AST Corporation: Delivering Comprehensive Cloud Applications with Industry Best Practices

Pravin Kumar, Founder, President & CEO
Over the past 20 years, enterprise systems within organizations have experienced dramatic, positive changes in terms of technological advancements and overall development. Migration of systems to Cloud-based applications is the most recent trend in this continued evolution, and the speed of this transformation is disruptive to most traditional software vendors. Adoption of such systems commonly encounters an equally prominent dark side: cost oscillations, project delays, scope creep, and numerous risk factors. By virtue of its experienced workforce and alignment with Oracle’s key acquisition in Cloudbased applications, AST is uniquely positioned to reduce customers’ risks when they execute their strategy for migrating enterprise applications to the Cloud.

AST is well positioned to smooth the large, occasionally massive transformations in technology and business processes these systems require. Recognizing and leveraging the hidden potential for improvements in enterprise performance are essential for realizing the return on investment for technology improvement projects. AST Corporation, an Illinois headquartered company, has been offering innovative solutions and a unique approach to Oracle systems implementations since 1995.

Specialized. Recognized. Preferred.
AST has earned numerous recognitions from Oracle Corporation, national business associations and independent media for its solutions, growth, business and employment practices, and project delivery. For the last twenty years, AST has advanced year-by-year on its record of 100 percent on-time and on-budget project completions, a fixed-price delivery system, and several differentiating features: Oracle Platinum Partner status, a three-time Oracle Excellence Award winner, Oracle Pillar Partner status, and a high value placed on employee specialization and investment in each individual’s development.

Over time, AST has learned that the cost-effective way of doing business is in developing specializations and an indepth understanding of each industry it serves. The guiding force behind AST and its corporate vision is Pravin Kumar, founder,President and CEO.

“In the existing market landscape, your options are limited so you have to have a higher level of knowledge and understanding of the customers and their unique needs. It has become imperative to make your staff a business expert rather than only a technology expert in order to be successful,” explains Pravin.

Innovative, End-to-End Solutions
AST maintains with Oracle a Platinum level partnership, an exclusive group of companies worldwide from among over 20,000 Oracle partners. For its clients and for Oracle, AST has been and continues to be the go-to partner for not only end-to-end Oracle services, but also innovative industry solutions. AST’s Analytical Scorecards for Transits and Airports (ASTRA) product, developed using Oracle BI tools,provides timely, fact-based insight into airport and public transit operations. Another AST product running on the Oracle BI platform, Grants Analytics, provides analytics for Oracle Projects and Grants modules and allows real-time fund analysis, quick drill down access, enhanced reporting, dashboards, and control features.

By leveraging its experience in various industries – whether airport, public transit, or municipal government – AST seeks to help its clients realize the full potential of their investment in Oracle applications and technologies. The company has formed an impressive list of clients throughout the United States and Canada, including Orlando International Airport, Los Angeles County Metro, USG Corporation, the City of Chicago, Dallas County, Port of Los Angeles, and West Virginia University among others.

The Road Ahead
AST Corporation’s vision for its future is one of progressive growth, with continuing expansion into the pharmaceutical, healthcare and non-profit sectors. The company will remain at the forefront of the innovation brought on by Oracle Cloud-based applications such as CRM, HCM, ERP, Talent Management, and Fusion Applications. The company’s success and growth is attributed to its people. Through continuous education, mentoring, and Oracle certification, AST has invested in its employees and made their professional development a priority. For AST, this is fundamental to provide the best possible client service experience, and deliver projects that are consistently commended as firstclass.

Company
AST Corporation

Headquarters
Naperville, IL

Management
Pravin Kumar, Founder, President & CEO

Description
A specialized Oracle E-Business Suite systems integrator founded with the objective of helping customers realize the full potential of their investment in Oracle Applications