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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AST Names August 2018 Employee of the Month

EoM_MaleCongratulations to Santosh K., AST’s Employee of the Month for August 2018!  Santosh is being recognized for his hard work and dedication to AST’s Managed Services Practice and clients.  His ongoing commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is evident in his contributions.  Santosh is a valuable team member and a high contributor for AST and its Managed Services Practice.

This year, Santosh has demonstrated exceptional project delivery and practice development skills, exceling in several areas.  He has self-taught and obtained certification in Cloud ERP, independently addressed complex Cloud ERP support issues, and made the extra effort on a Cloud ERP R13 upgrade to deliver the project on-time and within budget, meeting customer expectations.

Santosh has also been recognized as a key contributor on one of AST’s largest accounts, helping to build client confidence and secure a significant contract renewal.  He has demonstrated strong work ethic as a team player and is definitely leading by example!

These examples of Santosh’s commitment to AST and its clients represent exactly the level of exemplary customer service, dedication, and sheer excellence that our customers deserve.

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

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AST Celebrates Summer with Annual Naperville Event

AST Employees local to our Naperville headquarters gathered on Saturday, August 18 for the Annual AST Summer Event!  This year’s event was held at Topgolf-Naperville, where our team members and their families enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of golf, good food and drink, and even better company.

Thanks to everyone who joined us!  It’s always a great time when our team and their families get together.

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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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