World Championships 2015

Sometimes you rip it and sometimes you don’t, it has been very challenging to manage all of the details of my ski racing career by myself this season and I feel very proud to have accomplished my goal of representing the United States at the 2015 World Championships on home soil!  Thank you to everyone who supports my journey, you make it possible for me to live my dream!!!

Second run inspection at the World Championship giant slalom in Beaver Creek!

Second run inspection at the World Championship giant slalom in Beaver Creek!

Big hugs from my fan club at World Championships!  All my favorite men from left to right: dad, brother and boyfriend/coach!

Big hugs from my fan club at World Championships! All my favorite men from left to right: dad, brother and boyfriend/coach!

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Senior Java Developer / Engineer

DataXstream is looking for an experienced Senior Java Developer/Engineer to work within a team environment to both develop and support existing applications for DataXstream and its partners.  This position will involve mostly new development integrating 3rd party APIs with SAP.

Location: Indianapolis, IN
Type: Full-Time

Required Technical Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computing related field
  • 4+ years Java application development experience required
  • Expert experience with Java 6 or later
  • J2EE
  • POJO

Optional Technical Qualifications:

  • JUnit
  • JDBC/SQL
  • Subversion Management
  • Running POJOs as Windows Services (Tanuki Wrapper)
  • Product packaging, installation wizard creation
  • Multi-platform support
  • SAP J2EE Programming a plus
  • SAP Java Connector (JCo) 3.0 experience a plus

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience supporting and working in a project development and support environment a plus
  • Self-starter able to work in small groups or completely alone
  • Good coding, testing, and documentation skills required
  • Have an analytical mind and the ability to delve into detail, but also have an interest in broader business issues
  • Exceptional communications (written and oral), change leadership, and customer service skills
  • Forward looking approach that anticipates overall project and engagement needs
  • Demonstrated customer service skills/attitude
  • Demonstrated value added expertise in special areas of SAP technology
  • Demonstrated ability to author technical specifications, presentations, and other documentation

Additional Requirements:

  • Travel to client sites may be required

US citizens/permanent residents only

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Lots of Skiing!

The World Cup and North American Cup schedules have allowed me a break from racing the past few weeks of January and I have been using that time to do lots of skiing!

IMG_0280I am so thankful to Tim Kohl and everyone at Alta Ski Area for some amazing days on the mountain!

~Skiing Soft Snow Is Good For The Soul~

Baldy Chute, Alta

Baldy Chute, Alta

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All Smiles :-)

I also want to thank the Yates family and everyone at DataXstream for organizing such a successful event with the Wintergreen Ski Team.  It was so fun to share my passion for the sport with so many enthusiastic kids and parents. #DreamBig

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Here is a link to a video on the event by w-set TV:

Pro Skier Visits Youth Team At Wintergreen Resort

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And then, of course, I have been training hard!

Thank you to Rowmark Ski Academy and Park City Ski Team for including me in their training!

Thank you Podium Ski Service for keeping my skis fast!

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Photo Credit: Brie Pike-Springer

And THANK YOU to Cody Marshall for the coaching!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

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And Lastly, the BIG NEWS, I will be competing for USA at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek next month!!!

U.S. Names 26 Alpine Athletes to 2015 World Championships

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

Lots of Skiing!

The World Cup and North American Cup schedules have allowed me a break from racing the past few weeks of January and I have been using that time to do lots of skiing!

IMG_0280I am so thankful to Tim Kohl and everyone at Alta Ski Area for some amazing days on the mountain!

~Skiing Soft Snow Is Good For The Soul~

Baldy Chute, Alta

Baldy Chute, Alta

IMG_0276

All Smiles :-)

I also want to thank the Yates family and everyone at DataXstream for organizing such a successful event with the Wintergreen Ski Team.  It was so fun to share my passion for the sport with so many enthusiastic kids and parents. #DreamBig

IMG_0284WtgMLK-2-XLIMG_0332WtgMLK-14-L

Here is a link to a video on the event by w-set TV:

Pro Skier Visits Youth Team At Wintergreen Resort

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And then, of course, I have been training hard!

Thank you to Rowmark Ski Academy and Park City Ski Team for including me in their training!

Thank you Podium Ski Service for keeping my skis fast!

IMG_0347

Photo Credit: Brie Pike-Springer

And THANK YOU to Cody Marshall for the coaching!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

Sometimes you just need to hit some plastic!!!

WtgMLK-30-S

And Lastly, the BIG NEWS, I will be competing for USA at the 2015 World Championships in Beaver Creek next month!!!

U.S. Names 26 Alpine Athletes to 2015 World Championships

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

Rise Before the Sun and Ski!

SAP ABAP/PI Developer Position

Location: US-Multiple Locations

Technical Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in ABAP/PI/XI Programming is required
  • Experience with EDI strategy and tools
  • Understanding of Object Oriented concepts
  • Experience with Data Dictionary, Function Modules (Remote Enabled), BAPIs, Web Services
  • Experience creating/modifying Adobe Forms
  • Proficiency with ALE/IDocs including error handling is desirable
  • Experience working with SAP ECC 6.0
  • Programming experience in various modules – MM, SD, FI
  • Work will primarily be remote, but could be potential for periodic travel to client sites

Additional Qualifications:

  • US citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply. We are unable to sponsor H1b candidates at this time.
  • Sharp, energetic consultants with an understanding of business processes
  • Self-starter
  • Ability to work both individually and as part of a team
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Olympian Megan McJames to come to Virginia

DataXstream LLC is pleased to bring Two Time Olympian Megan McJames to Virginia January 16th through January 19th.

Megan McJames is an American Alpine Ski Racer specializing in Giant Slalom. She competed in Sochi and in Vancouver and she will be guest coaching the Wintergreen Race and Development Teams at Wintergreen Resort. DataXstream LLC, based in Williamsburg Virginia has been one of Megan’s financial supporters this 2014-2015 ski season. DataXstream LLC in conjunction with the Wintergreen Winter Teams Boosters is offering this opportunity to ski with an Olympian to the Wintergreen Team Athletes. Additionally, Megan will complete a pace setter run on Nastar at Wintergreen allowing Nastar customers the opportunity to “race against Megan.” She will be available for meet and greet with Wintergreen Team Athletes, Nastar customers, and the general public from 12-3 pm on Jan.17th and 18th by the Nastar race course on Eagle Swoop, Wintergreen Resort, Virginia.

for more on Megan McJames: https://meganmcjames.wordpress.com/mediapublications/

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Career Highlights

  • 2010 (Vancouver) and 2014 (Sochi) Olympian
  • NorAM Overall Champion 2006,2013
  • NorAm Super-G Champion 2006
  • NorAm Giant Slalom Champion ’06,’07,’08,’12
  • National Combined Champion 2010
  • 51 Europa Cup starts
  • 63 World Cup Starts
  • Member of the World Championship Team: ’09, ’11
  • Member of the World Junior Championship Team: ’05, ’06, ’07

SAP FICO

Location:  US Multiple Locations

DataXstream, an SAP focused organization, has experienced significant growth over the last 2 years.  We  are currently seeking an SAP FICO Consultant to add to the team.  This FICO role will be critical and will include a diverse set of responsibilities over multiple areas of the business:

Support 4 Expanding Business Areas of DataXstream:

  • ISV Enablement Business, including Vertex Product Development and Cforia Collections & Deductions Management
  • DataXstream Product Development for our OMS+ Order Management / POS solution
  • DataXstream Sales and Delivery Teams
  • Internal implementation of SAP at DataXstream

We are looking for a unique individual who is willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved with our very capable teams:

  • ISV support will include working with software vendors and their clients to develop new, innovative complementary solutions for SAP.
  • The DataXstream Product Team is rapidly developing our OMS+ solution which requires tight integration between SD and FICO. You will work alongside the Product Team to continue to improve design and expand functionality.
  • Work with our Sales & Delivery Teams to create demos and proposals for clients
  • Help build and select FICO resources and teams for delivery while assisting delivery teams with specific FICO projects
  • Work with DataXstream leadership to implement SAP internally over the next calendar year

Skills:

  • Loves to work with SAP
  • Interested in continuously learning and willing to put in the extra effort to expand SAP knowledge
  • Interested in helping others learn and expand SAP knowledge
  • Interested in helping DataXstream win new customers and business

The right individual has the potential to significantly expand his/her roles and responsibilities within the organization.

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A Month of Adventure!

Thank you for all of the new likes on my Facebook page! All of the support I have been receiving has been really uplifting on this month’s adventure! There have been some good days and some tough ones but I am grateful to be healthy and heading home for Christmas break with friends and family.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Beautiful Colorado!

November in beautiful Colorado!

New Snow and Good Friends

~New Snow and Good Friends~

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch!  Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch! Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

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Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

The T2 crew at slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!  Photo Credit: Marina Knight

The T2 crew at the slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!
Photo Credit: Marina Knight

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I couldn’t help posting these pictures, check out this gingerbread house!

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Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

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And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

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A Month of Adventure!

Thank you for all of the new likes on my Facebook page! All of the support I have been receiving has been really uplifting on this month’s adventure! There have been some good days and some tough ones but I am grateful to be healthy and heading home for Christmas break with friends and family.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Beautiful Colorado!

November in beautiful Colorado!

New Snow and Good Friends

~New Snow and Good Friends~

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I finally checked the Hanging Lake hike off my bucket list!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch!  Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

I took a big crash while training in Aspen, ouch! Thank goodness my body is stronger than my ski!

IMG_0105

Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

Thank you SYNC for setting us up with cool new jackets and backpacks!

The T2 crew at slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!  Photo Credit: Marina Knight

The T2 crew at the slalom North American Cups, Thank you T2 Foundation!
Photo Credit: Marina Knight

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I couldn’t help posting these pictures, check out this gingerbread house!

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Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

Two of my favorite boys came to cheer for me at the World Cup in Aspen!

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And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

And then there was the last minute adventure to the World Cup in Åre, Sweden!

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Simplifying SAP UX Design is Easier Than You Think

User experience – UX, for short – is how a person feels when interacting with a digital product. What users expect is an easy, interactive experience that provides value with regular use. When forced to spend too much time navigating through a clunky web application, the result is frustration, loss of productivity and a perception of poor value.

If you’re tired of hearing complaints from customers, clients, coworkers or employees about web apps with a cumbersome user experience, you’re not alone. The good news is there are professional tools available to help UX designers streamline business processes, enhance visuals and simplify navigation to boost user satisfaction and loyalty. This article aims to familiarize and provide examples of some of the professional design tools available for enhancing UX on web-based systems.

Tools of the Trade:
Here are a few popular and easily accessible tools for UX professionals, developers, designers and interaction designers.

Fiori
Fiori is a collection of apps designed by SAP for broadly and frequently used SAP software functions. These apps offer a user experience that is personalized, responsive and simple, while enabling a holistic and consistent experience across multiple devices.
JavaScript
JavaScript enables you to add dynamic and interactive elements to websites. It can be used to enhance the user experience within web browsers by adding animation and effects, and also allows for communication between external devices and other platforms.
UI5
Not to be confused with HTML5, SAP UI5 is a library / framework of pre-built and customizable elements created using JavaScript that simplifies and accelerates the development of enhanced user experiences.
SAP Gateway
SAP Gateway is a technology that provides a simple way to connect devices, environments and platforms to SAP software based on market standards. It offers connectivity to SAP applications using any programming language or model without the need for SAP knowledge by leveraging REST services and OData/ATOM protocols.
ABAP Web Dynpro
ABAP Web Dynpro is the SAP standard UI technology for developing Web applications in the ABAP environment. This is the base of building a SAP specific webpage, but recently has the added ability to execute JavaScript.

How it’s done:
So what are some things you can do with the aforementioned tools? The examples below show how DataXstream developers used a combination of these tools to enhance the UX of our Order Management / POS application for SAP.

(1) ABAP Web Dynpro has enabled SAP web applications to utilize JavaScript. In the example below, both ABAP Web Dynpro and JavaScript were used to enhance the home page user interface.

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JavaScript was used to create a curtain effect. When the mouse is rolled over a blue icon, the box rolls up to reveal its contents. This can be seen in the first section.

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JavaScript was used to customize the standard SAP messages. Here the message is displayed in a pop-up that disables the background and forces the user to acknowledge the message.

(2) In addition to enhancing the UX with flashy interfaces, ABAP WD and JavaScript were used to communicate with a credit card machine. Below are snapshots of the interaction between the application and the credit card device.

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Line items entered on the POS web app display on the credit card device.

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Once the customer provides a signature on the credit card device, it’s captured within the POS application.

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The signature capture is also displayed on the retailer’s POS screen.

(3) In this next example, ABAP Web Dynpro, JavaScript, and SAP Gateway were combined to interactively display forms with the appropriate signature:

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A PDF document within the POS displays the full order and signature.

In Summary:
SAP UI can be cumbersome, however simplifying digital apps to provide a better user experience, making it easier and more efficient for users, is not as daunting as you may think.

This year at TechEd && d-code, SAP’s premier technology education conference, DataXstream consultants presented a User Experience/User Interface Development session highlighting how DataXstream developers customized a standard Web Dynpro ABAP app using HTML islands. Participants learned to enhance standard floor plan manager components for Lean Order Management with HTML islands and saw examples of how HTML5 was used to enhance the GUI and communication with multiple external retail devices.

To learn more about DataXstream and view a pdf of this session, please click here.

michael_profile2Michael Champion
Michael Champion is a SAP Technical Consultant with DataXstream responsible for Product Integration and Development. His core skills include ABAP / Web Dynpro ABAP and Process Integration Development (PI/XI).