The Data Warehousing Institute based in Seattle came to the conclusion in its August 2005 report, "Strategies and Technologies for Deploying Business Intelligence," that 66% of organizations in different industries are trying to transform business intelligence (BI) from a departmental solution to an enterprise one. Only 17% of organizations have completed the task, while the remaining 17% will continue to deploy BI departmentally. This data shows that BI has a ways to go until it reaches maturity in most organizations.Newport Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Life Insurance Co. seems to have the maturity factor under control. It has implemented an enterprise server equipped with BI features.

Prior to the implementation, accessing corporate data was a long and tedious process for Pacific Life. Business groups would request ad hoc reports from the IT staff, which would sometimes take up to three days to produce, according to Cameron Cosgrove, vice president of information technology at Pacific Life.

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