AST Recognizes December 2017 Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleLet’s congratulate Daniel D. for being selected AST Employee of the Month for December 2017!  He is being recognized for his exemplary work on AST’s Cook County Enterprise Service Bus project.  Daniel’s positive attitude is infectious and his team is inspired by how he can tackle any challenge and ramp up on any new project and technology.

Because of Daniel’s commitment and dedication, the client has reached out to AST for more exchanges and requests for additional services.  He is an excellent example of someone for this honor and seeing him mature in his role has been tremendous. Daniel has a bright future here and we look forward to many more of his contributions.

Keep up the great work Daniel!

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Video: AST Featured in Local News Segment!

AST was founded in 1995 in Naperville, IL and has grown into a multinational, award-winning Oracle systems integrator.  To highlight this success that began just outside of Chicago over 22 years ago, local news channel NCTV17 has featured AST in its Business Connection segment!

Watch this exciting feature as interviews are conducted with AST’s CEO, Pravin Kumar; SVP, Human Resources, Fatima Beach; VP, Marketing and Communications, Melissa Sider; and a Program Manager from one our trusted clients.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the AST Family to Yours!

The AST family wishes you and yours a very happy and bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.shutterstock_699820483

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AST Recognizes November 2017 Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleLet’s congratulate Beth T. for being selected AST’s Employee of the Month for November 2017!

Beth is being recognized for her leadership on the successful roll-out on our home building solution using Oracle Sales Cloud. Her up-selling management resulted in extra services. She elevated our relationship and helped AST become a trusted partner with the client as our single point of contact both from IT and our team. Under Beth’s governance, the team worked like a well-oiled machine to deliver a challenging product into a complete solution, along with a smooth roll-out that resulted in extremely high user adoption.

Keep up the good work Beth!

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Move & Improve: Let AST Lift and Shift Your Applications to the Oracle Cloud!

shutterstock_458567878By now, most organizations are familiar with the benefits of a shift to the cloud, including scalability, agility, and cost-efficiency. Yet, the path to the cloud is not always clear and there are many lessons to be learned along the way.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are maturing, but limitations with functionality and integration prevent it from being the sole answer. Organizations often turn to Infrastructure–as-a-Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions to meet company requirements.

The Lift & Shift (a.k.a. Move & Improve) cloud migration model involves moving the underlying infrastructure to run on virtual servers in the cloud, and replicating existing applications to run on the (public or private) cloud platform, without redesigning them.

With many satisfied customers migrated to the cloud, AST can assist your organization with determining the best path forward, using a system of Portfolio Rationalization, which includes strategies for:

  • Enterprise data center migration
  • PaaS solutions layered on IaaS
  • Transforming DevOps on Cloud PaaS
  • Cloud security and compliance framework
  • Optimized cloud service management
  • Cloud value measurement

AST’s Lift & Shift Methodology helps organizations seamlessly move both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads to Oracle Cloud with minimal disruption. A comprehensive, next-generation security model delivers core identity & access management capabilities, while our 100% cloud-certified consultants deliver on customer expectations.

Contact AST today to learn how our Oracle Cloud experts can help guide and manage your organization’s cloud migration journey.

AST Lift and Shift Solutions

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Today: AST Speaking at Oracle Regional Partner Summit Chicago!


AST is attending and speaking at an exclusive event for Oracle’s top regional partners today.  The Oracle Regional Partner Summit, held at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Chicago, is focused on the resale and integration of Oracle’s cloud, technology, and cloud infrastructure solutions.

AST’s own VP of Managed Services, Subhasis Ganguly, is speaking at the event today about AST’s success with our Oracle Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Lift-and-Shift to the Cloud customers.  (Get a peek into what he’s discussing today, here!)

This event is a great way for us to connect directly with Oracle’s top sales executives and strengthen the solutions and services we provide our customers.

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Press Release: AST Takes Aerospace and Defense Industry Leader Live on Global Oracle Infrastructure-as-a-Service Solution

Press_Release_Tablet_Desk_CoffeeA leading firm in the Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry successfully went live on a global Oracle Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution with AST as its cloud migration partner. In late 2016, the firm sought a new provider to lift and shift its existing systems to a cloud platform. AST was the successful partner against prominent competitors in a global, high-pressure sales environment. AST offered its expert cloud advisory services in order to present a migration roadmap, cloud security and compliance framework, and capacity planning.

“It is great to see a team work together well in a controlled manner to deliver a complete programme, with minimal disruption to the business,” says the customer’s Executive Vice President of IT. AST provided a very clear direction, along with a framework and timelines, for this journey through Service Transition, IaaS Platform Migration, Transformation, Stabilization, Standardization, and Globalization.

Read the full press release here.

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AST Recognizes October 2017 Employee of the Month!

EoM-2BFemaleLet’s congratulate Rohini S. for being selected AST’s Employee of the Month for October 2017!

Rohini is being recognized for her hard work and effort in sourcing and recruiting talented candidates to join our AST team. She has worked numerous hours during the week into the evenings and weekends sourcing, interviewing and processing candidates to fill our increasing requirements. Her candidates have expressed the trust and guidance she has given them throughout the process and have conveyed that this is one of the reasons why they joined our team. Furthermore, Rohini has strengthened her partnership with our hiring managers and has grown into a seasoned talent acquisition specialist.

Keep up the great work Rohini!

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Happy Diwali from the AST Family!

From AST’s offices around the globe…Diwali

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Press Release: AST Takes King County Live on Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service in Record Implementation

MicrophonesAST has successfully completed its go-live of Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) at King County, WA, paving the way for multifaceted Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) migrations. The project is the first of its kind in the Public Sector – a complex migration from an on-premise Oracle Public Sector Planning and Budgeting solution to the industry-leading Oracle PBCS. AST partnered with King County for an on-time and within-budget implementation.

The County deployed its on-premise Hyperion Planning solution more than five years ago and has since extended and refactored the solution multiple times in efforts focused on continuous improvement. The highly-customized solution performed poorly and had a long enhancement list from users – it had become difficult to manage, was not fully integrated, was severely out of date, and had gaps in reporting and automation that were high priority. The County relies heavily on its planning and budgeting solution and needed a quick and successful implementation.

AST proposed a targeted approach for a unique ‘lift and shift’ to the Cloud, accomplishing this task quickly to allow significant time for incorporating high-value enhancements. The migrated application was released to end users this summer, well ahead of the November, 2017 deadline.

“We often hear of IT projects that miss scope, schedule and/or budget, but tend to forget that well-managed projects with good teams can hit all their targets and be a recognized success,” said Jonathan Swift, Deputy Director of Budgets at King County. “This was a great collaborative effort between our partner AST and the County. Moving our Enterprise Budget System to the cloud had risks but our team worked through them and we have a solution in place that meets our strategic business needs. Well done!”

See the full press release here.

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