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.




Justin Winter


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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Last week our AST Lisle office had their annual Ugly Sweater and White Elephant Holiday Party. This momentous time of year is a great reminder about how much we have to be thankful to each other for and share our lives in celebration. What a wonderful way to end the year!

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This year our AST Dallas office collected donations to provide coats to a 4th grade class at the Cesar Chavez learning center in the Dallas ISD. We not only delivered coats but by the looks of it we also delivered smiles. It’s so heartwarming to know they will be bundled up as we Texans know January is always the coldest month. Glad to be part of an organization that gives back to their local communities. Thank you all who contributed Texas Team! 

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AST would like to thank everyone who was able to come out to the Oracle OpenWorld events in Canada! We were so happy with the turn-out at our Best of Oracle OpenWorld events in Regina and Victoria – despite the weather! Here are some pics from this energetic event.  If you missed it, read more here: 

We’re happy to have had the chance to present with Oracle and meet one-on-one to help people find the right Oracle and AST solution to meet their business objectives. 

Also, thank you to the AST and Oracle teams for traveling to Regina, SK and Victoria, BC to attend and share their expertise.  It is because of you that AST is a top organization for digital transformation and a go-to partner for Oracle. 

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AST has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by The Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.  

“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”  

“Employees at AST have worked hard to get us where we are today. Their passion shows in the exemplary work they perform on a daily basis. Their dedication is acknowledged and appreciated by our clients as well as the leadership team,” said Justin Winter, CEO of AST. “It’s no coincidence that we have now been awarded best Top Company for our fourth year. We have an amazing team.” AST Corporation is a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork. 

Read the rest of the press release here. 

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Oracle Applications and Technologies form the backbone of many enterprises, but the advent of a multitude of applications to improve the user experience has increased the size of complexity of these systems.

Join us on Wednesday, December 11, for an exclusive webinar that will highlight why and how companies with an Oracle backbone are incorporating API into their strategy in order to adopt best-of-breed applications without adding significant back-end-work to ensure they are connected and communicating across the organization.

You will learn about: 

  • Why it’s important for Oracle users to utilize APIs and what technology is needed to do it
  • How to meet modern integration challenges without replacing Oracle systems
  • Best practices to approach and implement a successful API strategy for an Oracle Ecosystem
  • How you can consolidate various integration tools and move everything onto one, consolidated Platform
  • AST’s proven and structured approach for adoption of an API strategy for an Oracle Ecosystem
  • AST’s API Design and Build Services, including CICD framework

A demonstration will also be provided on how to API-enable Oracle Applications, including ERP Cloud, HCM Cloud, and E-Business Suite. Live Q&A will follow.

Register today to hear how companies like yours are getting the competitive edge and making the most of their Oracle Ecosystems by adopting an API-first strategy!

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