Join AST at Oracle Cloud Day in Dallas!

cloudday-logoJoin AST this Thursday, December 6, at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas for Oracle Cloud Day!  Whether your race to the cloud is a marathon or a sprint, Oracle Cloud Day can help, offering a curated series of talks, hands-on experiences, and networking opportunities that will help you explore new cloud technologies, best practices, and successful use cases.

AST is a sponsor for this event and will be exhibiting all day in the Innovation Lounge.

Stop by to discuss how we are helping clients flexibly, securely, and reliably move to and maintain their Cloud infrastructure.  Here are a few of the topics we’ll be covering:

  • Cloud Migration Assessment: A comprehensive report on current organization maturity and key decision factors for selecting the right Cloud solution.
  • EBS & Cloud Co-Existence: AST has performed many “co-existence” implementations for EBS customers not ready to fully transition to the Cloud.
  • Accelerators and Templates: We take clients to the Cloud quicker and easier in a variety of scenarios (Siebel to Cloud, JDE to Cloud, EBS to CPQ) and industries (Hi-Tech, E&C, Media & Comms, Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Non-Profit).
  • Account Reconciliation Cloud Service: Our own Tina Moore, Practice Director for EPM, has written an article on how organizations are utilizing Oracle ARCS to eliminate “spreadsheet madness” and streamline financial operations.
  • PaaS for SaaS Security: In addition to expertise with Identity Management, AST is the only partner with CASB implementation experience.
  • Lift & Shift Cloud Transformation: AST’s proven methodology for Lift & Shift has successfully transitioned clients of all sizes to IaaS.
  • Managed Services: Maintain any Cloud implementation with flexible SLAs, Pricing, and Support Models built to suit the needs of each customer.

Stop by, have a chat, and enter for a chance to win a pair of Apple AirPods!

Register for the event here – see you Thursday!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Press Release: AST Takes Drop Tank’s Customer Rewards Program to New Heights with Oracle Cloud

PRAST has successfully completed a year-long engagement to take Drop Tank, LLC live on Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Cloud Service (CS).  AST is Drop Tank’s end-to-end technology partner for its nationwide gas station customer rewards program and has successfully built and supported Drop Tank’s entire loyalty program rollout, including the infrastructure, mobile app, and website.

“Our partnership with AST has been productive from the very beginning,” says Dave VanWiggeren, Drop Tank CEO.  “The team worked quickly and efficiently to make the launch a success, even handling issues that were not in the scope of the engagement.  This is a true partnership that we’ve built with AST, as they have been able to work with us throughout this entire process to make this program a success and eliminate our biggest cost of doing business.  We’re thrilled to continue working with AST into the future as they support our technology platform and help us open up more avenues for growth.”

AST continues to support Drop Tank’s growth and success with development and new feature functionality for its rewards platform, including autonomous technology, such as a data warehouse and Oracle Management Cloud.

Read the full press release here.

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2018 AST Halloween Celebrations

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!  Per tradition, AST held its annual costume contest at the Naperville headquarters, with the following entries:

  • What does the fox say?
  • La Muerte
  • Indiana Jones
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Wicked Witch
  • BeetleJuice
  • Renaissance Woman
  • The Voice Judge – Adam Levine
  • World Champ
  • Yellow M&M
  • King of the Cloud
  • Hippie
  • Unmanageable Services

…and the winner is… *drumroll*

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The Yellow M&M!

Honorable mentions go to the King of the Cloud and Beetlejuice.

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AST at Oracle OpenWorld 2018 – Visit Booth 4601!

oow17_rgbOracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle’s biggest conference of the year, is underway in San Francisco!  AST is onsite at booth #4601 in The Exchange South at Moscone Center to answer your questions and discuss your digital transformation journey.

Also, don’t miss our information-packed sessions today, Wednesday, and Thursday:

  • TRN6963 – Enhancing Fusion Applications Security with Identity Cloud Service“, by Mrityunjay Kant today, 10/23 from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM in Moscone West, Room 3024
  • CAS4630 – Advanced Security for Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud with Oracle CASB Cloud Service“, by Mrityunjay Kant on Wednesday, 10/24 from 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM in Moscone West, Room 2002
  • PRO4494 – Getting Started with Oracle Security Monitoring and Analytics Cloud Service“, by Abhay Kumar on Thursday, 10/25 from 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM in Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate A

We’re looking forward to chatting with you soon!

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Video: AST’s Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT) – Turbocharge your cloud testing cycles!

Take the pain out of maintaining your Cloud applications! AST’s proprietary Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT) is a Cloud-based subscription offering that automates and accelerates both functional and regression testing cycles using a unique test automation framework.

As cloud adoption has skyrocketed, organizations have struggled with the frequency, depth, and breadth of software updates.

Enter AST Autonomous Cloud Tester (ACT) – built specifically for Cloud!

  • Can be rapidly deployed for any Cloud application with zero impact to existing projects, testing processes, or tools
  • Enables users with real-time analytics for test execution, expected/actual results, issues, and test data
  • Built-in accelerators for industry-leading products (e.g., Oracle Cloud, Salesforce) can be quickly configured and mapped to critical business flows, requirements, and job roles
  • All code and transactional test data is provisioned and hosted independently and securely in AWS Cloud
  • Developed using leading open source technologies

Benefits include:

  • 75% reduction in regression testing timelines
  • Early detection of issues and defects in critical functions
  • Timely deployment to production environments
  • 70% increase in team bandwidth for priority tasks and new feature sets
  • Full audit trail and history of testing cycles, assignments, results, and defects
  • Flexibility to run smoke/sanity tests across browsers, platforms, and instances
  • Automated role-based security testing for key business roles and job functions
  • Real-time analytics into test execution results and quality traceability matrix

Contact us today to learn more!

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Is Your Data Management Strategy Stuck in the 90s?


Improve your data, communications, and customer experience with Oracle CDM!

Effective data management is critical to your organization’s success. This is especially true when it comes to maintaining customer data. In today’s digital and global business world, customer data management is not just the responsibility of the Sales and Marketing departments, but many organizations still operate as if this were the case. Is yours one of them?

Nearly every department within an organization is responsible for effective marketing of their brand, with the lines between sales, customer support, product development, and marketing growing blurry. With this commingling of data and processes between functional areas, everyone must work together to contribute data that provides a 360˚ view of the customer.

The challenge for many organizations is not collecting customer data, but figuring out how to maintain and manage that data for effective business operations. In this respect, IT departments are getting more pressure from business units to consolidate and provide better data.

Enter Oracle Customer Data Management (CDM) Cloud.

Oracle CDM Cloud works seamlessly with any CRM system – Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft, NetSuite – to create one common, efficient data management platform.

Learn more about the inherent features of Oracle’s CDM products here:

Contact AST today to discuss how Oracle CDM Cloud can break down your data silos and unlock the power of your customer data.

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AST Recognizes September 2018 Employee of the Month

EoM-2BFemaleJoin us in congratulating Loretta N., as she has been named AST’s Employee of the Month for September!  Loretta is being recognized for her hard work and dedication to our ERP practice and for her ongoing commitment and work ethic.  She is a valued team lead and trusted client adviser, and her participation in key projects has been instrumental in keeping them on track.

Loretta joined one project at a critical stage and took on the responsibilities of two resources, taking full ownership to deliver all modules with minimal support from AST’s offshore team, and the client was very happy with the experience she brought to the table.

The client Project Manager had this to say about Loretta’s work on the project:

“I have to say you indeed have been a lifesaver and a great person to work with on this project. Your knowledge, diligence, and not to mention your ability to address the hardest issues with available options and direction all the while doing so with your own version of lighthearted “wittiness” made these last few months much more bearable (and frankly I can add more enjoyable) than they would have been otherwise!”

Loretta also joined another project in July for the implementation of a full ERP solution in the cloud, targeting a go-live date of January 2019.  Her guidance has been key in bringing many issues to closure quickly.  She has done an outstanding job of working with the customer to identify and resolve issues, and to drive solutions to meet the client’s business requirements.

The client’s Director of AP offered the following comments about Loretta’s participation:

“Loretta has been key in [our] Oracle implementation.  She not only has a very detailed understanding of the system, and how it works, but more importantly, she understands how to relate it to our business needs.  That know-how and understanding that Loretta has is critical in completing this implementation.  This coupled with Loretta’s positive attitude has made working with her on this project enjoyable and confident it will be a success. Loretta has been fantastic to work with!”

Loretta’s leadership, knowledge, and confidence have been critical assets to each of her projects, and to AST as a whole.  She embodies our values of quality, innovation, and customer satisfaction.  Great job, Loretta!  Thank you for your efforts and keep up the great work!

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Chicago MuleSoft Meetup a Great Success!

_1000x1000Last night’s MuleSoft Meetup, hosted by AST at 1871 – Chicago Technology Center, was a great success!  The discussion topic for this event was “ECM and Amazon S3 Integration Using Mule” with a presentation by AST Solution Architect, Vikas Tarade, along with Application Developer, Lance Egan and Application Architect, Himanshu Mehta, both from College of American Pathologists, a valued AST client.

Thanks to all who attended.  It was a great opportunity to network, share ideas, and have some fun!  We look forward to the next one.




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AST to Host MuleSoft Meetup in Chicago on September 24

_1000x1000Join us on Monday, September 24 in Chicago as we host the September MuleSoft Meetup – “ECM and Amazon S3 Integration Using Mule”.

This Meetup will cover how to design a Mule flow that allows users to sync files and folders added to various content management accounts – Box, Dropbox, SharePoint, etc. – directly to an Amazon S3 repository.  RSVP now to secure your spot!

MuleSoft Meetups are community-led events, bringing users together to explore, teach, and learn about API-led connectivity by sharing use cases and hands-on exercises.

This event will be held at 1871 – Chicago Technology Center on September 24 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT, and will include a presentation by AST Solution Architect, Vikas Tarade, along with Application Developer, Lance Egan and Application Architect, Himanshu Mehta, both from College of American Pathologists, a valued AST client.  Attendees will also be provided dinner and refreshments.

Click here for more information and to secure your spot today!

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