Santa Clara County, an AST customer, has been selected as a finalist for IDC’s 2020 Smart Cities North America Awards in the Urban Planning and Land Use Category for its Assessment Appeals solution. Let’s support Santa Clara County by voting for this project in the “IDC Smart Cities Award” race.  
Voting ends February 26th, 2020!
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IDC, a premier global market intelligence firm, chose the Assessment Appeals project at Santa Clara County as a finalist among several hundred entries across the country in the IDC Smart Cities Awards for Urban Planning and Land Use.  We can now help them win the distinction!

Every organization has a finance team, but not every CFO has a change agent on the team dedicated to transforming finance. It takes a special kind of finance professional to leverage the cloud and other emerging technologies to modernize finance. 

Oracle celebrates these unsung heroes of finance with the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards. These global awards recognize those with the vision to see the potential of Tomorrow’s Finance, Today. Nominations are open to any individual or finance team using Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud or Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud deployed alone or in conjunction with other Oracle Cloud applications. 

Voting for the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards is now open until February 21st. Cast your vote now! 

Award winners will receive a complimentary pass to attend Modern Finance Experience at Modern Business Experience, March 23-26, 2020 in Chicago. Join us as we celebrate the best of Tomorrow’s Finance, Today. 

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On January 15 Mike Mullane, an Applications Systems Administration Manager at H&P, visited AST to attend an Architecture Review Board meeting. The ARB team is a multi-disciplinary team with top Architects from various areas such as Enterprise Integration, Web Architecture, Security, and Content Management. The purpose of the ARB review meeting was to validate the design for H&P’s project. Team members presented high-level requirements and key design elements to the team.

The design review validated base practices and covered both intended and unintended consequences of the chosen design. The team approach brings a wide breadth of experience and deep technical expertise with the individual technology components and areas of specialization for each Architect.

The ARB Meeting was a very successful and engaging collaboration. It was also the longest ARB session at 3 hours 45 mins! Afterwards, the group celebrated by enjoying dinner together at Cooper’s Hawk.

“I had the opportunity to attend AST’s Lisle, IL offices for an Architecture Review Board (ARB) in early January of this year. AST is our chosen implementer to design and create a solution to automate the provisioning of users to Oracle Cloud services.

The purpose of my visit was to join the AST team for the first review of the design of the solution. AST coordinated the ARB meeting with a dozen AST employees present in the conference room and no less then three other team members on the phone. We had the usual round the table introductions followed by the facilitator announcing to the group that our job was to ask questions. And we were reminded that all questions and considerations should be voiced.

I was first impress that all involved took this seriously and asked challenging questions of one another, the security architects, and of me, the customer. The meeting originally scheduled for an hour and 45 minutes went for over 3 hours. Through this discussion, I believe that the result was a much better design. And several questions that needed to be followed up on.

I felt that traveling to the AST office for the ARB was well worth the investment of my time and my companies resources to send me. I had the opportunity to meet the team that would be working on our project, see the initial design and to provide my feedback and help shape the outcome.

The biggest surprise for me was to witness a healthy company culture that really promotes teamwork. Through this teamwork, I believe the solution AST build’s for us will be the best solution available.” – Mike Mullane, Applications Systems Administration Manager at Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

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Last week our AST Lisle office had their annual Ugly Sweater and White Elephant Holiday Party. This momentous time of year is a great reminder about how much we have to be thankful to each other for and share our lives in celebration. What a wonderful way to end the year!

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This year our AST Dallas office collected donations to provide coats to a 4th grade class at the Cesar Chavez learning center in the Dallas ISD. We not only delivered coats but by the looks of it we also delivered smiles. It’s so heartwarming to know they will be bundled up as we Texans know January is always the coldest month. Glad to be part of an organization that gives back to their local communities. Thank you all who contributed Texas Team! 

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AST would like to thank everyone who was able to come out to the Oracle OpenWorld events in Canada! We were so happy with the turn-out at our Best of Oracle OpenWorld events in Regina and Victoria – despite the weather! Here are some pics from this energetic event.  If you missed it, read more here: 

We’re happy to have had the chance to present with Oracle and meet one-on-one to help people find the right Oracle and AST solution to meet their business objectives. 

Also, thank you to the AST and Oracle teams for traveling to Regina, SK and Victoria, BC to attend and share their expertise.  It is because of you that AST is a top organization for digital transformation and a go-to partner for Oracle. 

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AST has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.  

“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”  

“Employees at AST have worked hard to get us where we are today. Their passion shows in the exemplary work they perform on a daily basis. Their dedication is acknowledged and appreciated by our clients as well as the leadership team,” said Justin Winter, CEO of AST. “It’s no coincidence that we have now been awarded best Top Company for our fourth year. We have an amazing team.” AST Corporation is a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork. 

Read the rest of the press release here. 

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Oracle Applications and Technologies form the backbone of many enterprises, but the advent of a multitude of applications to improve the user experience has increased the size of complexity of these systems.

Join us on Wednesday, December 11, for an exclusive webinar that will highlight why and how companies with an Oracle backbone are incorporating API into their strategy in order to adopt best-of-breed applications without adding significant back-end-work to ensure they are connected and communicating across the organization.

You will learn about: 

  • Why it’s important for Oracle users to utilize APIs and what technology is needed to do it
  • How to meet modern integration challenges without replacing Oracle systems
  • Best practices to approach and implement a successful API strategy for an Oracle Ecosystem
  • How you can consolidate various integration tools and move everything onto one, consolidated Platform
  • AST’s proven and structured approach for adoption of an API strategy for an Oracle Ecosystem
  • AST’s API Design and Build Services, including CICD framework

A demonstration will also be provided on how to API-enable Oracle Applications, including ERP Cloud, HCM Cloud, and E-Business Suite. Live Q&A will follow.

Register today to hear how companies like yours are getting the competitive edge and making the most of their Oracle Ecosystems by adopting an API-first strategy!

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Were you unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld in person this year?

We’re bringing the highlights to you!

Attend our exclusive events with Oracle in Regina, SK (December 10) and Victoria, BC (December 12) to hear AST and Oracle experts present the hottest topics from OpenWorld this year. 

Enable your digital transformation with AST and Oracle Cloud.  Learn how to get the most out of your investments in Oracle to drive results, value, and services for your constituents and employees, and hear how other governments are taking advantage of cloud technologies to improve services in creative ways.

Check out the agenda and register for the free event closest to you today:

Regina, SK – The Hotel Saskatchewan (December 10)

Victoria, BC – Magnolia Hotel & Spa (December 12)

You’ll experience the best of Oracle OpenWorld 2019 packed into one morning!

Tickets to these events are limited.  Register now to secure your seat! 

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Defining a cloud-based DevOps strategy is imperative to any long-term cloud transformation agenda. AST’s Automation and DevOps Assessment examines the maturity of your DevOps and identifies a road map for improvement. Results are identified by priority, with a business case, anticipated costs, and ROI projections.

AST’s expert Cloud Assessment team will ascertain how DevOps, site reliability engineering, automation, and continuous deployment can optimize your delivery processes to achieve the best value from your cloud investments.

Our zero-obligation Automation and DevOps Assessment includes:

  • A cloud infrastructure automation road map
  • A DevOps automation/management plan
  • A test automation evaluation

Discover how a leader in customer loyalty technology has benefited from AST’s comprehensive cloud assessment.

Contact us today for your zero-obligation Automation and DevOps Assessment.

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