AST Academy’s Aspen Class Graduates!

On Friday, August 16, AST celebrated the graduation of our 2019 AST Academy Aspen Class! Congratulations to Joe, TJ, Humberto, Sarah, Mohita, and Sridhar for completing the program.

The class has spent the last several weeks learning practice and technical skills, and working closely with seasoned mentors in their specific areas of focus. They will now join our teams on active client projects in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained during AST Academy!

If you are interested in participating in future AST Academy classes, please contact us at hrinfo@astcorporation.com.

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Team AST Participates in Annual India Day Celebration 2019

On Sunday, August 11, AST participated in the 5th annual India Day Parade and Celebration at Knoch Park in Naperville, IL.  Hosted by the Indian Community Outreach, the all-day event attracted thousands who gathered to celebrate 72 years of India’s independence. 

Since its inception in 2015, Naperville’s India Day celebration has quickly grown into one of the largest Indian American festivals in the United States.  It is instrumental in bringing the Chicagoland and Midwest community together to experience Indian culture and heritage through a colorful parade, education, food, and entertainment. 

Team AST gathered to represent our organization on the technology and innovation float in the parade.  Our team handed out AST gear, information on our growth and open career opportunities, and helped attendees beat the heat with popsicles. 

In addition to the energetic parade, the festival included a free concert by Bollywood rock start Sunidhi Chauhan, Indian Folk, Classical, and Modern dances, food and drink, entertainment for families and children, a fashion show, and plenty of shops offering Indian dress and jewelry. 

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AST Sponsors Another Successful Pittsburgh OAUG Golf Outing

On Friday, August 9, 2019, AST was a hole sponsor and participant at the annual Pittsburgh OAUG Golf Outing at the Madison Club in Madison, PA. 

The annual golf outing is an opportunity for Oracle users and experts to come together for a day of golf, networking, food, and prizes.

Pictured below are representatives from AST and two of our respected customers local to the PA area.  Many thanks to those who joined us!

The Pittsburgh OAUG has been serving the local Oracle Apps community since 2001, focusing on the Western PA, OH, and WV regions.

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Webinar: Modernize Your EBS Applications with Oracle Cloud and AST

Is your organization enduring high costs of ownership for Oracle E-Business Suite? Do you want to move to the cloud, but worry about significant business disruption or re-implementation of your applications?

Attend our webinar on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 1 PM CDT (2 PM EDT) to learn how a lift and shift of your EBS environment to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) with AST will give you improved system reliability, a scalable global platform, and significant cost savings. Discover why OCI is the best platform on which to run your Oracle Applications and how this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) will improve and extend your application performance and functionality, while ensuring security in the cloud.

During this webinar, our cloud migration experts will discuss how the AST Lift & Shift (a.k.a. Move & Improve) Cloud migration model moves existing applications to run on virtual servers in the cloud, using public or private Cloud platforms, without redesigning or re-implementing your applications. Also learn about our proven, structured, and clear methodology to help you realize significant TCO reduction and maximum ROI with minimal disruption to business operations.

Attendees will hear customer success stories, including a global Aerospace and Defense firm that successfully migrated its EBS environment to OCI with AST’s specialized tools and processes, Cloud Testing Center of Excellence, and Cloud PaaS and DevOps management.

Agility is critical for business survival today. See Oracle Cloud in action, and learn how to provision, lift, shift, and perform lifecycle management tasks for Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Join us for this live, interactive webinar on Wednesday, August 21 at 1 PM CDT (2 PM EDT) to learn more about how you can realize a modernized solution on Oracle Cloud with AST.

Register today!

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Team AST Gives Back at Northern Illinois Food Bank

AST’s team local to the Lisle, IL headquarters joined together on Wednesday, July 17 to give back to our local community by volunteering as a group at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America.  Our team and their families repackaged bulk items for use in local food pantries. 

During our team’s morning of service, we were able to pack 5,246 pounds of food and provide 4,372 meals to those in need across Northern Illinois. 

The Northern Illinois Food Bank serves more than 71,500 hungry individuals in Northern Illinois each week, and Team AST is happy to play a role in helping as many of our neighbors as possible.

If you’d like to join us in helping the Northern Illinois Food Bank with its mission, please click here to donate directly to the NIFB.

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AST India Welcomes Visits from Long-Time AST Client

On Friday, July 19, AST’s team in Pune welcomed Mr. Arul Daniel, Vice President of IT at Realtor.com.  Realtor.com (formerly Move.com) has been a respected client of AST for more than 6 years, and our two teams have worked as one to successfully deliver numerous challenging projects across multiple pillars. 

During his visit, Mr. Daniel spent time understanding some of the ground-breaking technological concepts developed by AST in recent months, as well as AST’s growing areas of expertise. 

Many thanks to Mr. Daniel for taking time from his busy schedule to visit our office in Pune and spend time with our team.  AST looks forward to many more years as a trusted advisor and technology partner to Realtor.com. 

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Welcome, AST Academy Aspen Class of 2019!

AST kicked off its 2019 AST Academy program with the Aspen class on Monday, July 15.  A warm Team AST welcome to Joe G., TJ A., Humberto B., Sarah M., Mohita P., and Sridhar K.!

AST Academy provides an opportunity for individuals to participate in a focused training program to learn more about the industry, software, and client relationship dynamic in order to build a rewarding career and a foundation for lifelong leadership skills.  During their first week as part of the team, our Aspen class participated in training sessions concentrated on internal operations, partner relationships, soft skills development, practice-specific education (ERP, EPM, Tech Services, Managed Services, CX), sales operations, change management, project management, AST solutions, and more!  The team also had several opportunities for networking and team building throughout the week, including a morning of volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank with Team AST colleagues.

In the coming weeks, the Aspen Class will dive deeper into practice and technical education, work closely with a seasoned mentor from his or her specific area of focus, and will soon join our teams on active client projects in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained during AST Academy.  Within just weeks, the class will be fully assimilated into AST’s client projects as active and productive members of the teams.

Agile learning is at the forefront of talent development at AST and is promoted through AST Academy. The mission of AST Academy is to create a transformative learning experience for new and tenured AST employees, focused on developing deep business and technical abilities, as well as lifelong problem solving, communication, and leadership skills. Whether you’re a practice manager or a junior consultant, AST employees are technical experts in the most powerful, cutting edge, and transformational solutions. Training and certification are vital to AST’s Talent Development Strategy and key differentiators in the industry.

If you are interested in participating in future AST Academy classes, please contact us at hrinfo@astcorporation.com.

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Work Hard, Play Hard: AST Teams Celebrate Birthdays Around the World

It’s no secret that AST’s teams around the globe work very hard to ensure that our clients reach their business objectives with transformational technology solutions.  This often means late nights and weekend hours, in addition to ongoing collaboration during “normal” business hours.  Rapidly growing organizations often lose sight of what leads to successful growth in the first place – their people.  Rest assured, that is not the case for AST. 

At AST, our people are the center of everything!

Regardless of where our employees are in the world, we make sure to take the time to celebrate our people and their achievements, which begin with birthdays!  Each month, our Lisle Headquarters and Pune, India offices each hold a birthday celebration for those celebrating another year.  Our project teams on client sites also organize birthday celebrations on site and involve the client teams in the festivities. 

This month, our team on the Calfrac project gathered to celebrate birthdays with a team dinner, including our team members’ families.  Happy birthday to Sachin W., Suresh S., and Sanjay K. of the AST team at Calfrac!  Here are some photos from those events, as well as our birthday celebrations at HQ.

Small recognitions of important events, such as birthdays and personal achievements, are important to ensure our teams around the globe know they are appreciated and recognized as individuals inside and outside of AST.

Many thanks to each one of our hard-working AST team members, and happy days to you, July birthdays!

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Ugandan Delegation Visits AST, Cook County Justice Agencies

AST had the honor of hosting a 20-person delegation from various branches of the Ugandan Government last week, including a top diplomat and Minister from Uganda’s High Court, Inspector General of the National Police, and Commissioner of the National Corrections. Uganda is in the process of modernizing and integrating the IT systems used by its various branches of Justice, and is using AST’s successful CJIS Integration Platform at Cook County as the model.  Over three days, AST’s team conducted a series of Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS) Integration Workshops and tours of Cook County Justice agencies and Chicago Police facilities. 

Highlights of the week included a Meet and Greet with AST’s executives and CJIS Integration team at AST’s Lisle, IL Headquarters on Monday, followed by a welcome luncheon and an overview of the Cook County project, featuring AST’s CJIS Integration Platform and Automated Court Reminder System

The group toured the Cook County Branch 43 Criminal Courthouse and had informative Q&A sessions with County judges on Tuesday, followed by onsite visits to the 9th and 11th District Chicago Police Branches, CPD Headquarters, and Strategic Decision Support Center.  The day concluded with meetings with Smart Policing trailblazers Chief Jonathon Lewin and IT Director Steve Maris.

Wednesday’s events included a morning workshop, Building a Justice Network, at Cook County’s Bureau of Technology, an Executive Luncheon at the Daly Center with the Honorable Clerk of the Court, Dorothy Brown, and concluded with a Cook County Integrated CJIS Committee Panel Discussion with County Justice Agency CIOs and AST Director Daniel DiMarco, moderated by the Honorable Dorothy Brown.

‘Thank You!’ to the Ugandan government for this fantastic opportunity to share our unique solutions and expertise, and to the Cook County Government and Chicago Police Department for opening your doors and sharing your experience.

Contact AST today to learn more about our expert services and solutions in Justice and Public Safety and Integration.

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AST to Host MuleSoft Meetup in Pune

In collaboration with MuleSoft, AST will host MuleSoft’s monthly Meetup in AST’s Pune, India office on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM IST. 

Attendees will hear from guest speaker Anurag Dwivedi, an experienced MuleSoft Certified Developer and MuleSoft Solution Design Specialist.  Anurag will lead the discussion about data transformation using MuleSoft’s DataWeave Language, including a live demonstration. 

We invite you to join our Waitlist for this Meetup so that, in the event of a cancelation or additional seat availability, you will be contacted to join us for this exciting networking opportunity with AST and MuleSoft experts.

MuleSoft Meetups allow attendees to:

  • Boost their knowledge of the latest trends and MuleSoft product releases;
  • Share feedback directly with the MuleSoft team;
  • Give and get help from others in the MuleSoft community;
  • Meet MuleSoft users and API developers who share the same passion for all things connected;
  • Grow their professional networks;
  • And more!

Join your local MuleSoft Meetup Group and keep an eye out for future MuleSoft Meetups in your area to discuss the latest in integration technology!

AST is excited to be collaborating with MuleSoft for another MuleSoft Meetup, where we’re bringing people together to explore, teach, and learn about API-led connectivity with use cases and hands-on activities.  We’ll see you in Pune!

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