Overview

AST’s technology and nimble approach were developed in response to a clear goal: To provide industry-leading support for our clients' evolving informational and operational needs

AST’s dynamic technology platforms were built to deliver compelling insights and operational efficiencies to our clients. Our commitment to the continued evolution of both our underlying platform as well as our powerful enterprise tools is supported by AST’s ongoing investment in our people, platforms and processes.

Our robust framework of technical solutions was developed - and continues to be optimized - in partnership with AST’s deep subject matter experts and key business stakeholders. This unique collaboration between business strategists and technical teams enables us to deliver some of the most customized tools in the industry, even within our highly regulated lines of business. Learn more about our approach, flexible infrastructure, stringent security measures and continued innovation strategy below.

 

AST technology platform

Platform Delivery and Operational Controls

Platform Delivery and Operational Controls
Our team delivers value through continued innovation and enhancement of our systems and by integrating technology into our operational platform

At AST, we make significant investments in the ongoing evolution of our existing platforms, as well as new platform development, to drive incremental value. Our technology experts draw upon our vast pool of intellectual property – developed over decades of experience – to envision, build, and deploy innovative solutions that support the evolving needs of our clients, and respond to changes in regulatory and compliance requirements.

Our enterprise project management office oversees all critical programs, including the implementation of best practices and processes across our business areas. Through these efforts, we provide a consistently high level of service to our clients and our business stakeholders.

Stable, Scalable and Flexible Infrastructure

AST optimizes the client experience by ensuring our operational infrastructure is high performing and accessible

We take pride in our ability to provide clients with integrated solutions and platforms that provide continual access to their data, delivering the tools and customization they need to always maintain their momentum. We ensure critical operational performance by utilizing automated monitoring of system and application performance and we execute regular proactive system-wide evaluations of required performance trends and systems capacity.  

We also maintain a scalable, virtualized private cloud architecture and utilize best-in-class data replication techniques between our data centers to promote a robust disaster recovery model and business continuity plans. Through our investments in our infrastructure, our operational processes and our best practices, we assist our clients in successfully navigating tomorrow’s challenges, including regulatory change, new disclosure demands, investor activism, and the industry’s increasing need to consolidate outsourced resources.

Stable, Scalable and Flexible Infrastructure

Data Security and Regulatory Soundness

Data Security and Regulatory Soundness
Our three-pronged approach focuses on taking proactive measures that maximize data integrity and privacy for our clients

Maintaining the security of company, client, and employee information is a top priority for AST. For this reason, we continuously invest in security solutions, with best practices and proactive initiatives that exceed industry norms in data security and regulatory soundness.

First, AST has a security team whose members bring decades of prior experience as information security officers from major financial services businesses. Second, through our Corporate Information Security Program, we proactively deter and respond to threats by utilizing enhanced levels of identity and access management, security monitoring, sensitive data encryption, and testing our systems across multiple dimensions of the security landscape. Finally, we foster an ongoing information security culture across our enterprise, with security awareness education, training and close alignment with AST’s risk and compliance governance model and processes. Through this comprehensive approach, we ensure the highest levels of privacy and data security for our clients.

The AST Innovation Lab

At AST, we prioritize ongoing innovation and investment in new areas of growth

Innovation and investment in new areas of growth have always been a top priority at AST. For this reason, AST launched an Innovation Lab to provide a rich vehicle to ideate, cultivate and deliver compelling proposals to our business and technology teams.

In the Innovation Lab, subject matter experts from all service offerings and disciplines work cross-functionally to develop fresh and exciting ideas that tap into the disruptive and innovative technology trends of our core businesses and other important verticals. With the “voice of the customer” as a critical guide, the Innovation Lab, coupled with our Operational Excellence program and other key initiatives, support our goal to continually serve our clients. By exploring these advanced opportunities, we enable a climate of continuous evolution and translate opportunity into reality.  

The AST Innovation Lab