AST Employees Welcome New CEO with Social Happy Hour

On Tuesday, June 25, AST employees local to the Lisle, IL headquarters welcomed new CEO Justin Winter with a social gathering and cocktail hour.  The casual event provided a great opportunity for everyone to get acquainted outside of the office. 

Thanks to everyone who joined us, and a very warm welcome to Justin!

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Press Release: AST Announces Justin Winter as its new CEO

Applications Software Technology LLC (AST) has announced that the AST Board of Directors has appointed Justin Winter as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Winter assumed leadership of the company effective June 24, 2019. Pravin Kumar, AST’s founder and past CEO has been named Vice Chairman and in this new role will be responsible for strategic planning and acquisitions.

Mr. Winter is a dynamic leader, with more than 25 years of regional and global experience in leading IT services organizations. Before joining AST, he spent 15 years at Hitachi Consulting where he held multiple leadership positions. His most recent position was Chief Operating Officer, where he had responsibility for all sales, marketing, delivery, and operations globally.  Prior to Hitachi Consulting, Justin worked at Oracle, IBM, and other consulting companies in various service delivery and sales roles.

Speaking on behalf of the board, Executive Chairman Mr. Gurvendra Suri said, “Justin’s depth of experience will immediately benefit AST and our customers, by furthering our efforts in delivery excellence and corporate growth. He has built a tremendous reputation in the industry and we are fortunate to have him join the AST executive team.”

Pravin Kumar, founder and Vice Chairman added, “In Justin Winter we have found the leader with the best experience, skills and vision to take over the helm and lead AST.  His experience with global and large commercial enterprise customers will help AST build in this market segment while continuing to provide delivery excellence.”

Mr. Winter is a people-person, eager to learn more about AST’s team and culture, and has expressed a deep regard for AST’s accomplishments. He looks forward to learning more about AST’s core values and accelerating the company’s growth. Mr. Winter has spent this week at AST’s headquarters in Lisle, Illinois, directly connecting with leadership and teams, understanding AST’s culture, and conducting an all-hands meeting to introduce himself, as well as his vision and goals for AST’s future. 

Mr. Winter lives in the suburbs of Dallas, TX and will lead AST from its office in Dallas, TX.  In the coming weeks, he will be making a concerted effort to visit and connect with AST employees, partners, and customers.

Read the full press release here

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Join AST for the Oracle Analytics Summit 2019 LIVE

AST will be attending the first ever Oracle Analytics Summit 2019 on Tuesday, June 25, LIVE from Skywalker Ranch on Facebook!

Oracle’s executives and the Analytics Product Management team will be live streaming the keynote and general session to reveal new Analytics leadership, a new vision and future Analytics product strategy, and exciting Cloud offerings!

Oracle’s customers and partners will also share experiences of how they utilize predictive insights with intelligent Analytics to drive organizational agility, deliver faster insights, and power improved decision-making.

There’s still time to register for the event!  Join us tomorrow, June 25, from 10:00 AM – 11:45 AM PT, as we tune into the Oracle Analytics Summit LIVE on Facebook.

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AST Sponsors Kscope19 in Seattle

AST is thrilled to once again be a sponsor and presenter at ODTUG’s Kscope conference! We’re here in beautiful Seattle, Washington this week to share our expert capabilities and unique solutions in Analytics and EPM, and collaborate with our colleagues in the Oracle Developer community.

Stop by booth 119 in the exhibit hall to meet with our specialized team and discuss the latest Oracle Cloud Analytics and EPM solutions. As an Oracle Cloud Excellence Implementer with a 100% Cloud-certified team, regular participant in Oracle’s Partner Advisory Councils, current evaluator of new Oracle features, and recipient of multiple Oracle Excellence Awards, our team has innovative solutions, great stories, and lessons learned to share, including:

  • Recent multi-pillar Cloud EPM and ERP implementation successes
  • Recent AST Cloud EPM migration successes
  • Recent AST OBIEE and BI Applications “lift and shift” successes to Analytics Cloud
  • AST Cloud Assessment and Roadmap offerings
  • AST QuickLaunch offerings across the Oracle EPM, Analytics, and Autonomous DW solutions
  • AST Cloud Accelerators (Opex Planning, Cloud Connect)
  • AST Tech Services group, including Security and Integration offerings
  • Several recent AST Oracle webinars, presentations, Cloud Insights articles, and other publications

Plus, if you have questions around Oracle’s new EPM Standard and Enterprise Cloud offerings, or the news coming from Oracle’s Analytics Summit this week, AST’s team can be your sounding board.

We’re Presenting!

Plus, join us for AST’s presentations where our Analytics and EPM thought leaders will share insight, experiences, and best practices for Oracle Cloud.

Case Study: An Energy Company Powering Their Financial Reporting with FCCS

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM PT

Room: 307/308, Level 3

This case study is like many: a customer was using Excel as its primary tool for financial reporting, spending countless hours on monthly and quarterly close. With the implementation of Oracle Fusion and FCCS, they now have the capability to standardize the hierarchies required for financial reports. Both the GL and FCCS can easily integrate with Smart View and can utilize Financial Reporting Studio to create standardized reports.


  • Discuss the metadata integration process between Oracle Cloud GL and FCCS
  • Discuss the minimal training requirements between the systems
  • Discuss the power of Smart View for analysis
  • Review lessons learned and tips and tricks for implementation

The Future of Financial Reporting in Oracle-Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PT

Room: 611, Level 6

For many organizations, reporting remains manual and misses the story behind the actual data. Oracle’s Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS) helps organizations streamline internal and external reporting (SEC, CAFR, etc.) processes, and easily combines data with narratives in a collaborative environment.

EPRCS supports your regular (annual/monthly/financial/etc.) reporting requirements, complements Oracle’s Cloud solutions, and can be leveraged against just about any data source. This session outlines the benefits and use cases of EPRCS across different organizations.

Win Big at Kscope!

While you’re visiting our booth and speaking with our experts and executives, don’t forget to enter our raffle to win a pair of the NEW Apple AirPods with wireless charging case! That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of Apple’s revolutionary wireless earbuds, and you can be entered to win just by stopping by our booth – it’s that easy!

Contact us today to set up a meeting with our team this week at Kscope, or to get the conversation started about how our EPM and Analytics solutions can modernize your organization!

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Turbocharge Your Salesforce Cloud Testing Cycles with AST’s ACT Solution

Are you struggling with the frequency, depth, and breadth of cloud software updates?  Enterprises are facing major challenges today with the testing of cloud applications, including:  coping with testing requirements, high turnaround time for completion of testing activities, inadequate and improper testing coverage across security roles and platforms, and more.

AST’s proprietary Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT) tool takes the pain out of maintaining and testing cloud applications, and is provided as a comprehensive, end-to-end Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS).  Our solution includes:

  • Provisioning of test machines
  • Installation and configuration of tools and frameworks
  • Test automation
  • Test execution
  • Results reporting
  • Maintenance of tools and test scripts

Learn more about how this solution can automate testing for your Salesforce solutions – speak directly with our experts at booth 39 at Salesforce Connections 2019 in Chicago this week, June 17-19.   

Not able to make it to the conference?  Contact us directly to learn more about this innovative solution.  Imagine the possibilities of stress- and worry-free cloud testing cycles!

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Visit AST at Salesforce Connections This Week – Booth 39 is Open!

Are you attending Salesforce Connections in Chicago this week?  Stop by to visit AST in the Customer Success Expo at booth 39.  This is your chance to speak with our experts one-on-one and get your Salesforce and MuleSoft questions answered.  Find out how AST’s unique Salesforce and MuleSoft solutions can help you overcome your specific business challenges and realize quick ROI. 

Get out of the silos and into Connections, where you’ll learn how marketing, commerce, and service can work stronger together. By collaborating across departments with the single goal of putting customers front and center, you’ll be able to generate more customer loyalty for your brand.

You’ll find our team on the Expo Hall floor – be sure to stop by, have a chat about our capabilities to transform your organization, and enter into our drawing for a chance to win a pair of the NEW Apple AirPods with wireless charging case!

  • Monday, 6/17:  2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 6/18:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 6/19:  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

We’ll see you soon, Trailblazers!

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AST to Sponsor Salesforce Connections in Chicago Next Week

Join AST at Salesforce Connections 2019 in Chicago, IL next week, June 17-19, as we Sponsor and exhibit at the show!  Learn how leading brands are modernizing business practices in digital marketing, commerce, and service with the Salesforce and MuleSoft platforms and AST’s expert services and solutions. 

Attendees will learn how to build better customer experiences with Salesforce, hear from industry experts, and learn how today’s change-makers are shaping the future.  Connect with fellow Trailblazers, do something good for the community, and celebrate at a legendary party featuring Gwen Stefani!  You’ll leave with an amazing experience and practical insights that you can bring back to your company and implement the very next day.

Stop by and visit AST in the Customer Success Expo at booth 39 to learn about our Salesforce and MuleSoft services, including how we recently helped a world-leading convention center optimize its Salesforce platform and quickly realize ROI. 

Don’t forget to ask us about our innovative Salesforce and MuleSoft solutions, as well, including: 

  • AST’s Salesforce Industry Solutions, including those for Communication & Media, Convention Center, Assessment Appeals, 311, Utilities, Licensing & Permitting, and Attorney Case Management. 
  • AST’s Salesforce Cloud Solutions, working together to build value from your Service Cloud, Sales Cloud, Marking Cloud, CPQ, Analytics, and Application Cloud solutions.
  • AST’s Cloud Automation Framework, which saves you time and money by quickly rolling out better quality features.
  • AST’s MuleSoft Integration, which enables data to provide insights and deliver a 360-degree view of the customer.
  • AST’s Analytics & AI Platform, which allows you to gain valuable insights from your data by delivering information via engaging dashboards and reports.

This is the opportunity to learn how Salesforce brings together data, engagement, and integration across multiple channels to help you connect to your customers in a whole new way. Get ready to transform your business and build valuable relationships.

There’s still time to register!  Get 10% off your registration with AST’s exclusive discount code: C9CMASTC.  Feel free to share this code with your colleagues!

To arrange some time to speak one-on-one with our experts at the event, or learn more about solutions if you’re not able to make it, contact us today!

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AST CEO Visits Pune Office for All-Hands Meeting, Celebration

In May, AST CEO Pravin Kumar visited our offices in Pune, India for vital face time with our offshore teams and an all-hands Town Hall meeting to provide updates and direction for the promising future of AST. 

While on-site, Mr. Kumar spent time, one-on-one, with AST’s Offshore Senior Vice President, as well as Practice Directors and Managers, to discuss AST’s business strategies and roadmap to meeting organizational goals, as well as challenges and the solutions to address them.  Mr. Kumar delivered the important message of driving positive change and generating exceptional performance and customer value as AST’s Global Delivery Center.

At the Town Hall meeting during the day, Mr. Kumar shared important company updates, then opened the floor for employees to ask questions.  To conclude the Town Hall meeting, an awards ceremony was held to recognize champions within our organization for their consistently stellar performances.  As a surprise, Mr. Kumar also presented 3 randomly-selected employees with trips to the United States to attend AST’s Annual Meeting and Celebration in January 2020.

 The day concluded with an exciting team party that lasted well into the night!

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AST to Present at OHUG 2019 Global Conference

Join AST next week, June 9-12, as we attend the Oracle HCM Users Group (OHUG) 2019 Global Conference in Forth Worth, Texas.  That’s three full days of informative breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and specialized groups and tracks to learn about what’s new and emerging in Oracle HCM.  Register today!

Already registered for the event?  Be sure to add AST’s presentation to your agenda

Zero to Taleo in 90 Days
Session Number:  19049
Track:  Talent Acquisition & Onboarding/Offboarding
Time:  Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (4 PM – 5 PM)

In a co-presentation with Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, we’ll discuss how the Tampa International Airport was looking to move out of iRecruitment and into the cloud with a minimum for cost and time, while significantly improving recruitment processes.  The Airport selected Taleo Recruiting Cloud Service to improve recruiting efficiency and cut costs, reach hard-to-find talent, build better talent pools, and hire and train the right people quickly.  In this session, we’ll show attendees how AST and the Airport were able to deliver all of the functionality that was requested by recruiters – in just 90 days. 

Not able to attend the conference?  Click here to learn about AST’s HCM expertise, tools, and resources that can modernize your HR practices and ensure your HCM success.

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AST Names May 2019 Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Naveen A., AST’s Employee of the Month for May 2019!

Naveen is being recognized for his hard work and dedication to AST and our clients.  His leadership and diligence are instrumental to AST’s client relationships.  His current client’s CIO and Director of Apps have consistently provided outstanding feedback regarding Naveen’s work and unending commitment to providing a high-touch customer experience.  

Naveen’s attention to AST’s corporate values of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction have led to seamless delivery and flawless project execution.  His camaraderie with clients and AST’s internal project teams exemplifies what a great team player he is for our organization.

Thank you, Naveen, for going above and beyond the scope of duty for day-to-day support, as well as facilitating growth within our client relationship.

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