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Day 5: Paris, France

As well as the risk of being run down by crazy drivers in Paris, there are now thousands of French people too crazy to be allowed behind the wheel of a car, who have been let loose on bicycles.  To both help the environment and reduce the population, the Parisian government introduced public bicycles with thousands of racks of them scattered across the city. They also created these cleverly disguised bicycle paths along the public pedestrian areas. For only 5 Euros a day you can rent one of these “death machines” and go merrily bolting down these paths knocking over and whacking bewildered pedestrians right, left and center. It’s so popular you cannot find a spare bicycle on most racks and injury by “bicyclette” is now more likely to shorten your life than smoking which has been banned from all French cafés, bars and restaurants. Of course, the die-hard French smokers are resorting to smoking outside and invariably they wander onto a bicycle path and “Voila! Zee bicyclette hits zee smoker who swallows zee cigarette and dies of zee heart burn!” And nobody gets sued because the cigarette pack has a big bold warning saying “Smoking Kills”. The ingenuity of the French never ceases to amaze me!  


Of course, it is also this ingenuity that has placed France as one of the leading innovators of Business Intelligence software. BusinessObjects was born in France and was light years ahead of any other decision support solution of its day.  The latest French BI software gem is a product called 360View that provides a powerful security management tool for BO XI. It has this fabulous user interface with dynamic graphical matrices so you can see at a glance who has access to what in your BO environment. It is a godsend for the BO security administrator and will alleviate a lot of frustration and stress. It might even prolong his or her life providing they are not killed by a crazy bicyclette!


About Paul

Paul Grill started his career in Information Technology in the U.K. in 1978, as an Executive Data Processing Trainee for Honeywell. More than thirty years later, he still has a voracious appetite for learning as Information Technology continues to advance at an ever accelerating pace. He was first introduced to the world of Business Intelligence in 1991, in France, when he saw a demonstration of an early version of BusinessObjects on Windows 2.1. He returned to the U.S. to rave about this phenomenal product, but it was many years before BusinessObjects made it into the mainstream. Paul founded InfoSol in 1997, and made Business Intelligence one of the key solutions offered by the company. Today, InfoSol is a leading SAP BusinessObjects solutions partner, known for its expert consulting, education and innovative add-on solutions. Paul is well known within the SAP BusinessObjects community for his extensive knowledge of Business Intelligence, and he has lectured and written many articles on the subject. Paul enjoys writing, running and coaching kids soccer, and is passionate about Ancient Egyptology.

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