Congratulations to AST’s April Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleCongratulations this month goes out to Ram. K. for being AST’s Employee of the Month for April 2017!

Ram is being recognized for his hard work and dedication. On multiple projects, he has worked excess hours on a weekly basis to resolve issues. Ram’s countless time spent on his projects led to a very solid client solution, which resulted in a satisfied client.

His continued work ethic is an example of the best and brightest resources that we have at AST. Years of Ram’s can-do attitude, expertise, client relationships, and dedication has been noteworthy and a great example to our team.

Keep up the great work, Ram!

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Talk About Narrative Reporting

shutterstock_620882726When proposing a reporting solution, we seldom account for the complexity of the narrative portion involved. Hyperion tools are sophisticated enough to produce numbers, but working with text data isn’t always easy. Clients are advised to manually insert the text portions of needed reports. Vast amounts of analysis yield numeric and graphic data in a company, but data lone can’t tell a story.

This article–4 Reasons to Refresh Your Narrative Reporting Practices–draws attention to four main reasons why narrative reporting has become such a challenge. It correctly points out the disconnect in the current process, which creates a need for subject matter experts to manage centralized commentary on content.

The inability to collaborate, track ownership, and monitor the progress of narrative content has led to error-prone reporting. The author also makes a case for why it is important for companies to get Narrative Reports right, outlining possible financial implications.

One answer to seamless Narrative Reporting is Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud (EPRCS). It is a purpose-built solution in the Cloud for management and narrative reporting. It helps teams combine data with the narrative in a single, secure, collaborative cloud environment. Users can access the system through any device, and start social conversations within the application to collaborate with their colleagues. Because it’s cloud-based, users can access the system from any device.

Narrative reporting doesn’t have to be a headache. There is a link in the article to a white paper by Oracle–‘Reinvent Narrative Reporting with Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud‘ that sheds further light on EPRCS as a solution for Narrative Reporting.

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OAUG Recognizes Melissa Sider as 2017 Member of the Year!

shutterstock_618572621v2Each year at COLLABORATE, awards are presented to individuals and groups that serve the user group community.

The OAUG annually recognizes geographic and special interest groups that achieve excellence, as well as one member each year that has demonstrated a high level of commitment by supporting education, networking, and influence initiatives.

AST is pleased to share that Melissa Sider, our VP of Marketing and Communications, was awarded OAUG’S 2017 Member of the Year! In addition, the North Central OAUG, for which Melissa served on the Board of Directors in 2016, won the GEO of the Year award.

To see the full announcement, as well as view a list of Melissa’s contributions over the years, click here.

We are so proud of Melissa for her tireless work in representing AST in the Oracle community! Congratulations!

OAUG 2017 Member of the Year

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Free Webinar! Narrative Reporting with Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS)!

Narrative Reporting with Oracle's Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Pre-Webinar ThumbnailStop wasting time sending document versions between people and manually entering financial metrics into your key reports. Oracle’s cloud-based Enterprise Performance Reporting solution offers rapid enablement, low IT costs, and immediate value. Transform your annual financial reports, budget books, or grant reports by easily combining data with narrative text, tapping into knowledge from across the entire organization through secure collaboration.

Join AST for a free and informative webinar Thursday, April 13, 2017 to learn about Oracle’s EPRCS and how you can benefit!

In this upcoming webinar, AST will provide an overview of the Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS) and will demonstrate how this solution can modernize your narrative reporting processes and inform your decisions.

Research shows that organizations that effectively use narrative reporting benefit from:

  • Higher levels of strategic planning
  • Enhanced communication to internal and external stakeholders
  • Better information to support decision-making

Please join us to witness real-world scenarios from organizations that are delivering powerful collaborative narrative reports–all in a safe and secure environment with minimal capital expenditure.

Space is limited and filling up fast! Register here!

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Thanks, Las Vegas! See You Next Time!

shutterstock_596651234What a whirlwind of a week! We sure had fun at this year’s COLLABORATE in Las Vegas, didn’t you? It’s now time to pack up our things and head home!

So far, this week, we’ve reconnected with many of our colleagues, built lasting relationship with new faces, stopped by countless receptions and networking events, and given many, many, many presentations!

That counts as a productive week!

Thank you to everyone who attended our presentations, stopped by our booth, and supported our presence at this year’s COLLABORATE! We’re already busy planning our attendance next year!

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We Are Nearing the End! Celebrate at the Festival des Amuses Party!

shutterstock_600855998COLLABORATE is celebrating its communities tonight, Wednesday, from 7 – 10 PM!

Everyone is coming together on this night to celebrate what a successful week this has been!

The party will be carnival themed and packed with surprises! So why not head out to celebrate one last time before heading home?

We’re really looking forward to this, so we hope you are too! Hopefully, we’ll see you there!

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Team AST at COLLABORATE! Swing by for Giveaways!

shutterstock_582131569It’s day 3 of COLLABORATE in Las Vegas, and as always, Team AST is having a blast meeting and reconnecting with people from the industry! Here’s a photo of some members at the booth.

We will be here tomorrow from 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM and on Wednesday from 10:45 AM – 4:15 PM. Stop by Booth 1623 to connect!

Have we told you yet that we’re hosting giveaways at our booth?? Booth 1623, if you’ve forgotten already.

If you haven’t made an appearance at our booth yet, plan to today! We’ll be up here until 7PM. If not, we’ll catch you tomorrow, which is also the last day!

Make sure you stop by before all the prizes are gone! boothh

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Come Meet Our Team Members at the EPM/Hyperion Reception!

shutterstock_600472274Do you have any questions regarding EPM/Hyperion Oracle applications? Are you looking for more in-depth conversations about the subject with industry leaders?

Then come on down to the EPM/Hyperion Reception hosted by COLLABORATE. During the event, users gather together to share ideas, connect, and meet Oracle’s top product executives and developers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Booth 1623 Open Tonight at COLLABORATE!

shutterstock_591103670Welcome to COLLABORATE 2017! We can’t believe we’re finally here, and we are all so excited.

Our experts will be available for discussion starting tonight! Stop by our booth anytime from 5:15 PM  – 8 PM to get a head start! You may find yourself taking home a prize!

Our booth hours will be: Tuesday, April 4 from 9:30 AM – 4:15 PM, and again on Wednesday, April 5 from 10:45 AM – 4:15 PM.

Throughout the week, we’ll be discussing the hottest, most relevant topics in Cloud Applications, EPM/Hyperion, CRM, BI, Middleware, and more!

See you soon, and have fun!

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We’re Presenting at COLLABORATE!

shutterstock_599803136We’re all getting into COLLABORATE mindset as our team members board planes, cars, and trains to make their way to Las Vegas!

If you’re also going to be there, don’t miss out on these titillating presentations that AST has in store for you. Get ready, because it’s a doozy!

On Sunday:

  • Empower Your Organization with Oracle Projects Cloud—a Public Sector Journey to Success @ 12:30PM
  • An Introduction to Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud @ 12:30 PM
  • From Oracle On-Premise to Hyperion Budgeting in the Cloud (and Remaining Sane) in Polk County, FL @ 3PM
  • Change Management at the Speed of the Cloud @ 3PM

On Monday:

  • “Hope” is Not a Strategy: Proven Steps for Successful Change Management @11AM
  • Using Hyperion Financial Close Suite to Produce CAFR Schedules @ 2:45PM

On Tuesday:

  • City of Burbank: One Year with Hyperion Public Sector Planning & Budgeting @ 9:45AM
  • Lessons Learned While Implementing Oracle Fusion Expenses in Cloud Release 10 @ 11AM
  • Key Performance Indicator Management for the Transportation Industry @ 11AM
  • Oracle OBIEE 12x on Exalytics and Excadata @ 11AM
  • Narrative Reporting Made Easier with Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Services (EPRCS) @ 2:45PM
  • Low-Hanging Fruit: Tuning WebLogic Server @ 4:15PM
  • Wheels Up to Oracle Cloud ERP Integration: Achieve Seamless Integration @ 4:15PM
  • Extensions to Consider for a Successful WebCenter Accounts Payable Imaging Implementation @ 9:45PM

On Wednesday:

  • Affordable Care Act Reporting: Preparing for Round II @ 9:45AM
  • Hit the Ground Running: Preparing for a successful ERP Implementation @ 11AM
  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c Do’s and Don’t’s @ 1:30PM
  • Leverage Oracle’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) Solution for Municipal & State Government @ 2:45PM
  • EBS2CPQ – An Integrated Solution for Oracle EBS and Cloud CPQ @ 4:15PM
  • Public Sector Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports – Out of Excel, Into Oracle EPM @ 4:15PM

Our experts will be sharing their knowledge on these, and many other topics throughout the week. Visit us at booth 1623 to learn from leaders and subject matter experts of the industry!

To learn about all the available presentations for next week, click here!

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