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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On Our Way! Visit Us at COLLABORATE 19, Beginning Sunday.

Our bags are packed and many of our team members are already on the road to COLLABORATE 19 in San Antonio!  For some, that involves a full day of travel, but for many of our experts, it’s just a short drive.  AST has team members across the United States, Canada, and around the globe, but many of them are local to south-central Texas.  In fact, one of AST’s seven offices is located in the great state of Texas (Dallas)!  No matter where you are in the world, AST has experts near you who are familiar with your area and the specific challenges you may be facing in your business.

Let us help you find the solution that suits your needs.  Stop by our booth (701) at COLLABORATE next week and find your home in the cloud! 

What education track are you most looking forward to?  Leave us a comment below to let us know which of AST’s sessions you plan to attend and what questions you have for us.

Not able to attend COLLABORATE this year?  We’ll miss you, but don’t let that derail your journey to the cloud!  Contact AST today to get your questions answered and let us help you in your digital transformation, wherever in the world you may be.

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Plan Your Week at COLLABORATE 19 – Don’t Miss Our 14 Exclusive Sessions!

The Education Sessions at COLLABORATE are some of the most exciting, information-packed presentations you’ll find in the Oracle community!  Thought leaders from top companies, including AST, present throughout the week on topics to take your organization to the next level, and it’s all included in your conference registration

COLLABORATE provides a personalized experience, so you can invest your time wisely, exploring only the most relevant topics to you and your organization.  Whether you seek to maximize your on-premises solutions, evaluate a path to the cloud, or optimize your business in the cloud, COLLABORATE has an Education Track for you!  Click here to design your personalized, detailed agenda, selecting from hundreds of functional and technical education sessions. 

Don’t forget to include one or more of AST’s 14 sessions – we’re sure to have at least one that fits your needs!  Here’s a consolidated list.  Click here for more details!

Sunday, April 7

  • 1:45 – 2:45 PM – “Drywall in the Cloud – A Successful Coexistence”
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM – “Modernize Receivables and Revenue with Oracle ERP Cloud”

Monday, April 8

  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM – “ Discovered the Perfect Home for its Financial system in the Cloud”

Tuesday, April 9

  • 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”

Wednesday, April 10

  • 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”

Thursday, April 11

  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM – “Automate Procure-to-Pay with Oracle Cloud Procurement to Deliver Touchless Transactions”
  • 9:15 – 10:15 AM – “Implementing Oracle Cloud Time and Labor for a Complex Workforce”

Can’t wait for COLLABORATE to discuss these, or any topics on digital transformation?  Contact us today to set up a call or meeting with our experts!

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Gearing Up for COLLABORATE 19 – Register Today!

AST’s team of experts and executives will be exhibiting at COLLABORATE 19 in San Antonio, TX next week, and we’d love for you to join us

COLLABORATE, created by and for users, is jointly presented by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and Quest Oracle Community (Quest).  At COLLABORATE, Oracle power users and IT decision makers find practical solutions for today and strategies for tomorrow. This conference empowers users of Oracle business applications and database software to gain greater value from their Oracle investments through real-world education and networking.

This is your opportunity to network with experts, executives, and other users in the Oracle community and get all of your pressing cloud questions answered! 

In addition to our presence at booth 701 all week (April 7-11) in the Henry B. González Convention Center, our team is presenting 14 (yes, fourteen!) times throughout the week on hot topics, such as PaaS-to-SaaS, Planning and Budgeting, Reporting, Cloud Security, and more, as well as some great case studies and success stories.  Click here for a complete list of AST’s presentations, and don’t forget to add them to your schedule for the week! 

You won’t want to miss AST’s interactive booth at the event with the theme, “At Home in the Cloud”!  Visit us, make yourself at home, and discuss your cloud journey with our experts. 

If you haven’t already, register today for one of the most exciting weeks of the year in the Oracle community!  See you in San Antonio!

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AST Closes Q1 2019 with Over 90% of Sales in Cloud

AST closed its first quarter of 2019 with a record percentage of sales in cloud software and services – more than 90%, making AST a true leader in digital transformation!

This achievement lines up with Gartner’s forecast that worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.8 trillion in 2019, an increase of 3.2% from expected spending of $3.7 trillion in 2018.

Cloud migration began a decade or so ago, primarily with non-mission-critical cloud services that addressed specific needs, such as web service tools, email/collaboration tools, app development/testing environments, etc. More recently, braver, forward-looking organizations have begun adopting cloud services for specific functions, such as sales force automation, talent management, and customer relationship management.  In a world where digital transformation is now in full swing, more clients are relying on AST’s cloud experts to deliver the modern solutions necessary to remain relevant in this cloud world. 

As a leader in cloud transformation, AST makes the cloud transition seamless for clients, enabling them to leverage the technology to yield desired business outcomes.  As cloud technology becomes core to modern businesses and governments, and no longer sits on the “nice to have” list, leading organizations are realizing the need to have a truly cloud-focused team of certified experts manage their modernization efforts.

Enter, AST.

For 24 years, AST has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping customers realize the full potential of their investments in leading technology.  This vision remains true as we navigate cloud technology and how it is changing the landscape of modern computing.

There is no cookie-cutter tool for migrating applications to the cloud. Each company has its unique environment, market forces, corporate objectives, industry imperatives, customer expectations, and enterprise IT priorities — which is why, at AST, we provide a prioritization framework along with an arsenal of best practices, pre-built templates, project accelerators, and above all, the deep industry and business process expertise needed to guide our customers along their unique cloud journey, be it migration, implementation, post-implementation support, or custom development.  AST leads organizations around the globe in cloud transition, from the development of an internal cloud strategy and framework, all the way through ongoing “run and maintain” managed services.

Contact AST today and let a true cloud leader put the power of a cloud core to work for your business.

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AST Recognizes Q1 Employees of the Month

Please join us in congratulating the following AST team members for earning Employee of the Month status during Q1 2019:

  • Sheera C. – January 2019
  • Srikrishna M. – February 2019
  • Pramod P. – March 2019

Each individual is being recognized for his or her hard work and dedication to AST’s internal and client initiatives.  The leadership and diligence exemplified by Sheera, Srikrishna, and Pramod have been critical to the success of our organization.

The exceptional performance of these employees represents AST’s core values of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction, and is precisely what we expect of our team members in driving AST as a top organization for digital transformation.

Congratulations, and thank you for your hard work!

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