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Day 6: Mussels in Brussels, Belgium

Belgium is well known for its chocolate and its beer which happen to be two of my favorite things. It is also famous for its mussels which I crave with a passion too. Well, I was fortunate enough to savor all three of these heavenly delights during my one day in Brussels. It rained, it was cold and windy and the elevator at the hotel broke down but I was happy because I had mussels in Brussels and you can’t beat that!


I also visited a large bank that uses BusinessObjects for their business intelligence reporting. They were several months in to a project to migrate to the current release of the BusinessObjects software. They were interested in distribution and publishing options and I obliged by demonstrating a whole host of functionality that they were both surprised and pleased to see. It seems to be more common in Europe for companies to develop their own customizations and add-on functionality to business intelligence software. Ironically this often leads to much greater costs in developing, maintaining and migrating these in-house creations.

Add-on software that is well known in North America is often unknown in Europe but that is beginning to change. Many European companies are warming up to the benefits of add-on solutions for their business intelligence deployments and starting to come out of their shells – just like the mussels!

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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