COLLABORATE 18: Join us for the Oracle Keynote!

shutterstock_676019521Join us this afternoon at 2:30 PM PDT for the Oracle Keynote event at COLLABORATE 18:  “Oracle Cloud – How to Build Your Own Personalized Path to Cloud”, presented by Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud.

Companies today have some important, though sometimes conflicting, mandates: modernize and innovate, while reducing costs. The right cloud platform has the potential to address all three, but migrating isn’t always as easy as it sounds. That’s because everyone’s needs are unique, and cookie-cutter approaches just don’t work. The Oracle Cloud Platform makes it possible to develop your own unique path to cloud from wherever you choose – SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS. Learn how Oracle’s Autonomous Cloud Platform repairs, secures, and drives itself, allowing you to reduce cost and risk, while at the same time delivering greater insights into your organization. Hear how your colleagues have designed their own journeys to cloud.

We’ll be heading to the Mandalay Bay Ballroom F shortly to grab our seats for this exciting talk about the Oracle Cloud Platform – don’t miss it!

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COLLABORATE 18: Women in Technology

shutterstock_593930885This week at COLLABORATE 18, we’re celebrating women in technology with two exclusive events!

In just a few minutes, we’re headed to the sold out Women in Technology Lunch at the Mandalay Bay.  This luncheon will feature Las Vegas-local development and database engineering maven, Heather Parks, for a special presentation, “Predicting a Homerun” – using data to determine future outcomes.

For over 20 years, Ms. Parks has driven success for her clients with her approach to database technology, and has evolved the gaming technology industry with her unprecedented patents. She has been a role model for women in technology, giving back to the community as a board member and co-chair of Las Vegas NCWIT, Women in Technology 2017 High Tech Rising Star winner, and active with Las Vegas Girls in Tech.

On Wednesday morning (April 25), we’ll be attending the Women in Technology Panel Discussion.  At this event, an influential panel of women in the technology field, including OAUG President, Christine Hipp, IT Manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will provide a forum to discuss personal experiences and strategies for success.

We are looking forward to learning from Ms. Parks, Ms. Hipp, and our fellow women in technology about successes in the field and the impact that they (and so many other women) make in this exciting industry!

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COLLABORATE 18 is in Full Swing! Don’t Miss AST’s Presentations This Week!

The event is upon us!  One of the year’s most exciting Oracle conferences is happening NOW in Las Vegas, and AST is here amidst all of the action at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino!


COLLABORATE 18, the premier technology and applications forum for the Oracle community, offers user training and networking for E-Business Suite, on-premise EPM/Hyperion, Cloud EPM/Hyperion, ERP Cloud, Big Data, BI & Analytics, SCM Cloud, CX Cloud, Professional Development, and more.  If your organization is looking to maximize its on-premise solutions, evaluate a path to the cloud, or optimize its business in the cloud, this is the event for you and we’re looking forward to meeting you here!

Now, through Thursday, April 26, join AST for a week of exciting collaboration, knowledge sharing, and networking with some of the industry’s most brilliant minds and forward-thinking individuals.  Team AST, alone, is presenting 13 (yes, T-H-I-R-T-E-E-N) different times on 13 exciting topics.  For a complete list of our COLLABORATE 18 presentations and the schedule, click here.  We’re showcasing information on a wide variety of topics, including Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, ERP Cloud, Oracle Analytics, the path to the cloud, Oracle Service Cloud, Hyperion, and BI, just to name a few. We’re also co-presenting with some of our clients who have implemented these solutions, so you can hear directly from the customers about their experiences!

In addition to our info-packed sessions, we’ll also be sharing our knowledge and giving you opportunities to speak with our executives and experts at Booth 1417 in the Exhibitor Showcase! Don’t miss your exclusive chance to meet with Team AST and discuss Oracle solutions to meet your needs.

COLLABORATE 18 is already off to a great start, and we’re looking forward to the next few days as we:

  • Attend educational sessions
  • Network with our peers and colleagues in the Oracle community at various events
  • Listen to exciting Keynotes
  • Celebrate Women in Technology
  • Celebrate our clients
  • …and more!

Keep an eye on AST’s social media pages this week for exclusive news and live happenings throughout the conference!  Find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and right here on our blog.  Join the conversation with the following hashtags:  #ASTatCollaborate2018, #TeamAST, and #C18LV.

COLLABORATE 18 is presented by three independent Oracle users groups: the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest Users Group (Quest). An interactive, unbiased, personalized, and positive Oracle event, COLLABORATE is packed with real-world scenarios, first-hand experiences, and honest advice.  It’s designed to help you and your team increase results, streamline efficiencies, discover new features & functionality, optimize on-premise solutions, and evaluate your cloud options. 

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ModernCX: AST Customers Recognized for Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences with AST and Oracle CX Solutions!

Tuesday at Oracle’s Modern Customer Experience conference in Chicago, the winners of the 2018 CX Excellence Awards were announced, and two of AST’s customers were recognized for providing unforgettable customer experiences with Oracle solutions implemented by AST.

The City of San Jose, CA was nominated for the Modern Service Transformation award, which recognizes organizations that have differentiated their business with exceptional customer experiences with Oracle Service Cloud.

William Lyon Homes was nominated for, and won, the Modern Sales Transformation award, which recognizes organizations that have led the pack with their use of Oracle CX Sales solutions across SFA, PRM, SPM, and CPQ products.

Congratulations to the City of San Jose, William Lyon Homes, and the AST team members who successfully implemented these solutions!

Don’t forget to stop by our #ModernCX kiosk in Sales Central, at SAL-04, to speak with our experts!


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Join AST at Oracle’s Modern Customer Experience Conference 2018!

imageNext week, April 10-12, 2018, Oracle will be hosting its annual Modern Customer Experience Conference (#ModernCX) right in AST’s backyard at McCormick Place, Chicago!

Stop by our kiosk in Sales Central to speak with our executives and experts about how AST can help improve your customer experience!

During the day, we’ll be listening to visionary speakers, such as Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd; Bestselling Author, Cheryl Strayed; Journalist and Author, Julian Guthrie; and more share insights, lessons, and their “aha” moments.  In the evening, we’ll be relaxing with our colleagues at exciting social events, such as CX Fest, headlined by Weezer!

Join us as we network and learn from our peers in Marketing, Service, Sales, and Commerce!  With over 4,000 attendees, hundreds of informational sessions, and exciting social events all packed into three days, you’re sure to leave with a renewed enthusiasm to drive unforgettable customer experiences.

There’s still time to register and join us at the most talked-about customer experience event in the industry!

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AST Names March 2018 Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleCongratulations to Tina M. for being selected AST’s Employee of the Month for March 2018!  She is being recognized for her continued excellence in customer service and being an essential EPM team lead.

Tina helped AST accomplish a recent critical project win and quickly became the key resource on the implementation team. She has continued to work very hard to establish and maintain a collaborative working relationship with the client, and Tina and the AST team have quickly built trust and confidence with the client with positive work results.  Tina understood the client’s key success factors and has effectively transformed their processes into a successfully designed Enterprise PBCS application that went live on March 1.

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

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Upcoming Webinar: Selling Smart with CPQ Cloud and Real-Time Analytics!

Selling Smart with CPQ Cloud and Real-Time Analytics - Webinar ThumbnailIs your organization a part of the Modern CX Revolution? If not, you may soon be left behind.

Companies are quickly finding that they must build sales efficiencies to thrive in today’s highly-competitive markets. Smart organizations are enabling their teams with technology to support fast and accurate quotes, even for the most complex, configurable solutions. More importantly, prescriptive, descriptive, and predictive analytics can be used to price each quote optimally for increased win ratios!

Oracle Configure/Price/Quote (CPQ) transforms the quoting process with in-built Real-Time Analytics that support pricing for each quote. Join us for a free, informative webinar on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM CDT discussing how Oracle CPQ helps rapidly grow businesses by leveraging its powerful deal analytics capabilities. Enable your sales team to sell smarter than the competition!

We will share how one customer is transforming its local and global operations by streamlining and standardizing its processes, including the use of analytics. What factors hindered their growth? Why did they choose Oracle CPQ? What have they achieved so far? Find out how AST’s multi-pillar approach, competencies, and methodologies helped them get ahead of the competition.

Be a part of the Modern CX revolution – transform your sales processes and rapidly grow your business! Get started by registering today.

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AST to Participate in Innovative GovLoop Virtual Summit Tomorrow!

GovLoopBoothJoin AST online tomorrow, March 21, 2018, as we participate in our first-ever Virtual Summit:  Tech Trends You Need To Know In Government, where the intersection between government and technology meets!

From cloud computing, to digital transformation and cybersecurity, this free, one-day virtual summit will walk you through the hottest topics in government technology.

Join us and more than 2,000 federal state and local government employees on March 21 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET to learn what’s on the horizon in emerging tech, how agencies are getting rid of outdated legacy systems, and how governments are staffing and training their personnel to use the new technology.

Visit our virtual booth for free tomorrow for valuable downloads and to chat live with our experts!

Additionally, AST is hosting a webinar at the Summit on how Governments Embrace the Cloud for Improved Financial Performance and Analysis at 3:30 PM ET.

Five online sessions and a keynote will provide valuable information on the biggest trends in government and how these trends may impact you in 2018 and beyond.  Earn up to five continuing professional education (CPE) credits in specialized knowledge that you can apply at your role or agency.

There is absolutely no cost to register for the virtual summit or travel required! All you need is an internet connection and an interest in learning.  Unlike in-person events, you can come and go as you please without ever leaving your office chair!

Register for the free event here! Connect (virtually, of course) with your government peers and expand your network.

View FAQs about the Virtual Summit experience.

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#BreakingNews: Find AST on Instagram!

Our social media presence is expanding!  You already know you can find us on our blog pages, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Glassdoor, and YouTube – but, did you know that AST is now on Instagram, too?!

It’s true!  Find us at @ApplicationsSoftwareTechnology!  We’ll be using this platform to show the world what our #TeamAST culture and people are all about.  Find out where we’re traveling, what we’re celebrating, and get other exclusive looks behind the scenes at AST!

Follow us on Instagram today!


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AST Recognizes February Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleCongratulations to Hannah T. on being selected the AST Employee of the Month for February 2018!

Since joining AST’s HR and Administrative team, Hannah’s commitment, dedication, and follow-through on administration and human resources processes have been noteworthy.  Her positive attitude is infectious and everyone that has worked with her is inspired by her ability to multi-task and tackle challenges.  She has been able to resolve and guide our staff through time sheet and expense entry processes, and effectively manages new employee orientation.

Hannah manages AST’s Dallas office, working with many people throughout the organization and delivering wonderful customer service with a smile. She has a bright future with AST and we look forward as she grows on our HR team.

Way to go, Hannah!

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