AST Celebrates March 2017 Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleCongratulations this month go to Andi B. for Employee of the Month for March 2017!

Andi is being recognized for her work ethic and improving AST’s database quickly. In one month, she has taken the existing data to the pristine order it is today.

Immediately, she effectively resolved issues and has worked very closely with the Serene-AST team to migrate their tracking to the AST database.

She has been able to work with multiple people, address issues quickly, and juggle many high-priority tasks while maintaining a great professional service attitude.

Keep up the great work, Andi! As always, our employees are constantly surpassing our expectations.

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We Are Featured in Oracle Magazine!

shutterstock_280349987Matthew Vranicar, SVP of our Business Intelligence practice, was recently featured in Oracle Magazine!

At the annual Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, and Analytics (BIWA) special interest group (SIG) conference, Oracle Magazine interviewed three conference veterans, including Matt.

The publication was interested in how Oracle Cloud has affected businesses, to which Matt responded, “with the cloud… we can design a working system, build a prototype, deploy it for a small set of users, only pay for a small set of users initially… and ramp up the production environment later. It gives us much more flexibility.”

We love when our team members are recognized for their expertise!

To view the entire video, click here.

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AST Justice & Public Safety Team Gives Back to the Justice Community

chicago_police_stickerOn February 16, Patrick Nguyen, a member of our Justice & Public Safety practice, conducted a training session for the Chicago Police Department’s Research and Development Division.

The division is responsible for providing crime statistics and analytics to the public and its command staff.

Through the session, Research and Development analysts learned to better understand and analyze captured data.

The CPD recognized Patrick’s extensive experience and found his training to be extremely helpful, requesting that he return to conduct additional sessions in the near future.

“I really enjoy training like this,” said Patrick. “It is a great feeling to be able to give back to the community.”

Way to go, Patrick! We’re so proud to have you on Team AST!

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Free Webinar! Reaching New Heights in the Canadian Public Sector: Planning & Budgeting in the Cloud!

Reaching New Heights in the Canadian Public Sector - Pre-Webinar ThumbnailMany organizations today are overdependent on spreadsheets and strapped to legacy applications that are inefficiently supporting business processes.

Oracle’s cloud-based Planning & Budgeting solution offers rapid implementation, lower IT costs, and less stress! With PBCS, organizations are able to reduce lengthy planning timelines, and improve the reporting and analytical capabilities for budgets.

Join AST for a free and informative webinar Thursday March 23, 2017 at 1 PM CST to learn about Oracle’s PBCS, and witness customer experiences after embracing the Cloud.

During this webinar, you’ll hear real-world scenarios and trends provided by one of our clients, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)! They will illustrate how you can deliver power budget insights to help you achieve your goals in Canadian Public Sector entities–all in a safe, secure environment with minimal capital expenditure!

Space is limited and filling up fast! Register here!

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Why Companies Are Moving Towards Cloud ERP

shutterstock_593163065A leading infrastructure and metal construction company recently spoke out against maintaining a legacy ERP system in preference of moving into the Cloud. In addition to leaving legacy ERP system problems behind, Cloud ERP enables companies to grow and focus more on strategic development.

Reasons the company cited in favor of Cloud ERP include the following:

  • Real-time visibility across businesses
  • Comprehensive, integrated, and scalable capabilities
  • Built-in analytics
  • Cessation of spreadsheet dependency

To learn more, head over to this article!

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Team AST Piles on More Certifications!

Certified_Check-2BMarkCongratulations to our ERP and EPM teams for racking in more certifications since our last announcement! Becoming certified allows us to provide expert, certified services to our clients and bring the latest knowledge to each project.

Congratulations go to the following team members on their achievements:

  • Lisa F. is now an Oracle Applications Cloud Operations 2016 Implementation Specialist
  • Dennis G. is now an Oracle Application Grid Sales Specialist
  • Arun R. is now an Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Specialist
  • Loretta N. is now an Oracle Financial Cloud: Payables 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Ashok. K. is now an Oracle Procurement Cloud 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist
  • Jamie A. is now an Oracle Data Integrator 11g Certified Implementation Specialist

Our team members continue to impress us. Congratulations again to all of our newly certified Oracle professionals! Keep up the good work!

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Investing in Your Oracle Community


A recent blog post by Traust Consulting President Mark Peterson highlights the importance of being involved in and giving back to your Oracle Community – a practice that AST is no stranger to.  With the upcoming North Central Oracle Apps User Group (NCOAUG) Annual Training Day this Friday, March 10, we felt it was appropriate to point out the importance of Oracle community involvement, and to thank those who make such exciting events a reality.

Peterson says in his post, “Helping foster local relationships and providing timely/relevant events has always been a top priority for your local OAUG groups. A commitment to delivering excellent presentations and networking events are cornerstones that all of us benefit from, but the OAUG cannot do it alone.”

From volunteering to host an event, presenting your expertise on relevant topics, or raising interest in other ways – with time and/or money – Oracle Applications User Groups around the country benefit from everyone involved in bringing these critical networking and educational events to life.

A Silver Sponsor of this year’s NCOAUG Training Day, AST is heavily involved in bringing these opportunities to our local Oracle Community, fully understanding both the benefits that come from such participation, as well as the commitment.  (For the record, the benefit far outweighs the cost.)  In addition to NCOAUG, AST’s participation in other User Group events around the country help us to collaborate not only with those right in our backyard, but from coast to coast, growing our network of valuable business relationships, sharing our knowledge, and learning from others to, in turn, give right back to the Oracle Community.  We encourage others to share in this excitement and get involved!

If you have any questions about participating in your local Oracle Community, or any questions in general about AST’s involvement with OAUG events around the county, please reach out to us at  We’ll be happy to assist you!

We’d also love to hear about your local OAUG involvement and experiences, so leave us a comment below!  AST is grateful for the opportunities provided by Oracle Community involvement, and we’re always looking for ways to grow our network and share knowledge with others.

See you this Friday at NCOAUG Training Day 2017 in Oakbrook Terrace, IL!

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AST to Sponsor and Present at NCOAUG 2017 Annual Training Day!

NCOAUG---2017-Winter-Training-DayIf you’re in town on March 10, come visit AST at NCOAUG’s Annual Training Day! Not only will AST be there, but we are also a Silver Sponsor of the event and presenting three times over the course of the day!

At 8:30 AM, Praveen K. will present “A Beginner’s Guide to Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud.”

At 10:20 AM, Pierre P. will present “Automate Your Oracle Identity and Access Management Deployment.”

And finally, at 2:50 PM, Abhay K. will present “Secure Your Cloud and On Premise Applications Using Oracle Identity Cloud Service.”

The NCOAUG Annaul Training Day is a free one-day event that brings regional Oracle Applications communities together to share knowledge, ideas, and tips & tricks.

If you’re not going and would like to, there is still time to register! Click here to do so.

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Congratulations to AST’s February 2017 Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleLet’s congratulate Uma N. for becoming AST’s Employee of the Month for February 2017!

Uma is being recognized for leading the successful project at the County of Berks, jumping onto the State of Delaware project, and smoothly kicking off the Polk County project. Her solutions, “can-do” attitude, boot camp mentorship, consistent willingness to help team members, and projects across the EPM practice has been noteworthy.

Keep up the good work Uma!

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A Great Movie You Might Have Missed

shutterstock_583422439The first thing usually seen in a movie review is its rating—is it a thumbs up or a thumbs down? If that alone is taken at face value, people could be missing out on a great movie.

Movies are quite subjective, and are based on the viewer’s preferences. For example, a reviewer may not like special effects, so the movie receives a negative review. However, another viewer may love them. In deciding not to see the movie because of this negative review, the viewer would miss out on a movie they would have enjoyed.

A similar scenario applies to the world of Big Data: it is full of metrics, insights, and measurements that we, perhaps to our own detriment, assume are accurate. True understanding comes from digging beneath the surface, and is critical to making sound decisions.

This article from CIO Review demonstrates that data isn’t black and white. How unstructured Big Data is chosen, used, and treated are critical factors when considering the data being collected and summarized for us every day.

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