AST Team Member Recognized by Client for Exemplary Service

shutterstock_1157695420Congratulations to Paula P. of AST’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Team, as she was recently recognized by AST client Tampa International Airport for her hard work and dedication in implementing their online open enrollment!

The client highlighted Paula’s kindness and professionalism, as well as her willingness to go above and beyond to exceed their expectations.

“I just wanted to take the time and thank you personally for all your help in implementing our on-line Open Enrollment.  You were always kind and professional during our long web meetings.  You took the time to explain step by step and always offered suggestions to help the process run smoothly.

Much of the implementation success goes to you.  It was so helpful to have a consultant that had the experience on previous projects to offer us guidance and direction.  I know that you went above and beyond your duty of helping because you made yourself available for several unscheduled weekend calls.

I sincerely appreciate your hard work and dedication to our project.  I look forward to working with you in the future.” – Lynn Davis, Benefits and Compensation Manager, Tampa International Airport

This is exactly the type of service and professionalism that AST is all about and what each of our team members strives to provide during every client engagement.

Thank you, Paula, for all that you do.  We are proud to have you as part of Team AST!

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AST Participates in Annual Pittsburgh OAUG Golf Outing

Team AST is hitting the links today at the Buffalo Golf Course in Sarver, PA for the Pittsburgh Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) Annual Golf Outing!  Played in a scramble format, the annual event brings Oracle users and experts together for a fun day of golf, networking, food, and prizes.

Pictured below are representatives from AST, OAUG, and a valued AST customer.


The Pittsburgh OAUG has been serving the local Oracle Apps community since 2001, focusing on the Western PA, OH, and WV regions.

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AST Honors July 2018 Employee of the Month

EoM_MaleCongratulations to AST’s Employee of the Month for July 2018, Ryan M!  Ryan is being recognized for his hard work and dedication to our ERP practice and for his ongoing commitment and work ethic to the organization as a valued team lead and trusted client advisor.

Ryan’s leadership and commitment to AST’s customers build lasting and significant relationships for our organization.  His efforts establish a high level of trust with customers and confidence in AST’s ability to get the job done!  He has put in extra hours and hard work to take critical projects live.  Ryan’s greatest assets are understanding key success factors, providing the right solutions, and collaborating with his teammates to meet customer objectives.  He provides exactly the level of exemplary customer service, dedication, and sheer excellence that our customers deserve.

Great job, Ryan!  Thank you for your efforts and keep up the great work!

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AST to Sponsor India Day 2018!

shutterstock_1151945306This Sunday, August 12, 2018, Indian Community Outreach invites you to attend the 4th Annual India Day Parade & Celebration, taking place at Knoch Park in Naperville, IL!  AST is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s event!

Started in 2015, India Day has quickly grown into one of the largest Indian American festivals in the U.S.  It is instrumental in bringing Chicagoland and Midwest communities together to experience Indian Culture and Heritage.

India Community Outreach and AST invite you to join us this Sunday in Naperville for a celebration and parade featuring colorful Indian Folk, Classical, and Modern dances, food and drinks, children’s events, a fashion show, shopping, and a free concert by Bollywood rock star, Sukhwinder Singh!

The day’s events will begin at 11:00 AM CDT and last all day, until 9:30 PM CDT.  Join us in celebrating Indian culture and 71 years of India’s independence this Sunday at Knoch Park in Naperville – 724 S. West Street.

We’ll see you there!

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Breaking News: AST LLC Joins the MuleSoft Partner Program!

Systems Integrator-Select-Partner-logo-01AST has established a partnership with MuleSoft to provide consulting services for MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™. Anypoint Platform unlocks the power of API-led connectivity, enabling organizations to connect apps, data, and devices more rapidly and efficiently.

MuleSoft provides a leading platform for building application networks. This Partnership combines AST’s implementation expertise and industry knowledge with MuleSoft’s innovative technology to provide clients the ability to harness a rapidly growing number of apps and data sources. With Anypoint Platform, organizations can unlock new revenue channels, improve customer experiences, and drive innovation.

With more than 400 cloud-certified employees, and expertise in both domestic and global implementations, AST now adds what is seen as one of the world’s most sought-after connectivity platforms to support agile cloud, on-premises, and hybrid integrations.

“MuleSoft is the leader in providing cutting-edge innovation for digital business,” said Shyam Kumar, Vice President of Cloud Platform and Security Services, AST. “With MuleSoft’s CloudHub, we can offer customers the benefits of cloud-based integration with the best of both implementation and managed services.”

“With the explosion of disparate technologies today, connecting them all quickly and efficiently is the key to gaining a competitive edge. Through its partnership with MuleSoft, AST LLC is enabling its customers to create a dynamic application network to achieve their goals and accelerate their pace of business,” said Brent Hayward, Senior Vice President of Global Channels and Alliances, MuleSoft. “We’re pleased to welcome AST LLC into MuleSoft’s partner ecosystem and we look forward to working together to deliver significant business impact to our mutual customers.”

Read the full press release here.

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AST/Oracle Solution Provides Valuable Southwest and La Quinta Rewards to Marathon Customers

shutterstock_305567459Customers who fill up at Marathon gas stations are now able to earn Southwest Rapid Rewards® points, La Quinta Returns® points, and other rewards from their choice of select partners thanks to AST and Oracle SOA Cloud Service!

The rewards program, MakeItCount™, which is sponsored by AST customer Drop Tank, LLC, allows members of select rewards programs (such as Southwest Rapid Rewards®, La Quinta Returns®, and others) to earn points at thousands of participating Marathon gas stations, based on their preferences.

Drop Tank, which is based near Chicago, IL, specializes in gas station loyalty technology and loyalty solutions, with thousands of participating locations. Drop Tank partners with fuel and convenience store brands to deploy consistent loyalty functionality across sites that often have inconsistent retail technology. Drop Tank’s solutions unlock loyalty capabilities and a wide range of data services for consumer packaged goods companies and fuel marketers of all sizes.

Drop Tank was experiencing serious issues with integration between systems that severely impacted its ability to provide valuable rewards programs to a wide range of customers.  The proprietary systems used by gas stations for rewards processing posed a significant challenge for Drop Tank as it planned to expand its platform to include hotels, airlines, and retail partners for redemption of rewards points.

AST partnered with Drop Tank, its vendors, partners, and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive specification for an integration platform, using Oracle SOA Cloud Service, to ensure both current needs and future changes are addressed.  AST worked with Drop Tank as a business partner, rather than a vendor, to ensure the success of this and all future rewards programs.

View a full press release from Marathon Petroleum about the program.

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AST Salesperson Awarded Top Honor by Oracle PartnerNetwork

O_NAS_OutstandingPartnerTeammateAward_v2aOn Friday, June 29, 2018, Oracle awarded AST’s David D. the prestigious Oracle PartnerNetwork Outstanding Partner Teammate Award for 2018!

Mr. Dawson, AST’s Director of Business Development for the Southeast, was awarded this honor for his ongoing efforts to deliver success to AST and Oracle customers.  Most recently, he was instrumental in presenting a winning solution to the City of Jacksonville, FL to improve its ERP systems with Oracle ERP Cloud.

Congratulations, David!  We are proud to have you as part of the AST family!

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Congratulations to our June 2018 Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleCongratulations to Dharmender C., AST’s Employee of the Month for June 2018!

Dharmender is being recognized for his hard work and dedication as part of our PMO practice, and for his ongoing commitment to AST.  He always has a positive work ethic and is a valued team leader and trusted client advisor.

Dharmender successfully manages the complete account for one of AST’s largest and most well-known clients.  He has implemented multiple advanced Cloud modules for this client, resulting in high levels of client satisfaction and successful User Acceptance Testing in two days with no outstanding issues.  This is in no small part due to Dharmender’s excellent and effective leadership skills.  Because of this groundwork he laid with the client, AST has gained additional business and has added another trusted partnership to its roster.  Dharmender’s influence and hard work as the delivery resource and primary project manager has been instrumental in these accomplishments.

Congratulations to Dharmender on this well-deserved recognition!

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We’re at Kscope18 in Orlando!

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We’re excited to be here in sunny Orlando for ODTUG‘s Kscope conference this week, sharing our BI and EPM expertise and collaborating with our colleagues in the Oracle Developer community.

Stop by our booth (#715) in the exhibit hall at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort to meet with our experts to discuss the latest Cloud Analytics and EPM solutions, and hear about our QuickLaunch offerings.

Also, join us for the following presentations where our BI/EPM thought leaders will share insight, experiences, and best practices for Oracle Cloud!

Embracing Oracle’s EPM Cloud – Making the Right Choices for Implementation or Migration by Patrick Callahan (VP, BI/EPM) and Abhi Raina (EPM Practice Director) – Tuesday, June 12 @ 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM ET in the Northern Hemisphere Ballroom A1, Fifth Level:

Oracle EPM Cloud has undoubtedly been one of Oracle’s most successful cloud solution sets. The full Cloud EPM Suite delivers broad capabilities at a reduced price and with less technical pain compared to on-premise. Now customers can have planning, budgeting, and forecasting; financial management and reporting; cost allocations; account reconciliation with matching; collaborative and regulatory reporting; and even supporting Essbase cubes offered as a service, all with no infrastructure costs. Oracle has done a great job porting its on-premise EPM solutions and technology into a consistent Cloud platform while including many new bells and whistles.

How To > Deriving a Roadmap for Migrating Your Hyperion Applications to the Cloud by Patrick Callahan (VP, BI/EPM) – Wednesday, June 13 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET in Asia 5, Lobby/Third Level:

AST’s experts will highlight their insights and experiences with the Cloud EPM Suite in both standalone EPM implementations and those that include Oracle ERP and/or HCM deployments. AST experts will also discuss roadmap/assessment considerations for those still undecided about the Cloud. In doing so, we will share our best practices, advice, and the lessons learned from our earliest Cloud EPM implementation successes to the many current ones across the entire Cloud EPM Suite. We’ll talk about Planning options, as well as Financial Consolidation and Close as the ‘next gen’ HFM, “Essbase-as-a-Service” via Oracle Analytics, new reporting and integration methods, other Oracle EPM Cloud solutions, and offer roadmap advice.

While you’re visiting our booth and speaking with our experts and executives, don’t forget to enter our raffle to win one of three pair of Apple AirPods! That’s right, we’re giving away a pair of Apple’s revolutionary wireless earbuds on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the conference! You can be entered to win just by stopping by our booth – it’s that easy!

AST has been providing expert Oracle BI and EPM consulting services to our clients for over 22 years. We are an Oracle Cloud Premier Platinum Partner, Oracle Pillar Partner for BI/EPM, Oracle Cloud Excellence Implementer for Enterprise Planning and Budgeting, and boast several exclusive Oracle Specializations across the BI and EPM product and solution sets.  A global organization with clients across numerous industries within the Public and Commercial sectors, we have the answers you’re looking for when it comes to your Oracle BI and EPM questions.

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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AST Names May 2018 Employee of the Month!

EoM MaleCongratulations to Naga Praveen K., as he has been named AST’s Employee of the Month for May 2018.

Naga has been instrumental in the growth of one of AST’s key accounts for the past 4 years.  Most recently, he assisted in presenting the right solution the meet the client’s needs, leading to a significant CX implementation project that further solidifies our valuable partnership with this client.  Naga began working with this client as a Technical Lead and has now become one of the most trusted advisors to the client, adding to their ever-growing footprint by expanding into the Managed Services and ERP practice areas.

Naga’s contributions to this client relationship and the growth of this business are phenomenal, and a testament to his hard work and dedication to the CX practice and the organization.  He is patient and respectful in all of his work and interactions in the workplace, and his colleagues always look forward to working with him.

Naga is very deserving of this recognition and is certainly one of AST’s MVPs!

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