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February 24, 2023
Dee Sicklesteel

Board portal comparison – Aprio vs. BoardEffect

Not sure if Aprio or BoardEffect is the better choice for managing your board?  Here are some key differences to consider when evaluating these two board portals.

What makes Aprio superior to BoardEffect?

BoardEffect was acquired by Diligent in 2016 and is no stranger to delivering effective board portal software. Aprio and BoardEffect both deliver board portals that enable boards to organize meetings, secure board packet distribution efficiently, engage directors and keep them up to date. However, there are some standout differences to consider.


Aprio BoardEffect
Easy-to-use interface and navigation

Aprio’s user-friendly and straightforward navigation system reduces board member confusion and annoyance. Customer reviews of Aprio’s board portal indicate how easy it is for board members to log in and get started. Customer reviews of BoardEffect indicate some board members can find it difficult to navigate and use certain features.

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Seamless onboarding

From day one, Aprio helps every customer set up their board meeting software. You’ll work directly with experienced board portal administrators to help make setup a breeze.

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Industry-leading security

Aprio offers the most robust encryption for complete security to keep board and company information secure, with certifications from independent, third-party security auditors – and includes two-factor authentication and single sign on. BoardEffect also offers excellent security for its users.

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Agenda management

While both BoardEffect and Aprio offer agenda management tools to speed up board package creation, customer reviews indicate BoardEffect agendas can be difficult to use, edit and customize.

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Minute builder
Aprio helps you record and distribute meeting minutes faster with our Minute builder tool. Start with your agenda and add new sections as needed. Track motions and action items and assign a co-author. Export your minutes as a PDF and add them as a quick link to the next meeting agenda. BoardEffect has handy tools but not a minutes builder.
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Granular user management

While BoardEffect allows you to create and disassemble ad hoc groups whenever you need them, Aprio offers advanced user permission with customized access to board portal features to provide layers of advanced security. For example, administrators can grant auditors and legal counsel temporary access.

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24/7 expert support

While both BoardEffect and Aprio offer 24/7 technical support, Aprio offers responsive expert service from experienced board administrators who deeply understand the needs of boards. Customer reviews of Aprio indicate our customer service team is responsive, helpful and patient, and go the extra mile to assist and resolve any questions.

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Aprio vs. Board Effect: Worth the switch?

Aprio stands out in the industry for providing unmatched expert service and an easy-to-use, secure board portal that works the way a board works. In addition to a seamless onboarding experience, the Aprio board management system provides unlimited on-demand training.

We have you covered no matter what. We offer the best customer loyalty and service satisfaction in the industry and top-level industry-standard security. We work hard to win your trust and keep it.

Aprio vs. BoardEffect Features

Aprio and BoardEffect offer similar board meeting features like:

  • One central library to store board materials and documents
  • Easy file sharing features
  • Digital board meeting package creation and distribution
  • Surveys and polls to improve board engagement and decision making
  • Directory of board members and committees or other sub-groups
  • Task management tools to help board members stay on top of action items

However, Aprio offers more comprehensive board meeting features and board management tools than BoardEffect. For example, Aprio offers remote meeting integrations, meeting minute builder, attendance tracking, and much more.

Aprio vs. BoardEffect Pricing

When comparing the cost of board portal software, it’s important to get customized quotes to truly compare. Better technology and service can come at a bit higher price, so be sure to consider your goals and all the features you need, not just grab the best deal.

A word of caution on editions. It’s become common in software to have basic, professional and enterprise editions, for example, with different features. Ask about all the possible add-on fees, including for additional administrators, committees, reports, training, and for data storage.

BoardEffect pricing

BoardEffect is licensed as an annual subscription where fees are based on tiers of users, not individuals. According to, BoardEffect starts from $4,000/per year.

Aprio pricing

All of our software licensing pricing includes initial training for administrators and directors, and any ongoing training you may need to set your board up for success. Our starter subscription includes 15 user licenses – any number of which can be administrators — and unlimited committees at no extra cost.

We offer all of the standard tools and features you need to better manage your board: a library of current and past board materials, minutes builder, agenda builder, calendars, annotations, audit reports, decision tracking, desktop and remote access, attendance reports, and much more – with access to both desktop and mobile applications. If you’re looking to add on surveys, resolutions and expense reporting – no problem! Buy additional capabilities as you need them with no additional cost for training.

We believe that good governance should be simple. That’s why Aprio’s pricing model ensures you won’t pay for more users than you need or for features you aren’t ready to use. Our product specialists will work with you on building a package that aligns with your budget and goals.

Aprio vs. BoardEffect Service

Not all board portals offer the same caliber of responsive service. Because a board portal is used by some of the most influential and time-starved people in your organization, it is paramount that product support is highly professional and useful.

BoardEffect offers 27/7 technical support and a steady stream of webinars to keep users up to date on the platform.

Aprio matches that and offers unmatched expert service in our industry. When you call us, you’ll talk with a former board administrator who knows firsthand the stresses and urgencies of boards—24/7, 365 days a year.

Unlike other board portals such as BoardEffect, with Aprio you won’t deal with hard-to-reach call centers or have to search for your answer in an online knowledge base. We’re committed to being first in service with our customers and continuing our track record of excellence in customer support and training, achieving a 95% customer loyalty rate.

Aprio vs. Board Effect: See the difference

Evaluating board management software and making the switch in a few weeks is possible! We help many customers like you daily to lighten the work of getting ready for meetings by providing expert support and technology to directors.

We’re happy to help assess your needs and the fit with Aprio. Take the first step – book a demo.

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