Cutler-Hammer is one of the world's leading suppliers of electrical control products and power distribution equipment with sales of approximately $3 billion. Cutler-Hammer's parent company, Eaton Corporation, is a global manufacturer of highly engineered products which serve industrial, vehicle, construction, commercial and aerospace markets. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the company has 64,000 employees and 200 manufacturing sites in 24 countries.

The decision to move toward a more comprehensive, end-to-end business intelligence solution really began when the information technology (IT) organization was tasked with running a report on pricing comparisons in the various regions of the United States. The IT organization realized that getting information out of the legacy system would make this a daunting and very time-consuming task. We knew we needed a better way to extract data, run fast analyses and generate reports to our geographically distributed team. We needed a single, consistent and up-to-date snapshot of the data in order to run analyses and get the decision support answers we required.

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