
-
Ratings
Long-term financial planning7.476 Ratings00 Ratings
Financial budgeting7.580 Ratings00 Ratings
Forecasting6.877 Ratings00 Ratings
Scenario modeling8.273 Ratings00 Ratings
Management reporting7.679 Ratings00 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.2
76 Ratings
12% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
-
Ratings
Financial data consolidation8.172 Ratings00 Ratings
Journal entries and reports6.673 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency management7.563 Ratings00 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations7.564 Ratings00 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.557 Ratings00 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting6.870 Ratings00 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails6.766 Ratings00 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.0
79 Ratings
17% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
-
Ratings
Financial Statement Reporting7.574 Ratings00 Ratings
Management Reporting6.878 Ratings00 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting6.875 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting7.572 Ratings00 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing6.752 Ratings00 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.4
81 Ratings
9% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
-
Ratings
Personalized dashboards7.680 Ratings00 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards7.576 Ratings00 Ratings
KPIs6.878 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis7.574 Ratings00 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting7.573 Ratings00 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data7.564 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.5
79 Ratings
11% below category average
MicroStrategy Analytics
-
Ratings
Flat file integration7.578 Ratings00 Ratings
Excel data integration7.577 Ratings00 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.472 Ratings00 Ratings
Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding
Comparison of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding features of Product A and Product B
Board
-
Ratings
MicroStrategy Analytics
10.0
8 Ratings
23% above category average
REST API00 Ratings10.06 Ratings
Javascript API00 Ratings10.07 Ratings
iFrames00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Java API00 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Themeable User Interface (UI)00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Customizable Platform (Open Source)00 Ratings10.06 Ratings
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
BoardMicroStrategy Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
6.8
(101 ratings)
9.8
(47 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(7 ratings)
9.9
(27 ratings)
Usability
7.7
(5 ratings)
3.2
(5 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(3 ratings)
2.2
(5 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.2
(3 ratings)
9.0
(4 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BoardMicroStrategy Analytics
Likelihood to Recommend
Board International
Board is a useful tool with a great set of features. We migrated from human apps to board and we find it relatively fast in search results and better-managed threads and forums. There are some areas, such as UI and interactions which could be improved but overall a great product. The learning section is also pretty good.
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MicroStrategy
MSTR is great for any organization that is looking for a way to deliver complicated data in an uncomplicated way. From business teams to marketing and finance, several departments benefit from using MSTR to keep track of KPIs enabling teams to make optimizations along the way. MSTR provides great visual representations of data enabling team members to distill thousands of data points into easily digestible charts and graphs
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Pros
Board International
  • The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate
  • You don't need programming knowledge to create dashboards which is a great flex for non-technical users
  • You can seamlessly convert large, raw, and complex data to meaningful reports to visualize better and plan to act accordingly
  • The financial forecasting that Board provides post-analysis is truly reliable
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MicroStrategy
  • They sell the product well, and make promises you will actually believe
  • "checks the box" for most features a company would need. Doesn't actually deliver them though
  • They answer the phone in a timely manner. Can't answer your questions or provide support, but the queue time isn't bad
  • They have online documentation. It's not up to date, and likely doesn't reflect the version of software you are using, but hey... they can point to it.
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Cons
Board International
  • Board BI tool has a steep learning curve and can be challenging for a new user to reach to board's full capacity.
  • We have to use a windows scheduler to schedule data import tasks; it would be great if Board could provide its own scheduler.
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MicroStrategy
  • The graph options are not as robust as an Excel user might want.
  • The metadata layer can sometimes be slower, and it takes a long time for reports to run.
  • Viewing the data feed entered can be cumbersome at times, in terms of validation with reports.
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Likelihood to Renew
Board International
Board is a fantastic product for swift BI solution delivery when compared with its peers. Ease of use, support and integration with Microsoft Office Addin open a wide horizon of opportunities for further enhancements to solutions. Easy bespoke app development capabilities make it a winner for us. BOARD is just like a white canvas, it lets you explore your creative side while designing and delivering a solution
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MicroStrategy
I would always choose to renew MicroStrategy as long as they lead the market in features, functionality and price. The support of MicroStrategy is timely and professional, I frequently get answers to my questions within 24 hours and normally have solutions within 48 hours. Training available for MicroStrategy completely covers everything required to be able to expertly use MicroStrategy and understand data warehousing.
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Usability
Board International
From a user perspective, Board is quite simple to use. You
can evaluate the presentation of the data, the navigation, the configuration of
the users, the selection of the data etc ... It would have a better rating if
it were even more intuitive as regards the construction of a project, starting
from the database, to the info-cubes, to entities, to data acquisition
procedures from other servers.
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MicroStrategy
The standard grid reporting could look more like the styling and object used for the Import and Visual Insight products. In addition, object properties almost seem to be hidden when first using the product. It's as if they are asking the engineers to only use the presets we make available...and, these presets are 10+ years old. On the positive side, Microstrategy seems to be the only product, not named Cognos, which can scale to Big Data. The product is "hackable" via the SDK or tricking the Intelligence Server to do uncommon things. The Microstrategy development team also seems to be very involved with their OEM partners; especially when it comes to features and enhancements. A large majority of the improvements we suggested have made it into the product or on the roadmap for future enhancements. Only suckas fall for the shiny objects from most other vendors; Microstrategy is really the only choice for Enterprise BI.
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Reliability and Availability
Board International
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MicroStrategy
I've never had an issue with MicroStrategy not being available due to MicroStrategy application malfunction. It is very robust and only failures I've seen were due to user error or the platform the machine running the service failed some how.
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Performance
Board International
very fast and no integration problems
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MicroStrategy
Being able to customize the performance based on the business need is extremely powerful. Proper configuration and understanding of the usage pattern is key, if the technical ability of the architect is not at top level, then the product will not be configured correctly which will lead to poor performance.
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Support Rating
Board International
The only time I needed assistance was due to a problem in
the prints: the colors of the brochures as they were on the screen were not
reproduced in the print, but a series of standard colors were reproduced. This
fact made colored numbers on a colored background illegible. From the
assistance they confirmed that it was a problem of version 10.2 that occurred
when leaving the brochures with the default colors proposed by Board. To obtain
the desired colors, they had to be personalized ... I didn't like the solution
very much and the technician who recommended it didn't like me either, but they
would have solved the problem with the following versions. In any case, the
assistance was quick and effective even if not exactly efficient.
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MicroStrategy
Good user community. Support team is available if you are under AMC. You get decent support after raising the support ticket. If it is product bug they will inform you and let you know which patch will resolve the same.
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In-Person Training
Board International
Board is fairly simple and straight forward. Advance training on workflows and procedures is a good one but the training content only touches through the interesting areas. training content needs to cover a few areas more in-depth
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MicroStrategy
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Online Training
Board International
No answers on this topic
MicroStrategy
I have attended many trainings offered by MicroStrategy; both distance and in-person training. I earned my CRD (Certified Report Developer) certification via the online training. I found the training to be well organized and concise. Overall I will definitely continue to increase my knowledge with MicroStrategy via the online training offering.
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Implementation Rating
Board International
The problem of user profiling in our context is certainly
quite complex. The complexity is given by the fact that the company is divided
territorially into logistic points of sale, but at the same time they are
virtually divided into divisions (or specific implementation areas) and points
of sale of competence. The same operator can have access to data at different
logistic sales points, sales points of competence and divisions.
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MicroStrategy
We measured following KPI for the success
  • Increase in Business Feeds Loads
  • Reduction in Controllers Manual Work.
  • Conversion of Manual Work into Systematic Workflows.
  • Increase in Customer Spend
  • Reduction in Service costs
  • Reduction in time-to-market for new campaigns
  • Increase in cross sell and Up sell
  • Error reduction in customer Identification
  • Existing client retained
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Alternatives Considered
Board International
Board has been more complete when compared to Anaplan. Although I didn't participate in the buying decision of any of those products I have used both and by far Board just has more features. It's more than a CPM, it's BI and CPM put together. If I had to make a choice now it would be Board.
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MicroStrategy
Tableau is probably MicroStrategy Analytic's biggest competitor I've noticed over time, and I'm not sure why. Tableau only covers visualizations independently for each business user, which then creates the issues of every employee creating their own version of the data, and then you have 20 versions of the truth. A enterprise data warehouse and MicroStrategy's Visual Insight is a better method.
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Scalability
Board International
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MicroStrategy
This software is extremely scaleable, one can add more core servers which performs as a load balancing. The configurations available to manage usage patterns and daily activity are as high a caliber as any other enterprise level software. This product can be installed on both a windows and unix platform allow for integration on a budget.
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Return on Investment
Board International
  • Board facilitates proactive decision making - it gives all the insights of the company's needs, which includes predictive analytics and manipulation of data to make different types of reports.
  • Easy to use for non-programmer and integration with other software is seamless. It has [the] ability to handle large amounts of data.
  • It facilitates advanced decision-making.
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MicroStrategy
  • MicroStrategy was helpful for reducing the amount of time we needed to spend number crunching large data sets, and in doing so, allowed me as the primary users to spend more time gleaning insights from the data that in turn informed our leadership team to make strategic decisions.
  • By creating numerous canned reports available to all members of the team through email distribution or basic access to the platform, we were able to reduce the time I spent showing people how to pull the data in Microsoft Excel by nearly 40% .
  • We ended up needing to make many changes to the way our DMP was feeding data into MicroStrategy due to incorrect reporting that caused complications in accounting and finance.
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