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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Graphic + Web Designer / Developer

DataXstream is currently looking for a full time in-house graphic + web designer / developer. The right candidate will be a highly talented and energetic Graphic Designer who will be responsible for the design and delivery of creative elements in both electronic and traditional media, from websites to B2B email lead generation tools; from brochures to tradeshow graphics. They will also be responsible for bringing the DataXstream visual brand to life.
The ideal candidate will understand the Dataxstream brand and have a strong sense of style and highly defined understanding of how the functional and visual combine to create compelling, memorable experiences. Required experience is based on past projects and size of portfolio.

Position is open to W2 and contract employees. This position is located in the Tidewater/Richmond, Virginia area. Company has great benefits package. Compensation is dependent on skills and experience.
 
Skills

  • Print graphic/materials design experience
  • Digital (web) graphic design experience
  • Web Design / Development experience
  • Knowledge of responsive web design techniques (preferred)
  • Creativity
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Principles and Elements of design (a good eye for spacing, color, balance, etc)
  • Ability to work solo as well as collaborate with others to realize marketing needs
  • Openness to constructive criticism and changes

Proficiencies

    • Adobe Creative Suite (Software)
    • WordPress (Software)
    • HTML5, CSS, JavaScript (Programming languages – mandatory)
    • PHP (Programming language – preferred)

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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.

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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).

DataXstream Leads Educational Session at TechEd && d-code 2014: How to Integrate HTML5 Into Web Dynpro Standard Business Processes


This year at TechEd, 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. If you have any questions for Michael or Sean regarding the session please email them to info@dataxstream.com and please include ‘UXP216′ in the title of the email.
Speakers:
Michael 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).


Sean Cloherty
Sean Cloherty is an Application Developer with DataXstream, responsible for Web Development, Marketing Design, Product Integration and Development. His core skills include HTML/Javascript/CSS.


Click here to view a pdf of this session.

DataXstream’s TechEd && d-code 2014 Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations Prize Winners!

Congratulations to the following iPad mini winners!

The winners, pictured from left to right: Bhutesh Sinha, Development Project Lead for McKesson Corporation, Rajesh Patil, Architect from Bridgestone Americas, Inc., and Josh Ford, Project Development Manager for Union Pacific Corporation

SAP TechEd && d-code Wrap Up

Every year since 2006 DataXstream has participated in SAP’s annual Technology users conference, SAP TechEd now called SAP TechEd && d-code. Each year we endeavor to bring knowledge and add value to the experience of the clients, users and partners that will be attending the show with us while increasing our own skill set. 2014 was no different.

DataXstream was represented by Tim Yates, Craig StasilaScott JulianSteve ParkMichael Champion, Sean ClohertyScott WalkerRon VottoValerie Parham, and Robert Sandy at the 2014 conference.

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DataXstream at SAP TechEd && d-code 2014 Las Vegas

We fielded questions regarding SAP Integration and Consulting, System Upgrades, Enabling Independent Software Vendors in the SAP space, SAP Certification for Independent Software Vendors, the recently named DataXstream OMS+ Order Management Solution for SAP Retail. We shared customer stories, what worked and maybe what did not work so well. We gave away Starbucks cards and iPad minis.

This year we had the added opportunity to have a speaking session. Michael Champion, SAP Technical Consultant and Sean Cloherty, SAP Application Developer conducted a break out session: UXP216 “How to Integrate HTML5 into Standard Web Dynpro Business Processes” which was well attended and well received despite being scheduled early Thursday morning. If you would like to view the PDF of the session, click here. If you have any questions for Michael or Sean regarding the session please email them to info@dataxstream.com and please include ‘UXP216′ in the title of the email.

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Michael Champion and Sean Cloherty at SAP TechEd && d-code Las Vegas 2014, leading “How to Integrate HTML5 into Standard Web Dynpro Business Processes”

 

 

Ski Racing Season has Officially Begun!

Independent Ski Racing just got home from a three week trip to Europe that started with a training block on the glaciers in Schnastal, Italy and Hintertux, Austria and ended racing the World Cup Opener in Sölden!  Here are some photos of the adventure:

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The view from the top of the tram at Schnastal Glacier

Thank you to Sarah Sch

Reunited!!!   (Left to Right: Sarah Schleper, Resi Stiegler and Me)   Photo Credit: Resi Stiegler

Getting ready to ski some GS with the Italian Team in Hintertux

Getting ready for a Giant Slalom session on Hintertux Glacier!  Photo Credit: Sarah Schleper

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Thank you to Team Mexico and Sarah Schleper for including me in some amazing days of training!

Getting some words of wisdom from the famous Ante Kostelic of Croatia  Photo Credit: Cody Marshall

Getting some words of wisdom from the famous Ante Kostelic of Croatia!  Photo Credit: Cody Marshall

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Thank you to coach Cody Marshall, not only for working hard the past three weeks in Europe, but for helping me believe in my self when the challenges seemed impossible to over come!

THANK YOU to “coach” Cody Marshall, not only for working hard the past three weeks in Europe, but for helping me believe in my self when the challenges seemed impossible to over come!

Always make time for a pizza stop!

Always make time for a pizza stop!

1.5meters of new snow in Sölden two days before the race!

1.5meters of new snow in Sölden two days before the race!

Me and Cody getting ready on race day in Sölden!!!

Cody and I getting ready on race day in Sölden!!!

Our work paid off and I was super excited to be one of the three America girls in the top-30 in the tough conditions of the World Cup opening GS in Sölden- bib 54 to 26th place!

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Lastly, a huge thank you to Sally Martin and Harold Kaufmann for flying me to and from Europe on Delta!

To Podium Ski Service in Park City for getting my skis ready to race!

And to DataXstream for all of your support!

Fall is Here

August ended with ten days of bluebird training in New Zealand.  This is the view from Coronet Peak ski area.

For me, August ended with ten days of bluebird training in New Zealand. This is the view from Coronet Peak ski area.

Lake Hayes, Queenstown <3

Lake Hayes, Queenstown

Thank you to everyone who helped make my training camp in New Zealand possible…..

And thank you to all of the boys who included me in their crew!

And to all of the boys who included me in their crew!

When I returned home it was fall in Utah and because I am a mountain girl, I had to get out and enjoy it!

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There are always new trails to explore…

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And views to see!

I want to thank everyone who attended my fundraiser on September 26th, it was a huge success! I am working hard to get all my wonderful donors their tax receipts, so keep your eyes on your e-mail!

The calm before the storm!  Thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Park City Mountain Resort, Uintah Brewing, The George Greggory Band, my family and everyone who donated items to my silent auction!

The calm before the storm! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible: Park City Mountain Resort, Uintah Brewing, The George Greggory Band, my family and everyone who donated items to my silent auction!

The mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese I made for the

The mini pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting I made for the event seemed to be a hit!

Now it is time to get the last details for the season organized before I head to Austria for on-snow training before the World Cup opener in Soelden.  I want to thank Cody Marshall for coming to coach me in Europe, we are going to have a blast!

I can’t wait to SKI!

Lastly, September is my birthday month!  Happy Birthday celebration to me :-)

A little Happy Birthday celebration to me before all of the winter travel starts!

DataXstream To Host Fall 2014 Virginia ASUG Chapter Meeting

Connect with ASUG members in your local area at this meeting of the Virginia Chapter.

Highlights

  • Five presentations on PoS systems, Fiori & Personas, Plant Maintenance, and FICO
  • Facility tour of DataXstream
  • Afternoon golf outing compliments of DataXstream at Kingsmill Golf & Resort

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Customer Success Story: Fruit Growers Supply

Forced into workarounds with an aged POS system, inefficiencies caused a negative impact to Fruit Growers Supply’s top and bottom line. They needed a POS solution that could handle multiple types of payments (cash, credit, credit cards), as well as down payments with balance due at delivery, along with refund and return capabilities. Just as important, they also needed an Order Management solution that was flexible enough to handle complex order processes such as order on account with delivery over time directly from the POS terminal.

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Learn how DataXstream’s Order Management / Point Of Sale Solution for SAP enabled Fruit Growers Supply Company, the largest citrus growers coop on the West Coast, to significantly improve their competitive advantage by replacing its legacy POS with an SAP partner solution designed for specialty retail environments.

Speakers:

  • Charles Boyce, Fruit Growers Supply
  • Alex Perlovich, Fruit Growers Supply
  • Tim Yates, DataXstream
  • Ron Votto, DataXstream