Team AST Welcomes 2017 with Over 100 New Oracle Certifications!

Certified_Check-2BMarkOur growing family of team members has rung in the New Year with a bang by earning over 100 new Oracle Certifications, and they don’t show any sign of slowing down in 2017!  Oracle Certifications allow our expert consultants to prove their skills by completing complex examinations in a variety of specialty areas.  This allows our teams, and AST as an organization, to provide expert services to our clients and bring the latest knowledge and skills to each project.

Congratulations go to the following groups on their achievements:

  • AST’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Team – 9 new Certified Professionals
  • AST’s Managed Services Team – 9 new Certified Professionals
  • AST’s Sales and Marketing Team – 9 new Certified Professionals
  • AST’s Business Intelligence (BI) Team – 8 new Certified Professionals
  • AST’s Project Management Office (PMO) – 2 new Certified Professionals
  • AST’s Middleware Team – 1 new Certified Professional
  • AST’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Team – 1 new Certified Professional

Last, but certainly not least…AST’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) team has earned 95 (NINETY-FIVE!) new Oracle Certifications this month, with one outstanding team member (Balaji T.) earning 22 of those!

Congratulations, again, to everyone on these fantastic achievements!  That’s over 130 new Oracle Certifications, and January isn’t even half over yet!  Can we reach 1,500 by the end of the year?!

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AST Cloud Connect is the Only Certified Service for Oracle SOA Cloud!

AST Cloud Connect helps to ease integration pains and fast-track the adoption of Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud with pre-built integration interfaces.  We recently launched the product and have now been approved as the only qualified solutions provider for Oracle’s SOA Cloud Service – a proud moment for our Cloud Connect team at AST, who have been working to support new releases and customers around the clock!

View the listing by heading to Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  Here, you will find us under Services → Products → Platform (PaaS) → SOA Cloud.

Interested in learning how AST Cloud Connect can help with your own Cloud ERP, HCM, Taleo, or SCM adoption?  Contact our team at

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AST to Sponsor and Attend 2017 Financial Systems Summit This Friday

shutterstock_541465168This Friday, January 13, 2017, the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) is hosting its annual Financial Systems Summit (FSS) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The FSS brings together federal financial managers and private-sector executives to discuss the prospects of federal financial management systems in a budget-constrained environment.  The summit will provide new insights into the growing federal financial systems modernization strategy over the coming decade, and beyond!

As a leader in Oracle Financial Systems implementations and upgrades, AST brings over two decades of expertise to the summit, and will be there to answer your questions the entire day!  AST is not only attending, but is a Gold Sponsor of the event.

Can’t attend in person?  FSS offers live audience participation!  Attendees are able to actively participate in conversation throughout the day via mobile devices, whether attending in person or virtually.  Summit speakers will post questions and attendees can text their responses, allowing real-time conversation and engagement from around the country!

Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from leaders in the Federal Financial space, and get your questions answered.  There’s still time to register for in-person or virtual attendance, here!

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AST on Adapting to Technology Evolution: Oracle Magazine

shutterstock_280349987In an enlightening article written by Oracle’s Bob Rhubart, members of the Oracle Architect community reflect on the technological evolution that 2016 has presented, and how this has forced them to adapt and evolve in their careers – a positive, but eye-opening experience for most.

Rhubart states, “…in nearly every human endeavor, what you plan to do will ultimately bear only limited resemblance to what you actually end up doing. Professional philosophers refer to this phenomenon as life.”

Among those quoted in the Oracle Magazine November 2016 article is AST’s own Abhay Kumar, Oracle ACE and Senior Principal Consultant on the AST Middleware team.  Kumar “reports that microservices have become a part of most of the architectural discussions in which he has participated. ‘Breaking monolithic machines into small, modularized components that are highly fault-tolerant and self-healing has been the talk of the enterprise,’ he says.”

Facing necessary course corrections is something we all face, in our careers, at home, and throughout everyday life.  As we wrap up 2016, it’s helpful to reflect on those detours we were forced to take during the year and the lessons they have conveyed.  Additionally, as we open a new chapter with 2017, remember that your vision for the year will likely look very different in December of 2017 than it did in January.

Full article here:

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Happy Holidays from AST Corporation!

From our families across the globe to you and yours, Happy Holidays!


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Free Webinar! Simplify Oracle ERP Cloud Integration with AST Cloud Connect!

Simplify Oracle ERP Cloud Integration with AST Cloud Connect - Pre-Webinar ThumbnailAn increased number of organizations today are adopting cloud technology, requiring rapid and effective migration to ensure business continuity.  Enterprises with complex service portfolios and business-critical on-premises applications are challenged to find cloud integration that is fast and reusable, with quick and effective user adoption.

AST Cloud Connect specifically addresses this challenge with a proven, fully-configurable integration framework that includes pre-built interfaces for Oracle Fusion Cloud and legacy systems (whether they are on-premises or SaaS-based).  AST Cloud Connect is based on Oracle’s robust SOA platform and drastically reduces implementation time by eliminating the need to design and plan each individual interface.  A web-based user interface also enables administrators to define a complete integration flow.

Join AST for a free and informative webinar next Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1 PM CST to learn how AST Cloud Connect will simplify your cloud adoption by reducing integration time from weeks to just days, increasing your ROI.

Find out how your organization or enterprise customers can leverage our innovative solution to stay ahead of the curve, limit overall integration investment, and enable faster adoption of Oracle fusion cloud platforms and services.

Space is limited and filling up fast!  Register here!

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AST Names December 2016 Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleLet’s congratulate Jamie A. for being named AST’s Employee of the Month for December 2016!

Jamie is being recognized for her tireless work ethic and the quality service she provides the clients to which she is assigned.  Jamie was invaluable to her most recent account, where she became the trusted project lead and was instrumental in supporting their upgrade.  As a consummate team player, she assimilated well with her team, even while being relied upon as a technical expert and leader.  The client project manager expressed high praise for Jamie, and said they were lucky to have her available to help them with their BI Apps upgrade.

Jamie’s dedication, skills, and professionalism are highly regarded.  Thank you, and keep up the good work, Jamie!

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Certifications Skyrocket in AST’s Pune Office!

TrophiesLast week, we posted about our record number of new Oracle Certifications for Team AST – over 125!  Well, we already have an update to this astonishing number, and, boy, is it impressive:  our team members in our Pune, India office have earned 491 new Oracle Certifications in November!

We’ll give you a moment to let that number sink in…

This addition brings our new Oracle Certification count for November to over 600!  Did you even know there were so many Oracle Certifications available?  Well, we do, and we’re on our way to having a team with every single one of them.

Congratulations to TeamAST, again, on your record-breaking achievement, and especially to our TeamAST members in Pune who have really gone above and beyond in our race to become a 100% Oracle Cloud Certified team!

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Our Website Has Some Exciting New Updates!

WebpageIf you haven’t visited our website lately, you’re really missing out!  Since our major online home renovation a few months ago, we’ve added even more exciting content and features.

Check out the latest and greatest in AST news, including what’s happening in our practice areas:  ERP, CX, HCM, BI, EPM, MDM, Middleware, Security, and Managed Services!  You’ll find helpful white papers on a variety of topics, exciting webinars (both past and upcoming), the latest product information, career opportunities on our growing team, and so much more!

Take a few minutes to browse our fresh new website updates, and let us know here if there’s something specific you would like to see in the future!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the AST Family to Yours!

We have a lot to be thankful for here at AST.  The past year has brought us some of the most exciting challenges and triumphs, and our fantastic team continues to grow!

Each year we gather together as a team to enjoy our own Thanksgiving dinner as a family and express what we’re most thankful for.  This year’s gratitude ranged from the opportunities we’re given as part of Team AST, to the delicious meal we were able to enjoy together, to growing families, both at AST and at home.

All of us at AST’s offices wish you and your family a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving, and that you may find gratitude in every situation.

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