Did you miss our session on ‘Streamlining Account Reconciliation Process in Public Sector with ARCS? If not, you have a great opportunity to hear it by accessing the recordings in the OATUG Forum Online. Exclusively for event registrants, recordings of all sessions are made available on-demand following the live event, so you can view and learn at your convenience. 

Networking has always been a vital part of the COLLABORATE experience.  Although things have changed, OATUG is still providing valuable options for networking during its Online Forum – a digital platform for presenters and attendees to connect. 

Don’t miss your chance to take part in discussions with AST experts and executives to get your questions answered. Click here to join!   We’ll be sure to engage and collaborate with you to bring your ideas to fruition. 

Have you been enjoying your OATUG online sessions? We certainly have and we want to help you find the solution that suits your needs.  

Tuesday, April 21 at 12:00 PM EDT – “Oracle CPQ Implementation for Configure to Order and Engineered to Order Business” 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11838  

Learn how Oracle CPQ replaced the legacy quoting application to support their evolving lead to cash process at one of the leading manufacturers of commercial, nuclear and navy valves. Understand how a highly complex ‘Engineered to Order’ and ‘Designed to Order’ solution lead to a significantly error free and automated configuration even for huge orders! 

Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 PM EDT – “A Case Study of Streamlining Account Reconciliation Process in Public Sector” 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11630  

Learn how Events DC deployed Oracle Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS) and successfully transformed not only the reconciliation process but also streamlined financial close process. 

Attend our sessions and let us know what your concerns are. We’d love the opportunity to chat with you about the latest cloud trends and how we can work together to transform your organization. 

Don’t forget to include one or more of AST’s sessions in your schedule – we’re sure to have at least one that fits your needs! You can track all sessions here.  

Tuesday, April 21 at 12:00 PM EDT – “Oracle CPQ Implementation for Configure to Order and Engineered to Order Business”  

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11838  

Learn how Oracle CPQ replaced the legacy quoting application to support their evolving lead to cash process at one of the leading manufacturers of commercial, nuclear and navy valves. Understand how a highly complex ‘Engineered to Order’ and ‘Designed to Order’ solution lead to a significantly error free and automated configuration even for huge orders! 

This is your opportunity to network with AST experts, executives, and other users in the Oracle community and get all your cloud questions answered!  Exclusively for event registrants, recordings of all sessions will be available on-demand following the live event, so you can view and learn at your convenience. 

OATUG Forum is Going Digital – Register Today! 

 Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the OATUG is “lifting and shifting” content from the COLLABORATE 20OATUG Forum to the OATUG Forum Online.  This series of live interactive events kicks off April 20, 2020 with Innovation Week, keynote speakers, Oracle roadmap updates, strategic insights and case studies presented by industry experts. 

 Don’t forget to attend one or more of AST’s sessions – we’re sure to have at least one that fits your needs! You can see all the available sessions in the Forum Online Portal.  

Monday, April 20 at 10:30 AM EDT – “Bringing the Budget Book Development Process into the 21st Century” 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11760  

Get a sneak peek into Oracle Narrative Reporting has helped us streamline the budget book development process. We’ll talk about the features we chose to utilize, discuss their pros and cons, build overview, training strategy, benefits of the tool and share our future plans. 

Tuesday, April 21 at 12:00 PM EDT – “Oracle CPQ Implementation for Configure to Order and Engineered to Order Business” 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11838  

Learn how Oracle CPQ replaced the legacy quoting application to support their evolving lead to cash process at one of the leading manufacturers of commercial, nuclear and navy valves. Understand how a highly complex ‘Engineered to Order’ and ‘Designed to Order’ solution lead to a significantly error free and automated configuration even for huge orders! 

Wednesday, April 22 at 2:00 PM EDT – “A Case Study of Streamlining Account Reconciliation Process in Public Sector” 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11630   

Learn how Events DC deployed Oracle Account Reconciliation Cloud Service (ARCS) and successfully transformed not only the reconciliation process but also streamlined financial close process. 

Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT – “Moving to the Cloud: What I Wish I Knew Before I Started” 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11713  

Cloud is a simple concept but has too many options to count. After years of architecting cloud solutions for over a dozen companies, we will review the highlights of those initiatives, and cover the major categories of cloud, when they make sense, and how companies are using them today. 

Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 PM EDT  A Case Study of Modernizing Master Data Management at Tampa Airport 

https://ams.oatug.org/OnlineForum/sessionDetails.aspx?SessionID=11755  

This session will compare and contrast the implementation use cases and best practices for Oracle Enterprise Data Management Cloud (EDMCS) and Data Relationship Management (DRM). EDMCS started as next-generation solution of DRM, which it already surpasses it many ways.  We will discuss the migration approach, lessons learned, and provide valuable insights to help customers position EDMCS for maximum enterprise value as the product continues to evolve. 

If you haven’t already, register today for one of the most exciting weeks of the year in the Oracle community!  

Dear AST Community,

We hope this message finds you well, both mentally and physically. While there is a lot of uncertainty and fear in the world, we want you to feel assured about AST. We remain committed to the safety of our employees, customers and their respective families.  Simultaneously, we are committed to managing the continuity of our business and mitigating risks through innovation, communication, and technology. 

We began communicating guidelines and recommendations related to the virus to AST employees in January.  Since then AST has closed all offices globally, restricted international travel, banned employee gatherings, and instituted self-quarantine restrictions for travelers. We then worked with each customer to determine a plan of action that would ensure the safety of all, while still meeting project dates and milestones.  Our goal is to enable our teams to work remotely and avoid additional travel and exposure. We have been largely successful.  100% of our staff is grounded from air travel until April 1 and are well-equipped to work remotely.  We will continue to evaluate to determine if this travel ban will be extended.

Rather than following a variety of news outlets, we are continuously monitoring the most reliable and up-to-date sources: CDC and WHO.  We are also watching legislation related to health coverage and have developed a contingency plan in the event any employee contracts the virus. 

The AST Leadership Team meets once a day at a minimum to collectively determine our responsive actions, and we are committed to proactively leading our people through the crisis. We focus daily on both the physical and mental health of the entire AST family, as well as business continuity planning.  Ongoing communications will ensure that we continue to dialogue with employees and customers in a meaningful way. 

Thank you for your understanding of the developing situation.  We recognize that some inconveniences may be experienced, but we will do our best to minimize them in our efforts to keep safety top-of-mind while still meeting or exceeding our business obligations.  Rest assured, we will get through this crisis as an organization and we will continue to support and communicate to our customers.

 Sincerely,

 

 

Justin Winter

CEO, AST LLC

Aging infrastructure and the rising costs of maintaining applications on-premise or in a Co-Lo facility are building a strong business case for safeguarding your technology investments with Cloud infrastructure.

Attend our local, live seminar to learn how other California agencies are reducing TCO and maximizing ROI with AST and Oracle Cloud.

If you are facing a decline in system reliability, increased costs, or a lack of scalability with your on-premises enterprise applications, join us for a morning of collaborative discussion about AST’s Lift and Shift to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI Gen 2), including a live customer testimonial and success story!

Attendees will participate in a discussion with AST and Oracle Cloud experts about:

  • Common challenges
  • Use cases for Lift and Shift to Oracle Cloud
  • OCI (Gen 2) latest features and benefits
  • Ease of migration with OCI (Gen 2)
  • Business value analysis of moving to OCI (Gen 2)
  • AST’s Lift and Shift cloud migration methodology, including our:
  • Specialized tools and processes
  • Cloud testing approach
  • Cloud PaaS and DevOps management

The morning will also include a guest speaker from a current AST government client in California, who will present on the challenges they faced and the successes they’ve realized with an AST Lift and Shift to OCI. 


Seats are limited for this event, so register today and join us in Sacramento on December 5 for a lively discussion about how AST and Oracle can modernize your applications in the Cloud!

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Santa Clara County, an AST customer, has been selected as a finalist for IDC’s 2020 Smart Cities North America Awards in the Urban Planning and Land Use Category for its Assessment Appeals solution. Let’s support Santa Clara County by voting for this project in the “IDC Smart Cities Award” race.  
Voting ends February 26th, 2020!
Click here to vote!

IDC, a premier global market intelligence firm, chose the Assessment Appeals project at Santa Clara County as a finalist among several hundred entries across the country in the IDC Smart Cities Awards for Urban Planning and Land Use.  We can now help them win the distinction!

Every organization has a finance team, but not every CFO has a change agent on the team dedicated to transforming finance. It takes a special kind of finance professional to leverage the cloud and other emerging technologies to modernize finance. 

Oracle celebrates these unsung heroes of finance with the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards. These global awards recognize those with the vision to see the potential of Tomorrow’s Finance, Today. Nominations are open to any individual or finance team using Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud or Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud deployed alone or in conjunction with other Oracle Cloud applications. 

Voting for the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards is now open until February 21st. Cast your vote now! 

Award winners will receive a complimentary pass to attend Modern Finance Experience at Modern Business Experience, March 23-26, 2020 in Chicago. Join us as we celebrate the best of Tomorrow’s Finance, Today. 

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On January 15 Mike Mullane, an Applications Systems Administration Manager at H&P, visited AST to attend an Architecture Review Board meeting. The ARB team is a multi-disciplinary team with top Architects from various areas such as Enterprise Integration, Web Architecture, Security, and Content Management. The purpose of the ARB review meeting was to validate the design for H&P’s project. Team members presented high-level requirements and key design elements to the team.

The design review validated base practices and covered both intended and unintended consequences of the chosen design. The team approach brings a wide breadth of experience and deep technical expertise with the individual technology components and areas of specialization for each Architect.

The ARB Meeting was a very successful and engaging collaboration. It was also the longest ARB session at 3 hours 45 mins! Afterwards, the group celebrated by enjoying dinner together at Cooper’s Hawk.

“I had the opportunity to attend AST’s Lisle, IL offices for an Architecture Review Board (ARB) in early January of this year. AST is our chosen implementer to design and create a solution to automate the provisioning of users to Oracle Cloud services.

The purpose of my visit was to join the AST team for the first review of the design of the solution. AST coordinated the ARB meeting with a dozen AST employees present in the conference room and no less then three other team members on the phone. We had the usual round the table introductions followed by the facilitator announcing to the group that our job was to ask questions. And we were reminded that all questions and considerations should be voiced.

I was first impress that all involved took this seriously and asked challenging questions of one another, the security architects, and of me, the customer. The meeting originally scheduled for an hour and 45 minutes went for over 3 hours. Through this discussion, I believe that the result was a much better design. And several questions that needed to be followed up on.

I felt that traveling to the AST office for the ARB was well worth the investment of my time and my companies resources to send me. I had the opportunity to meet the team that would be working on our project, see the initial design and to provide my feedback and help shape the outcome.

The biggest surprise for me was to witness a healthy company culture that really promotes teamwork. Through this teamwork, I believe the solution AST build’s for us will be the best solution available.” – Mike Mullane, Applications Systems Administration Manager at Helmerich & Payne, Inc.

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