Lisle, IL December 10, 2021:  AST today announces that it has been named a winner of the 2021 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation® award. 

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program conducted by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR), recognizing companies that demonstrate exceptional, innovative human resource practices and set high standards for all businesses.  The NABR identifies best Human Resource practices and provides benchmarking for companies to remain leaders in employment standards.  Only companies that create and maintain an innovative, people-first culture are granted this recognition.

“We strive to create a culture our people are proud to be a part of because we deeply value employee experience,” says Teresa Stanula, Chief People Officer at AST. “Our people are our most important asset, so we make every effort to positively drive change and impact the workplace. By continually investing in our people’s ability to innovate, collaborate, and learn, we inspire the AST workplace of the future.”

AST fosters a culture of inclusivity and innovation at every level of the organization with its leadership tenets: Teamwork, Trust, Accountability, Integrity, and Resiliency. All doors are open and everyone’s ideas matter, giving AST’s people the ability to quickly understand customer needs and translate those needs into action. The results reveal AST’s strengths and reflect its Core Values of Quality, Innovation, and Customer Success.

“Being named one of 2021’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work for both honors our employees and highlights AST’s commitment to cultural excellence,” states Justin Winter, AST CEO.  “We are relentless to not only preserve a culture of teamwork, gratitude, and success at every level of the organization, but also to ensure our pledge of ‘People at the Center of Everything We Do.’”

About the Best and Brightest to Work For® Program

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides recognition within the business community, showcasing best practices and demonstrating why its winners are ideal for employees. The program celebrates companies doing better business, creating richer lives, and building stronger communities. Awards are presented annually in several markets, including nationally.

About Applications Software Technology (AST) LLC

AST is an award-winning, full-service enterprise solution provider, guiding digital transformation for clients in the Government and Commercial Sectors for more than two decades.  Clients look to AST for leadership and assistance in transforming their organizations via software solutions, process engineering, and change management.  From cloud technology to legacy on-premises applications, AST’s services encompass all aspects of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.  AST also offers flexible Managed Services, supporting the needs of over 200 customers around the globe.

AST’s Senior Vice President, Head of Global Delivery Center, Vidya Khedekar, has received the Women of Excellence Award by the Indian Achievers’ Forum in recognition of her outstanding professional achievement and contributions in nation-building. 

The Indian Achievers’ Forum awards people of Indian origin who make considerable contributions and lead worldwide in their professions with excellent achievements. The Women of Excellence Award is presented to the most eminent Indian women achievers who have made a place for themselves in their careers and are trailblazers in making a difference in society.  

This year, Vidya celebrated ten years of service with AST. She is a staple of excellence in our Global Delivery Center and, during her journey, has championed innovation, transformation, and development.  

“Over the years, I’ve led the charge in strengthening our skills and collaborations to transform our Offshore center into a full-fledged, well-established Global Delivery Center,” says Khedekar. “I am committed to delivering the best for our people and clients! I am grateful to be a part of such a trustworthy, eccentric organization. I have learned valuable lessons, and without my remarkable team at AST, I would not have achieved such greatness. I am honored to have been awarded the Women of Excellence Award, and I thank AST for allowing me to excel in my career.” 

Vidya is an accomplished Information Technology Management Executive skilled in Practice Building, Portfolio Growth, Project Delivery, Strategic Consulting, and Industry Solution Development, with a proven track record of success. Ms. Khedekar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics from the College of Engineering, Pune University, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Management Science from Pune University, Pune, India. 

She also has multiple certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP), Supply Chain Management (SCM) APICS Certification, and a Six Sigma Certification. 

With her experience incubating new practices and working with emerging markets, Ms. Khedekar has built a highly resourceful delivery team. In addition to supporting AST’s North American teams, Ms. Khedekar also completes large stand-alone projects. She engages directly with clients to support a broad spectrum of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS solutions. 

She has led complex, global IT systems integration programs across multiple industries and with various technologies, with teams of over 500 people. She has worked with multicultural teams for successful end-to-end cloud and digital services implementations, transitions, services, and operations. 

As a leader in digital transformation, Vidya strongly advocates for women’s empowerment and representation. She supports the women at AST by providing an inclusive ecosystem in which to operate, where women have opportunities to grow their careers and achieve their dreams. 

Furthermore, she brought together the AST India team, for International Women’s Day 2021, to volunteer at Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS), a non-profit organization focused on transforming the lives of underprivileged women through education.  

Vidya is highly regarded and respected by her team, customers, and colleagues across the industry. She inspires others to dream, learn, do, and become more.  

About the Indian Achievers’ Forum 

The Indian Achievers’ Forum has recognized the outstanding achievements of Indians across the globe since 2000. The organization brings individuals from various professions together on a common platform and honors them for their exceptional work.   

Every year, champions of Indian origin are nominated for Excellence Awards. Only champions who stand apart in society and have achieved great heights in their professions are recognized for Excellence Awards. The winners and their stories are featured in the Achievers’ World magazine. The publication is the first of its kind and has been sharing the stories of trailblazers for over a decade.  

Government organizations have been at the forefront of disruption caused by the pandemic, working furiously to continue operations and serve the public.  While remote work, constituent self-services, automation, and other digital transformation initiatives once seemed elusive and deferrable, they have quickly become indispensable in the face of social distancing and unprecedented constituent needs. 

AST has partnered with the Center for Digital Government (CDG), a division of e.Republic, to conduct a market survey of key IT leaders across state and local government agencies on the topic of Purposeful Digital Transformation in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The survey demonstrates the rising importance of digital transformation and a recognized need to adopt more digital services for citizens. 

Key findings from the survey include: 

  • Digital transformation has become more important or mission critical for 82% of agencies across all levels of government since the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • More than a quarter of respondents say an improved citizen experience is the top need that drives their digital transformation efforts 
  • Many respondents remain unsure of where to begin their digital transformation journey: 
  • 45% of government leaders, at all levels of government, do not know where their funding will come from 
  • 43% do not know which technologies, applications, or solutions their agency will procure after the pandemic 

These results suggest the need for a roadmap to guide government leaders toward a more purposeful digital transformation.   

The survey findings serve as the foundation for an in-depth guide, Accelerating Digital Transformation to Navigate Business Disruption, in which AST and CDG examine how agencies can map their best path to the cloud, embrace the new digital workforce, and leverage AI and automation to “do more with less”, based on the new needs of employees and citizens post-pandemic.   

Providing digital services not only improves the citizen experience, but also helps governments overcome issues faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare them for future disruptive events. 

Contact AST today to learn how our team of experts can accelerate your digital transformation to effectively navigate business disruption. 

The Center for Digital Government, a division of e.Republic, is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. Through its diverse and dynamic programs and services, the Center provides public and private sector leaders with decision support, knowledge, and opportunities to help them effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. 

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Lisle, IL November 5, 2021: AST today announces that it has been named by the Chicago Tribune as a Top Workplace for 2021. This is the third consecutive year that AST has received this recognition. AST this year has also been awarded the Top Workplaces National Culture Excellence Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices and the Top Workplaces Award for Remote Work by Energage.

These awards further display AST’s commitment to putting its people first. “It is an honor to be awarded three Top Workplaces awards along with the distinction of recognizing AST’s cultural excellence,” states Justin Winter, CEO at AST LLC. “I am incredibly proud of our team for their commitment to the One AST vision. Together we have fostered an inclusive, welcoming, and positive workplace for all employees to grow personally and professionally.

These Top Workplaces awards are testament to that.” AST fosters a culture of inclusivity and innovation at every level of the organization with guiding leadership tenets: Teamwork, Trust, Accountability, Integrity, and Resiliency. All doors are open, and everyone’s ideas matter, giving AST’s people the ability to quickly understand the needs of customers and translate those needs into action.

The results reveal AST’s strengths and reflect its Core Values of Quality, Innovation, and Customer Success. “Our promise is to support an inclusive, inspiring, and innovative culture at every level in the organization. My team and I continuously enhance our people strategy to ensure we meet the needs of the entire AST Team. We will continue to transform AST to the next level, creating the future of how we work,” pledges Teresa Stanula, Vice President of Global Human Resources at AST. Read the full press release here.

About the Top Workplaces Program

Top Workplaces is a nationwide employer recognition program, powered by Energage, that seeks to identify and recognize organizations with a people-first culture. Top Workplaces are defined based on compensation, benefits, work-life balance, coaching, and prospects. With regional and national programs, as well as cultural excellence and industry awards, the Top Workplaces program honors people-driven organizations that ensure a workplace where employees can grow. The Chicago Tribune recognizes Top Workplaces in the Chicago metropolitan area. Top Workplaces are evaluated based on an employee survey created with extensive research and patented analytics.

About Applications Software Technology (AST) LLC

AST is an award-winning, full-service enterprise solution provider, guiding digital transformation for clients in the Government and Commercial Sectors for more than two decades. Clients look to AST for leadership and assistance in transforming their organizations via software solutions, process engineering, and change management. From cloud technology to legacy on-premises applications, AST’s services encompass all aspects of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. AST also offers flexible Managed Services, supporting the needs of over 200 customers around the globe. 

HRO Awards
HRO Awards

Lisle, IL September 16, 2021: AST today announced that it has been named ‘Most Admired Employer Brand’ in the Technology Industry by HRO Today, recognizing AST’s efforts in promoting its employer brand through innovative digital campaigns and best practices. 

 

HRO Today’s Most Admired Employer Brand Awards were established to honor and acknowledge in imitable achievements in employer branding. The independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on various categories, including the scope of the employer brand campaign, the extent to which the Employer Value Proposition (EVP) was designed via research, and the integration of the employer brand into internal or external communications. Nominees are evaluated based on examples of how the employer brand was innovatively articulated. AST and other award nominees faced challenges like never before and rose to the top to guarantee the organizations continued to be employers-of-choice during uncertain times.


“We strive for inclusive excellence as a team. At AST, people are the center of every decision made. My team and I make every effort to enhance our workplace culture by continuously collecting feedback to adapt to our people’s needs and desires inside and outside the workplace. We are committed to creating an engaging and inclusive workplace where our people are valued and encouraged to accelerate their career goals. Being recognized as the Most Admired Brand in the Technology Industry by HRO Today further acknowledges our people-centered culture,” states Teresa Stanula, Vice President of Global Human Resources at AST.

AST fosters a culture of inclusivity and innovation at every level of the organization with guiding leadership tenets of Teamwork, Trust, Accountability, Integrity, and Resiliency. All doors are open and all ideas matter, giving AST’s people the ability to quickly understand its customers’ needs and translate those needs into action. The results reveal AST’s strengths and reflect its Core Values: Quality, Innovation, and Customer Success.

HRO Awards

HRO Awards

“My team and I take great pride in the innovation and, most importantly, our inclusivity for AST’s employer brand. People at every level of the organization are committed to the shared vision of ‘One AST’ – people at the center of everything. To be recognized as the Most Admired Brand in the Technology Industry truly exhibits AST’s commitment to its people,” says Camille Xoxakos, Senior HR Analyst at AST LLC.

About HRO Today

HRO Today is a national program that recognizes companies with the best-aligned HR practices, cultivating competencies for the future, performance-oriented culture, and having a groundbreaking employee engagement strategy.

This national program awards organizations that go above and beyond to promote, strengthen, diversify, and support their cultures. Awards are presented annually in North America across several industries, including business services, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology.

About Applications Software Technology (AST) LLC

AST is an award-winning, full-service enterprise solution provider, guiding digital transformation for clients in the Government and Commercial Sectors for more than two decades. Clients look to AST for leadership and assistance in transforming their organizations via software solutions, process engineering, and change management.

From cloud technology to legacy on-premises applications, AST’s services encompass all aspects of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. AST also offers flexible Managed Services, supporting the needs of over 200 customers around the globe.

Application Software Technology (AST) is proud to announce that we have joined the growing alliance to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Justin Winter, CEO at AST, has taken the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ and pledged to commit himself and AST to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

By signing on to this commitment, AST is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of nearly 2,000 CEOs has already shared more than 1,400+ best-known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

“At AST, we believe we are better together. Diversity and inclusion are complex issues to navigate, but if we avoid constructive conversation about our differences, communication deteriorates and productivity suffers,” stated Justin Winter, CEO of AST. “I am proud AST has taken the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion pledge. Exceptional innovation begins when ideas come from all walks of life, facing challenges in creative ways others might not see. When we open ourselves to diverse perspectives, we can face challenges head-on and solve the most complex issues in business and society.”

By joining the CEO Action Pledge, AST is taking a step toward creating positive change for a better future. A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. A study found that 85 percent of those surveyed reported that diversity is a crucial component to fostering innovation.

 CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions taken by AST, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of cultivating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.

AST represents one of many companies in the Information Technology & Services industry. By joining together to tackle this critical societal issue, we hope to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplaces in our industry. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 US States, and millions of employees globally.

To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com. The website serves as a hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. With more than 1,400+ best-known actions shared, companies that are not currently implementing the pledge elements can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so. Learning from and sharing actions help companies drive greater engagement within their programs, as well as mentor others on their journey.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at  CEOAction.com and connect on Twitter: @CEOAction.

 

AST is honored to announce that we have been awarded one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, 2021. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices, and demonstrate why they are ideal for employees to work.

Every year, companies throughout the greater Chicago region compete to be named one of “Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®.” Only companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach can be bestowed this honor.

With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards. The independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on various categories.

These include Compensation, Benefits, and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement, and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives and Strategic Company Performance.

“Having competitive people practices starts with listening to our people. At AST, people are the center of everything, and every decision made. My team and I strive to provide the best possible experience for our employees. We continuously gather feedback and evolve our people practices creating an inclusive and engaged culture to empower the AST workplace of the future,” stated Teresa Stanula, Vice President of Global Human Resources at AST.

At AST, we foster a culture of inclusivity and innovation at every level of the organization with our leadership tenets to guide us: Teamwork, Trust, Accountability, Integrity, and Resiliency. All doors are open, and everyone’s ideas matter, giving our people the ability to quickly understand our customers’ needs and translate those needs into action. The results reveal our strengths and reflect the Core Values AST operates on Quality, Innovation, and Customer Success.

“People at AST take deep pride in their work and collaborate together to deliver world-class digital transformation solutions for our customers.  To be recognized as a Best and Brightest Company further acknowledges our people and the strength of our inclusive, One AST culture. I am committed to our people at AST and couniting to provide them the best experience with an abundance of opportunity,” pledged Justin Winter, CEO at AST LLC

About the Best and Brightest to Work For® Program

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a national program that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices, and demonstrate why they are ideal for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives, and building a stronger community as a whole. It is presented annually in several markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, West Michigan, and Nationally.

Many organizations have become “numb” to the errors in their quoting and selling processes, chalking it up to the “cost of doing business” and building loss into every transaction. This blind acceptance of costly inefficiencies is chronically limiting business outcomes.  

Attend our virtual customer panel event on Thursday, June 3 at 1 PM CDT to learn how you can achieve a synergy of strategy and strength with AST and Oracle Configure Price Quote (CPQ) Cloud. 

Our guest speakers, who are first-hand users of the solution, will detail their experiences, from the struggles endured before implementation, to the process of modernizing sales operations, and how Oracle CPQ Cloud is transforming the manufacturing industry.   

  • Manish Khot, Project Manager for Commercial Technology and Analytics, Ingersoll Rand 
  • Arjun Sagaram, CPQ Practice Manager and Architect, Ingersoll Rand 

Attendees will hear directly from these professionals about how they have achieved:  

  • A streamlined quote-to-order process 
  • Decreased time-to-quote 
  • Reduced costs  
  • More data for analytics  
  • Increased revenue  

Discover the key to improved customer satisfaction and loyalty with shortened sales cycles, improved order accuracy, and lower operational costs.   

Join us to discuss the intersection of strategy and strength:  AST’s best-in-class, 360-degree thinkers, combined with the force multiplier that is Oracle CPQ Cloud, providing a powerful synergy for manufacturing success. 

As an Oracle Cloud Apps user, have you ever thought, “What’s the deal with these quarterly updates?  Why are we spending so much time on this and what are we really getting out of it?” 

 You’re not alone.  In fact, most Oracle Cloud users feel like they’re spending way too much time manually testing their applications for each monthly or quarterly release, leading to inefficiency across the organization and increasing waste of time and money. 

 Attend our interactive user panel discussion on Thursday, May 6 to get straight to the source and hear how our customers are drawing true business value from new releases with AST Autonomous Cloud Testing.  We’ll be joined by the following professionals from across industries: 

  • Michael Jamison, Deputy CFO at the City of Detroit, MI 
  • Ross Ballendine, Director of Information Technology at Calfrac Well Services 
  • Raheem SeecharanDirector of Information Technology at the City of Hollywood, FL 

Attendees will hear these real users of the solution tell us about: 

  • What life was like for them before automated testing 
  • What the process was like to stand up the automated testing solution 
  • The cost and time savings they’ve realized since automating previously manual testing 
  • What their resources are doing for the organization now that they’re not spending time on manual testing activities 
  • Any advice they would give to those evaluating an automated testing tool 

The implementation of a single, but powerful tool will accelerate your release cycles to a matter of hours (not weeks!) and lead your organization to realize: 

  • Greater user adoption of new features and updates 
  • Increased efficiency with users able to refocus their attention to high-priority tasks 
  • 90% faster detection of defects 
  • Reduced costs 
  • Maximized ROI for Oracle Cloud Apps 
  • Accelerated digital transformation across the organization 

Don’t take it from us.  Let our customers tell you how AST’s Autonomous Cloud Testing solution has become force multiplier for productivity and modernization across their organizations.   

 Register today to reserve your spot! 

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How’s it going with your current version of Oracle Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)?  

Many organizations that use Oracle SOA Suite have discovered that their on-premise versions have accumulated complexity and may no longer be supported, resulting in increased risks, high IT maintenance & administrative costs, and stalled Cloud services adoption. 

Sound familiar? 

Join us on Thursday, April 22 to learn how you can transform your architecture into an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective solution with Oracle’s iPaaS options. 

Our team will illustrate the process, methodology, and technology involved in moving Oracle SOA Suite to the Cloud with AST’s proven Transcend methodology, which has been used to modernize integration platforms for dozens of customers across industries. 

We’ll be joined by one of our customers who will discuss their ‘How it started vs. How it’s going’ story with SOA.  You’ll hear about their recent migration to Oracle SOACS, why they chose to migrate to the cloud, what the process involved, and the tangible benefits the organization is already realizing with the solution. 

Attendees will gain an understanding of: 

  • Oracle iPaaS (SOA Cloud Service, Oracle Integration Cloud, and more) 
  • How Oracle’s iPaaS options can reduce IT maintenance & administrative costs 
  • Migration patterns and security 
  • Lessons learned 
  • A no-risk migration approach to the cloud for Oracle SOA customers 

Stop imagining your ideal digital transformation and learn how you can make that a reality with a Transcend to Oracle SOA in the cloud.   

Reserve your spot today!