AST to Present at Annual Southwest Regional OAUG Conference!

SROUAG, ASTAre you planning to attend the Annual Southwest Regional OAUG Conference on February 24? If so, don’t miss AST’s Abhi R. presenting not only once, but twice! 

At 11:40 AM, he will present “Top Ten Hyperion Issues That Cost You Time and Money,” and at 1:15 PM, he will present “Head in the Clouds/Feet on the Ground: A Guide to Choosing Cloud Options.”

The SROUAG Conference offers a full day of seminars, speakers, vendor booths, and networking opportunities with other Oracle professionals. The keynote speaker is Cliff Godwin, Oracle’s Sr. VP of Application Development.

Join us Friday, February 24, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California for this exciting day! There is still time to register for this free conference, so if you haven’t, head over and RSVP today!

To learn more about the annual conference, click here.

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AST Welcomes in the New Year.. and New Hires!

shutterstock_575278999Now that the whirlwind of holiday activities is behind us, we’re catching up on all the news we missed! A few months ago, we waved goodbye to 2016 and welcomed in 2017 with 7 great new hires.

We have welcomed Andi B., Kevin M., Tom K., and John D. to our Sales & Marketing team, Raghav E. and Prasanna K. to our Managed Services team, and Hannah T. to our HR team!

We’re excited about the incoming talent and for your future with us! Welcome to Team AST!

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Breaking News! AST Receives Equity Investment from Tailwind Capital!

shutterstock_280349987In a press release published this morning, we announced Tailwind Capital’s equity investment in AST. Tailwind Capital is a leading middle market private equity firm investing in growth-oriented companies in targeted sectors within healthcare, business services, and industrial services.

AST has made significant investments in becoming an Oracle cloud leader, with more than ninety percent of AST’s workforce now cloud certified, and has become a trusted partner in navigating our customers’ transition to the cloud, from development of an internal cloud strategy and framework, to full implementation, and ultimately to post-deployment support and managed services.

“As a member of the exclusive group of Oracle Cloud Premier Partners, AST represents an attractive opportunity as a leader in the continued transition of enterprise applications to the cloud,” said Gurvendra Suri, an Operating Executive of Tailwind Capital and incoming Chairman of AST’s Board of Directors. “We are confident in this team’s ability to take AST to the next level, particularly with the current and potential growth in Oracle’s cloud business and the continued need for services partners to implement, integrate and manage Oracle’s extensive suite of products for public and private enterprises.”

This has been an exciting endeavor for AST. We are proud of our organization’s success and look forward to an exhilarating future!

Read the full press release here.

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AST Held Annual SOUPer Bowl Competition!

Souper Bowl 2017In preparation for the Big Game, AST employees at the Naperville home office came together for a friendly competition: the 3rd Annual AST Souper Bowl Competition! On Friday, February 3, five contestants entered the ring with their delicious, homemade soups. At the end of the day, only one competitor left with the trophy.

From classic Chicken Noodle Soup to Wonton Soup, everyone had a fun, tasty time judging! In the end, Cindy was dubbed winner with her Thai Coconut Curry Soup.

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AST to Present at Annual Pittsburgh OAUG Meeting Next Week!

PittOAUGThe Pittsburgh Oracle Applications Users Group is holding its annual Chapter Meeting next week, February 17, 2017, in Pittsburgh, PA.  Join us for an afternoon full of presentations by leaders in the Oracle community, as well as important networking opportunities with colleagues, experts, and fellow OAUG members.

AST executives and knowledge leaders will be there, and our VP of EPM will be presenting on the following topic:

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Oracle Planning & Budget Cloud Service (PBCS):
    Oracle’s PBCS rolled out a few years ago, and has truly changed the deployment options for Hyperion Planning for many customers. It is an obvious option with simpler data integration options, yet nearly the same robust functionality of core Hyperion Planning. PBCS will gain momentum as other Cloud applications continue to expand and improve.

Join us in exploring Pittsburgh next week for this exciting annual conference!  There’s still time to register by emailing an RSVP to!

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AST to Present at Annual GROAUG Conference Next Week!

GROAUGThe Gulf Region Oracle Applications Users Group (GROAUG) is holding its annual User Conference next week, February 9-10, 2017, in Orlando, FL, and AST will be there!  Join us for insightful presentations by Oracle product specialists, implementation experts, and your peers in the user community.  You will have the valuable opportunity to network with leaders in the Oracle community and experience demonstrations of products that can help you enhance your Oracle Applications experience.

Two of AST’s own Oracle experts will be presenting on the following topics:

  • Against All Odds – Detroit Adopts Oracle Cloud ERP
  • Head in the Clouds/Feet on the Ground: A Guide to Choosing Cloud Options

Join us in sunny Orlando next week for this exciting annual conference!  There’s still time to register, here!

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AST Honors First Employee of the Month of 2017!

EoM-2BFemaleCongratulations to Wendy B. for earning recognition as AST’s first Employee of the Month for 2017!

Wendy is being recognized for her tireless work ethic and ever-positive client feedback.  She has diligently worked through user issues with Oracle eAM with great success, and the client has expressed how invaluable she has been with her depth of knowledge of eAM, the client’s configuration, and their user population.  In an intense work environment, Wendy has remained focused on the goals of the project.  She has effectively guided the client through very complicated report validation, usability, and training processes that were felt to be very valuable.

We appreciate your hard work, Wendy!  You’ve set the bar high for 2017; keep it up!

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Join us for BIWA Summit 2017 Next Week!

shutterstock_163503779_MedNext week, January 31 – February 2, 2017, the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is holding its annual BIWA Summit (for Oracle BI, Data Warehousing, Big Data, Analytics, and Cloud) at the Oracle Convention Center on the Oracle HQ Campus in Redwood Shores, California!  Not only is AST a sponsor of the event, but we are presenting on two important topics in Business Intelligence:


  • BICS: For Departmental Data Mart or Enterprise Data Warehouse?
  • Complex Data Mashups: An Example Use Case from the Transportation Industry

With more than 60 presenters and exhibits, and over 200 expected attendees, you will not want to miss your opportunity to accelerate your Big Data/Analytics transformation, learn how to innovate and differentiate from fellow customers, explore exciting new trends in the Oracle ecosystem, and meet one-on-one with some of the industry’s top experts!

Join AST at the year’s hottest Big Data and Analytics conference in sunny California next week and speak directly with our top BI talent and executives.  We’ll also be giving away amazing prizes, such as an Amazon Echo and more!

There’s still time to register, here.  See you next week!

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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

Cloud Connect Screenshot

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