Oracle OpenWorld 2016 is Quickly Approaching!

oow-logo-2015 largeIn a matter of weeks (less than 4, to be exact!), the Oracle world will once again converge at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA for a week of learning, networking, and fun!

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 will run from September 18-22, and will feature thousands of sessions from which attendees can choose, including keynotes, technical sessions, demos, and hands-on labs.  AST will be on hand to share what we’re bringing to the leading edge of Oracle technology, and you’ll have nearly an infinite number of opportunities to network, trade information with peers, and gain insights from experts.

AST will be present at Booth 309 in Moscone South, and will be presenting on six of the hottest topics throughout the week!  Stay tuned to our blog and other social media outlets for further details as we get closer to the event.

Learn more about this exciting annual event at:

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AST Celebrates August 2016 Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleCongratulations to Scott H. for earning recognition as AST’s August 2016 Employee of the Month!

Scott is being recognized for his customer service excellence and all-around great contributions to increasing our CRM presence.  Scott’s client expressed that their success was “mainly due to his focus and dedication to making things happen”.  Scott’s professionalism and respectable work ethic have earned AST yet another loyal client!

Since Scott joined AST, he has been instrumental in two big client wins.  He always goes the extra mile to present at various user conferences, complete his specialization exams, and assist in the quality output of many proposals.

Thank you, and keep up the great work, Scott!

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Data Analytics: Finding the Balance between People, Processes, and Technology

shutterstock_2348791A thorough understanding of the business needs and the proper balance between an organization’s people, processes, and technology are critical components to the successful integration of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics solutions.  In order to reach this state, face-time with the appropriate business counterparts is essential.  If time isn’t taken to understand what the technical teams and business teams both need out of a solution, the chances for adoption are greatly reduced.  Visually appealing functionality only goes so far; the solution must answer the critical questions being asked of the business, otherwise, you may see users reverting to older, less effective methods.

Being part of your organization’s IT team has to mean more than just being a good coder or implementer.  You should have a complete understanding of the business you are supporting, and its core needs.  In turn, your organization should provide clear direction for the processes it plans to integrate, as well as set defined goals for the people involved.

Juan F. Gorricho, Chief Data and Analytics Officer for Partners Fede, The Walt Disney Company, discusses this critical balance further in his article in CIOReview.

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AST Team Members Earn 19 Certifications this Month!

Certified_Check-2BMarkCongratulations to our Middleware, EPM, BI, and ERP teams for earning a total of 19 new certifications since our last announcement!

AST’s Middleware team boasts eight new certifications:

Piyush M. completed his Oracle Access Management Suite Plus 11g PreSales and Sales Specialist exams, and his Oracle Identity Governance Suite 11g and PS3 PreSales Specialist exams.  Also, Abhay K. and Swagat M. both completed their Oracle Integration Cloud Service Sales and Presales Specialist exams.

The ERP team’s Sarat B. and Michelle T. have added 5 certifications to this month’s count!  Sarat earned his Oracle Applications Cloud Data and Security 2016 Implementation Specialist certifications, and Michelle T. completed the Oracle CPQ Cloud 2016 Sales Specialist Assessment and Oracle CPQ Cloud Service 2016 Presales Specialist exams.  She also obtained her Oracle BigMachines CPQ Cloud Service 2015 Implementation Consultant Essentials 1 certificate.

Sahil P., from our EPM practice, has been busy with 4 certifications of his own, becoming an Industry specialist in Professional Services-Consulting Services, Travel and Transportation, and Chemicals, as well as completing his Enterprise Performance Reporting 2016 Cloud Service Specialist exam.  Also, Tammie A. is now an Oracle Hyperion Planning 11 Certified Implementation Specialist.

Last, but not least, Duckenson J. of our Business Intelligence practice earned his Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g PreSales Specialist certificate.

Congratulations to all of you for earning such esteemed Oracle certifications while also balancing your project work!

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We’ve Remodeled! Check out our New Website!

Website ScreenshotIntroducing:  AST’s sparkly new home on the web!  In order to provide our website visitors with a clean, interactive, and modern experience, we’ve upgraded our space a bit to provide easy-to-navigate menus, streamlined information, and eye-popping graphics.

A big “Thank You” to our Marketing team, and especially our Senior Design Editor and Webmaster, Carrie, for the late nights and countless hours toward this effort!

Head over to the new to check out our new digs!

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AST Welcomes Valuable Additions to the Team!

Welcome-2BAboard-2BBoard_PlantWe are excited to announce the addition of four fantastic members to Team AST in the past month!

We welcome Daniel D. and Piyush M. to our Middleware Practice, and Nidhin P. and Paula L. to our ERP practice.

We are excited about the great things you’ll do as a part of our growing team.  Welcome to the family!

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Congratulations to AST’s 2016 Bootcamp Graduates!

For the past 5 weeks, our IT Bootcampers have gone through tremendous professional growth, and we couldn’t be more proud!  Congratulations to Manoj, Sahil, Srija, Duckenson, Raja, and Michael on your AST IT Bootcamp graduation!






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Join Us at the MDM-DQ Public Sector Summit!

shutterstock_163503779Do you want to ensure that your organization is getting the most value from its data?  Are you able to quickly and easily respond to changing regulations?  Are you governing your data, or is your data governing you?

Join us on Tuesday, August 23, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA for this free, half-day event!  The MDM-DQ Public Sector Summit offers a forum for DC-area public sector organizations to share information and learn more about Oracle’s MDM and DQ tools.  These highly sophisticated solutions have been designed to be powerful, easy to use, and provide an ideal platform to solve common public sector data management challenges.

Register now, as space is limited.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Expense Management: The Benefits of Cloud

shutterstock_457480411A travel and expense management (TEM) tool can reduce costs, automate the often monotonous expense process, and provide valuable insight into where your company’s expenses are going.  The big question these days is whether to invest in a modern Software-as-a-Service solution with rich functionality, or if the traditional on-premise system is suitable for your organization.

In this article by Chris Pang, Gartner discusses the benefits of choosing a SaaS model for your expense management solution, and makes three strong arguments for going with the Cloud:

  • When travel and expense management is seen as a commodity process and you see no value in implementing and maintaining a custom, on-premise solution;
  • If you have a multi-tiered ERP environment, but seek a consistent, global process for TEM; and
  • If you have a single ERP application with multiple instances or versions across the company, but don’t have plans to move to a common platform in the near future.

Read more about the benefits of a Cloud-based TEM system in Pang’s article, here.

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AST Celebrates July 2016 Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleCongratulations to Cindy H. for earning recognition as AST’s Employee of the Month for July 2016!

Cindy is being recognized for her fantastic team attitude and persistent hard work.  Since beginning her current project, she has provided invaluable assistance to the client, as well as to her fellow AST team members.  The client has expressed its gratitude for Cindy’s extended work hours on the weekend in support of their project.

Cindy consistently achieves on-time delivery of tasks and is the first to pitch in on other applications when help is needed.  Her responsiveness when she is offsite is noteworthy and her documentation remarkable.

Cindy continues to be a great example to her teammates.  Thank you, and keep up the fantastic work, Cindy!

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