Invacare began a corporate-wide re-invention in 2006. Principle to that was a new IT initiative called the Invacare Business Management System (known internally as iBiz), which brought to light the need for a modern business intelligence (BI) system. In particular, Invacare management wanted the ability to conduct invoice line item detail, in order to drill down into the details of things such as sales orders. To date, they had only been able to view the business' financial data at a very high level.
"When I came on board, the company was starved for information," said David Mewes, CIO of Invacare. "We weren't able to obtain timely information with spreadsheets being downloaded from the transactional system. We decided we needed a good old-fashioned data warehouse, or a repository, which fit the newer model of business intelligence."
As the economy began a global downturn, Invacare management commenced a search for a BI tool to meet their needs and help them remain competitive in the marketplace. Initially, the company was focused on obtaining financial data from Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), with the end goal of having the tool connect information from a series of databases worldwide.