A large West Coast insurer is using software from a Northwestern software company to straighten up its databases.

Pacific Life Insurance Company, Newport Beach, Calif., has decided to use “business intelligence” features from the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition to reorganize its databases and help more than 800 employees throughout the country get information from the databases, according to Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.

Pacific Life is using the software to tap information stored on old mainframe computers as well as on database servers, Microsoft says.