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DAY 7: Dusseldorf, Germany

I love the German language, because the words are so different and neat to say. There is this great feeling of schoolboy daring, combined with a vocal accomplishment when you speak them out load. The train stations, at both Cologne and Dusseldorf, provided ample fodder for practicing my linguistic fetish: “Ausfahrt” is an exit, “Abfahrt” is departure, “Hauptbanhoff” is the central railway station, and my favorite was, “Wagenstandanzeiger,” which is the little map of the carriages of the train, so you know the right place to stand on the platform to get on the right carriage.

My first meeting is straight off the train and runs from 10:00pm to midnight, but my time clocks are so messed up that it doesn’t really matter.

In general, the Germans are great workers. They are industrious and take their work seriously.

I met with a major telecommunications company in Dusseldorf to discuss their Business Intelligence deployment. I was impressed how they presented in both great detail and clarity what their implementation looked like. I was even more impressed by their suggestions and ideas to improve the environment by enhancing the functionality of the software they were using.

I left the meeting with a list of ideas and innovations that I will definitely follow up with when I return.


After that, I made a quick “Abfahrt” through the “Ausfahrt” and headed to the “Hauptbanhoff” where I studied the “Wagenstandanzeiger” before boarding the train!

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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