Board vs. SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Board
Score 7.9 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
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
The SAP BPC software is designed to help users plan and achieve a faster, more accurate close. The SAP BPC software aims to help users spend more time growing their business and less time closing books. The vendor’s value proposition is that their software delivers planning, budgeting, forecasting, and financial consolidation capabilities in a single application. This, in turn, enables them to easily adjust plans and forecasts, speed up budget and closing cycles, and ensure compliance with…N/A
Pricing
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Considered Both Products
Board
Chose Board
Board had a very robust solution at a reasonable price when we were looking at moving away from a sunsetted version of our previous tool. It gave us the ability to quickly implement with our ledger system and the flexibility to develop additional solutions after the …
Chose Board
Board is easier to use and manage than SAP.
Chose Board
BOARD is much more user friendly and more flexible.
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Chose SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
SAP BPC is much more flexible and complete
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
BI Standard Reporting
Comparison of BI Standard Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.5
93 Ratings
20% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Pixel Perfect reports6.580 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable dashboards6.693 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Formatting Templates6.586 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad-hoc Reporting
Comparison of Ad-hoc Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.5
98 Ratings
24% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Drill-down analysis6.596 Ratings00 Ratings
Formatting capabilities5.794 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with R or other statistical packages6.566 Ratings00 Ratings
Report sharing and collaboration7.389 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Output and Scheduling
Comparison of Report Output and Scheduling features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.9
90 Ratings
17% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Publish to Web6.579 Ratings00 Ratings
Publish to PDF7.387 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Versioning6.580 Ratings00 Ratings
Report Delivery Scheduling7.478 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Discovery and Visualization
Comparison of Data Discovery and Visualization features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.1
73 Ratings
7% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)6.572 Ratings00 Ratings
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization7.366 Ratings00 Ratings
Predictive Analytics7.464 Ratings00 Ratings
Pattern Recognition and Data Mining7.31 Ratings00 Ratings
Access Control and Security
Comparison of Access Control and Security features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.3
74 Ratings
17% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Multi-User Support (named login)7.472 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-Based Security Model7.369 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)6.572 Ratings00 Ratings
Single Sign-On (SSO)8.169 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.5
77 Ratings
20% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
-
Ratings
Responsive Design for Web Access5.772 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile Application5.657 Ratings00 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile5.768 Ratings00 Ratings
Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting
Comparison of Budgeting, Planning, and Forecasting features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.3
79 Ratings
13% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.6
37 Ratings
9% below category average
Long-term financial planning7.374 Ratings8.132 Ratings
Financial budgeting7.378 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Forecasting6.575 Ratings7.836 Ratings
Scenario modeling8.171 Ratings6.732 Ratings
Management reporting7.477 Ratings7.736 Ratings
Consolidation and Close
Comparison of Consolidation and Close features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.0
74 Ratings
13% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.8
36 Ratings
2% below category average
Financial data consolidation8.070 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Journal entries and reports6.471 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Multi-currency management7.361 Ratings8.325 Ratings
Intercompany Eliminations7.362 Ratings7.828 Ratings
Minority Ownership7.356 Ratings6.920 Ratings
Local and consolidated reporting6.568 Ratings7.930 Ratings
Detailed Audit Trails6.465 Ratings8.227 Ratings
Financial Reporting and Compliance
Comparison of Financial Reporting and Compliance features of Product A and Product B
Board
6.8
77 Ratings
19% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.0
36 Ratings
3% below category average
Financial Statement Reporting7.372 Ratings8.132 Ratings
Management Reporting6.576 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Excel-based Reporting6.573 Ratings7.735 Ratings
Automated board and financial reporting7.370 Ratings8.027 Ratings
XBRL support for regulatory filing6.450 Ratings00 Ratings
Analytics and Reporting
Comparison of Analytics and Reporting features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.2
79 Ratings
11% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
8.5
32 Ratings
5% above category average
Personalized dashboards7.478 Ratings8.921 Ratings
Color-coded scorecards7.374 Ratings8.919 Ratings
KPIs6.576 Ratings8.530 Ratings
Cost and profitability analysis7.372 Ratings8.826 Ratings
Key Performance Indicator setting7.371 Ratings8.823 Ratings
Benchmarking with external data7.362 Ratings7.018 Ratings
Integration
Comparison of Integration features of Product A and Product B
Board
7.3
77 Ratings
13% below category average
SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
7.0
35 Ratings
17% below category average
Flat file integration7.376 Ratings7.032 Ratings
Excel data integration7.375 Ratings7.934 Ratings
Direct links to 3rd-party data sources7.371 Ratings6.022 Ratings
Best Alternatives
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Small Businesses
IBM Planning Analytics
IBM Planning Analytics
Score 8.3 out of 10
IBM Planning Analytics
IBM Planning Analytics
Score 8.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Centage
Centage
Score 9.6 out of 10
Centage
Centage
Score 9.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Vena
Vena
Score 8.7 out of 10
Vena
Vena
Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
Likelihood to Recommend
6.5
(99 ratings)
7.9
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(7 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
7.7
(5 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(3 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
In-Person Training
7.3
(2 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.2
(3 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.1
(1 ratings)
7.6
(36 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(1 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BoardSAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation)
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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SAP
SAP BPC is well suited for complex planning and consolidations needs where the underlying transactional system is SAP ECC. It suits well if the organization has separate teams with BPC, ABAP, BW, Basis, Hana skillset. SAP BPC is less appropriate for organizations using Agile methodology. It is not suitable for organizations in a hyper-growth cycle as the installation and implementation is time-consuming. It will not work for organizations where the planning and budgeting needs keep changing frequently. The UI of SAP BPC is not very intuitive and very difficult to set up a dynamic dashboard for senior executives and officials of CxO.
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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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SAP
  • SAP BPC is real time data. You can send information into the system and see it reflected in your reports immediately. Other systems may require a manual push into a reporting system.
  • SAP BPC is a shared reporting tool, so multiple users can be working in a model/environment at the same time, real time. This is especially helpful if your workbooks incorporated multiple processes requiring multiple users to get into the same model.
  • SAP BPC is a powerful tool designed to help all facets of the company, from cash flow to capital expenditures to headcount management to financial planning to consolidation.
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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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SAP
  • Being from a law firm, the system needed a lot of custom tailoring in order to fit our full needs (although many companies could say the same thing). Although the ability to highly customize the system to the company's needs is a positive, it frequently results in the system responding in unexplainable and unrepeatable ways which negatively impacts and slows the budget process. Because of the sporadic nature and variety of the issues, we are unable to repeat them on cue and therefore cannot nail down a solution.
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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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SAP
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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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SAP
Unlike other SAP traditional products, SAP BPC was meant to be simple and familiar to financial users
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Performance
Board International
very fast and no integration problems
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SAP
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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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SAP
We need a big support team with various skillset like BPC, ABAP, BW, HANA, FICO etc
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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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SAP
SAP BPC training content and trainers are very good. The training is structured and provides a very good understanding of the product features and functionalities. I attended 6 separate training sessions of week-long or more. I had very good experience in all the sessions. The training is organized very well.
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Online Training
Board International
No answers on this topic
SAP
SAP Training contents are very good, informative and exhaustive.
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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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SAP
The implementation was carried out in two phases spread over a period of 4 years with 2 upgrades in between. We also had multiple upgrades to HANA.
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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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SAP
With Hyperion we struggled as it didn’t have integrated planning and consolidation, whereas BPC does have it. BPC is easier for reporting as it is Excel-based. Also BPC has prepackaged business process flows that helped a lot. Hyperion on the other hand has a faster response time for user queries or report generation.
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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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SAP
  • Office administrators are able to enter data directly, freeing up accounting staff.
  • Dependent expenses such as taxes and benefits are automatically calculated, saving time for accounting staff.
  • Single source of data for budget information ensures consistency of information when reporting to senior management.
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ScreenShots

Board Screenshots

Screenshot of PlanningScreenshot of Sales PlanningScreenshot of ProfitabilityScreenshot of GeomapScreenshot of ForecastScreenshot of Financial Plan

SAP BPC (Business Planning and Consolidation) Screenshots

Screenshot of SAP BPC Home ScreenScreenshot of SAP BPC Web ClientScreenshot of SAP BPC DashboardScreenshot of SAP BPC Web Report