AST Honors Employee of the Month for October 2016!

EoM MaleCongratulations to Goutham G. for earning recognition as AST’s Employee of the Month for October 2016!

Goutham is being recognized for his hard work, dedication, and his all-around ‘can-do’ attitude.  Since joining AST as a boot-camper this summer, he has been extremely dedicated to learning the technology needed to deliver his tasks on time.  He has shown initiative and taken ownership of anything his managers and team have requested of him, and produces exceptional results.

Goutham has successfully worked on intricate projects and complex tasks with local and offshore teams.  His enthusiasm to deliver high quality work and his commitment to getting the job done have been widely recognized.

Goutham has matured in his career in just a short time, and we expect great things from him in the years to come with Team AST.  Keep up the exceptional work, Goutham – you are appreciated!

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Happening Monday: OAUG Connection Point – NorCal!

ConnPt.NorcalThe Oracle Applications Users Group and its Northern California affiliate are hosting the OAUG Connection Point – NorCal on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA!  This is a one-day event for Oracle users that will amplify your product knowledge, provide opportunities to interface with experts, and network with peers all under one roof.

Register now to receive discounted pricing, get the latest Oracle E-Business Suite feature information, and participate in 26 face-to-face sessions focusing on these hot topics:

  • Mobile
  • Cloud
  • Security
  • Reporting
  • Technology

If you missed Oracle OpenWorld last month, this is your opportunity to hear directly from Oracle’s SVP of E-Business Suite, Cliff Godwin, as he delivers the opening keynote.  Godwin will deliver information on the latest EBS update, as well as the roadmap for the upcoming year.

Participate in a day of sessions that will prepare you with information to ensure you are heading down the path of product and solution success.  Register by Thursday, October 20, for discounted pricing – prices increase on 10/21!

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Big Data: Making a Shopping List before Your Trip to the Store

shutterstock_300344546Your Big Data effort could be the most involved project your company takes on in the near future.  Using the Big Data concept to help predict how and where to do business is a huge undertaking.  The first steps include defining what Big Data means to you and taking inventory of what your organization may already have that’s useful.

Big Data means something different to every industry, and further, something different to corporations within an industry.  Denise Zabawski explains in this article the importance of taking the time to understand what you have, as far as data goes, and how you use it.  Take even more time to figure out what you don’t have that, once acquired, staged, and merged, will push your company into the world of predictive analytics.  Bring in the right people to help determine logistics and execution strategies that align with corporate strategies and objectives.

Careful planning will ensure efficiency and higher chances of success for your Big Data project!

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AST’s Cloud Olympics is Underway!

shutterstock_424756600We have challenged all of our employees to obtain at least one Oracle Cloud Certification before 2017 arrives, and we’re calling it the AST Cloud Olympics.  It hasn’t been long since this announcement, and we are already on our way to being a 100% Oracle Cloud Certified team!  Read on for this month’s massive list of new Oracle Specializations within AST!

Raja A. from our EPM practice has earned his Enterprise Performance Reporting 2016 Cloud Service Specialization and Tom G. is representing our PMO practice with his Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience 2016 Implementation Specialization.

Three of our Middleware team members are now Oracle SOA Suite 12c Certified Implementation Specialists:  Goutham G., Gayathri P., and Divya S.  Great job!

Kosta G. and Pavan V. from our Managed Services practice achieved four certifications!  Pavan V. obtained his Oracle Applications Cloud Data 2016 Implementation Specialization, Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Specialization, and Oracle Applications Cloud Reporting 2016 Implementation Specialization.  Kosta is now an Oracle SOA Suite 12c Certified Implementation Specialist!

Ashley A. is going for the gold for our BI practice, achieving 12 (twelve!) certifications!  She has achieved the following:  Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Specialist, Oracle Data Integration 11g PreSales and Sales Specialist, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6 PreSales and Sales Specialist, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 10.1.3 PreSales and Sales Specialist, Oracle Data Integrator 12c PreSales and Sales Specialist, Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation 11 PreSales and Sales Specialist, and General Product Support Specialist (v3.0).  Wow!

Manoj G. and Duckenson J. are also helping the BI team out towards their goal:  Manoj with an Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service Specialization, and Duckenson with Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service and Oracle Data Visualization Presales Specialization!

Our ERP practice is also pulling in big numbers!  Cynthia H. is now an Oracle Financials Cloud 2016 PreSales Specialist; Atul S. is an Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience 2016 Implementation Specialist; and Siva V. is an Oracle Applications Cloud Reporting 2016 Implementation Specialist!  Arun S. is an Oracle Financials Cloud 2016 PreSales Specialist, as well as an Oracle Financials Cloud: Payables 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist!

Michelle T. has added three more Oracle Certifications to the mix:  Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management 2016 PreSales and Sales Specialist, and Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience 2016 Implementation Specialist!

Joe L. is an Oracle HCM and Financials Cloud 2016 Sales and PreSales Specialist, an Oracle Application Development Cloud Platform 2016 PreSales Specialist, and an Oracle Human Capital Management Midsize Cloud 2016 Presales Specialist!

Nagaraju P. hit the books and walked away with 4 certifications:  Oracle Applications Cloud Data 2016 Implementation Specialist, Oracle Applications Cloud Reporting 2016 Implementation Specialist, Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience 2016 Implementation Specialist, and Oracle Applications Cloud Security 2016 Implementation Specialist!

Vishal K. achieved his Oracle Fusion Applications 2014 User Experience Specialization, Oracle Fusion Financials 2014 Data and Reporting Implementation Specialization, Oracle Fusion Financials 2014 PreSales and Sales Specializations, and his General Product Support Specialization v4.0!

If this wasn’t already amazing, Deepa V. from our ERP practice achieved a whopping 20 (TWENTY!) certifications this month!  Deepa achieved (BIG DEEP BREATH):  Oracle HCM Cloud 2016 Presales Specialist, Enterprise Communications Support Specialist, Enterprise Taxation Management Support Specialist, General Product Support Specialist (v3.0), Instantis EnterpriseTrack 8 Support Specialist, iStore Support Specialist, Network Session Delivery and Control Infrastructure Support Specialist, Oracle Argus Safety 7 Enterprise Edition Support Specialist, Oracle Cloud Application Foundation Sales Specialist, Oracle Database Performance Tuning 2015 Support Specialist, Oracle Exadata Database Machine 2014 Support Specialist, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2014 Support Specialist, Oracle Linux 6 Support Specialist, Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Support Specialist, Oracle Policy Automation Support Specialist, Oracle Solaris 10 Support Specialist, Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service 2013 PreSales and Support Specialist, Oracle Virtual Networking Support Specialist, and Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 6 Support Specialist!

We are absolutely amazed by Team AST this month!  Congratulations, everyone!  That’s 68 new Oracle Specializations since our last announcement!

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Free Webinar Next Week: How Leading Cities Exceed Citizen Expectations with 311 Solutions!

311 Solutions - Pre-Webinar ThumbnailA key challenge that many large cities face today is how to cost effectively and efficiently provide municipal services to citizens through a rapidly expanding plethora of channels – mobile phones, websites, email, apps, and social media.  How can leading cities retain control of costs when new channels are constantly emerging?

With internet and mobile technology, the modern citizen expects information immediately, and waiting for a response is simply unacceptable.  Communities that rely on legacy information systems or completely lack a structure to provide facts, data, and response to non-emergency requests are promoting a culture of frustration, defiance, and lack of awareness.

Modern, cloud-based 311 solutions provided by AST and Oracle offer an unprecedented ability to engage citizens with greater efficiency and improved agility, instill trust in city governance, and build a community of citizens who are informed and prepared, ultimately saving the city time and costs by eliminating inefficiencies.  A modern 311 solution from AST and Oracle offers your community the following benefits:

  • Timely communications with citizens
  • Efficient community engagement
  • Communication via platforms of choice, including mobile devices
  • Ease of adaptation to fluctuating business demands

Join us on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM CDT for a free webinar, detailing how 311 solutions have evolved into modern information highways for citizens, and how AST and Oracle can provide the next evolution for technology-based customer experiences in your community.

Don’t continue to leave your citizens in the dark or without a clear connection to non-emergency services.  Exceed expectations and become a leading city with modern, responsive 311 solutions provided by AST and Oracle.

Space is limited – Register here!

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AST Welcomes Fall and New Team Members!

shutterstock_198352415As summer fades and cooler temperatures roll in, we think about winding down 2016 (already!), but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down here at AST!

We have added two great people to our sales team:  Derek T. and Jeff Q.!  Also, we’ve welcomed Renee K. to our ERP practice!

We’re excited to see how these fantastic additions will help us close out 2016 in the best way and what they’ll bring to Team AST in the future.  Let’s give them all a warm welcome!

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Join Us at the Illinois Digital Government Summit 2016!

IL Digital Government SummittThe Illinois Digital Government Summit, designed to help spread best practices and spur innovation in the public sector, is being held tomorrow and Friday, October 6 and 7, at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois.

Not only is AST a sponsor for the event, but we will be there to take advantage of the inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, networking breaks, and relevant topics to help us further improve our solutions for government and all of the public sector.

The 17th annual Summit will draw more than 300 of the region’s key state and local executives.  The governor is counting on technology to transform government, and has committed that IT will get the resources it needs.  Substantial changes are already underway.  The Summit is the only conference and educational opportunity of its kind in Springfield.  There is no better opportunity to make valuable contacts and explore potential opportunities!

Come speak with us at this year’s Illinois Digital Government Summit in Springfield to learn how our AST and Oracle solutions can improve efficiency and lower costs in your organization!  Learn more here!

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AST Attending 2016 CJIS Conference This Week!

shutterstock_340004873This week, October 4–6, AST will be attending the 2016 Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

These three days will be packed with information for all users of criminal justice computer systems in the state of Missouri.  Topics range from MULES/NCIC policy, Uniform Crime Reporting, and criminal justice information security.  Attendees will have access to sessions presented by the following prestigious organizations in criminal justice:

  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
  • International Justice and Public Safety Networks (NLETS)
  • National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)

Registration for the event includes all training and organized social events.  Register here!

We look forward to speaking with you about how AST’s CJIS solutions can help improve efficiency and lower costs in your organization!

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AST to Attend Georgia GFOA Conference Next Week

GGFOAThe Georgia Government Finance Officers Association (GGFOA) is holding its 31st annual conference next week, October 2-5, 2016, at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, GA, and AST will be there!

This four-day action-packed event will provide attendees with informational sessions, plenty of networking opportunities, entertaining social events, and special guests.

Established in 1985, the GGFOA is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote and foster excellence in governmental financial management through programs that enhance the abilities of governmental finance professionals.  The GGFOA provides more than 650 members throughout the state of Georgia with educational programs, a technical referral network, and information concerning relevant legislative and accounting policies.

Join fellow finance professionals to gain practical advice and learn effective techniques to meet the continuing challenges facing the public and private sectors.  Register here!

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AST Recognizes September 2016 Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleCongratulations to Mamatha E. for earning recognition as AST’s Employee of the Month for September 2016!

Mamatha is being recognized for her exceptional leadership and customer service.  She is the E-Business Suite (EBS) Project Manager for the first project in which AST has worked directly with Serene-AST’s teams, both in the United States and overseas.

Mamatha came into this project at a critical juncture, and proceeded to manage the project very well and with consistency, receiving great feedback regarding her work, dedication, and professionalism.  The functional solution was unique and is the first for AST.  The project faced multiple challenges and Mamatha has continued to provide the highest level of expertise in every area – project management, functional, and technical.

Keep up the great work, Mamatha! We are proud to have you as part of the AST team!

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