Oracle SMB Blog: How Can Blockchain Help You Manage Your Supply Chain?

Do you want to learn more about blockchain? Are you exploring or already using it?

Be sure to check out an article recently published to Oracle’s SMB Blog, written by AST’s own Raman Madhira, Practice Director for ERP & SCM:  How Can Blockchain Help You Manage Your Supply Chain?

The combination of blockchain and IoT (Internet of Things) is transforming how companies, from large enterprises to small-to-medium businesses, are handling their supply chain management.

This blog goes over use cases for blockchain to better leverage IoT, secure and manage high value contracts, add transparency to client relationships, and better manage and secure supply chains.

To discuss blockchain technology with AST’s experts, contact us today to get the conversation started.

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AST India Celebrates Baisakhi

AST’s team in Pune, India celebrated the Baisakhi Festival in the office on Friday, April 12, with festive decorations, traditional attire (including proudly adorning turbans, a symbol of Sikh pride and valor), and a grand feast to conclude the celebration!

Baisakhi is celebrated as a Spring harvest festival in Northern India – a celebration of the efforts that lead to a bountiful harvest at the end of the year.  

Here are some photos from the event. 

May you harvest all the fruits of your hard work from the previous year.  Happy Baisakhi!

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AST Attends Okta’s Oktane19 Conference in San Francisco

Earlier this month, AST’s Tech Services team attended the Oktane19 conference in San Francisco, CA, hosted by Okta

The Oktane conference is an annual gathering of thousands of IT professionals, product leaders, and developers who come together to experience a great lineup of speakers, training, and events that explore a broad range of topics related to identity, security, and digital transformation.

Our team had a fantastic week in San Francisco as we attended our first ever Oktane conference.  It was wonderful to meet the people behind Okta who selflessly give their time and energy to making the world around them a better place – not just in their products, but also with Okta’s day-to-day business and community engagement. #OktaforGood

Okta is a leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise.  The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. With over 6,000 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely use the best technologies for their business.  Learn more!

We are truly looking forward to the year ahead and the growth of our relationship with the Okta team!

See you next year for Oktane20!

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Last Chance! Get Your Cloud Questions Answered at COLLABORATE 19 – Booth 701.

This is it – the last day of Exhibit Hall hours at COLLABORATE 19.  How did that happen so fast?  We’ve had an incredible week meeting new people, discussing individual cloud journeys, and learning how we can work together for digital transformation.  There are still a couple of hours left!

Don’t miss your chance to speak one-on-one with our experts and executives and get your specific questions answered, whether they are about maximizing your on-premises solutions, evaluating a path to the cloud, or optimizing your business in the cloud, AST can help!

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to stop by and enter our raffle!  We’re giving away some of today’s top tech at the conclusion of the conference.

We’ll see you soon!

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AST at COLLABORATE 19: Leadership in Tech Services

COLLABORATE 19 wraps up tomorrow. (Already?!) Have you had a chance to speak with our team at booth 701 yet?

Our experts in Cloud Platform, Enterprise Security, Middleware, Managed Services, and Business Analytics are on hand to discuss our innovative solutions and answer your cloud questions. We’re also sharing our thought-leadership and success stories in 14 presentations throughout the week (there are still 4 left!).  Click here to learn more about AST’s sessions and mark your calendar!

We’d love the opportunity to chat with you about the latest cloud trends and how we can work together to transform your organization, making you at home in the cloud.

AST:  Leaders in Tech Services

AST’s award-winning Tech Services practice offers a variety of services and solutions in the Tech space, including:

  • Cloud migration (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS)
  • API & micro-services
  • Digital Web & mobility solutions
  • Back-end integration
  • Blockchain
  • Testing services and AST’s Autonomous Cloud Tester
  • Security services, such as identity management, single sign-on, and Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).

Some of our recent client transformations in this space include:

  • A global financial services company chose AST to help migrate its identity stack to the cloud and create a single identity for millions of users, utilizing OAM 12c and IDCS.
  • A worldwide leader in veterinary and food products modernized its operations utilizing Oracle SOA Architecture, optimizing its business flow and achieving a 250% reduction in response times, as well as a 300% increase in system capacity.
  • AST built an authorization module for the customer portal of a global certification company operating in 50+ countries, resulting in less than 1 week for API ingestion lead time, one-click regression tests, a 99.5% SLA response, and improved user experience.
  • AST implemented the Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite of products, utilizing Oracle IDAM 11gR1, for a leading non-profit organization of board-certified pathologists, resulting in a security platform as a standard for any future system security implementation.
  • One of the largest wind energy generation and wind farm management companies in North America utilized AST’s Cloud Connect to integrate Oracle Financials Cloud with other SaaS products like Workday, Infor, and Azure, consolidating its reporting process and integrating all business processes.

Interested in learning more about these initiatives in digital transformation and AST’s innovative technology solutions? Experts from our Tech Services Practice are at our booth now – simply stop by booth 701 to chat.

Thought Leadership

Be sure to check out some of our recent thought leadership articles around Tech Services and Digital Transformation to learn more:

Authors of these articles, as well as other experts from the AST team, are available to speak with you at Collaborate. Stop by booth 701 today!

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COLLABORATE 19: How Many of Our 5 Presentations Are You Attending Today?

Do you want to learn more about ad-hoc reporting with OTBI?  PaaS-to-SaaS?  Cloud Security?  We’ve got the session for you, today!  AST is presenting F-I-V-E times today on some of the community’s hottest topics, including those above.  We also have a great opportunity for you to hear directly from one of our customers about the benefits of partnering with AST to implement Oracle solutions – Our VP of EPM and Analytics, and our EPM Practice Director are collaborating with Wayne Sutton, the Director of Finance Systems at FICO, to tell their story of ‘Leveraging Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud at FICO’.  That’s a customer story you won’t want to miss!

Which of these five sessions are you planning to attend today?  Click here to learn more about each session.

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM – “Ad-Hoc Reporting with OTBI – No More Pain or Wasted Time!”
  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM – “Looking for an Efficient Means to Import Maintenance Costs from Maintenance Cloud to PPM Cloud?”
  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM – “PaaS-to-SaaS – Simplifying Shipping Using Webservices”
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – “Implementing Cloud Security – Lessons Learned”
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM – “Case Study:  Leveraging Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud at FICO”

Can’t attend them all?  No problem!  Stop by our booth (#701) to speak directly with these presenters and other AST experts today from 11:30 AM – 4:15 PM.  Tell us our blog sent you!

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Do You Feel ‘At Home in the Cloud’? Visit Booth 701 at COLLABORATE 19 to Learn More.

Collaborate 19, created by and for Oracle users, is in full swing! The AST team is on site in San Antonio, Texas, exhibiting at booth 701.

Our experts in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Budgeting, Analytics, and Tech Services are on hand to discuss our innovative solutions and answer your cloud questions. We’re also sharing our thought-leadership and success stories in 14 (yes, fourteen!) presentations throughout the week (including 4 today). Click here for a complete list of AST’s presentations and mark your calendars for the remaining sessions!

We’d love the opportunity to chat with you about the latest cloud trends and how we can work together to transform your organization, making you at home in the cloud. Simply attend one or more of our sessions, and stop by our booth (#701) today!

Read on to learn how a United States energy giant achieved an end-to-end Cloud transformation of its operations with AST and Oracle ERP/EPM Cloud.

At Home in the Cloud with AST and Oracle

Business operations at a leading energy organization were partly supported by an 18-year old legacy system. The accounting, supply chain, and key business operations involved several stages of manual intervention and no longer met the client’s business requirements. The intense manual effort involved in back-office operations made month- and year-end activities incredibly inefficient and nearly impossible.

The client required a complete transformation of its business operations by replacing the legacy ERP system with a modern cloud platform. The client needed a solution to automate and streamline its business processes and provide significant improvements through the reduction of manual transactions and integration complexity across the enterprise, while also providing the adaptability for future growth and technology.

AST’s cross-pillar expertise and specific industry knowledge with ERP transformation led the client to select AST as its partner of choice. AST performed a detailed assessment of the challenges faced by the organization with its existing ERP system, proposing Cloud roadmaps that addressed all challenges.

AST recommended more than 30 Oracle Cloud products be implemented across Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle SCM Cloud, and Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud Service, proving to be the right fit to modernize business operations for the energy firm.

The following is a summary of the value realized by the client by partnering with AST:

  • Functional and technical implementation support for all Oracle Cloud ERP products
    • Creation of a SaaS/PaaS solution to support order-to-cash requirements unique to the industry
    • Creation of interfaces with third-party partners, including Sentric, Merrill Lynch, Morneau Sheppell & Morgan Stanley, Landworks, B2B for iSupplier, and more
    • Collaboration with cross-functional teams on integration solutions
    • Writing, review, and execution of test scenarios, cases, and scripts
    • Execution of quality assurance from test definition through assessment

AST’s cross-pillar knowledge and deep ERP transformation expertise led the client to replace its aging legacy ERP system with modern Oracle Cloud Applications, attaining its goals of automated, streamlined, and efficient accounting and business operations, and finding its home in the cloud.

Attend our 12:45 PM session today to learn more about this incredible transformation!

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COLLABORATE 19: Don’t Miss Our 4 Presentations Today!

Have you been enjoying the networking and educational opportunities at COLLABORATE 19 so far?  We certainly have!  This year’s education tracks and sessions are some of the best we’ve seen, and we’re honored to be among such an elite group of Oracle professionals.  Which AST sessions have you attended so far?  Don’t miss the four we have today!

  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM – “Correctly Configure Contingent Workers in EBS”
  • 12:45 – 1:45 PM – “Catapulting CONSOL Energy’s Financial Reporting into the Cloud with FCCS”
  • 12:45 – 1:45 PM – “A Success Story of Transformation of Financial Planning and Budgeting at Tampa International Airport”
  • 4:20 – 5:30 PM – “Getting the Most Out of Existing FDMEE, DRM, and ODI with E/PBCS Cloud”

Click here to learn more about these sessions, and be sure to add them to your schedule for the day!  See you there!

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As a global organization, AST is always looking for ways to give back to the communities in which we and our clients work, live, and play.  This year, in partnership with OAUG and COLLABORATE, AST is spreading hope to San Antonio citizens in need, and you can help! 

Stop by OAUG Central, booth 819 to pick up a bag and help put together personal care kits that will make a difference.  By visiting ours and other booths throughout the Exhibit Hall, you can collect items to fill your bag that will help a citizen in need.  AST will be providing individually wrapped bars of soap to include in your care kit – visit Booth 701 to add to your kit.

Additionally, at the conclusion of this year’s conference, AST will be donating each item in our booth (including furniture, light fixtures, décor, office supplies, and more) to Haven for Hope San Antonio.

The mission of Haven for Hope San Antonio is: “to offer a place of hope and new beginnings.  We do this by providing, coordinating and delivering an efficient system of are for people experiencing homelessness in Bexar County.”

AST is grateful to be able to play a small part in helping the citizens of San Antonio and the surrounding area.  Thank you for your generosity in helping us with this mission.

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Booth 701 at COLLABORATE 19 is Now Open! Visit Team AST Today.

Have you found your home in the cloud?  Visit AST’s booth (#701) at COLLABORATE 19 – open now! – and let our experts help you find comfort in the cloud!  Whether you’re just beginning your journey or looking to optimize your business in the cloud, AST has a solution for you, and the certified experts to manage your transformation.  If you’re not quite ready for cloud and are looking to maximize your on-premises software, we have solutions and teams for you, as well!  For 24 years, AST has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping customers realize the full potential of their investments in Oracle technology – whether that’s on-premise or in the cloud. 

Here’s a full schedule of Exhibit Hall hours for the week:

  • Today, Monday, 4/8:  11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, with a Welcome Reception from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, 4/9:  9:15 AM – 3:15 PM, with a Happy Hour from 5:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, 4/10:  11:30 AM – 4:15 PM

Be sure to stop by each day, as we’ll be featuring different discussions and giveaways throughout the week.  You won’t want to miss our BIG giveaway of some of today’s top tech!

What are some of the hot topics you want to hear about at our booth this week?  Leave us a comment below.

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