BOARD International announces the release of BOARD 7.4, based on groundbreaking HBMP technology.

The new Hybrid-in-Memory database, called HBMP, revolutionizes BOARD performance and overcomes the limitations of traditional in-memory solutions. Superfast, scalable and enriched with important functional enhancements, BOARD 7.4 can offer great benefits to anyone.

Online PR News – 11-April-2012 – London, UK – BOARD International, global leader in the Business Intelligence (BI) & Corporate Performance (CPM) space, announces the release of BOARD 7.4, the only software solution that unifies BI and CPM in a seamlessly integrated, self-service environment.

In addition to offering several functional enhancements, the new version contains a revolutionary technology called HBMP (Hybrid Bitwise in-Memory Pattern) that combines the benefits of in-memory computing with the scalability, ease of use, and ability to support simulation and planning processes, all of which have led to the international success of BOARD.

Behind the HBMP technology is a new mathematical algorithm that maps the compressed multidimensional space (Pattern) in-memory (in-Memory), through bit-level structures (Bitwise). The new algorithm, designed to maximize the potential of in-memory computing, brings enormous benefits not only in terms of performance, but also in terms of data compression and high user concurrency. Furthermore, unlike what happens with the majority of in-memory solutions, the algorithm has been created to ensure full bi-directionality (read-write) in the use of the information. Consequently, this allows full support of write-back and “on the fly” changes of the data structure, thus keeping all the functional capabilities of BOARD intact.

Another fundamental characteristic of HBMP technology is its hybrid nature, or rather the ability to manage data in three different ways:
• Full (all processing is done against data held in-memory)
• On-demand (only a selected subset of data is stored in-memory)
• Hybrid (only metadata and indexes are stored in-memory and not the physical data)

From an architectural point of view, the benefits of the new HBMP technology extend beyond the performance made possible by a greater use of RAM, by improving three key aspects for more effective processing:

Parallelism
HBMP technology fully parallelizes BOARD processing to effectively leverage multi-core architecture.
The effective spreading of the calculation load across CPU cores enables more effective workload management and better handling of concurrency.

Compression
Thanks to the adoption of a new mathematical model, the HBMP technology makes it possible to map the multidimensional structure of data held in-memory at bit level. This new compression scheme considerably reduces the data space required to create cubes and makes the weight of BOARD databases very similar to the most advanced associative “read only” products, with the significant difference that BOARD databases are read and write and have the capability to distribute data changes along the hierarchies.

Concurrency
HBMP technology dramatically improves high user concurrency in BOARD. Unlike traditional in-memory techniques that struggle or require massive amount of RAM to support large numbers of concurrent users, HBMP provides the capability to support concurrent users sharing a unique server instance, thus minimizing the impact of concurrent users on memory usage.

Performance Benefits
The testing activities conducted on HBMP have produced excellent results in terms of performance improvements on all main components of BOARD:
• Layout execution times become two to ten times faster, with even greater improvements for complex multicube reports
• Time loading data (DataReader) is reduced from two to more than ten times
• The size of the databases is four to ten times smaller
• Execution times of selection on very large trees (millions of members) become almost instantaneous

Not only HBMP
In addition to the release of the HBMP technology, version 7.4 contains a series of functional improvements, including
• Empowered web client (rendering, prints, launch procedures, charts, support ATO)
• Input Filter (Top N) and sorting in graphs
• Dynamic length adaptation of fields and entities code, and text cubes
• DataReader filtered by select

Painless migration
Migration to the new HBMP technology does not compromise applications, reports and analyses developed in BOARD. All that is required is an automatic conversion of the database and the migration to a 64-bit platform (for those who have not yet done this).

Comments
“Once again,” comments Giovanni Grossi, CEO of BOARD International, “BOARD has combined its aptitude in groundbreaking innovation with the ability to integrate BI and CPM in a single product. HBMP technology brings a futuristic blend of in-memory computing and capability to support the simulation and planning processes, with results that none of our competitors are currently able to match.”

“The HBMP technology,” says Pietro Ferrari, Head of BOARD of Technical Support, “should not be compared with other in-memory technologies that are currently available on the market, because of two different key aspects: its support of write-back and its hybrid nature (i.e. the ability to manage memory mapping of multidimensional data, leaving the administrator free to decide which physical data to load into RAM). This makes it possible to achieve extremely high performance without sacrificing the scalability and capacity planning and simulation that have fueled international success for BOARD.”

"I would say that the release of BOARD 7.4 and the HBMP technology is the culmination of a terrific period for the entire company,” comments Giovanni Grossi, “during 2011 we saw an incredible 48% growth on new licenses and 26% on the turnover. We have also continued to strengthen our internationalization process by opening new offices in Tokyo, Mexico City and Hong Kong."

About BOARD
BOARD International is a global leader in the BI and PM Toolkit space. BOARD has enabled over 2,500 companies worldwide to rapidly deploy BI and CPM applications in a single integrated environment completely programming-free and in a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional solutions. BOARD provides one accurate, complete view of an organisation’s information, fully integrated with its processes, uniquely linking performance from strategic vision to all levels down to operational detail. BOARD has a worldwide reseller network with local partners across the globe.

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