Achmea, the largest insurance group in the Dutch market, has standardized on Cognos 8 Business Intelligence software to support its financial and business planning and reporting.

Cognos’ business intelligence (BI) software will be implemented across Achmea’s six departments, and 22,000-strong workforce, to support business-critical and strategic goals, including financial and business scenario-based planning.

The Netherlands-based insurer opted to implement Cognos across its enterprise after two performance management projects for the company’s social security division proved successful.

With Cognos 8 BI, Achmea will have a single product that easily integrates into its existing infrastructure, which has multiple systems and data sources. The company also now has access to the complete range of BI capabilities, including analysis, scorecarding and reporting, on a single architecture.

In addition to delivering a single point of entry for business managers to access information, Cognos 8 BI is also expected to simplify deployment and administration for Achmea’s IT department and reduce programming time.