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Blog it Forward – James Rapp

Hello Everyone,

A special thanks to Alexandre Papagiannidis Rivet for blogging this my way and giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to SCN.  You can have a look at the entire Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain to see just how pervasive this has been!

By way of introduction

I grew up on the west coast of Florida, in the Tampa Bay area.  Life at SAP began in Lake Mary, Florida in 2003, at a company called Crystal Decisions.  10 years and 2 acquisitions later I am now living in Denver, Colorado with my wife, 2 children, and one very large dog named Bizzy!

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We enjoy hiking in the mountains, skiing, and generally taking advantage of Denver’s purported 300 days of yearly sunshine.  Sometimes I think my daughter Morgan likes the fresh, mountain air a little too much:

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My role at SAP

I currently work in the Products & Innovations (P&I) group as a Technical Specialist and my primary area of expertise is around Business Intelligence and the greater Analytics space.  I’ve worked with the BI Platform since it was known as Seagate Info so the sizing, performance, and architecture of that product remains near and dear to my heart.  In 2013 I had the opportunity to record an openSAP course called BI 4 Platform Innovation and Implementation with a teammate, and it was a fantastic experience sitting in front of the camera and sharing some of the knowledge we have accumulated over the years.

My team now does co-innovation projects with customers who are making SAP HANA an integral component of their enterprise, and we have a chance to influence their use of the HANA platform and all the benefits that come with it.  I’ve been learning SAP River since it was released in December and am excited to put some of these new resources into practice in 2014!

Something interesting about me

Travel to new and exciting locations is what keeps me passionate on an every day basis.  Last year I managed to visit 6 different countries, and attend an equal number of SAP conferences to meet customers and partners.  My wife, Jessica, and I also like to visit new places together.  A few years ago, before we had children, we visited Cairo, Luxor, and Sharm el-Sheikh … it was a humbling experience visiting relics, such as the pyramids, that have been around for thousands of years.  Here we are on a river boat floating down the Nile:

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Now onto the BIF questions:

What superpower would you like to have, and why?


Believe it or not, I don’t hold with the common perception that Aquaman is an overrated superhero.  If I could have a superpower it would be to breathe underwater and communicate with marine life.  Our oceans are vast and cover around 70% of the world … to explore them as a native denizen would be truly amazing!


If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?


I would be Cinammon-Cayenne Ice cream because I firmly believe that we can all use a little spice in our lives.


If you were a chef at my restaurant, what would you cook?


This is a tough one as I love to cook but don’t have a firm set of “go-to” recipes.  I’d probably make coffee-rubbed rib eye steaks and roast cauliflower because they are delightful and the smoky coffee flavor compliments the tender steak wonderfully well.


I would like to blog it forward to my openSAP teammate Henry Banks, and my colleague Foroohar Rafiei.

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      Author's profile photo Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
      Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

      James, Welcome to our BIF family.. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your lifestyle via such wonderful blog along with lovely pics..:)

      If I could have a superpower it would be to breathe underwater and communicate with marine life.  Our oceans are vast and cover around 70% of the world ... to explore them as a native denizen would be truly amazing!


      Great 🙂

      Author's profile photo Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
      Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

      James, One request, please update the following list with are required details. So all can enjoy your great blog..

      Blog It Forward (BIF) Chain

      Author's profile photo James Rapp
      James Rapp
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Chandra for the suggestion ... I have made the updates!

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      Nice pictures! 

      Bizzy looks awesome too.

      As for this "coffee-rubbed rib eye steaks" - I am hungry now...

      Thank you again for the BI4 open platform course - I learned a lot.

      Tammy

      Author's profile photo Florian Henninger
      Florian Henninger

      Yeah, nice BIF Entry. As Tammy told you before. I'm also hungry right now. Perhaps you have to invite us and have a BBQ-Party 😉

      Started yesterday my self instruction with your vids.

      Florian

      Author's profile photo Manikandan Elumalai
      Manikandan Elumalai

      Good to know about you James. looking forward your upcoming innovations in BI platform space. Regards Mani

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Yeah!! I want that recipe 🙂

      Great post Jim..

      A.

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal

      Hi James,

      Enjoyed reading your blog.  Your daughter is very cute. 🙂

      I would be Cinammon-Cayenne Ice cream because I firmly believe that we can all use a little spice in our lives.


      Totally agree. Thanks for sharing so beautiful journey. Wish you a great year ahead.


      Rgrds,


      Jitendra

      Author's profile photo Dibyendu Patra
      Dibyendu Patra

      Hi James

      Nice to know about you..

      Specially about BIZZY...

      Look at the eyes... Very nice...

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi James,

      Good Day!

      You are specialist in Products & Innovations (P&I) and I am working in PI but not Products & Innovations its Process Integration. Whatever you have mentioned about cooking I agree to it. Whenever I am alone, I use to try some indian dishes and its very difficult to prepare and I struggle a lot. Thanks for sharing about you and your experience.

      Next time, I am planning to visit Florida and I know its one of the best climate condition in United States.

      All the best! 🙂

      Regards,

      Hari Suseelan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello James

      Enjoyed your blog...great pics!!!

      Cheers

      Shiv

      Author's profile photo Vivek Singh Bhoj
      Vivek Singh Bhoj

      Hi James,

      Loved your pics and enjoyed reading your BIF a lot

      Good to know about you 🙂

      Regards,

      Vivek

      Author's profile photo Satish Kumar Balasubramanian
      Satish Kumar Balasubramanian

      Hi James,

      Very Glad to know about you.

      Loved your pics.

      Bizzy is looking good with his Glowing eyes. 🙂

      Your baby doll is very beautiful 🙂

      Thanks for sharing about you 🙂

      Thanks,

      Satish.