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Oracle Certification Highlights - July 2019

Oracle Certification Highlights gives you insight on new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great things that are happening in the certification program.  Here is what's currently featured! Upgrade to Java SE 11 Certification to Keep Java Skills Market-Ready Java offers developers a continually advancing language and platform to create the next generation of rich, scalable, and secure enterprise applications through this self-paced, online training solution. The Java Programming Learning Subscription offers the complete, up-to-date Java SE training you need to keep your skills up-to-date. Perfect environment to close any knowledge gaps Labs, practice environments and access to instructors through help Affordably priced One stop for training and certification Featured Exams NEW Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 and Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 Welcome to the new generation of Oracle Database Certification! Preparing for these exams, you will gain the skills and knowledge to install, patch and upgrade Oracle Database and Oracle Grid Infrastructure for a standalone server, create and manage a backup and recovery strategy using Recovery Manager (RMAN), use RMAN for Database duplication and transportation, diagnose failures using RMAN, and manage all aspects of Multitenant container databases, pluggable databases and application containers including creation, cloning, security, transportation and backup and recovery. Pass these two exams to earn the Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional certification. Prepare for Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 exam. Prepare for Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 exam. Stay tuned to the Oracle Certification Blog for more information on this new certification in the coming days! New Exams Oracle Absence Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1047 Oracle Benefits Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1053 Oracle Financials Cloud: Receivables 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1056 Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1046 Oracle Marketing Cloud Data Management Platform 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1031 Oracle Payroll Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1050 Oracle Policy Automation Cloud 2019 Implmentation Essentials | 1Z0-1035 Oracle Responsys Marketing Platform 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1032 Oracle Revenue Management Cloud Service 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1059 Oracle Time and Labor Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1048 Retiring Exams Oracle Database 11g Exams These exams have been replaced by the current Oracle Database Administration 2019 exams. Earning the Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional credential, demonstrates that you posses of the full skill set required to perform day to day administration of the Oracle Database. Retiring Decemer 31, 2019: Oracle Database 11g: Administration I | 1Z0-052 Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Exam | 11GOCM Oracle Database 11g: Administration II | 1Z0-053 Upgrade Oracle9i/10g to Oracle Database 11g OCP | 1Z0-034 Retiring: Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Exam The Oracle Database 11g Certified Master exam retires December 31, 2019. This exam is no longer being delivered in North America, and has one remaining delivery in EMEA. It has been replaced by the newer Oracle Database 12c Certified Master exam.  View the worldwide schedule of Database Master Exams In Case You Missed it - Read These Featured Blogs Now Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions Did you know that there are FREE sample questions available for Java Programmer exams? Test your knowledge of key Java concepts before taking an exam. Get a feel for the types and difficulty of the questions you will see on the exam. Manage Your Business Like a Well Oiled Machine With PeopleSoft Applications Certifications Your business needs to manage people, processes, and finances. Get the tools you need to address the most complex of these business requirements with PeopleSoft Applications. Earning one of Oracle's PeopleSoft Applications Certifications puts YOU in the driver's seat. Allowing you to make decisions and recommendations that allow your organization to increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and achieve a lower cost of ownership. Voice of the Next Generation: Hear First-hand Why the Smart Kids Are Pursuing Java Certification Today’s young generation has grown up with access to more information than previous generations could even dream of. The internet has made learning easy and accessible anytime and anywhere. This unprecedented access to information, paired with the desire to learn the things they are passionate about, makes it easy to gain expertise at a young age. Featured Learning Subscriptions Learning subscriptions are comprehensive packaged training + certification that give you access to continually updated learning 24/7/365. Affordably priced with the latest content, resources and lab environments, they are a great way to prepare for your Oracle certification exams, which are also included in the subscriptions. Being all digital allows you to replay or skip modular training content to focus on what you need now.  Learn, practice and prove your skills on your schedule, where ever you are. PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription PeopleSoft Applications are designed to address the most complex business requirements. By implementing an integrated suite of applications, PeopleSoft Applications provide a comprehensive business and industry solution, enabling organizations to increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and provide a lower cost of ownership. NEW Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription Access Comprehensive Oracle Database Training – Explore New Features and Develop Advanced Oracle Database Administration Skills. NEW Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Learn SQL, Application Express, and Other Core Database Developer Tools Used to Build Successful Applications. Oracle Certification Success “It is essential to demonstrate expertise with the products you are implementing”.  Alyssa Johnson – Keste, Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financial Management Certified Implementation Specialist, Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2016 Certified Implementation Specialist   Brandye Barrington sat on a panel recently with Alyssa at OATUG’s annual Collaborate Conference, and subsequently participated with her in a webinar for the OATUG membership. Alyssa has extensive experience in project management, finance, and computer systems.  Served as the President of the OATUG in 2014 and 2017.  Presents webinars and workshops on a variety of Oracle application topics.  One of the primary authors of The Release 12 Primer.  Oracle ACE. Certifications: 2008: Release 12 Bootcamp Year  2009: Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financial Management Certified Implementation Specialist 2016: Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2017 Implementation Essentials   Value of Certification: As a consultant, it is essential to demonstrate expertise with the products you are implementing.   Passing Oracle certification exams, which are known throughout the industry as being difficult exams, is one way to demonstrate that expertise.   In preparing for certification exams, you are able to deep dive into key functionality, expanding your breadth of knowledge Submit your story! Explore All Oracle Certifications

Oracle Certification Highlights gives you insight on new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great things that are happening in the certification...

Oracle Database 12c Master Exams Now Hosted on OU Cloud Servers - What This Means for You

contributed by Joel Goodman Oracle University is pleased to announce a new environment for the Oracle Database 12c Certified Master exams. Previously, the exams were deployed on desktop hardware in Oracle University Test Centers that are used for OCM exams. The new environments are hosted on Oracle university Cloud servers and accessed remotely and securely from the Oracle University Test Centers. This change applies to these exams: Oracle Database 12c Certified Master Exam Oracle Database 12c Certified Master Upgrade Exam This new environment provides more memory, CPU and Input Output bandwidth than was possible previously, given the constraints of the classroom hardware. The effects of this change are: Some skillset times have been decreased due to changes in performance using the new environment. This time reduction has been made to correspond exactly to the time savings gained by having certain tasks execute much faster than before. The instructions provided by the proctor for accessing the environment have changed to inform candidates how to access the hosted exam environment using a secure tunnel from their classroom desktop. Some skillset task instructions have been reworded to clarify them. Note: Only the environments have changed, not the exams. They continue as before.

contributed by Joel Goodman Oracle University is pleased to announce a new environment for the Oracle Database 12c Certified Master exams. Previously, the exams were deployed on desktop hardware in...

What Does it Cost to Get Oracle Certified?

You're ready to get Oracle Certified. Now what?  You prepare for your exam by reviewing certification requirements, checking out exam topics and making your study plan. But how do you plan for how much you will spend on certification? What does Oracle Certification cost? This is a fair question. Unfortunately, the answer is not as straightforward as the question, but I can give you the tools to plan for your financial investment as you are planning your investment of time and effort. One of the first considerations is the certification you wish to earn. Some certifications require passing one exam to earn certification, some require two, and three are required in a few cases. A handful of certifications also require training.  The next consideration is how prepared you are already. How much training will you need to prepare yourself for the exam? Do you need A-Z training on the product or job role, or have you been working with the product for some time and just need modular training? How do you learn? Do you prefer consecutive days of instructor-led training in a classroom environment, or online as a live virtual class. Or do you learn better at your own pace, with modularized content that you can stop, repeat, or skip as needed, similar to the training model provided in Oracle University's learning subscriptions? Finally, do you feel the need for additional preparation - practice exams, guided review? For select exams, there are practice exams available from our vendor Kaplan IT Training. There are also Exam Prep Seminar and packages available to help you finalize your preparation.  These considerations may have you more confused than ever, so we will continue on to lay out some actual numbers and scenarios. By the end of this post, you will be able to better estimate what it will cost you to earn an Oracle Certification.  Related:  Top Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them Exam Cost Most Oracle Certification exams cost USD $245. Junior associate exams, aimed at students and a more entry-level audience are considerably less at USD $95. Oracle Certified Master exams, which are day-long, often multi-day, performance-based exams cost considerably more. Master exams only represent a handful of Oracle Certification exams. The USD $245 price point is where most test-takers will be. Training Cost Oracle University training typically varies by the length of the training course. Classroom training is approximately USD $814/day, so a 5-day course would typically cost USD $4070. A live virtual class is approximately USD $772/day, so a 5-day course would typically cost USD $3860. Training On Demand, which is 90 days unlimited access to a video course that can be taken anytime and from anywhere and features classroom content delivered by expert instructors, is also priced based on the number of days a classroom course would run. Training On Demand courses are approximately USD $680/day, so a 5-day course would typically cost USD $3400. Alternatively, candidates can opt for the self-paced training delivered in a learning subscription. These subscriptions offer 24/7 access to continually updated training for 12 months and integrate hands-on labs as well as certification. These subscriptions usually range in cost from approximately USD $1695 to USD $6995 depending on the amount of content and number of exams included in the subscription. The benefit of a learning subscription is that purchasing this training does will not incur extra cost for exams. Additional Preparation Cost Oracle offers three additional preparation products for our core Java and Database certifications. Kaplan IT Training Practice Exams - Practice exams use realistic exam simulations to help you prepare and give you a sneak preview of what to expect on the actual exam. These are available as a 30-day option for USD $88 or a 180-day option for USD $129. Exam Prep Seminars - These seminars offer a focused and fast-paced review of exam material, available on demand. They provide a structured study plan as well as self-pacing and thorough topic review. Exam Prep Seminars cost USD $245. Exam Prep Seminar Packages - These packages contain the exam prep seminar, as well as a practice exam, an exam voucher, and a free retake should you fail the exam on the first attempt. The cost of these packages is USD $617, but keep in mind that you do not incur an additional cost for the exam, and you have a free retake available should you fail the exam on your first attempt.   Related: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kaplan IT Training's Exam Prep Packages Real-World Scenarios of Oracle Certification Cost Now that you know the considerations, the training and preparation options, and the costs of the components, let's put it all together and map out some real-world scenarios that will give you a clear picture of what you can expect to invest in your Oracle Certification path.  Let's take a look at three popular certification paths - Java Developer, Oracle Database Developer, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect. It should be noted before we begin, that all costs are provided in USD. Exam and training costs may vary based on country. You will need to visit the Oracle University website to get a true picture of cost in your country, in your local currency.  Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer (Java SE 11 OCP) Let's take a look at Juan, Priya, and Lauren who all want to earn the Java SE 11 OCP certification. This certification requires passing two exams in order to earn the certification. Related: It's Here! NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Certification! Juan has been a Java Developer for two decades and invests time into exploring and learning each new version of Java as it is released. Juan is a busy developer, who has never taken the time to get certified. He does not feel that he needs formal training to pass the exams. Juan will only take the certification exams required to earn Java SE 11 OCP. Product Cost Java SE 11 Programmer I exam $245 USD Java SE 11 Programmer II exam $245 USD Total $490 USD   Priya is fresh out of university and has been exposed to Java coding throughout her youth and university career, but has no real-world experience. In a tough job market, she feels that Java Certification will give her an advantage over her peers. Priya wants to take full advantage of the educational and exam prep opportunities Oracle offers. She will take instructor-led classroom training, and then take the two certification exams required to earn Java SE 11 OCP. Product Cost Java SE Programming I  - ILT Course $2785 USD* Java SE 11 Programmer I exam $245 USD Java SE Programming II - ILT Course $2785 USD* Java SE 11 Programmer II exam $245 USD Total $5840 USD *Note: course cost does not follow typical metric. To get the cost of each component in your certification path, in your local currency, check the Oracle University website.   Lauren is a single mom who moved up the ranks at her company as a self-taught Java Developer with no formal training. Lauren has just been laid off from her job and wants to earn the certification to help get a better job with higher salary. The learning subscription appeals to Lauren because of the freedom it offers her to train on her own schedule. Product Cost Core Java Learning Subscription $1695 USD (Total)* *This learning subscription includes one attempt of each required exam at no additional cost, and Lauren has 12 months to complete the training and take the exams. Additionally, Lauren has access to hands-on labs and any new content that is added in the 12 months as well as any other exams included in the subscription.   Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (PL/SQL Developer OCP) In this scenario, Juan, Priya, and Lauren are pursuing the Database Developer certification, which also requires two exams in order to earn the certification. There are two options for the first exam requirement. Candidates can pass either exam Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 or Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL | 1Z0-144 to fulfill the first exam requirement. In these scenarios, we will assume that each candidate chooses to take exam Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 because they will earn the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate certification by passing this exam and end up with two certifications rather than one. Again, Juan is a very experienced Database Developer who wishes to earn the certification without pursuing formal training. He does not feel that he needs formal training to pass the exams. Juan will only take the certification exams required to earn the PL/SQL Developer OCP. Product Cost Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 exam $245 USD Oracle Database: Advanced PL/SQL 1Z0-148 exam $245 USD Total $490 USD   Priya wants to launch her career as a new university graduate, but has no real-world experience. In a tough job market, she feels that Oracle certification will give her an advantage over her peers. Priya wants to take full advantage of the educational and exam prep opportunities Oracle offers. She will take instructor-led classroom training, and then prepare for the exams with the exam prep seminar packages, after which she will take the two certification exams required to earn PL/SQL Developer OCP. Product Cost Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL - ILT course $4070 USD Exam Prep Seminar Package: Oracle Database SQL* $617 USD Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL - ILT course** $2442 USD Exam Prep Seminar Package: Program with PL/SQL* $617 USD Total $7746 USD *Remember that with this package, Priya gets an exam voucher plus one free retake of the exam should she fail. She will not incur any additional cost for this exam **There are 2 courses recommended, the 11g and 12c versions of Advanced PL/SQL. Priya chose to take only the 12c version.   Lauren is a single mom who has some self-taught PL/SQL Developer skills with no formal training. Lauren has just been laid off from her job and wants to earn the certification to help get a better job with higher salary. The learning subscription appeals to Lauren because of the freedom it offers her to train on her own schedule. Product Cost Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription $2995 USD (Total)* *This learning subscription includes one attempt of each required exam at no additional cost, and Lauren has 12 months to complete the training and take the exams. Additionally, Lauren has access to hands on labs and any new content that is added in the 12 months as well as any other exams included in the subscription.   Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Certified Architect Associate (OCI OCA) This scenario looks at our friends as they pursue the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Certified Architect Associate certification (2019 coming soon!). This certification only requires one exam and has an easy path to certification. The recommended training is the learning subscription, so we will only look at two scenarios for this certification. Juan is very experienced and does not feel the need to complete formal training before taking this exam.  Product Cost Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Architect Associate | 1Z0-932 $245 USD (Total)     Lauren wants the training, but needs training that will fit her busy, single-mom schedule. She will purchase the learning subscription. Product Cost Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription $2995 USD (Total)* *This learning subscription includes one attempt of the required exam at no additional cost, and Lauren has 12 months to complete the training and take the exam. Additionally, Lauren has access to any new content that is added in the 12 months, and any other exams included in the subscription. Summary To summarize, there is no standard when it comes to what it costs to earn a certification. You have to consider several factors. The best way to figure your cost to earn a certification is to: Determine your required path. Go to the All Certifications page. Select the View All button at the bottom of the page. Select Show All. Click on the certification you will pursue. You will see the required certification steps on this page along with recommended training. Click on the exam link to go to the exam page where you can see the exam cost as well as any additional preparation tools that are available. Make a list of the components you are going to purchase (exam, training course, learning subscription, practice exam, etc). If you are going to complete training determine which training you are going to complete and find the training on the Oracle University website. Type of training: Full class, learning subscription. Training format if you choose to take a full class: Instructor-led in-class, Live Virtual Class, Training On Demand. Country: Training may vary slightly by country. Check the Oracle University website to see specific training costs for your course, in your country, in your local currency. Determine if you need additional preparation. Kaplan IT Training Practice Exam. Exam Prep Seminar or Package. Check cost of the exam(s) and add to the preparation cost. Country: Training may vary slightly by country. Check the Oracle University website to see specific training costs for your course, in your country, in your local currency.

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Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions

Did you know that there are FREE sample questions available for Java Programmer exams? Test your knowledge of key Java concepts before taking an exam. Get a feel for the types and difficulty of the questions you will see on the exam. Related: It's Here! NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Certification! You’ve attended classes, studied, practice and prepared. Take this final step to ensure you’re ready. Access the free sample questions for each of the Java exams below. Certification Overview and Sample Questions: Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 Certification Overview and Sample Questions: Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 Sample Questions: Java SE 8 Programmer I | 1Z0-808 Sample Questions: Java SE 8 Programmer II | 1Z0-809 Sample Questions: Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer | 1Z0-810 Sample Questions: Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions) | 1Z0-813 Looking for more in-depth Java Certification Practice Exams? Take a moment to consider what passing your Java exam looks like - not just the elation and relief you'll feel after receiving a passing score. Look at what it means to your life or your family to pass the exam(s) and earn a Java Certification. Will you get that job you've been hoping for. Will your salary increase to a level that allows you to make meaningful changes in your lifestyle? Sometimes passing an exam and earning a certification is not as simple as passing an exam and earning a certification. Viewing the accomplishment through a broader lens can give you a different perspective. What you get out of something directly relates to what you've put into it. Preparing to upgrade your certification cultivates in-demand Java programming skills that are crucial in a competitive job market. Achieving your certification validates your skills, you become recognized as an industry leader, and empowers you with abilities to solve real-world scenarios. Oracle University provides Java training courses, certification exam prep seminars and Java practice exams to prepare you to validate your skills. With realistic exam simulations, taking a Java certification practice test allows you to better assess your strengths and weaknesses prior to taking the actual exam so that you can focus your final preparation. Learn more about available Java Certification Practice Tests from Oracle University and how you can increase your chances of passing. Ready to take a leap that could change your life? Below is a list of our current Java Certifications. Purchase an exam voucher online to take the required exams at a Pearson VUE testing center, an Oracle Testing Center, or at your own location via online proctoring. Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java SE Programmer Certification Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (novice-level certification) Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Java SE Programmer Certification Exams Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer NEW Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer (Upgrade from OCP Java 6, 7 & 8) NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (upgrade from Java SE 6 and all prior versions) Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (upgrade from Java SE 7) Oracle Certified Master (OCM) Java EE Programmer Certification Exams Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Upgrade to Java EE 6 Oracle Certified Master Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) Java EE Programmer Certification Exams Java EE 7 Application Developer Upgrading your certification to Java SE 11 and have questions? Get your questions answered.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kaplan IT Training's Exam Prep Packages

We recently sat down with John Brooks from Kaplan IT Training to ask a few questions about the practice tests they develop to help candidates prepare for Oracle certification exams.    Oracle has so many certification exams. How does Kaplan IT Training decide which certification exams they will build practice tests for?   Our practice tests are vendor-driven, which means we work directly with Oracle to gain a better understanding of how, what, and when to create our practice tests. At the end of the day, it is all about the demand for specific certifications, how large the pool of candidates is, and how critical the need is in the industry for that role. If the Oracle certification team tells us they have high demand for a particular certification product, then we schedule an internal meeting and start working on the requirements for that practice test.    How does Kaplan IT Training develop the Oracle Certification practice tests?   We work alongside Oracle engineers who are certified for the technology and have years of experience using those technologies. We reach out to the Oracle certification team for the exam blueprint, which gives us the section, objective, and sub-objective topics and weightings. If the exam is in beta, then we will take it, but sometimes we begin this process earlier and schedule our exam sitting for when it goes live. We take that information and gather requirements for each objective, including any insights from the job task analysis process. We then try to make sure that our sources cover all the material that is going to be on the actual exam and identify any references we’ll need. We focus on the objective weightings with our blueprint, but the sub-objectives are addressed at a high level, leaving room for adjustment during the development process. Our approach is to cover all possible items by asking several different questions about the sub-objective while making sure that our resources are viable and substantial.      When we write our practice tests, we create viable questions, but we also create key learning points by using solid and logical alternative answers. By this, we mean that we really think about the alternative answers and offer in-depth explanations for why the wrong answers are incorrect.   Who creates these practice tests?   From an Oracle product line perspective, I actually create the practice tests. I am the primary content developer and subject matter expert, although there are others on the team that contribute as well. I have been in the industry for 15 years and am certified in multiple versions of Oracle and other relational database management versions. I have been an adjunct professor at Purdue University Global for over 10 years as well.   Let me add that our practice tests go through a technical review that validates the information in the practice tests, and that information is compared to what Oracle advises. This final information then goes through a thorough copyediting and quality assurance regimen as well.   How do Kaplan IT Training practice tests help candidates prepare for an exam?   Our practice tests are specifically written to help students pass their specific Oracle exam, with the goal of a 100% success rate for qualified candidates. We focus on writing our practice tests to account for all the information covered on the exam. It is also all about confidence! When a candidate uses our practice tests, stress level is reduced and confidence is increased, allowing them to focus on the exam content itself. I always say passing a certification exam is all about learning and mastering the material. And the best way a candidate can do that is by using Kaplan IT Training as a benchmark and certification tool to ensure career success.   View available practice exams.   Related:  An In-Depth Look at The Kaplan Way for Learning

We recently sat down with John Brooks from Kaplan IT Training to ask a few questions about the practice tests they develop to help candidates prepare for Oracle certification exams.    Oracle has so...

Manage Your Business Like a Well Oiled Machine With PeopleSoft Applications Certifications

Your business needs to manage people, processes, and finances. Get the tools you need to address the most complex of these business requirements with PeopleSoft Applications. Earning one of Oracle's PeopleSoft Applications Certifications puts YOU in the driver's seat. Allowing you to make decisions and recommendations that allow your organization to increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and achieve a lower cost of ownership. The PeopleSoft Human Resources Implementation Specialist Certification ensures that you have a firm grasp on HR business process. Preparation for this exam goes on to help you learn to create tables for specific business units, manage people, job data, positions, compensation, pay groups, company settings, and permissions. Expertise with this application helps you set up and deliver a tool to manage all aspects of your company's people.  Preparing for the PeopleSoft Financials Implementation Specialist Certification gives you strong foundation in PeopleSoft Financials. Passing the exam shows your expertise in all aspects of the PeopleSoft Financials application such as General Ledger, Payments, Receivables, Suppliers and Collections. This helps you offer greater visibility into critical information with a single, accurate view of all project related activities. Earn this certification By passing this exam Prepare with this training PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Resources Certified Implementation Specialist PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Resources Essentials | 1Z0-416 PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials Certified Implementation Specialist PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials Implementation Essentials 1Z0-631 PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription   The great thing about learning subscription training is that it provides you the freedom to learn in your own time. Learning Subscription training is: accessible on most devices -- laptops, tablets, and smart phones – anywhere you have a web browser lectures led by experts who round out their discussions with white boarding, diagrams, and demonstrations easy to practice - request an environment and try out what you've learned for yourself by following the activities in the Student Guide (eKit). fully navigable by using filters that allow you to quickly view the exact training modules you need. an accountability tool - skill checks allow you to measure how much you’ve learned and identify areas that With the skills and knowledge gained during exam preparation, work on great projects like these:                Finally, subscribe to PeopleSoft Now to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations!

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Voice of the Next Generation: Hear First-hand Why the Smart Kids Are Pursuing Java Certification

Today’s young generation has grown up with access to more information than previous generations could even dream of. The internet has made learning easy and accessible anytime and anywhere. This unprecedented access to information, paired with the desire to learn the things they are passionate about, makes it easy to gain expertise at a young age.   There is perhaps no better illustration of this than in the world of technology, where youngsters are not only developing their skills but also achieving recognized industry qualifications long before finishing their formal education. Indeed, some are introduced to programming languages as soon as they’ve learned to speak in their native language – sparking an early interest that rapidly leads to programming fluency.   In the following in-depth interview we ask Andy Nilson, a 14-year-old Java enthusiast from Mountain View, California, about his activities within the Java community, his experiences of learning – and teaching – Java, and his motivations for becoming Oracle Java Certified before he even starts high school.   When and how did you first become interested in IT, and specifically in Java?   I've been around Java and tech for as long as I can remember, perhaps since around the age of three. My dad is a Java Champion, and he also runs the Silicon Valley Java User Group, so when I was growing up I was always around people who were super enthusiastic about Java.   There were lots of fun parties, and I also went on the JavaOne bike ride where Java supporters from all over the world cycle around San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge.   At the Java User Group meetups I got to meet a lot of developers, and to see first-hand how much they enjoy exploring the latest Java features; plus, I always looked forward to eating the amazing pizza!   How did you first start learning Java?   When I was younger I went to a two-day event at Oracle headquarters, learning about Alice and Greenfoot. This gave me the chance to learn Java from the pros, and with other kids my age.   I also attended coding fairs like Devoxx4Kids and JavaOne4Kids, where I gained more knowledge about Java in gaming and robotics. For example, I learned more advanced Java-based tools like LeJOS for Lego Mindstorms, and how to create Minecraft mods – where essentially you can modify or make additions to the game.     Minecraft certainly seems to be both a popular and fun way for kids to learn Java. Which Java projects have you most enjoyed working on?   In total I’ve probably written at least 20 projects in Java, starting when I was around eight years old. One of the coolest projects I made was a crazy explosive TNT in Minecraft. In Lego Mindstorms I made a cool little car that avoided walls, and I also used Java for creating a clicker game for an Android app. Right now I enjoy using Java mostly for robotics and for home automation.   That sounds pretty exciting! What kind of home automation and robotics projects?   In my room at home I have motion sensors and LED light strips on the floor, which make amazing ground lighting effects. For this I used Raspberry Pi. One of my major hobbies is robotics, and right now I’m a lead programmer for a robotics club – the Barcbots – based in nearby Cupertino.   Next week we’ll actually be heading to the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, after we qualified last month by winning the California State VEX VRC Championships Middle School Division.   Congratulations on your recent success! And best of luck in Louisville! So how much time are you spending at the moment either using Java or learning about it?   Each week I probably spend around twenty hours doing robotics, which also includes C++. Right now I am studying for the Oracle Java Certification exam, which I plan to take at the end of summer. So I spend at least ten hours a week learning about Java or going through exercises, in addition to making small projects each month based on what I learn.   There are many innovative ways to learn about Java. Where are you getting your Java knowledge from, and how are you preparing for the exam?   Currently I use a lot of online materials. Oracle has great documentation online, which anyone can use to learn Java, and they are a really useful tool in my opinion. Also, Safari Online from O’Reilly has a lot of good books and videos. And my dad has helped me a bunch too – I’m really thankful to have him as a resource when there are certain things I don’t understand!   At what stage did you start thinking about getting certified, and what was your motivation for pursuing certification?   I wanted to become a better lead programmer overall for my VEX robotics team, and decided that Oracle Certification would be a great way for me to expand my knowledge in Java and coding in general. For example, I want to learn tricks for simple code, so I don’t need to type out at length; and to learn more advanced Java techniques and algorithms that I could use in my development projects.   Also, I was thinking about the future, and that being Oracle Certified will really increase my chances of getting into a good college, and hopefully help me secure an internship even before high school is over.   My dad has also been encouraging me to go for certification. He became Java certified in 2002, and in fact he recently surprised me by announcing that he will take the exam at the same time as me – a little friendly competition to see who gets the higher score! So over the summer we’ll work on some projects together, I’ll study extra hard, and we’ll see who wins!   What are some of your best memories and proudest accomplishments in your Java journey so far?   I’ve always enjoyed helping others with their Java knowledge. Very early on, I led a hands-on lab at a JavaOne4Kids day, and I was then invited to speak about the experience at a JavaOne keynote. I’ve also presented at the OSCON Kids Day in Portland, Oregon and in Austin, Texas, and co-presented with my dad at various events for both kids and adults.   In 2017, I gave a talk at Oracle Code One, called ‘Creating a Connected Home’, which won a Code One Star Award for being among the best talks at the conference. I’ve also submitted a talk for this year’s Oracle Code One, so I’m hoping to present again and share a bunch of ideas around IoT and home automation. One of the things I really like is presenting and teaching Java to kids, and seeing how happy they are as their knowledge grows.   What other programming languages do you know, and how does Java fit in with your overall IT knowledge?   I also do a lot of programming in C and C++, as well as Objective-C, and also some Python, JavaScript, and HTML. But I like Java’s power, and its type safety, and each time Java evolves, the new features make development much easier and quicker.   Last summer I focused a lot on IT security, which I think is really important. I watched a bunch of videos on one-way and two-way encryption, and was constantly asking my dad lots of questions about how security works, how passwords are stored, and how data is transferred.   I’m also interested in machine learning and AI. Recently, I’ve been following the developments and successes of AlphaGo, and I’m also a fan of OpenAI, an organization which aims to ensure that AI benefits all of humanity.   Do you also have hobbies outside of the tech sphere?   I enjoy playing hockey with my friends, and roller soccer on Wednesday nights, and I also just like playing with my two younger brothers.   Are your brothers also budding Java evangelists?   Well, they both like technology, but one of them is six years old, and the other is four, so I don’t know if they have specifically decided on coding yet!   What are your short-term and long-term aspirations?   Eventually I’d like to be a software engineer. So I plan to study computer science at college, and I’d like to continue teaching Java classes over the summer. But right now I’m just focusing on the robotics world championships next week. And after that, I’ll be concentrating on hopefully passing my Java certification exam in August.   Finally, what advice do you have for other young people who are thinking about taking up Java?   Firstly, find something that you're passionate about. For me it was IoT and robotics that really drove my interest in learning more about Java.   Also, just start with the basics – learn the syntax, and then begin with small projects, gradually building up to bigger and bigger ones. It’s important to do all the exercises, and not to skip through any of the content. And then just keep persevering; keep practicing so that it's always fresh on your mind and you are always learning.   UPDATE: Andy’s passion and perseverance pay off in the face of adversity   Andy’s bid for success at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Kentucky made headlines at MSN News – but not for the reasons he’d hoped!   Disaster struck for his Barcbots teammates on their journey to the competition, when the team’s robot was lost in transit after their plane was rerouted through several cities. Andy also experienced flight issues, and was still in California when his team rang through with the bad news.   With just hours remaining before the competition start, the team rallied around and resolved to fully rebuild a robot from scratch – by using spare parts from their garage and picking up a new drive train. The rebuild would not compare with their original, which had taken months of building and programming, but Andy and the whole team were determined to do their best against all the odds.   Luckily, the airline found the missing robot just in the nick of time, and, over the next few days, the Barcbots went on to finish 24th from a field of nearly 200 teams from all over the world.   Congratulations to Andy and the Barcbots team!   Are you passionate about Java? When and how did you start to learn? What advice do you have for Java beginners? Share your Java story with us in the comments below!

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Oracle Certification Highlights - June

Oracle Certification Highlights gives you insight on new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great things that are happening in the certification program.  Here is what's currently featured! Oracle Certification Test Fest at ODTUG Kscope19 June 23-27, Seattle, Washington is the place to be if you're an Oracle Developer! Not only is this a great opportunity to network with your peers from across the globe, gain the latest knowledge, and learn from the experts, but you can also test for free at this year's conference. Space is limited.  Sign up here. Java SE 11 Developer Certification Should be on Your Radar According to Joe Bolenour, "Java Joe" to some, Java SE 11 is the best platform to develop any type of applications in the industry including On-Premise and Cloud applications. You probably already know that the Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer is now available. Read this for answers to all your Java SE 11 Certification questions.    Looking for more?  Get started.  Deliver fast, scalable, secure Java applications with Oracle WebLogic Server Oracle WebLogic Server sets the industry standard for Java application servers. And the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator certification sets the standard for WLS administrators with the ability to deliver fast, scalable, secure applications. Obtaining this certification gives you the skills to confidently set up server environments, tune performance and troubleshoot. With Oracle WebLogic Server 12c being more cloud-ready than ever before, new features like Dynamic Clusters and Elastic JMS make it easier to deploy WLS in a private or public cloud, or both. Get training View the digital certification badge  Featured Exams NEW Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud 2019 Specialist exam (1Z0-931) Database Administrators, Monitors, and Dev Ops administrators, understand the features and workflows of Autonomous Database. Learn to provision, manage, and migrate to Autonomous Transaction Database (ATP) and Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW). Learn how to to keep your skills current and more valuable with the movement toward Autonomous Database Cloud. Prepare for your exam> RETIRING: Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Exam The Oracle Database 11g Certified Master exam retires December 31, 2019. This exam is no longer being delivered in North America, and has one remaining delivery in EMEA. It has been replaced by the newer Oracle Database 12c Certified Master exam.  View the worldwide schedule of Database Master Exams In Case You Missed it - Read These Featured Blogs Now Three Important Things Smart DBAs Know About How Autonomous Database Will Affect Their Roles With autonomous database technology becoming more ubiquitous, the role of the DBA is becoming more strategic. As the routine tasks of the Database Administrator, such as such as provisioning new databases, upgrading or patching existing databases, and making backups are being automated through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the DBA is being freed up to take on a more prominent role in developing new business initiatives.  Step Into the Future of Digital Credentialing: Publish Your Badge to Blockchain Your Oracle Certification digital badges can now be published to blockchain through the sharing options on the Acclaim platform.  The Right Learning for the Right Outcome Technology is a tool and, like all tools, how well it performs depends almost entirely on the competency of the people using it. How can you ensure you get the needed competency?  Today’s technology tools are complex and, used by both end users and technical teams, where more often than not, a one-off, one-size-fits-all training course may not meet all your needs. Featured Learning Subscriptions Autonomous Database is transforming data management and administration. Don't get caught with your head OUT of the cloud. The Autonomous Database Cloud Service Learning Subscription is now available. Learning subscriptions are comprehensive packaged training + certification that give you access to continually updated learning 24/7/365. Affordably priced with the latest content, resources and lab environments, they are a great way to prepare for your Oracle certification exams, which are also included in the subscriptions. Being all digital allows you to replay or skip modular training content to focus on what you need now.  Learn, practice and prove your skills on your schedule, where ever you are. Oracle Certification Success Stories  Read personal stories from Oracle Certified people around the globe that we hope will inspire and inform.  We are always looking for a great story. Submit your own story! Explore All Oracle Certifications

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Your Java SE 11 Certification Questions Answered

The modernized Java SE 11 Certification has been available for a couple of months now. You've had time to test drive it a bit and get comfortable with the new topics. Now you may have some questions before you jump in and start pursuing this latest version of Java certification.  RELATED: It's Here! NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Certification! We've got your answers. From the new single-level certification, to how to earn the SE 11 certification in your specific situation, this frequently asked questions (FAQ) guide will give you the answers you need to start your path today. Whether you are new to Java certification, need to upgrade from an earlier version, or have taken a single exam and need to know your next steps, you will find your path in this comprehensive guide. RELATED: Modernize Your Java Skills With Java SE 11 Certification Learn why you should get Java Certified whether you are just starting out, or a seasoned Java Developer. Find out what Oracle has done for Java in the past 10 years. Discover what the Java Developer job role looks like and get a peek into a typical day. You can also find out what is required to get certified and how to prepare for the certification exams.  Download the guide now, then start your Java SE 11 certification path.

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Three Important Things Smart DBAs Know About How Autonomous Database Will Affect Their Roles

Spoiler alert: The DBA role is NOT going away or being diminished by the rise of Oracle Autonomous Database. With autonomous database technology becoming more ubiquitous, the role of the DBA is becoming more strategic. As the routine tasks of the Database Administrator, such as such as provisioning new databases, upgrading or patching existing databases, and making backups are being automated through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), the DBA is being freed up to take on a more prominent role in developing new business initiatives.  Previous posts on this blog, Re-tool Your Database Skills to Remain Relevant and Are Your DBA Tasks Changing? have provided an introduction to the changing role of the DBA, but this new ipaper, The Rise of the Strategic DBA offers a comprehensive look at at what five long-time database experts (names you are probably familiar with) have to say about how Oracle Autonomous Database is positively changing the way DBAs work and how they themselves are moving in the direction of automation.  The innovations introduced in Oracle Autonomous Database help to simplify database management for DBAs while enabling them to advance their skills and expand their strategic role in the organization. Three important things for DBAs to keep in mind with this shift toward automation are outlined below. 1. Data is king. Without data, there is no context. Data can help define and track important business trends and customer needs. Good quality data can help you stay ahead of your competition. As DBAs are freed up from the more mundane tasks of database management, they are are able to help focus on extracting more value from the data being gathered.  2. Get Your Head in the Cloud Scalability alone makes the Cloud a great option for your database. Add to that, reduced cost and improved performance. The cloud-based capabilities of Autonomous Database makes moving to the could a necessity for the future of your data. 3. Your Role is Still Crucial Though much of the routine maintenance is automated with Oracle Autonomous Database, there is sill an important role for the DBA. Defining the database architecture Creating data models Integrating new data sources Tuning business applications Managing security configurations Orchestrating a smooth transition to the cloud Keeping track of where the data resides, what it represents, and which users and applications can access it Learn more about what your role will look like as the future of the DBA becomes more strategic. Then learn Autonomous Database skills and prove those skills with Oracle Certification. The Autonomous Database Cloud Services Learning Subscription delivers 12 months of 24/7 access to continuously updated training and hands-on labs in addition to certification.

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Step Into the Future of Digital Credentialing: Publish Your Badge to Blockchain

Your Oracle Certification digital badges can now be published to blockchain through the sharing options on the Acclaim platform.  I'm no techie, so I wanted to understand a little bit more about what a blockchain is. I turned to my trusty old friend, Google. I searched on 'what is the blockchain.' Never one to disappoint, Google returned about 760,000,000 results in .79 seconds. The first result was from Blockgeeks - What is Blockchain technology? A step-by-step guide for beginners. Blockgeeks tells me that "A blockchain is a growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block a timestamp, and transaction data (generally represented as a Merkle tree)." I'm going to admit that this opening description didn't help me much, but I kept reading. Using blockchain is a simple way for two entities to transact in a safe and automated manner. It creates a permanent incorruptable digital record of a transaction.  Related: Blockchain Technology Offers Enhanced Validation for Digital Credentials The benefit of this in relation to your digital badges is that when you publish your badge to blockchain, you are adding another layer of verification on top of what Acclaim already offers for your credentials. You have the option to share your badge to the blockchain or not. Once you do, that record is immutable and permanent so if the status on Acclaim ever changes or if the badge is revoked, that transaction on blockchain will not be verified. It's an extra layer of security for employers to verify credentials which adds even more value for you, the earner. The Acclaim verification is sufficient but the blockchain verification is that extra layer of confirmation that the achievement is valid, real, and still in good standing. Watch the Video: Blockchain Enabled Badges This is one more step Oracle Certification has taken into the future of credentialing. Related:  Digital Badges Modernize Certification Verification, Making Oracle Certificate Download Unnecessary Ready to earn an Oracle Certification badge?  

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The Right Learning for the Right Outcome

Technology is a tool and, like all tools, how well it performs depends almost entirely on the competency of the people using it. How can you ensure you get the needed competency?  Today’s technology tools are complex and, used by both end users and technical teams, where more often than not, a one-off, one-size-fits-all training course may not meet all your needs. Take the example of an ERP system.  End users are likely to be a combination of: Full-time users who work continuously with the system using multiple functionalities Employees who use the system a couple of times a day or week – perhaps for running reports or performing other simple, regular tasks Staff who only use the system once or twice a year – for example for ad-hoc purchase requests, travel expenses claims, or annual performance appraisals Each end user type will have different knowledge needs, and will require different training at different times. Technical teams may have a combination of diverse learning needs too. Implementers need to have a lot of in-depth knowledge up front to ensure optimal deployment. A well-timed intensive course may be suitable here, and you may wish to organize a private classroom-based training event to help build project team cohesion and morale.  Once the system is deployed, these individuals may not need such a heavy focus on learning. However, they will most likely need a refresher course later on, for example when performing upgrades, or if the system needs to be integrated with other technologies a few months or years down the line. Administrators need to constantly keep their technical knowledge current in order to utilize product capabilities and efficiencies, make business-driven optimizations throughout the year, and leverage the new system features as they emerge.  For this job role, a continuous learning program will produce better outcomes. How do you offer learning to fit all these different needs? Besides knowing who to train on what, when, and why, it’s also necessary to look at the ‘how’. Some people learn better face-to-face in a group setting where there is constant feedback. Others prefer self-study, using online tools where there are minimal distractions. Some can take a full week’s training anytime, while others need to learn in smaller chunks due to time constraints and other work commitments. It’s important to always consider your training audiences, and ensure that training is geared toward helping them learn to the best of their abilities. Oracle University offers a variety of training methods to suit these different learning styles.  In addition to the standard courses across a full range of products and technologies delivered via ILT, TOD or even LVC, let’s look at two new learning solutions and the competency levels they offer. To accelerate Oracle Cloud adoption Oracle Guided Learning is a great way to bring large numbers of employees up to speed – each according to their own knowledge requirements. As a built-in tool sitting directly within the application, it provides training support and guidance on each process step. This means that new users will never get stuck, and ad-hoc users will not need retraining, as the Guided Learning tool walks each user through the necessary task. Guided Learning is highly suited to millennials and younger workers, whose training needs can be met with short, instant, bite-sized learning rather than completing training where full job role knowledge is required. Learn- Practice - Prove Oracle Learning Subscriptions are comprehensive, packaged training solutions for technical specialists, beginner or advanced – and who may require industry certification – providing more in-depth modular, digital training and practice labs. This complete learning environment; give you 365 days of 24/7 digital access to the most up-to-date learning material, with hands on lab environments to practice and reinforce newly-acquired skills.     The subscription model is affordably priced and provides great learning flexibility – learn when, where and on what you decide – skipping or repeating modules and labs – as you learn or practice. Industry recognized Oracle certification exams are included too, completing the learning journey where courses and exam objectives are mapped and practice environments, hands on labs and skill checks are available. For those technology specialists who are working with, or would like to learn more about, multiple Oracle technologies, Oracle offers Unlimited Product Learning Subscriptions. These provide access to all titles - delivering exceptional training value. Whatever your desired training outcome is, Oracle University has a solution to meet your needs. Contact your local Oracle University representative to discuss how the right learning will help you achieve the right outcome for your business.

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Don't Miss This User Group Opportunity Launched at Collaborate 19

It has been a couple of weeks since the Collaborate 19 Conference in San Antonio, TX and we are still buzzing about the people we met, the connections made, and the general energy of it all! After 2 days of testing, greeting many of your smiling faces in the testing room and the demo grounds, and participating in a panel discussion on Oracle Certification: Pathway to Success, we departed Collaborate 19 energized by our encounters and ready to meet you again at future conferences. So many of you stopped by the Oracle University booth in the demo grounds to say hello and ask your questions in person about Oracle Certification, Learning Subscriptions, and other Oracle University training and learning options.  We were pleased to be out from behind the screens that separate us and to be speaking to you face-to-face. It is not often that we get to participate in your testing and certification experience on such a personal level as being in the testing room with you. We are reminded that our goal is really the same as yours - for you be better at what you do, and to gain all the benefits that go along with that. You are learning Oracle technology and doing all kinds of great things with what you've learned! We want to continue to help you on that journey with value-packed training and exams, engaging communities, and support along the way. To that end, in case you missed this announcement at the conference, through the end of 2019 User Group members receive a 25% discount on Oracle Certification Exams and Learning Subscriptions.  To give you an idea of what a great deal this is, take the Unlimited Product Learning Subscription (UPLS) as an example. UPLS contains: Approximately 40 learning subscriptions Several collections of training on demand (TOD) courses Approximately 33 certification exams 12 months' access to hands on labs Even better is the fact that as training is added and updated, you receive all the latest material through your subscription. All of this is an incredible value at full price. It is mind blowing with a quarter of the original price knocked off!

It has been a couple of weeks since the Collaborate 19 Conference in San Antonio, TX and we are still buzzing about the people we met, the connections made, and the general energy of it all! After 2...

Oracle Certification Highlights - May

Oracle Certification Highlights gives you insight on new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great things that are happening in the certification program.  Here is what's currently featured! NEW Java SE 11 Developer Certification Preparing for this certification gives you skills in modular programming, precise and secure coding management, and provides knowledge of all the latest new features and functionality in Java technology. Attract 2019's most desired Java jobs with Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer certification. Review this roadmap to success>  Exams Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817 Resources Download the Java SE 11 training and certification guide. Download the Java SE 11 FAQ.  Purchase an exam voucher.  Featured Exams NEW Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud 2019 Specialist exam (1Z0-931) Database Administrators, Monitors, and Dev Ops administrators, understand the features and workflows of Autonomous Database. Learn to provision, manage, and migrate to Autonomous Transaction Database (ATP) and Autonomous Data Warehouse (ADW). Learn how to to keep your skills current and more valuable with the movement toward Autonomous Database Cloud. Prepare for your exam> Featured Blogs - Read These Now Modernize Your Java Skills With Java SE 11 Certification Technology moves fast. Don't get left behind. Java Joe Boulenouar says that "Java certification is the standard gauge of knowledge and proficiency in Java Programming language." Take the first steps to earn Java SE 11 Certification> You Have an Oracle Learning Subscription Now What? If you're savvy enough to have purchased a learning subscription, you already know it allows you to learn and practice anywhere, anytime. Being a subscriber gives you 24x7 access to your own personal reference library that is continually updated with new content for 12 months. Be sure you know how to take full advantage of the exams included in your subscription. Learn to register for exams included in the learning subscription at no additional cost, at a test center or at your own location through remote proctoring. The Whiz Kids Are on the Rise: It’s Time for Experienced Developers to Wake up and Smell the Java - Meet the next generation of IT workers.  Featured Learning Subscriptions Whether you're new or an advanced Java developer, learning subscriptions are comprehensive packaged training + certification that give you access to continually updated learning 24/7/365!  Affordably priced with the latest content, resources and lab environments.  They are a great way to prepare for your Oracle certification exam.  All digital allows you to replay or skip modular training content, mapped 1:1 with exam objectives. Learn, practice and prove your skills available on your schedule; when you want and where ever you are.   Oracle University Learning Subscription Oracle certification exams included  Java Programming Learning Subscription Achieve core and enterprise Java development proficiency. Training + Certification for new learners or previously certified. Includes Java SE 8, Java SE 11, and Java EE 7, which is the platform for enterprise Java applications. The Java SE 11,  Java SE 8  and Java EE 7 Certification Exams Included. Core Java Learning Subscription  Gain core Java 11 technical skills. Training + Certification for new learners or previously certified All Three NEW Java SE 11 Certification Exams are Included. Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription Sharpen your latest in Java skills. Training + Certification for Java SE 8 OCPs. Java SE 11 Upgrade Certification Exam Included.   Want even more?  Choose the Unlimited Product Learning Subscription and get access to all titles and Oracle certification exams! NEWS Did you miss the “Java SE 8 to 12: The latest developments & how they impact your code” live webinar?  Replay here ​Stay tuned for news about Oracle Certification going to ODTUG Kscope 19!  Oracle Certification Success Stories  Read personal stories from Oracle Certified people around the globe that we hope will inspire and inform.  We are always looking for a great story. Submit your own story! Explore All Oracle Certifications

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The Final Step in Promoting Your Hard Won Oracle Skills

The late night study sessions are over. The exams are completed. The stress has eased. You have passed your exams and you are Oracle Certified! The certificate may be hanging on your office wall and your proud digital badge announces the achievement across your social media profiles.  You worked hard. You deserve to relish the glory of earning certification. You may feel like shouting from the rooftops 'I'm Oracle Certified!' We don't blame you. It is definitely an accomplishment. Go ahead and shout it. Share your digital badge all over the internet. Wallpaper your office with copies of your printed certificate.  Gloat all you want with the help of Oracle Certification branded goods. Choose from a selection of t-shirts, polo shirts, bags, journals, caps, and pens, all emblazoned with 'Oracle Certified.' Let the world know what you have achieved. Display your certification proudly. You will be easily identifiable as someone who is dedicated and hard-working, someone who won't quit until the job is finished, someone who has maximized skills and knowledge to become better at your job. Conference season is in full swing. Leave no doubt about who you are and what you represent as you network with your peers and meet potential clients. Oracle Certification goods clearly identify you as someone who is a member of an elite group of professionals who are Oracle Certified.

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The Whiz Kids Are on the Rise: It’s Time for Experienced Developers to Wake up and Smell the Java

Holden Dinerman, a home-schooled student from Alexandria, Virginia achieved Oracle Java Certification nearly three years ago. He is now 16 years old. It will be another two years before he even graduates high school. The next generation of Java developers is getting younger by the day. They do not remember a time before the Internet; most do not remember a time before Internet-enabled mobile devices. They are handy with handhelds, smart with smartphones, and they are learning fast!  In this interview, we ask Holden about his Java Certification story – his inspirations past and present, and his aspirations for the future. Experienced Java developers take heed: When did you first take an interest in IT, and what first sparked your desire to learn Java in particular? Like many kids today, I was interested in IT long before high school, and when I was around twelve or thirteen years old I began to focus more on the development side, learning programming languages such as Python and C. I particularly enjoyed static typing, and found Java’s syntax to be much cleaner than C++. Java was also popular among my peer-group, so my interest really took off from there. How did you begin to learn Java? What were the first steps on your Java journey? I started off by taking various Java tutorials and reading specialized books, as well as researching other learning material online. When I was in 8th Grade I also had help from a private tutor to further boost my Java knowledge and development skills. These were one hour sessions, once a week or so, which I found to be particularly useful in accelerating my learning. What are some of the Java projects you have worked on? To date I have worked on approximately ten to fifteen projects, each taking around two months to complete, in addition to some smaller projects lasting a couple of days. One of my earlier projects was designing and developing the back end for a hotel management system, and I’ve also enjoyed developing user management systems using Java and MySQL. Right now I’m working in Java for a networking project, building up a network protocol to update TCP/IP transmissions. At what point did you consider certification, and why? The more I studied Java during the first few months, the more I liked it, and, after about a year, I knew I wanted to learn as much Java as I could. I decided that taking Oracle Java Certification would be a great way for me to learn about Java – not just the fundamentals, but specifically those areas that Oracle considers to be the most important. Becoming Oracle Java Certified is quite an accomplishment! As you know, Oracle Certification credentials are industry and worldwide recognized. Talk us through your journey to Oracle Java Certification. Well, it took me two attempts to pass the certification exam. On my first run, while I did not enroll in any formal training, I studied and researched online as best I could – but eventually I failed to make the grade by just a couple of percentage points. I was determined to pass on my next attempt, so I purchased a study guide specifically for the Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I exam. This helped me a lot, by having all the necessary topics and learning requirements consolidated in one place, instead of needing to search for them all over the internet. By the time I retook the exam a few months later, I had managed to learn enough to be able to pass. What are some of the things you like most about Java? I like that Java has built-in, well-optimized data structures, which is a great advantage compared to other languages such as C, where you pretty much have to build them from scratch. Java’s syntax is also very easy on the eye, and I also like the interface default methods in Java 8, as well as the abstraction that Java provides. Overall, I find Java a very intuitive language to develop in, with a very interesting blend of rigid structure classes and functional types. How much of your free time do you spend working with Java? I usually spend at least one hour per day either learning or coding in Java, and more at weekends, depending on my schedule. I also enjoy soccer and athletics, so I try to find the right balance between programming and my other hobbies. How do you plan to use your certification? In a couple of years’ time I’ll be looking to enroll in an IT-related course at university, so I’m hoping that my Java Certification can help me with my future college applications. Also, the certification is a great professional resume builder, particularly for me as a young person without the years of working experience that many companies prefer. It has given me more confidence in my programming abilities, and has actually already proven to be well worth the time and investment. Thanks in part to my Oracle Java Certification, I have recently secured an exciting internship at a specialist IT firm in my local area. What are your aspirations for your future career? I’d definitely like to work in IT, but am currently undecided as to the specific job type or IT discipline. It’s difficult to predict what the job market will look like – and what technologies will be available – in six years’ time when I plan to graduate. However, I’m certain that my Oracle Java Certification will stand me in good stead whatever I eventually choose to do, so I plan to keep it updated and perhaps take a more advanced Oracle Java Certification exam in the near future. Currently, I am interested in cyber security research and development. So for a career, who knows? Perhaps a developer of security software somewhere, maybe in the public sector or for a government contractor? A bright future awaits Oracle Java Certified whiz kids, young and old With his current Oracle Certification and pending qualifications, Holden is unlikely to ever find himself short of job opportunities. One of the largest employers in his hometown of Alexandria is the US Department of Defense – and the city is also home to the headquarters of major institutions such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and the National Science Foundation. When Holden finishes his studies in just a few short years, all of these organizations and many more will surely be competing with each other to secure the benefits of his Java Certification expertise. Are you a Java whiz kid? Share your experience in the comments! How old were you when you started using Java? Are you certified yet? What are your certification plans? Get Started: Train and Certify: With the Core Java Learning Subscription Receive one free attempt for each certification exam included in the learning paths. Oracle Learning Subscriptions offer the biggest value in training and certification savings. Or Plan Your Own Path Take this training: Java SE: Programming I Java SE: Programming II Take these exams: Java SE: Programmer I (1Z0-815) Java SE: Programmer II (1Z0-816)

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How to Become a Desired Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud (HCM) Implementer

As companies grow, data management and consolidation of data and systems becomes a very important need in improving their reporting and decision making. The Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud is our solution to these businesses looking to track, manage and engage employees and data better. If you are selling or implementing the Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud (HCM) solution have you thought about gaining an Oracle Certification?  Having an Oracle certification credential adds to your credibility and gives employers and peers confidence in your ability to add to project implementation success. An Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud 2018 Certified Implementation Specialist has demonstrated a strong foundation and expertise in selling and implementing Oracle HCM Cloud Service solutions. This certification exam covers topics such as: People Management, Profile Management, Workforce Structures, Checklists, Actions, Workflow, Approvals, and Notifications. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended for passing this exam. Need help preparing?  Then the learning subscription for the Global HR Cloud Learning Subscription is something you should consider.   Having a subscription to this modern, new learning environment lets you:  Learn through step-by-step demonstrations, and applied learning focused on use cases Practice with hands-on labs using live cloud environments Be a continuous learner, as the training content is constantly changing every month to remain aligned with each product release Get certified: all relevant Oracle Cloud implementation certification exams are included One attempt at each exam included in the path All digital solution – online proctored testing offered – test anywhere and anytime. Get started with Oracle Certification.  Take the 1st step - see what's tested in the Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials exam  Interesting Links: Discover Oracle learning subscriptions see the overview demo video  Learn how others are using Oracle Global Human Resources solution, and the benefits they've received by reading Customer Stories. TechTarget article on Navigate your options for Oracle cloud certifications  Business News Daily Oracle Certification Guide: Overview and Career Paths 

As companies grow, data management and consolidation of data and systems becomes a very important need in improving their reporting and decision making. The Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud is our...

Why Does Java Remain So Popular?

Next year, 2020, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Java programming language. One of the most widely used programming languages, Java is used as the server-side language for most back-end development projects, including those involving big data and Android development. Java is also commonly used for desktop computing, other mobile computing, games, and numerical computing. The popularity of Java is further evidenced with 90% of all Fortune 500 companies using Java. So how popular is Java? Very. The TIOBE Programming Community publishes an index showing the popularity of programming languages. The index is updated several times per year. The top ten programming languages, per the latest report, are shown below. Note that Java has consistently held the number-one slot in the index since 2004! Top 10 Programming Languages Feb 2019      Feb 2018      Programming Language      Ratings      Change      1 1 Java 15.876% +0.89% 2 2 C 12.424% +0.57% 3 4 Python 7.574% +2.41% 4 3 C++ 7.444% +1.72% 5 6 Visual Basic .NET 7.095% +3.02% 6 8 JavaScript 2.848% -0.32% 7 5 C# 2.846% -1.61% 8 7 PHP 2.271% -1.15% 9 11 SQL 1.900% -0.46% 10 20 Objective-C 1.447% +0.32%     Why Do Software Developers Use Java? The portability of Java contributes to its wide use and popularity, but there are other reasons why software developers continue to choose Java. Since it is an object-oriented language; it’s robust, secure and relatively simpler and easier to learn than languages such as C and C++. Object-oriented languages make complex problems easier to solve and provide greater modularity. This is a natural and pragmatic approach for software design. Java objects encapsulate data and behavior so that code can be reused, which makes testing and troubleshooting easier. With Java, objects are created using classes that define the attributes (data) and behaviors (defined by methods coded in the class). Java features such as inheritance further contribute to simplified code. With inheritance, similar but different types of objects are simplified by inheriting common attributes and behaviors from the parent class. This allows reuse of the common code while allowing for differences. New @Java Collections Cheat Sheet! Print it out and never use the wrong collection again:  https://t.co/aECjPAxBQp pic.twitter.com/mudWbkkyZQ — Simon Maple (@sjmaple) April 20, 2016 How to Learn Java Programming If you’re a developer, you’ll find that time invested in learning more about the Java programming language is time well-spent. Consider training from the source with Oracle University’s Java curriculum. Then validate your new knowledge and skills by earning an Oracle Java Certification. At Oracle University, we have recently launched two new Java SE 11 courses: Java SE: Programming I This entry-level course is aimed at programmers who are new to Java and who need to learn its concepts, language constructs, and data types. Explore exception handling, lambda expressions, and modular programming. Java SE: Programming II This is a second-level course for people learning the Java language. It provides the additional key skills needed by Java programmers. This course uses today's main Java version for its practices (currently Java 11). How to Start a Career in Java Programming With booming demand across industries worldwide, professionals who not only learn Java, but are formally trained and certified, can set themselves up for a promising, challenging, and rewarding career.  All you have to do is take the first step to begin your Java journey! Related Content Boost Your Career Opportunities as a Java Developer Java Certification: Your Burning Questions Answered Plan Your Java Certification Path 40 Java Experts You Should Follow on Twitter

Next year, 2020, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Java programming language. One of the most widely used programming languages, Java is used as the server-side language for most back-end...

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Modernize Your Java Skills With Java SE 11 Certification

"Oracle has done an amazing job in enhancing the Java Technology." - Joe "Java Joe" Boulenouar , Oracle University Instructor, Long-time Java Enthusiast With the exciting new release of Java SE 11 Certification exams, we caught up with Joe Boulenouar, who many of you may know as "Java Joe." Read below to learn why he is so excited about Java SE 11 and the future of Java in general. written by Joe Boulenouar The latest release, Java SE 11 continues the evolution of the Platform to ensure the broadest possible success of the core Java technology. It substantially streamlines the footprint of the Platform, and improves the expressiveness of Java class files. Java SE 11 is the best platform to develop any type of applications in the industry including On-Premise and Cloud applications. Related:  It's Here! NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Certification! Oracle's Java certification is the standard gauge of knowledge and proficiency in Java Programming language. Developers use Java Certification to expand their Java technology skills and to stand out in the mass of millions of Java Developers and catch the eye of employers. Earning certification from the source company that develops and continuously improves the Java Programming language API and the JVM environment allows developers to show and validate their Java Programming skills. Java Certification gives employers a solid measure of a candidate's proficiency level on Java Technology. The two phases of Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer certification are: Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815: the first step toward certification for Java developers. Passing this exam helps developers learn the fundamentals of the Java programming language while growing their Object Oriented knowledge. Topic areas include: Understanding Java Technology  and environment Working With Java Primitive Data Types and String APIs Working with Java Arrays Creating and Using Methods Reusing Implementations Through Inheritance Handling Exceptions Creating a Simple Java Program Describing Objects and Classes Applying Encapsulation Understanding Modules Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816: the second step toward certification for Java developers. This exam covers more advanced topics in the Java programming language such as secure coding, modular programming, and database access and much more. Topic ares include: Java Fundamentals Java Interfaces Functional Interface and Lambda Expressions Built-in Functional Interfaces Migration to a Modular Application Concurrency I/O (Fundamentals and NIO2) Database Applications with JDBC Annotations Exception Handling and Assertions Generics and Collections Java Stream API Lambda Operations on Streams Services in a Modular Application Parallel Streams Secure Coding in Java SE Application Localization  The best way to prepare for these Java Certification exams is to enroll in the Java SE: Programming I and Java SE: Programming II courses from Oracle University. Under Oracle stewardship, the Java technology has improved tremendously. It just makes sense to get the Java Programming training from the source. Related: Java Magazine Columnist Simon Roberts on the Value of Java Certification

"Oracle has done an amazing job in enhancing the Java Technology." - Joe "Java Joe" Boulenouar , Oracle University Instructor, Long-time Java Enthusiast With the exciting new release of Java SE 11...

You Have an Oracle Learning Subscription Now What?

If you're savvy enough to have purchased a learning subscription, you already know it allows you to learn and practice anywhere, anytime. Being a subscriber gives you 24x7 access to your own personal reference library that is continually updated with new content for 12 months. An Oracle Learning Subscription is a great way to learn something new - keep your knowledge fresh. Did you know you also receive one exam attempt for all of the exams included in your subscription - at no additional cost? Not only can you take your exam for free, you can take it from the comfort of your own location with an online proctor. This means you can test anywhere anytime, and you will be proctored remotely. Get more information about online proctoring. Having access to Oracle Certification Exams is a great benefit of the learning subscriptions and we want to make sure you take advantage of it! Download this guide to accessing the exams in your learning subscription. Read on to get some answers to the questions we most commonly receive: To access the exam at no additional cost, you (the subscriber) needs to have an active subscription.  If your subscription is close to expiring and you select a date AFTER the expiration date, you can STILL get your exam at no additional cost. You can schedule 6 months out to take the exam - even if this is after the expiration date of the subscription. If you access the exam through the subscription on the last day that the subscription is valid, you can schedule your exam any time within the next 6 months.  If you cancel the exam for any reason after the subscription expires, you will not be able to reschedule the exam for free again. You must register for the exam prior to the subscription expiration date, but your appointment date does not have to be before the expiration date. When you register for your exam, you can choose if you want to take the exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center, or at your own location with an online proctor. It's up to you. Related Content New Features for Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

If you're savvy enough to have purchased a learning subscription, you already know it allows you to learn and practice anywhere, anytime. Being a subscriber gives you 24x7 access to your own personal...

Accelerate Your Oracle Database Developer Career with Certification

It’s a great time to be an Oracle Database developer. Individuals in this job role enjoy plenty of opportunities and good salaries. They face responsibilities that are stimulating and challenging. Responsible for creating or maintaining the database components of applications that use the Oracle technology stack, these developers may create new applications or convert existing applications to run in an Oracle Database environment. According to Oracle Database documentation, some of the duties performed by Oracle Database developers include: Implementing the data model required by the application Creating schema objects and implementing rules for data integrity Choosing a programming environment for a new development project Creating the application interface with the chosen development tool Writing server-side PL/SQL or Java subprograms and client-side procedural code that use SQL statements Now is a great time to boost your career by taking training courses and following one of our Database Application Development Certification Paths. Start by enrolling in training that will: Show you how to deploy secure applications. Teach you how to use world-class development tools. Expose you to PL/SQL, MySQL for Developers and more. Oracle Database developers do need to know PL/SQL so they can write routines. Another optional – but not required – step to take is to take training to master and become certified in Oracle Application Express (Oracle APEX); earning this certification shows current or future employers that you are highly competent at developing professional applications using Oracle APEX. Here are some popular Oracle University training courses that cover the topics mentioned above: Oracle Database: PL/SQL Fundamentals Oracle Database: Develop PL/SQL Program Units Oracle Database 12c R2: Program with PL/SQL Oracle Database 12c R2: Advanced PL/SQL Oracle Database: SQL and PL/SQL Fundamentals Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL Oracle Database 12c R2: SQL Workshop II Oracle Application Express Workshop I Oracle Offers the Database Certifications Developers Want We offer a few paths you can follow as a Database Developer that let you earn SQL, PL/SQL, and Oracle Application Express Certifications. Take and pass the Oracle Database SQL exam (1Z0-071). To prepare for exam, take Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Oracle Database SQL, which builds your confidence and gives you tips and strategies. Take and pass the Oracle Database Advanced PL/SQL exam (1Z0-148), which has prior certification requirements. Take and pass the Oracle Application Express: Developing Web Applications exam (1Z0-750) to become certified. ​Certified Developer Jobs Are Hot and Salaries Are Impressive Why does it matter whether you become a certified professional in this field? One reason is that demand for database application developers is impressive, as are salaries. Certification shows that you have the knowledge required to do the work. Check out these recent U.S. job openings and salary figures from youracclaim.com: PL/SQL Developer Jobs  11,504 job openings, with salaries of $100,000 or more for 10,220 of these job postings APEX Developer Jobs  19,779 job openings, with salaries of $100,000 or more for 12,736 of these job postings SQL Developer Jobs 164,284 job openings, with salaries of $100,000 or more for 127,473 of these job postings Now you can see why it’s a great time to polish your skills, take training, and become certified as an Oracle Database developer. We look forward to seeing you!

It’s a great time to be an Oracle Database developer. Individuals in this job role enjoy plenty of opportunities and good salaries. They face responsibilities that are stimulating and challenging....

Everything You Want to Know About Oracle Financials Cloud Certification Exams

Businesses are looking to modernize; using technology to increase productivity, lower costs and improve controls.  Oracle Financials Cloud helps modernize financial and operations processes in the cloud.    Why Certification Matters With a certification in-hand, you have a clear way to show employers how and why you are prepared for the job. Download the Certification Matters infographic.    Here's the portfolio of Oracle Financial Cloud exams available now. A combination of study and practice are the best preparation you can have before attempting any certification exam. Prepare for Oracle Cloud exams: Review Exam Topics and Recommended Training to prepare for your exam. Click on the exam name in the table below. Access integrated training courses in the: Financials Cloud Learning Subscription. Our learning subscriptions provide unlimited access to content where you can learn through step-by-step demonstrations, real world examples, and use cases. You can also practice with hands-on labs using live cloud environments.   Financials Cloud General Ledger Cloud Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2018 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1004   Payables Cloud Oracle Financials Cloud: Payables 2018 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1005   Receivables and Collections Cloud Oracle Financials Cloud: Receivables 2018 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1006   Revenue Management Cloud Oracle Revenue Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1018   Accounting Hub Cloud Oracle Accounting Hub Cloud Service 2018 Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-1019   Purchase any exam (on it's own). Or purchase the learning subscription which has the added benefit of one attempt at any of the exam(s) in the subscription for no additional fee.   Related Content:  Oracle Financials Cloud FAQ Stay Current with Your Evolving Oracle Financials Cloud Applications How to Move from PeopleSoft to Oracle ERP Cloud 

Businesses are looking to modernize; using technology to increase productivity, lower costs and improve controls.  Oracle Financials Cloud helps modernize financial and operations processes in the...

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It's Here! NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Certification!

  Having an up-to-date Java certification shows employers (and peers) you have the latest skills and knowledge of the technology.   Become Certified as Java SE 11 Developer As an Oracle Certified Professional, you gain skills in modular programming, precise and secure coding management, and have the knowledge of all the latest new features and functionality in Java technology. Bring to the job market your valued skills with Java SE 11.    Download the Java SE 11 Training and Certification Guide Whether you’re starting out learning Java or looking to distinguish yourself with the latest skills, find your path in the guide temporarily unavailable). Once you select your path click on the recommended training or exam titles to view more details.   Get ready to position yourself and show off how ready you are for new opportunities. Share your Oracle certified digital badge to your LinkedIn Profile, Facebook Page or Twitter account to validate your professional and technical expertise.   More questions? Here are answers to your Java SE 11 Certification questions. Download FAQ.   Related Content Boost Your Career Opportunities as a Java Developer Java Magazine Columnist Simon Roberts on the Value of Java Certification  

  Having an up-to-date Java certification shows employers (and peers) you have the latest skills and knowledge of the technology.   Become Certified as Java SE 11 Developer As an Oracle Certified...

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You're a PL/SQL Developer. Would Anyone Call You a Highly Productive One?

SQL Developers generally execute single query tasks while PL/SQL Developers bring higher productivity with skills and knowledge to execute entire blocks of code at once. It’s great to be able to execute single query tasks but wouldn’t you rather be recognized for higher productivity?  You can.  An Oracle certification credential will help.    Start with an Oracle Certified Associate credential, then as you gain experience and learn more add the Oracle Certified Professional to your resume.  Experience and knowledge - that's the difference between our Associate and Professional credentials.  Professionals bring more value to the market and possess all the skills required to be tops at your job. Interested in seeing real market value for both?  Click on each credential below, check out the Insights, click on Top Job Titles to see Top Employers, Top Locations and Salary Ranges across the globe. Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate  Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional.       Learn More: Navigate Oracle SQL Certification: Quickly and Easily The Secret to Choosing the Best Oracle DBA Certification for You Oracle Certification Launches Modern PL/SQL Developer Exam  

SQL Developers generally execute single query tasks while PL/SQL Developers bring higher productivity with skills and knowledge to execute entire blocks of code at once. It’s great to be able to...

Java Certification Provides a Bright Future

image borrowed from Oracle Academy blog Marc Schröder, a student of the vocational school Berufsschule Freising in Munich, earned the Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer certification in Spring 2018. In a chat with Oracle Academy program manager Britta Wolf, Marc shared his testing experience, his motivation, and his future plans around certification. Read Britta's chat with Marc. Marc always had a passion for computers, so the leap to earning certification while gaining his education was an easy one. Showing his dedication to his craft, Marc spent 6 months of intensive study for his first certification exam, while still attending school and working. Presenting his certification exam project to a large audience at a graduation school event in July, earned Marc a large round of applause. ". . . certification was a good opportunity for me to consolidate and prove my knowledge. The Oracle certificate was a great addition to our Java lessons in vocational school." Related:  Oracle Academy and Junior Associate Certification Help Pave the Way to Princeton Oracle Academy is a  membership-based program that offers educators and students computer science education resources to advance knowledge, skills development, innovation and diversity in technology fields. Educational institutions receive help for teachers to develop core computing knowledge and skills aligned to industry demands using current technologies–so they can teach students, empowering faculty members as they work to ensure students achieve post-graduation success. Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Related:  Oracle Foundations Certifications Support U.S. President Barack Obama’s “Computer Science for All” Initiative Explore Java Certification for yourself!  

image borrowed from Oracle Academy blog Marc Schröder, a student of the vocational school Berufsschule Freising in Munich, earned the Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer certification in...

An In-Depth Look at The Kaplan Way for Learning

contributed by Kaplan IT Training   To understand how Kaplan IT Training’s exam preparation product fits into your study schedule, you should first understand the Kaplan Way. The Kaplan Way is a comprehensive learning strategy that combines scientific, evidence-based design philosophy with a straightforward educational approach to learning. Learning science is grounded in research that provides evidence on how people learn. So to help candidates reach their outcomes efficiently and effectively, we employ a three-phase learning strategy: Prepare • Practice • Perform®.   When thinking of certification, the Prepare phase introduces the knowledge and skills needed through real-world work experience and/or classroom environment (whether traditional or virtual). This could also include projects, readings, video recordings, or labs.   The Perform phase is the actual certification exam, where you are tested to verify that you are qualified for that technology and/or job role. The certification exam is composed of objectives, subobjectives, and tasks on which you must demonstrate competence by meeting or exceeding the passing score published by Oracle.   But our focus is on the in-between Practice stage, which bridges the gap between the education in the Prepare phase and the high-stakes testing of the Perform phase. In Kaplan IT Training’s exam preparation, you apply knowledge and skills through reinforcing what you've learned well and identifying gaps in what you haven't mastered yet. And throughout this process, you are given constant feedback to help you refine your study plan and build brain muscle for exam day.   In a nutshell, Kaplan IT Training provides an unflinching and honest assessment of where you're at, so that you know how to prepare and gain the confidence you need to be successful on exam day.   More than Questions   At the core of our product is the question bank, which we call the QBank. Depending on which certification exam you study for, you may see anything from standard multiple-choice questions to advanced items with hotspot and list/reorder options. But at the core, there is a question stem, usually couched in some kind of real-world scenario, a set of choices or fill-in-the-blank, and a correct answer. The QBank is weighted the same way as the certification objectives, so the number of questions you'll see is an accurate representation of what you'll see on the live exam.   If you use the Quick Quiz mode, then you can go through the QBank as a simulated exam. It will be timed like the live exam, and you won't be able to see which answers you got correct or incorrect until you go through the whole exam or run out of time. Although drilling through the QBank in this way helps you gain experience on how to take an exam, it does not delve below the surface of the questions.   For learning retention, the preferred mode is Custom Quiz. In this mode, you can choose the objectives and/or subobjectives you would like to pull questions from, and whether you would like to grade and see explanations as you go. At this you point, you'll come to realize that there is a lot more going on than just question and answer. Our detailed explanations include not only the rationale behind the right and wrong choices, but also in which situations those wrong choices could become correct answers. This technique allows us to cover multiple concepts that you'll see on the exam through only a single question! And of course, you will also find our official Oracle references for further information and study, if needed (see below).   Custom Quiz Screen from the 1Z0-808 Exam Preparation product.   But there's more than simply a QBank in our exam preparation product. It also includes the following tools. Performance Tracker: Track your personal progress and timings, and compare them to others using the same product. Flashcards: Memorize critical concepts, commands, and configurations that you will need to know for exam day. Study Calendar: Organize and optimize your study time. DIscussion Board: Share study tips with other candidates and set up informal study groups to keep you motivated.   And of course, you can download and print the QBank if you want to study offline. Think of our exam prep product as the Swiss Army knife—it fits any type of learner and any study schedule.   If you have a question on any of our content, we have dedicated subject matter experts that are only an email away. Don't go into an Oracle certification exam cold. Go in prepared and confident with Kaplan IT Training!        

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Java Magazine Columnist Simon Roberts on the Value of Java Certification

Java Magazine subscribers, are likely familiar with the Fix This column created and maintained by Simon Roberts and Mikalai Zaikin. This regular column presents a short list of exam-level questions along with detailed answers. Simon and Mikalai have a long history with the Java technology and Java certification exams.  I recently caught up with Simon via email and he was gracious enough to give his thoughts on Java skills and certification. Read the interview below to get valuable insight from a true Java insider. Oracle: You created the early Java Certifications - what value do you see in earning a Java certification today?  Simon: I think the benefits are the same today as they were back in 1996. One, of course, is that employers need effective ways to filter job applicants. Twenty years ago we used to joke that the qualification test for getting an interview as a Java programmer was whether you could fog a mirror held up to your face. But even when there are more jobs than applicants, employers and their HR departments need to slim down piles of applications to a level they can practically interview, and just like a degree, a recognized certification can be a useful tool for HR to achieve that. On that point, while many applicants will bring CS [computer science] degrees, it's common to want someone who can hit the ground running using Java with a level of competence that isn't assured simply by that degree. The second benefit might be less obvious; different people have different attitudes to what I might broadly call "third party evaluation" of their skills. Some might find it threatening or perhaps even take offense at the idea of being asked to jump through a hoop. Others (and I think it's probably obvious that I think this is a far healthier attitude) are intrigued at the opportunity to find out how they measure up to an objective, consistent, and widely recognized bar. They see it as a chance to find out how good they are, and to expose their own weaknesses with the deliberate intention of improving further. Often I can tell far more about a person's work ethic and how they will work in a team from how they feel about challenges of this kind than from more direct questions, and in particular from questions about the technical knowledge that are otherwise core to an interview. ​RELATED: Your Guide to Getting Started With Java Certification Oracle: What do you believe is the value in keeping your Java Certifications current? ". . . the deliberate intention to take a certification motivates us to put the study in, and that in turn avoids us simply muddling-through writing our solutions "the old way" even though that old way still works." Simon: Each major release of Java brings significant new features. Sometimes to the language, sometimes to the APIs, and often to both. While library features are often learned when the particular library is used, it's best if programming team members are fully conversant with all the language features of the version their companies use. And again, the deliberate intention to take a certification motivates us to put the study in, and that in turn avoids us simply muddling-through writing our solutions "the old way" even though that old way still works. Where frameworks are concerned, there's often a lot of concepts at the heart of those frameworks, and understanding them properly is typically key to getting good performance and creating a system that's as readable and maintainable as possible. So, again, programmers who plan to use these frameworks do well to look at the objectives of a relevant certification and spend the time studying that would be the normal precursor to actually taking the exam. Oracle: How do you think recent changes in the Java language will affect employers’ demand for skills? Simon: The changes in Java 8 open the possibilities of making clean, practical, use of some very exciting, and very effective, paradigms drawn from functional programming. Most organizations that I get to interact with are still struggling to get their entire staff base up to speed on these. From Java 9, it seems reasonable to expect that anyone involved in building libraries will need a good understanding of the module system, and there are of course more new features since then too, though the type inferencing possibilities for "var" might fairly be viewed as less dramatic than the lambda and modules ecosystems. But of course, all new hiring will result in one of two situations; the employer can either add more "seeds" with people who know the new features, or can create more demand for internal training with people who must also be trained up on these new features. As a result, it's reasonable to expect that an employer will be more impressed by, and more interested in, the candidate who already has the new skills.   RELATED:​ Boost Your Career Opportunities as a Java Developer Oracle: As the demands for enterprise-level skills become more diverse and mixed — beyond just Java — how do you see the value of more advanced certifications changing? Simon: New technologies; new frameworks, new language features, and new libraries, seem to be becoming increasingly complex (there are exceptions of course), and it's probably fair to expect this trend to continue. They bring more and more foundation concepts, and bigger and bigger capabilities spread across more classes and methods. Demonstrating a breadth of knowledge against a recognized certification must surely be a more convincing way of claiming competence rather than building a couple of simple tests at home and then simply writing "experience with Xyz framework" on your resume. Simon Roberts joined Sun Microsystems in time to teach Sun's first Java classes in the UK. He created the Sun Certified Java Programmer and Sun Certified Java Developer exams. He wrote several Java Certification guides and is currently a freelance educator who publishes recorded and live video training through Pearson InformIT (available direct and through the O'Rielly Safari Books Online service). He remains involved with Oracle's Java Certification products.      

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Helpful Hints: How to Buy an Oracle Certification Exam Voucher Online

Did you know that learning new skills has seven tremendous health benefits, both inside and outside of the workplace?  As reported by Central Connecticut University, "Your brain chemistry changes. The white matter in your brain is called myelin, and it helps improve performance on a number of tasks. The more people practice a new skill they are learning, the more dense the myelin in their brain becomes, which helps them learn even better." Beyond boosting your brain power, your physical and mental well-being, and your IQ, when you learn new skills and actually certify these new skills, you validate - in an official, recognized way - that you possess the knowledge and experience the professional marketplace demands. To continuously adapt, evolve, and innovate, the professional IT marketplace relies on skilled professionals who invest in continuous education and well-respected IT credentials. Meet the Oracle Certification program. To earn a well-respected Oracle certification, you need to pass a related Oracle certification exam, or in some cases, multiple exams. To take an exam, you can either register for it and schedule your exam date, or you can buy a voucher to use when you feel ready.  If you're not quite ready for test day, but you know you want to get Oracle certified, buy a voucher to get the ball rolling. Buy a certification exam voucher online so you can take a certification exam when you're ready Take a related training course to increase your chances of passing your certification exam Redeem your certification voucher and take your certification exam For this "Helpful Hints" post, we'll show you how you can buy a certification exam voucher online. Step 1: navigate to the Oracle University web store   Step 2: under "Certification" > "Exams" within the top navigation menu, select "BUY AN EXAM VOUCHER"   Step 3: select the voucher type you'd like to purchase based on the type of certification you'd like to earn and select "Add to Cart" Wondering which voucher to choose? If you want to take a non-cloud certification exam --> select the first module If you want to take a cloud certification exam --> select the third module If you want to take a Java Masters exam --> select the middle module Step 4: proceed through checkout and purchase your certification exam voucher Still unsure about whether earning an Oracle certification is worth the investment? Watch the video below to get an introduction to the Oracle certification program in under three minutes. Need a few more data points? See exactly "Why Certification Matters."

Did you know that learning new skills has seven tremendous health benefits, both inside and outside of the workplace?  As reported by Central Connecticut University, "Your brain chemistry changes. The...

Oracle Certification Highlights - January 2019

Welcome to the first Oracle Certification Highlights for 2019! Visit the blog every month to learn about new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great things that are happening in the certification program. Here is what's currently featured!   Your Oracle Certification Journey Begins Here New Year, new goals. Is one of your goals to become Oracle certified this year? Take a look at these helpful guides for Oracle Database Certification and Java Certification to get you on the right path for your career growth and development. Your Guide to Oracle Database Certification  Your Guide to Getting Started With Java Certification    Featured Exams: NEW Oracle Application Express 18: Developing Web Applications | 1Z0-750  This exam brings back the popular Oracle Application Express (APEX) certification, updated for a modern audience. With a simple-to-manage, highly scalable tool with rapid browser-based development and self-service provisioning you can share data and create web applications using only a web browser, even with limited programming experience. Achieving the Oracle Application Express 18: Developer Certified Professional certification proves that you are highly competent at developing apps using Oracle APEX. A certified individual has demonstrated fluency in and a solid understanding of the skills required to develop professional apps using Oracle APEX. Prepare for your exam with: Recommended Course: Oracle Application Express Workshop I Ed 2   Java EE 7 Application Developer | 1Z0-900  We’ve streamlined the certification path, removing prerequisites that may have been a barrier to pursuing this certification in the past. It’s no longer required to earn two certifications – Oracle Certified Associate and Oracle Certified Professional in order to gain this credential. Earn the Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 7 Application Developer and validate your programming capability to develop and deploy applications using Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7. It is targeted to intermediate to advanced level Java Front-end and Back-end application developers, architects, and software engineers who possess expertise utilizing Java EE 7 technology to create web-based user interfaces using JavaScript along with JSPs, JSFs, servlets and handle business logic. Prepare for your exam with: Exam Prep Seminar: Certification Exam Prep Seminar: Java EE 7 Application Developer Recommended Course: Developing Applications for the Java EE 7 Platform Ed 1   New Learning Subscriptions Integrated online learning and certification. You can train and test – anywhere and anytime. Oracle Siebel Learning Subscription  Oracle Business Intelligence Learning Subscription  Oracle IT Infrastructure Learning Subscription  Note: Learning subscriptions with a certification exam provide one attempt at any of the exams in the subscription with no additional fee during your subscription period.   Changes to Your Oracle Certification Profile – Coming in February Exciting news about your Single Sign On, Pearson VUE accounts, and records are coming in February! Here is a brief overview of updates to come: Account migration – ONE account will be needed – no longer will a testing candidate need both a CertView and Pearson VUE account. Test takers will receive their score report immediately after submitting their exam. No longer will we require they wait for at least 30 minutes before having to log into CertView. To get ready for these changes, we are asking candidates who have attempted and/or achieved Oracle Certification to authenticate their CertView account now. Follow these simple steps in this infographic.   Oracle Certification Continues to Drive Success Thank you for sharing your pathways to success through Oracle Certification Success Stories. These stories inspire and inform with tales of long hours spent studying and preparing for exams and your commitment to lifelong learning. Read recent stories. Li Yan journey to earning an Oracle Certified Master. 'A clear goal, some hard work, a pleasing result, an unforgettable memory.’ Lin Cong, Oracle Certified Master, solves a major database issue with skills learned while preparing for his exam.   Explore all Certifications

Welcome to the first Oracle Certification Highlights for 2019! Visit the blog every month to learn about new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great...

The Top Way to Keep Your Best Employees

Want to keep your best talent? Invest in their learning and development. I read an article recently about recession proofing your organization with digital badging. The article made some great points about how the record low unemployment rate (3.9% in December 2018) may not last, with some analysts predicting a slow down in growth as early as 2020. The article went on to point out that during the 'Great Recession of 2008,' employers who focused on training and developing their workforce over cutting jobs and focusing solely on the bottom line actually made financial gains. "On average, those top 10% of engaged employers posted profit gains of 26% through the last recession, compared with a 14% decline at comparable employers, says Jim Harter, Chief Workplace Scientist at Gallup." The author wrapped up the article with a compelling finding supporting training and digital credentialing. "When employees are trained on the job, an organization can save an average of $70,000 annually and receive a 10% increase in productivity, according to Forbes." This got me thinking. . . Certification is a sound investment in any economy! Oracle Certification has a well-established digital credentialing program. Surveys consistently show that having certified individuals in your organization increases productivity, customer satisfaction, and job satisfaction. It would stand to reason that if a focus on training and development could help to recession-proof your business by keeping your best talent and making them more productive, the same training and development could help keep your best talent during a time of economic growth.   Related:  Digital Badges Are Now an Essential Tool for Employers and Candidates Alike According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics' Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, published January 9, 2019, the ratio of unemployed persons per job opening was 0.9 in November 2018. This means that there is more than one job opening for every unemployed person, which shows a dramatic decrease from Great Recession numbers, when there were more than six unemployed people for every job opening. Related:  European Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Jobs are Booming, but... Employment experts say that this is an excellent time to look for a new job. So, how do you keep your talent? Invest in them! Certification increases job satisfaction by giving employees more knowledge and skills to help them perform better.  63.1 percent of respondents to Certification Magazine's 2019 Salary Survey either agree or strongly agree that getting certified has improved their workplace productivity. A whopping 67.4 percent either agree or strongly agree that getting certified has increased their ability to solve problems. Explore Oracle Certifications and start 2019 with a sound investment in your team!

Want to keep your best talent? Invest in their learning and development. I read an article recently about recession proofing your organization with digital badging. The article made some great points...

Oracle Certification is No Joke for Wang Haizhou - It Led Him to a Career He Loves

OCM Your Life by Wang Haizhou Six months ago, I was just an ordinary junior student, sitting in my dorm every day, writing Java programs or flipping through the pages of Bruce Eckel's “Thinking in Java,” sending out my resumé everywhere and chatting with my roommates. The only things I knew about databases were the basics of SQL and a rough idea of Oracle Database architecture. Although I had spent quite a bit of money learning Oracle, I really didn't pay much attention to it. My career plan was simply to be a conscientious programmer, or better said, a conscientious programmer with some basic understanding of Oracle Database architecture. My life was just like that: no Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and no Oracle Certified Master (OCM). Oracle Certification is No Joke The change came on a day in April -- April 2, to be specific. Good that it was April 2! One day earlier (on April 1 - April Fool's Day) and I would have felt I was fooling myself. After all, I didn’t want to waste the 8000 yuan I spent registering for the OCP exam, which was not a small amount of money for a university student who was not yet financially independent. On that morning, I put aside all my Java-related study materials and focused my efforts on Oracle Database architecture. In the past, I had needed to take a break every hour when I was writing code. But that day, I was surprised to find that I managed to sit at my desk from 8 am to 11 pm -- and I did that every day for a whole week. After that, I made the bold assumption that this must be something I loved! At that time I had also been looking at various articles and videos about Steve Jobs and had found that he always said, “Do what you love.” What’s more, OCP training courses were added to the Oracle Workforce Development Program (WDP) I was in. That’s when I decided to give up Java and start learning databases. As a result, I didn’t touch Java for six months! Some days later, I happened to be invited to a lecture, and that’s where I met Teacher H. It occurred to me that I had read quite a few of his blogs on ITPUB, and I felt that I could trust him. As a result, I became the only attendee that day who registered for his OCM training courses. Related:  Oracle Certified Master - An Unforgettable Journey There were some interesting stories in the process of my registration for the training courses. I was told by the staff member in charge of the registration that they would call me in two weeks to make sure I would be attending the courses, but after a month I still hadn’t heard anything from them. I started to wonder whether they had forgotten me. If  they had, then the spark of interest in databases inside me would have been extinguished before it could even start burning! I was debating whether to get in touch with Teacher H when, to my amazement, Teacher H contacted me! Upon hearing that the induction session would be held in Beijing, I finally knew what had happened. I probably hadn’t gotten the call because I lived in Tianjin, and the staff members had likely assumed that I would not be interested in courses in Beijing. However, they had completely underestimated my enthusiasm -- they didn’t know I’d been studying Steve Jobs and that I was very motivated. My conversation with Teacher H was short but uplifting. Basically, it went: “Are you in?” “Of course!” “Then we’ll start this week!” Back then, Beijing was very new to me. I had only been there twice. Each time, I told people I was going to Beijing for a trip, but actually I was going to see my girlfriends. In Beijing, as far as I could remember, for two yuan you could take any metro train on any metro line. Amazing! You can go anywhere you want to go, for just two yuan! I’ve never viewed myself as smart, but I do think I have talent. By that I mean I am always clear about what I should do and uncompromisingly confident that I can do it best. Wherever I am, Tianjin or Beijing, it’s just not a problem at all. One Step at a Time to Oracle Certification Learning OCM was not easy, especially when I first started. I felt completely lost in topics like operating systems, databases and VMs. No one is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, and the only thing you can do is to walk one step further than others every day. Taking the advantage of my youth and my manageable workload, I kept on studying from 8 am to 10 pm every day, trying to figure out every exam objective, as well as tackling operating systems, VMs, OCP, etc. When I had questions, I didn’t like to ask other people right away, because I didn’t think it would help me remember the answers over the long term; I preferred to Google them first. Sometimes when I was reading the answer to a question on Google, I would have a new question and then I would Google the new one, and so on and so forth. It might take a day to solve a problem, but in the process my knowledge would have broadened. However, you can’t always trust the Internet. I would highly recommend hands-on practice as much as possible, because seeing is believing. If I found a really good answer, I would save it for reference. Oracle Certification Exam Results Best All Other University Exam Results The only thing I was proud of was that I didn’t bother my teachers too much with the OCP stuff -- but I was bothered a lot myself. Our OCM exam was initially scheduled in mid-July. I had to take the OCP exam, CET 6 and the final exam, all at the same time. I had less than three weeks to prepare for all of them, so I forced myself to schedule the OCP exam preparation in two time slots every day: 6:30am to 8:00am and 11:00am to 1:30pm. My definition of OCP at that time was “Obligation, Confidence and Patience.” Later on, our OCM exam was delayed for some reason, but I took the OCP exam as planned and passed it. This experience has become the treasure of my lifetime. As my friend Xiaoyu said, ‘If you can survive this, there is nothing you can’t overcome in the future.” It is also worth noting that the result of that final exam was the best out of all my university exams. As I mentioned, our OCM exam was delayed, which was not a bad thing for me because at least now I would have enough time to prepare for it. After months of hard work, I had a whole new mindset. If the OCP exam had been about obligating myself to face it, the OCM exam to me was really an obligation. I had learned to be responsible for my own future. There were a lot of times when I needed to discipline myself and to endure loneliness, but I managed to review everything every two days, making note of the points I didn’t understand and studying them carefully. To me, OCM meant “Obligation, Confidence and Mastery.” Related:  This Top Oracle Certification Gave Lu Haichao Confidence and Maturity Hard Work Pays Off I don't want to say much here about what the actual exam looks like and what you need to pay attention to, because I will go over everything in detail with you before the exam if you attend the same course I did. Otherwise, how could I feel a sense of accomplishment as a teaching assistant? In the one and a half months after the exam, I was anxious every day waiting for the results. I was really worried that I wouldn’t pass. I was even ready to retake the exam. But on the evening of October 4, I received a congratulations email from Oracle. It was a little overwhelming for me. I remember reading it five times before I could be sure that it was about me, that it was about OCM... and that it was about me passing the OCM exam. Six months went by so fast. Now, looking back, I can still feel the incredible sense of fulfillment. I woke up every morning and felt that there was something to look forward to, because I was doing what I loved, and I also made a lot of friends. In my eyes, the whole OCM exam process is like life writ small, and I really enjoyed it. I know I should end here, but it has just occurred to me that my primary school Chinese teacher used to tell us that a good ending should bring out the theme of the story and link with the beginning, thus elevating the whole text. Therefore, let me say: the title “OCM Your Life” is meant to suggest that you look at your life as a happy Obligation and be Confident about it, until you are able to Master it someday. Start your own Oracle Certified Master Journey. *This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

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Oracle Certified Master - An Unforgettable Journey

Sometimes A Memory Is Not in The Past My Journey to OCM Certification by Li Yan The two-day Oracle Certified Master (OCM) exam is over. I didn’t say “finally” because it’s been an unforgettable journey, and I don’t expect it to end. I don’t want to get overly emotional, but, looking back, there are some things I still can’t forget. I thought that I was going to be walking on air after the exam, but now I feel somewhat empty. It is not because of the mistakes and imperfections in the exam. Life is flawed, so why should we insist on perfection? We need to learn to fail gracefully. No, it’s just that I don’t know where to go after finishing an assignment or getting something done. Is my life just one challenge after another? I am trying to settle my mind, to condense this experience into words, for those who are learning and preparing for the OCM exam, for those who have passed the exam and also for myself. I won’t be discussing the actual exam here. The whole story: an exam triggered by a joke This entire exam was triggered by nothing more than a joke. I once asked Kamus to give me an OCM credential, which I meant as a joke, but it ended up leading to a long series of events. After that joke, I somehow managed to register for the training courses along with a lot of friends, and met Master H, who was said to be shy and introverted. Then I decided to take the exam because I saw my course mates had all registered for it, making me feel that I ought to do it as well. I used to be an unreliable Database Administrator (DBA) and was now a supposedly reliable little leader, so I don’t have the incentives that other people do -- for example, the ability to job-hop, earn salary increases or gain respect. As Teacher Gao said to me, “No wonder you are in no hurry to take the exam.” In this sense, the reason that I was taking the courses and the exam was not ambition -- even I didn’t know why I did it. Related:  The Craziest Experience of Zhuang Hui's Life Provides Good Advice For OCM Exam Preparation I started feeling the pressure after registering for the OCM exam on June 28. Once I’d registered and paid the money, the pressure was on. As luck would have it, it was my busiest time of year. Our company had adopted a new system, and we could be expected to work overtime on any given day, so it was really not easy to make time for practice. It was true that I had two months to prepare, but time flies, especially when I was so busy every day -- I could not believe how fast time went by. Finally, I was able to ask for some leave, so I could study in the classroom, which was my lifesaver. I worked alongside my classmates, discussing problems, answering questions, helping and motivating each other. I tried to get rid of my nervousness and bring out the best in myself to adjust to the needs of the exam. As far as I could remember, I had never felt nervous in my life until now, so I wondered if there was something wrong with me. Team: all of you I am lucky because all along the way I have had a very collaborative team. At my company, my office colleagues are all very supportive, reassuring me that I can ask for leave. In Oracle Workforce Development Program (WDP), we called our exam prep team “Team Fun.” During stressful times, all my teammates had their own ways of making us laugh. We were always chatting and laughing, even outside of Oracle University. Even the teachers were amazed by how much fun we’ve had. We had our “funny duo” of Uncle Yang and Aunt Niu, and our “crazy duo,” the handsome Mr. Xie and the great Mr. Yan. We are classmates, comrades in arms and friends forever. Related: This Top Oracle Certification Gave Lu Haichao Confidence and Maturity Thank you: remember forever I got acquainted with this Oracle-authorized WDP in 2010, when I decided to purchase Oracle’s third-party services. What I saw from them was not just technical proficiency and professional integrity, but a dedication to technology and a readiness to share. After my first conversation with the management team, I knew that it would be a good choice. Over the last few years, I have learned a lot from them and have enjoyed a harmonious atmosphere. Finally, I want to thank our fellow friends who took the exam on September 5. Your help gave us so much comfort, and we look forward to your perfect Show Time. “A clear goal, some hard work, a pleasing result, an unforgettable memory.” I am now especially impressed by these words. I want to say that this memory is not in the past; it is a mark that will remain in my heart forever. I also want to say to my course mates: it is really nice to know you all. Start your own Oracle Certified Master Journey.​ *This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

Sometimes A Memory Is Not in The Past My Journey to OCM Certification by Li Yan The two-day Oracle Certified Master (OCM) exam is over. I didn’t say “finally” because it’s been an unforgettable journey,...

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4 Reasons Java EE 7 Application Developer is Important

1. Streamlined Certification Path Oracle Certification streamlined this certification path, removing prerequisites that may have been a barrier to pursuing this certification in the past. The good news for developers is that you are no longer required to earn two certifications - Oracle Certified Associate and Professional - in order to gain this credential. Pass This Exam Earn This Certification Java EE 7 Application Developer | 1Z0-900 Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 7 Application Developer  2. Better Job Role Alignment Additionally, the certification better aligns with the job role and gives you a faster path to Oracle Certification and all its benefits. Adding this certification to your resume and list of accomplishments positions you for having the skills in demand for web and mobile based application development. 3. Updated Skills As the 5 Java EE 6 certifications are set to retire March 31, 2019, refresh your skills and knowledge with this updated exam and certification. This single exam covers skills such as creating web-based user interfaces using JavaScript along with JSPs, JSFs, servlets and handling business logic  4. Your Paycheck According to Indeed.com the average median salary for Java Developers is $102,714 USD annually! Get started Purchase your exam voucher Review exam details and create a study plan for any knowledge gaps Recommended course for exam preparation:  Developing Applications for the Java EE 7 Platform Build a better career.

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Oracle Academy and Junior Associate Certification Help Pave the Way to Princeton

Zach Dinch, the first in his family to attend college, became one of fewer than 800 students out of over 5,400 global applicants for the class of 2022 to win early admission at Princeton University.  Hard work and dedication led Zach to this point. The path wasn't always easy and early roadblocks in his educational career nearly knocked Zach off course.  An honors Oracle and AP Calculus AB teacher helped turn things around and gave Zach confidence in his skills. Related: Oracle Foundations Certifications Support U.S. President Barack Obama’s “Computer Science for All” Initiative Discovering an affinity for SQL lead Zach to take courses in Database Foundations, App Development Foundations, and Developing Chatbots. Soon after, he earned the Certified Junior Associate certification. He went on to continue his Oracle education with Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I, a professional-level course that Zach plans to use to earn the Oracle Certified Associate level of certification. Read Zach's story. The mission of Oracle Academy is to advance computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Related:  Five Job Categories Increasingly Requiring Computer Science Skills In the past year, Oracle Academy worked with more than 15,000 educational institutions across 128 countries, supporting more than 6.3 million students worldwide to prepare them for careers in our technology-driven global economy. Learn more about Oracle Academy.  

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Lin Cong Solves a Major Database Issue With Skills Learned While Preparing for OCM Exam

There is a little something for everyone in this post written by Lin Cong, Oracle Certified Master! The story begins with sage advice about preparing for the Oracle Certified Master exam. It goes on to give a detailed account of an actual issue solved by Lin (failures and all!) with skills and knowledge gained while preparing for the OCM exam.  by Lin Cong Here are some ideas Database Administrators (DBAs) may not have been exposed to without pursuing training and certification: Training and certification can improve your technical skills. Getting an OCM certificate increases your odds of being recognized by the companies in the industry. OCM training is a tough process. Getting the OCM certificate validates your efforts and boosts your confidence. Getting the OCM certificate inspires you to continue learning. OCM represents the highest level of certification in Oracle databases, but I know very well that I don't have all of the corresponding skills, so the only way to avoid hearing things like, ‘Can’t you solve the problem? You're an OCM!’ is to keep learning. Related:  Liu Denfeng Gives Advice on Beginning Your Own Exciting Journey to OCM Certification Things learned through OCM prep that will help other DBAs: The nine scenarios in the OCM exam constitute the core skills that an excellent Oracle DBA should have. In OCM prep, you need to connect the individual elements of what you have learned and go through it again systematically. The Oracle official documentation is must-have material in OCM prep. I had not read the official documentation before, but after going through the process of OCM prep, I am now able to solve the problems I encounter in my work and study by referring to the documentation rather than relying on searching the internet. This has saved me much time and effort. Through repeated training, I have memorized the most frequently used commands, so that I do not have to refer to the documentation or the manual, making me seem more professional at work. The biggest reward of OCM prep is not the final certificate but the awareness of the value of persistence. I believe that every OCM trainee of Vastdata Education has experienced the transition from spending over 10 hours on the first scenario to finishing it in less than an hour. Only the participants can understand the hard work required to accomplish that transition. Work hard and get a little closer to your goal every day, and someday you will find that the goal which used to be far away is now within your grasp. Related:  See How Franck Pachot Stays One Step Ahead With Oracle Certification Tips for preparing for OCM exams - mentorship-type information: The official documentation is crucial. The answers to all exam questions can be found in the documentation, so it is vital to memorize every concept. Try to remember all the commands. Given the exam's time limit, it is not possible to refer to the documentation for every question. Repeated practice is an absolute necessity; practice makes perfect. Master all the keyboard commands and have a decent knowledge of Linux. Be detail-oriented in your practice. Pay attention to the mistakes you have made, and try to figure out their causes and solutions, as they may come up in the exam. Use this advice to start your own Oracle Certified Master journey! QUESTION: How did you solve a business problem using the skills you’ve learned along your professional journey? A case of production data recovery (where I applied what I have learned in practice for the first time) Background On the evening of day "T", I got an unexpected call from the development manager and learned that the operator had accidentally double-clicked on batch processing while running the EOD processes, causing sysdate to switch to T+2 (it should have been T+1). The boss asked if the database could be restored to what it was before the batch processing. Upon hearing this, I felt as if I had momentarily lost my reason . Although I knew that theoretically it could be restored to any point in time, if there was an RMAN full backup with archive logs (I learned this from training courses), but I had never tried it before. I was very nervous. I designed the disaster recovery system for the company. The specific strategies are as follows: Take an RMAN full backup at 1:00 am every day (including archive logs and control files) Delete archive logs after a successful backup Configure retention policy to a recovery window of 30 days Create two physical standby databases using DataGuard Delete archive logs from the physical databases using the script I wrote, which deletes archive logs daily after they have been applied. Recovery process Preparation Instruct field personnel immediately to stop operations on the database (that had already come a bit late,:another operation had occurred after the error. The right thing to do is to shut down the applications right away to avoid any further change in the data) Make sure that there had been no operations on the production database and that the database was restored to the test environment Establish the specific point in time it needed to be restored to: 19: 49:42 Set up a test environment with sufficient disk space After the preparation, I started the recovery process. The first thing that occurred to me was to immediately take a full backup of the database using RMAN, and then to restore the backup data into the test environment. But this approach turned out to be wrong, because that full backup was taken after the mistaken operation, and the database could not be restored to an earlier point in time using archive logs with the existing data. In other words: if you want to return the database to a specified point in time, you must have a full backup of the database before that time. Therefore, my first trial of database recovery ended in failure. In my second trial of data recovery, I found the RMAN full backup taken at 1:00 am that day and restored the backup to the test environment. Production environment: RAC + ASM. Test environment: single-instance + file system. First, create a parameter file for the test database matching that of the production database (The contents of the parameter file will not be detailed here) Restore the controlfile from a specific backup piece: Mount the database: Specify the catalog for the backup set: Specifying the catalog for archive logs: Restore the database: Relocate database rename file: Open the database: As of 00:00, the database was successfully recovered.  Conclusion When there is a need to recover the database due to mistaken operations, the applications must be stopped first, and any other operations on the database must be stopped as well, to prevent further issues. The purpose of backup is recovery. No matter how well the backup strategy is written, it is a total waste if it does not work at the time of recovery. Backup and recovery tests should be conducted for a variety of situations on a regular basis. Emergency plans should be prepared and practiced so that there is no disorderly haste at the time of recovery. Start your own Oracle Certified Master journey! *This article was provided and authorized by Home of Oracle Certified Master. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

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Newly Added Events! Oracle Certified Master Events during Oracle OpenWorld London

Written by Eva Chase, Global Senior Marketing Manager Are you attending Oracle OpenWorld in London, January 16 and 17, 2019? Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine your trip with taking the Oracle Database 12c Oracle Certified Master (OCM) or the Upgrade Exam? Well, now you can! Sign up now for one of these two special OCM events: 5711523: Oracle Database 12c: Oracle Certified Master (OCM) Exam Ed 2, January 14, 15. 5707495: Oracle Database 12c: Oracle Certified Master Upgrade (OCM) Ed 1.1, January 18. According to CTS, today’s DBA duties depends on where he or she is in terms of professional level: “Senior DBAs often act as system architects, envisioning the combination of hardware and software required to meet an employer's needs. Mid-tier DBAs often partner with project teams tasked with digging into complex data for insight into company operations. Entry-level DBAs handle routine chores like archiving, optimizing and backing up large database storage volumes.” Get Oracle certified to be recognized as a Senior DBA, and all the opportunities that come along with holding an Oracle certification. Keeping your skills current positions you to take advantage of the strong job demands for a DBA.

Written by Eva Chase, Global Senior Marketing Manager Are you attending Oracle OpenWorld in London, January 16 and 17, 2019? Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine your trip with taking the Oracle...

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Top Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them

We are always asked how to earn an Oracle Certification. Most of these questions are grouped to certification in one of 3 areas - Oracle Database, Oracle Database SQL, PL/SQL, or Java. Everyone agrees there are very tangible benefits of being certified.  Possibly the most important benefit is the skills you gain while preparing for your certification exam.  The understanding you gain from your study brings confidence when you are faced with tackling the most challenging situations or solving problems. Click on any of the exams listed in the table to view Exam Topics, Recommended Training and any Additional Preparation available. Top Certifications Certification Oracle Certified Junior Associate (OCJA) Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) How To Stay Current Java Programmer Java Foundations:  Pass exam 1Z0-811 Java SE 8 Programmer I:  Pass exam 1Z0-808 Java SE 8 Programmer II:  Pass exam 1Z0-809 If you are a Java SE 7 OCP:  Pass exam 1Z0-810 If you are a Java SE 6 OCP (or earlier):  Pass exam 1Z0-813 Oracle Database 12c Administrator Oracle Database Foundations:  Pass exam 1Z0-006   Oracle Database 12c Administrator:  Pass SQL exam 1Z0-071 and Pass exam 1Z0-062 Oracle Database 12c Administrator:  Earn 12c DBA OCA, complete one 12c Database training course and Pass exam 1Z0-063 If you are any earlier version of Oracle DBA OCA:  Complete one 12c Database training course and Pass exam 1Z0-067 If you are any earlier version of Oracle DBA OCP:  Pass exam 1Z0-060 Oracle Database 12c R2 Administrator Oracle Database Foundations:  Pass exam 1Z0-006 Oracle Database 12c R2 Administrator:  Pass SQL exam 1Z0-071 and Pass exam 1Z0-072 Oracle Database 12c R2 Administrator:  Earn 12c R2 DBA OCA, complete one 12c R2 Database training course and Pass exam 1Z0-073 If you are an 11g or 12c DBA OCP:  Pass exam 1Z0-074 Oracle Database SQL  Administrator   Oracle Database SQL:  Pass exam 1Z0-071     PL/SQL Developer   Oracle PL/SQL Developer:  Pass SQL exam 1Z0-071 and Pass exam 1Z0-144   Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer:  Pass one of these exams 1Z0-071 or 1Z0-144 and Pass exam 1Z0-148    How to Prepare for an Oracle Certification Exam Identify any knowledge gaps.   Click on the exam link in the table above and review Exam Topics. Take any missing recommended training. Refresh your knowledge with Exam Prep Seminars and Packages. Get a focused and fast-paced review of exam material with exam prep seminars. Look for extras in the Exam Prep Seminar Packages: Exam prep seminar access, 24/7 (6 month subscription). Practice test access, 24/7 (6 month subscription). 1 exam voucher with a free retake, in case you need it (valid for 6 months). Practice. Test your knowledge with Kaplan SelfTest Practice Exams. Plan.  Read this Entrepreneur article on productivity “How to Accomplish More in 4 Days Than Most People Do in 4 Weeks” to create a road map.  RELATED:  The Secret to Choosing the Best Oracle DBA Certification for You 

We are always asked how to earn an Oracle Certification. Most of these questions are grouped to certification in one of 3 areas - Oracle Database, Oracle Database SQL, PL/SQL, or Java. Everyone agrees...

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Your Guide to Getting Started With Java Certification

Working a career plan is hard enough without having to dig around to find everything you need. The Java Foundations 1Z0-811 exam is priced lower but don’t let that fool you.  It is still a valid certification credential.  If you've taken Java Foundations training or the Java Coding and Concepts MOOC this is a great place to start. If you've attended the Java Fundamentals training and had some hands on experience then the Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 exam is a good choice.  And, if you create web-based user interfaces using JavaScript along with JSPs, JSFs, servlets and handle business logic or have taken the Developing Applications for the Java EE 7 Platform course then the Java EE 7 Application Developer 1Z0-900 exam is for you. The difference between the Junior Associate and the Associate certification credential is experience.  Take the Junior Associate if you haven’t gotten that needed experience yet. Now that you know where to start its time to get ready for the exam. First thing to do is to review Exam Topics.  This gives you a detailed list on what you will be tested on.  After reviewing the list you can determine what kind and how much additional help you need to prepare.    Here's what's available to help prepare for the Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 exam. Free sample questions Kaplan IT Java practice exam. Do you get Java magazine?  In every edition there is a  Fix This/ Quiz Yourself Certification column written by Simon Roberts.   Here's what's available to help prepare for the Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 and the Java EE 7 Application Developer 1Z0-900 exams. Exam prep 4-6 hour recorded guide.  Click to preview  seminar here.  Note that an Exam Prep Seminar Package will include your exam voucher and a free retake voucher if you need it. Hope you found this helpful!

Working a career plan is hard enough without having to dig around to find everything you need. The Java Foundations 1Z0-811 exam is priced lower but don’t let that fool you.  It is still a valid...

This Top Oracle Certification Gave Lu Haichao Confidence and Maturity

My journey with OCM by Lu Haichao I can’t be part of your past, but I surely will not miss your future. In a word, I wish we had met earlier. - Nan Kang Bai Qi, Still Life Days ("Fu Sheng Liu Ji") The first time I heard about Oracle was at an informal Oracle training program at university. Back then, my conception of Oracle was rather shallow. I thought that it was nothing more than just writing and executing a few SQL commands and didn’t realize how short-sighted I was. After that, I didn’t touch Oracle until I entered the workplace. I had to engage in Oracle work because of my job, making me realize how interesting and fascinating it was. I also got to know more about Oracle by teaching myself. However, being in the position I was in, I also needed to learn things like Linux, AIX and VMWare ESX and to know something about hardware, like servers and storage. This reduced my time to learn Oracle, so I only had an incomplete understanding of it. Though I didn’t have much time to practice and delve deep, I still managed to get the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) credential in 2015 based on what I had learned, bringing my study of Oracle into a new phase. I had a very confusing time after that. I wanted to study further, but I was afraid that I couldn’t keep up with the pace, because I had been teaching myself and didn’t have my own learning system. I was also taking my financial situation into account. Hesitating like that for about a year, I finally made up my mind to learn Oracle Certified Master (OCM) and to take the OCM exam. RELATED:  Liu Denfeng Gives Advice on Beginning Your Own Exciting Journey to OCM Certification I found an Oracle authorized Workforce Development Program (WDP) through the internet and using recommendations from my friends. At that point I just thought it was very cool and must have many talented people, but not much else. At the end of April, I was allowed to audit an Oracle class given by Teacher H. I remember that session was about performance tuning. To be honest, I had been a little worried that I couldn’t keep up with the teacher’s pace, because I didn’t have a good basic knowledge of Oracle. But Teacher H was good at making complicated things simple and getting the principles across. Every point was clearly delivered. I said this to many people: “I’ve attended quite a few Oracle classes, but Teacher H was the first one who could make things so clear.” I really wished that I had known about Teacher H earlier, because that way, I could have improved myself earlier. But it was not too late. Just as what is written in Still Life Days, "I can’t be part of your past, but I surely will not miss your future." I started working very hard, and I believed that I could learn so much from the marvelous Teacher H. I also became more confident in myself. As a result, without any hesitation, I registered for the training courses. At the beginning of May, I started learning Oracle and preparing for the OCM exam. The OCM exam requires a wide range of knowledge and covers different aspects of Oracle. When I started, it was very tough. Though I learned the theories fast, thanks to Teacher H’s instruction, practice was another thing. It was quite often that I still couldn’t figure out a scenario after a whole night working. It was really tiring. Luckily, I had encouragement from my friends and my teacher, who supported me through the whole process. From scenario 1 to scenario 9, each was an unforgettable memory. After managing to finish all of the scenarios for the first time, I really felt like I was flying. Things got much better the second time. There were still lots of errors, but I enjoyed the process of improving my skills and troubleshooting all kinds of problems. I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment, almost like I was invincible. RELATED:  The Craziest Experience of Zhuang Hui's Life Provides Good Advice For OCM Exam Preparation I got my OCM certificate and jacket on December 6. I thought I would be jumping for joy, but I wasn’t. Instead, I was thinking about the more than 200 days and nights since I had started learning OCM, from struggling with a weak foundation to making rapid progress and laying a solid foundation for further study. I didn’t how many experiments I had done and how many difficult problems I had dealt with. I just knew that it was the encouragement and inspiration from Teacher H and all my friends that kept me going through these days and nights and made me into a new version of myself in six months, more confident and more mature. Looking back at this journey, the person I want to thank the most is my teacher. I also want to thank my comrades-in-arms for sharing with me the difficult problems in their practice and how to solve these problems. It is fair to say that I can’t imagine how I was able to go through all this without their company. "I wish we had met earlier" is not just about my teachers, but also about my friends, with whom I worked toward the OCM exam, and about my dedication to learning Oracle. Finally, I want to share with you one of my favorite sayings and hope it will inspire you as much as it does me: “As long as we are persistent and hardworking enough, together we will shine magnificently!” Start your own Oracle Certified Master Journey. *This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

My journey with OCM by Lu Haichao I can’t be part of your past, but I surely will not miss your future. In a word, I wish we had met earlier. - Nan Kang Bai Qi, Still Life Days ("Fu Sheng Liu Ji") The first...

Digital Badges - Credentialing For a New Generation

Generation Z is about to hit the workforce. What does that mean to you as a hiring manager?  This generation was born after 2000, into a rapidly expanding digital world. Many started programming in middle school, and have spent their lives in the digital arena. They do not know a world without the internet. For these candidates, perks like digital badging will no longer be seen as a major benefit of certification, it will be seen as an expected standard - a standard that will be expected to continually add layers of credentialing and benefits.  Technology is changing fast. People are changing fast. It seems that we just got a handle on the dynamic millennial workforce, how they learn and what their expectations are as employees. Now a new generation is joining us in the employment landscape. These rapidly changing times can keep human resources professionals scrambling to keep up with technology in order to hire and retain this dynamic, talented pool of workers while staying connected with their experienced staff. RELATED: What Is An Oracle Certification Digital Badge And Why Is It Important? Digital credentialing is the norm for young people who have spent their education careers learning on various digital platforms that constantly engage through awarding badges for each level of accomplishment.  Oracle Certification's digital badging program is built on the Acclaim platform powered by Credly. Read Credly's perspective on digital credentialing for Generation Z.  RELATED: Digital Badges Modernize Certification Verification, Making Oracle Certificate Download Unnecessary Learn more about Oracle Certification's digital badges. If you are Oracle Certified and you have not yet accepted your digital badge, accept it now through CertView. Oracle Certification is poised to lead the charge into the future of digital credentialing. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey!

Generation Z is about to hit the workforce. What does that mean to you as a hiring manager?  This generation was born after 2000, into a rapidly expanding digital world. Many started programming in...

The Craziest Experience of Zhuang Hui's Life Provides Good Advice For OCM Exam Preparation

My Journey with OCM by Zhuang Hui I especially want to thank my wife for her support. Last night I was doing experiments till dawn, and our kids were crying in the next room. My wife handled both of them all by herself without disturbing me. Looking after two children at such a young age, she made no complaints and did her best to support my study. I really appreciate her. This journey with Oracle Certified Master (OCM) has probably been the craziest and most unforgettable learning experience in my life. I have never felt so excited and insane at the same time, even more than preparing for the national Gaokao (college entrance exam) years ago. ​RELATED: Liu Denfeng Gives Advice on Beginning Your Own Exciting Journey to OCM Certification Crash Courses I highly recommend the OCM crash course. I took the crash course as soon as I registered for the exam. Since I started with a weak foundation in Oracle, I had lots of problems the first time I went through all the scenarios. One good thing about the crash courses was that you had classmates to discuss these problems with so that you could deal with them quickly. Studying alone would undermine your confidence. What’s more, learning with classmates was a powerful motivator. During the 7-day crash course, I slept less than 6 hours every day. I remember coming back immediately after dinner to do experiments, practicing until after midnight. Surprisingly, though I felt tired physically, I didn’t feel like sleeping. This can be attributed to the teachers at the Oracle WDP training center, who were able to make the technology so exciting. Besides, my classmates were working so hard that it was easy to be influenced by them. I think the most important thing about taking the crash course was the camaraderie. It was very special to have an opportunity to get to know a group of like-minded friends, and they were all very successful in taking the OCM exam. Here, I especially want to thank Fan Jinyi and Wang Qianlong for sharing with me their work experience, materials, and useful tools and software. When I had problems in my study or at work, my classmates were always there to help me. I was able to learn so much from their timely help and feedback, even more than I did from the teachers. Practice "If you read a book a hundred times, the meaning of the book will emerge naturally." I suggest practicing as much as you can after going through session the first time. If you practice 20 times before listening again, you will find the theories easier to understand and have a clearer idea. I found it very difficult to understand what architecture was really about, even though I listened several times, but after practicing 20 times, I found it very easy! You have to get rid of the textbook as quickly as possible. It was tough at the beginning, but you have to push yourself to keep going. Reflect on your practice each time you finish it. Print out the extremely difficult commands and put them in your pocket, so you can have a read while you walk or eat. Try to put the most common commands into your muscle memory and make them part of your basic skills. You don’t have to memorize large sections of code, because you can find them in the official documentation. You have to study the official documentation very carefully, making comparisons between different sections, and you will be able to locate the commands quickly. In the end, you will find that you only need to search one or two places in the documentation for each scenario. Moreover, "sharp tools make good work." An SSD is a must-have as it saves you a large amount of time. Those who are able to finish one scenario within 20 seconds must have first-class configurations. I bought a secondhand PC specifically for practice. A SSD hard drive is 180GB, so scenario 1 can be put onto SSD, but most of my practice was done on the VSphere virtual server at my company. Finally, I want to tell you something about training: “Obsession leads to mastery -- practice, practice, practice!”   ​RELATED:  Feng Zhen Makes the Right Choice in Following Oracle Certification Mind Map I have used four mind-mapping tools and prefer XMIND, because it meets the user’s basic needs without needing to register. A daily mind map is necessary. Even though you can’t do it every day, you have to organize your mind map regularly. One of the advantages of mind mapping is review, sorting pieces of information and structuring them into a whole. There is the famous Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, in which Ebbinghaus' experiment demonstrates the importance of review. It also shows that the better you understand what you have memorized, the slower you forget it. Mind mapping helps you remember and understand. It is worth noting that some commands still have to be memorized because it helps you understand. It’s not just for the exam. If you memorize them just for the exam, you can forget them easily under pressure. Here, I would like to share with you the forgetting curve created by Ebbinghaus. Human beings have two major categories of memory: short-term memory and long-term memory. The first memory cycle is 5 minutes, the second 30 minutes, and the third 12 hours. These three memory cycles belong to the category of short-term memory. Here are the important long-term memory cycles: the fourth memory cycle is 1 day; the fifth 2 days; the sixth 4 days; the seventh 7 days; and the eighth 15 days. Try to practice according to the long-term memory cycles when getting rid of the textbook -- it will be easier to do it scenario by scenario. If you stick to it, you will find that many commands will really become muscle memory, and you can type them out intuitively. "It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books. It is better to read different authors than to travel ten thousand miles. It is better to be mentored by great teachers than to read different authors. It is better to practice by yourself than to be mentored by great teachers." - Chinese Proverb Your own practice day after day can be regarded as "traveling ten thousand miles" in your journey with OCM. In this sense, you are able to figuratively travel ten thousand miles, read ten thousand books and be mentored by great teachers at the training center. Naturally, you’ll improve your skills. I also want to thank all my classmates for your help, which made my journey with OCM a lot easier. Of course, my journey through life will also be a lot easier because of the help from my friends. I especially want to thank my wife for her support. When I registered for the training courses, our younger child was less than a year old and often woke up several times during the night. Our older one was less than three years old. It was very tiring to look after both of them. I thank her for this. I felt profoundly sorry for not being there for all of them. The best gift I can give to my children now is the role model of a hard-working dad. Finally, I want to share with you one of my favorite sayings: "Persistence brings you a fine life. Self-discipline helps you win the future!" GOOD LUCK! Start your own Oracle Certified Master Journey. *This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

My Journey with OCM by Zhuang Hui I especially want to thank my wife for her support. Last night I was doing experiments till dawn, and our kids were crying in the next room. My wife handled both of...

Extended! BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Thursday through Midnight on November 26th, Get 50% OFF the Java Learning Subscription with Certification Exams Included!

Oracle has just released new Java SE content for the Java Programming Learning Subscription which empowers Java developers to take lessons on Java 10 and 11, as well as previous versions. Java drives our digital world. Training empowers you to develop the skills to do your best work.  Oracle University is pleased to announce that beginning Thursday, November 22nd through midnight on Cyber Monday, November 26th, enjoy 50% OFF the Java Learning Subscription.  To take advantage of this limited time offer, place your order on the Oracle University web store, or if you need assistance, contact your local Oracle University representative. Step 1: View the Java Programming Learning Subscription   Step 2: If you have an Oracle account, ensure you're logged in using the "Log In" button If you're a new customer and do not have an Oracle account, select the "Create an Account" link before proceeding   Step 3: After you've successfully logged in, using the country-select menu, ensure your location is set to the United States, as this promotion is only valid in the US   Step 4: Select "Add to Cart"   Step 5: On the checkout page, enter the promotion code JAVA and hit "APPLY"   Step 6: See your savings! Confirm that the discounted subscription cost of $1,497.50 USD is displayed, versus the regular price of $2,995.00    Step 7: Place your order! Please note: this promotion is available in the US only. Order must be placed online by midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), Sunday, November 25th, 2018. To take advantage of this offer, customers must use the promotion code “JAVA” when placing their order. Standard Oracle University Terms and Conditions apply. Offer not valid for Oracle reseller orders.   Step 8: Once you receive your activation key code via email, use it to access your subscription content and begin learning         How to Learn Java: More about Java 10 and 11 within the Java Programming Learning Subscription Java is the #1 programming language for developing applications across conventional and cloud environments. It provides the basis for enterprise applications on a wide range of devices and platforms.  Bruno Borges, Oracle's Principal Product Manager responsible for developer engagement on the Oracle Cloud Platform, Java, and related technologies for application development, says: “Java is at the heart of our digital lifestyle. It's the platform for launching careers, exploring human-to-digital interfaces, architecting the world's best applications, and unlocking innovation everywhere—from garages to global organizations.” Learn how to program in Java! Access more than 90+ videos and 68 hours of content made up of targeted Java SE lessons As new content is developed, it will be added to the subscription so you always have access to the latest lessons, from Java tutorials for beginners, to Java object oriented programming,  to advanced Java concepts, and more. Java programmers can benefit from new topics and concepts, including: Modularity Runtime images Migration Enhancements to stream API JShell Convenience methods for collections Convenience methods for arrays Creating and using methods Data in a cart Describing classes Using inheritance Java programming and so much more…. Java Certification Exams Included with this Subscription Gain professional recognition for your expertise with an Oracle Certified Java Programming credential. This learning subscription provides you with one attempt at the following Oracle certification exams, at no additional charge, during the subscription period. Pass the exams for Java SE 8 and earn the corresponding Oracle certifications. Java SE 8 Programmer I (exam 1Z0-808) Java SE 8 Programmer II (exam 1Z0-809 Select the image below to take advantage of this limited time offer!

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What's New with Oracle Certification - November

Learn about new exams, exams that are retiring and all the great things that are happening in the Oracle Certification Program.   New Exams and Certifications Now Offering Over 30 Oracle PaaS Certifications - Find the One that's Right for You! We have over 30 Oracle PaaS Certifications available, spanning Data Management, Application Development, Integration, Business Analytics, Management Cloud, Content and Experience, and Security.  There are two ways these exams may be purchased and taken: As stand-alone certifications. As part of the associated Oracle Learning Subscription -where exams are included - at no additional cost. Take Your Oracle Certification Exam in Person or Online In addition to integrated training + certification, purchasing an Oracle Learning Subscription gives you a chance to take your exam online proctored.  This means training and testing anywhere, anytime and on your schedule.  Explore All Certifications  Explore All Cloud Learning Subscriptions Oracle Certification Continues to Drive Success We love to receive your stories: Stories that are personal and describe why you wanted to become certified and what you learned along the way. Stories that teach others how you solved a customer or business issue using the skills and knowledge you gained through the process. If you're on the fence about investing in Oracle training or certification, we hope the stories of personal successes inspire and motivate you.  You are in good company!  

Learn about new exams, exams that are retiring and all the great things that are happening in the Oracle Certification Program.   New Exams and Certifications Now Offering Over 30 Oracle PaaS...

Feng Zhen Makes the Right Choice in Following Oracle Certification

My OCM Exam by Feng Zhen It has been a month since my OCM exam, but I still remember it vividly. I took the exam on October 23 of this year, as I had just started my 4th year in university. Needless to say, I had no experience at all. By comparison, other testers were older than I was and had much work experience. I felt very nervous and not confident enough to handle emergency situations. Fortunately, the teachers in the training courses were very good, and my fellow classmates offered me helpful solutions to many problems, which boosted my confidence in passing the exam. I believe that many people have the same question during training: "Which one should I actually learn, Oracle or MySQL?" It is true that MySQL is very popular right now, and more and more people are learning it. I’d like to use my own experience to help future students potentially answer this question. RELATED:  See How Franck Pachot Stays One Step Ahead With Oracle Certification In fact, when I first started, the question of whether to learn Oracle or MySQL had been bothering me for a long time. I asked myself if it was worth it to spend so much time and effort learning Oracle. But, after finishing the exam, the doubt gradually disappeared as I started my job hunt and went through a series of interviews. My first interview was with a state-owned enterprise (SOE). Most SOEs use Oracle. Although there is a growing trend toward MySQL in SOEs, the core database technology remains Oracle. The questions I was asked during the interview were all related to Oracle: for example, "Can you tell us your thoughts on optimization?" As it happens, optimization is something we talked about all the time in our training courses, sometimes using concrete examples. It is not difficult to develop your own opinion on this subject, so long as you pay attention to topics like this and work through them. My later interviews were with internet companies, where the processes were different from those of SOEs. The questions were more specific, and because internet companies commonly use MySQL, they asked me more MySQL questions. However, if you know your way around Oracle, you can handle most MySQL questions with ease, because there are many similarities between them; just some basic prep work on MySQL before the interview should suffice. RELATED:  Liu Denfeng Gives Advice on Beginning Your Own Exciting Journey to OCM Certification I also want to advise those who are still not sure whether to learn Oracle or MySQL, as I used to be, not to worry too much. No matter which database you primarily learn, you will likely end up having to learn the other one as well. What matters in today's job market is not only talent but also versatility. In the end, what we learn is just a product. The most important thing is to grasp the core principles of relational databases and learn new things faster based on what we already know. I have now started my business internship. It was not easy at first. I needed to know a variety of systems and interact with MySQL. Although it is similar to Oracle, there are many specifics that require time to learn. Therefore, the OCM exam is just the beginning. It can only promise us a good start but cannot guarantee our future. If we want to be DBAs, we must be ready to learn all the time, and if we want to distinguish ourselves on this career path, we must put in more effort than we might with others. Start your own Oracle Certified Master Journey. * This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

My OCM Exam by Feng Zhen It has been a month since my OCM exam, but I still remember it vividly. I took the exam on October 23 of this year, as I had just started my 4th year in university. Needless to...

Job Growth Continues for DBAs in 2018

If job security matters to you, it’s a very good time to be – or to become – a database administrator (DBA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, DBA jobs are projected to grow 11 percent by 2026, which is faster than the 7 percent average for all occupations. Increasing Need for Skilled DBAs Growth in the DBA occupation is being driven by the growing data needs of all sorts of companies. Database administrators are being asked to organize data and present it in a manner that is understandable for analysts and business decision-makers to understand. The same report states that the increasing adoption of cloud services by small and medium-sized businesses who lack their own dedicated IT departments could increase the employment prospects of DBAs as well. The Labor Bureau also predicts a favorable job market that will see database administrators in high demand, with some firms finding it difficult to find qualified workers. Applicants who have experience with the latest database administration technology and techniques will face the best prospects. Database theory, design, queries, and structured query language are important competencies to have. What Does a Database Adminstrator Do? Being a DBA involves managing and maintaining complex databases and other software. Almost all businesses rely on one or more databases to manage and keep track of their commerce and other activities. According to CTS, today’s DBA duties depends on where he or she is in terms of professional level: “Senior DBAs often act as system architects, envisioning the combination of hardware and software required to meet an employer's needs. Mid-tier DBAs often partner with project teams tasked with digging into complex data for insight into company operations. Entry-level DBAs handle routine chores like archiving, optimizing and backing up large database storage volumes.”2 Database administration is a rewarding field but it takes a good amount of training to perform effectively. It's a great time to ensure your DBA skills are up to date, while expanding your skill set. Oracle Database Training from Oracle University: Helps you learn the ins and outs of Oracle Database development Teaches you the skills you need to install, configure, design and troubleshoot database systems Demonstrates how you can help your company take full advantage of Oracle Database systems Check out available Oracle Database training today. *Featured image at top of blog post courtesy of Alpha Stock Images, via the Creative Commons License. No changes were made.

If job security matters to you, it’s a very good time to be – or to become – a database administrator (DBA). According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, DBA jobs are...

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How Training + Certification Keeps the DBA Relevant

There’s been a lot of talk about the changing role of the DBA.  But is the DBA out of a job?  No way according to this recent Forbes article Autonomous Capabilities Will Make Data Warehouses — And DBAs — More Valuable.   According to Penny Avril, Vice president of Oracle Database product management. “DBAs still need to understand where the data lives, what the data represents, and which people and applications should get to see which data.” We just saw this video from Joel Goodman – Master Principal Sales Consultant – who recorded a 5 minute product video explaining core DBA skills for Cloud versus On-Premises.  View it here.   In this video Joel makes 5 important points about the skills and tools DBAs need in whatever environment they work: Oracle Database is the same basic software regardless of the deployment method or location Oracle Database Cloud Service databases are available in only a limited set of preconfigured option bundles Some skills and tool are relevant only in On-Premises Databases Some Skills and tools are relevant only when administering an Oracle DBaaS Cloud Database But 95% of the skill and knowledge is the same regardless of whether it is Cloud or On-Premises Helpful Links: The Oracle Database Upgrade Learning Subscription  training + certification integrated; train and test anytime and anywhere. Oracle DBA Certified Professionals stay current – with one exam Upgrade Oracle DBA 11g or 12c to 12c R2 How to Stay Relevant  view the infographic   The Secret to Choosing the Oracle Database Certification that is Right for You If You Struggle With How to Bring Your Skills From 11g to 12c, Then Read This

There’s been a lot of talk about the changing role of the DBA.  But is the DBA out of a job?  No way according to this recent Forbes article Autonomous Capabilities Will Make Data Warehouses — And...

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Digital Badges Modernize Certification Verification, Making Oracle Certificate Download Unnecessary

As technology advances, credentialing programs must be agile and keep up.  Five years ago, we were excited to announce the release of electronic certificates. Rather than waiting 4-8 weeks to receive a printed certificate in the mail, that may never arrive, or may arrive damaged, candidates could simply sign in to CertView, download the certificate and print it when needed. Even better, they could send a digital file or send secure, digital verification through Certview. Five years is an eternity in technology years! Times have changed. Technology has changed. CertView has changed! Digital badges are now widely accepted and often expected as certification verification. Candidates can provide secure verifiable digital badges on social media, in email signatures, on websites, and on digital resumes. Now, sending an electronic pdf file, or sending verification through email seems out dated.  Related:  The Future of Certification is Digital Digital badging is becoming the industry standard. Oracle is proud to be helping lead the way. Learn more about Oracle Certification digital badges. What else can you do in today's CertView? You can: Check your exam results. Claim your digital badge. Track your exam history. Track your certification history.  Check messages and alerts that Oracle Certification has sent about your credential or about the program. Access a dedicated site to order Oracle Certified merchandise. And yes, you can still download your ecertificate, download your logo, and verify certification to a 3rd party if needed.      

As technology advances, credentialing programs must be agile and keep up.  Five years ago, we were excited to announce the release of electronic certificates. Rather than waiting 4-8 weeks to receive...

Make Every Exam Count - Take the SQL Exam That Gives You OCA Certification

We receive support requests every week from candidates asking for the certificate for passing the non-proctored exam Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals | 1Z0-061. Each time, we explain that this exam alone does not result in certification. Candidates must pass the next exam in their Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) path to earn a certification and receive a digital badge. This unpleasant surprise results in disappointed candidates who want to receive something tangible for passing a certification exam.   Don't face this same disappointment.  With the imminent retirement of Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals | 1Z0-061 (November 30, 2019), now is the perfect time to switch your focus to the exam that proves fluency in and a solid understanding of SQL language, data modeling and using SQL to create and manipulate tables in an Oracle Database, AND results in a SQL OCA certification.  Passing the exam Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 earns you the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate credential and also fulfills the SQL requirement in the Oracle Database Administrator and Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate paths.  We call this 'killing 2 birds with 1 stone," or getting double the benefit from a single action. RELATED:  Prepare Now For Your SQL OCA Certification - NEW The SQL Requirement SQL knowledge is essential to the Database Administrator and PL/SQL Developer roles. Upon its release, exam 1Z0-071 filled a gap in the offerings that fulfill the SQL prerequisite in these paths. This offering has gone on to become the standard. The Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate credential gives a broader, more comprehensive view of SQL, and results in OCA certification. This certification also better fits the defined job role. Let's evaluate each exam further:   Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals | 1Z0-061 Cost $245 USD $125 USD Delivery Proctored at a test center Non-proctored at your own location Certificate Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate  Not until you pass the next exam in your OCA path Relevance Aligns more closely with defined job role Retiring November 30, 2019 While exam 1Z0-061 costs less and is more convenient to take, the benefit of earning a certification for passing the 1Z0-071 exam far outweighs the lower price and convenient delivery format. Choosing the 1Z0-071 exam on your way to Database Administrator or PL/SQL Developer OCA makes every exam in your path count equally, e.g. 2 exams = 2 certifications.  RELATED: Navigate Oracle SQL Certification: Quickly and Easily Follow the path that makes the most sense! Prepare now for Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071. 

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"If My Customer is a Hospital, I Save Lives Through Education and Certification"

While a job in IT may not top the list of jobs that come to mind when you think of 'meaningful work,' this couldn't be further from the truth. All organizations, whether public or private, rely on IT infrastructure to operate and thrive. Cloud computing makes simplifying and implementing this infrastructure more accessible than ever before.  Training and certification on technologies used by helping organizations allows you to impact people in many different ways, from changing the way they work and interact with their employers and teams, to changing their lives by helping provide access to clean water or social services that they need to survive. In recent presentation, Elba Medina, Vice President, OU Latin America gave her philosophy on selling OU training and certification.  "If my customer is a hospital, I save lives through education and certification. If my customer is a government entity, I interact better with my citizens through education and certification." Oracle Certification gives you the opportunity to change people's lives - including your own! Read about a few recent projects below that have made a social impact through the implementation of Oracle technology.  HelpAge India HelpAge India has spent the last 4 decades working for disadvantaged elderly in India. They serve elder needs in a holistic manner, enabling them to live active, dignified and healthier lives with age care interventions such as free mobile healthcare programs, elder self-help groups to help elders become financially self-reliant, cataract surgeries, and relif and rehabilitation programs post disaster.  HelpAge India chose Oracle IaaS to host their Oracle E-Business Suite and other applications, which resulted in greater flexibility, scalability, and lower cost to maintain infrastructure. View Oracle IaaS Certifications. Providence St. Joseph Health A national, Catholic, not-for-profit health system, Providence St. Joseph Health, is comprised of a diverse family of organizations driven by a belief that health care is a human right. Offering a comprehensive range of services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington through a diverse family of Catholic, other faith-based and mission-driven secular organizations, the mission of this organization is health for a better world. Providence St. Joseph Health selected Oracle Cloud Applications to advance its critical business systems and streamline operational processes. This allowed the healthcare system to improve organizational efficiency and overall patient outcomes. View Oracle Cloud Applications Certifications. Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) With a burgeoning population, a quickly growing economy, miles of desert, and a large salt water border, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has struggled with access to clean, potable water for its citizens. Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA), provides water for Sharjah, the third largest city in the UAE. They set a goal in 2017 to increase the availability of fresh water from 50 million gallons to 500 million gallons per day over the next five years and save 17 million gallons of water per day from being wasted. SEWA looked to technology to help achieve this goal. It launched a digital platform to evaluate 450,000 water customers to pinpoint the biggest water users and identify sources of water waste. Data captured from the sensors is mapped to customer account records in SEWA’s Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing application, where it is analyzed and used to generate invoices, estimate service needs, and take steps to stem consumption or waste. View Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing Certification. Oracle Certification gives you the opportunity to put your certification to work and help create a better world! 

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Mala Gupta Success Story

Mala Gupta, Founder - eJavaGuru.com, Java Champion at Oracle, Book Author, International Speaker, has a long history with Java. She has learned Java, practiced it, become certified on it, written about it, taught it, and evangelized about it. She has a lot to say about how Java helped elevate her career and how she believes it can help elevate yours too.   Let's hear her story in her own words.   I felt cheated after graduating with a Computer Science degree from college - there was no match between what we were taught at college and what the industry required of me. I also joined a 4 year Computer course with a very reputed Computer training academy during my undergrad, in vain.    My first job as a Junior Java Programmer, mandated earning of Java's Programmer Certification within the first three months. I'm obliged to my employer now. The preparation process enabled me to understand Java inside out! It created a rock solid foundation - letting me master my tool - the Java language - to design and create applications.    After my transition to Server Side Java developer, I decided to take up the challenge of writing SCWCD (Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam); since I was still reaping the benefits of my Java Programmer Certification. Again, I am glad I wrote the exam. I mastered the exam objectives that were covered by SCWCD. It covered in detail how clients interact with server using HTTP - sending, receiving, requests, and troubleshooting. It covered the challenges with Java Servlets and JSP, security and many many other aspects. I'm still using the server side Java concepts that my SCWCD cert helped me with, while working with newer frameworks and tools - like Struts and Spring.   When I look back, I realize that the process of getting certified made me understand all the exam topics in depth - including reasoning out, why and how the language or platform works. I accessed the Core Java API source code, while trying to figure out why some of the Java API behaved in a certain way. To this date, I'm surprised how - even most of the seasoned Java developers haven't accessed the Core Java API source code.   The Java Certifications were relevant 18 years back - they are still relevant - recognized and valued by organisations and professionals, the world over. These certifications are validated by the industry - creators of the Java language. They help individuals to demonstrate their pro-efficiency with Java. Organisations benefit by selecting from a certified pool - to work on their projects.   I actively encourage new students and professionals to earn these industry recognized professional certifications - to get a head start with their career - and remain in the game.   I have been talking to individuals and organisations about the benefits of certifications, and conducting interviews with them: http://ejavaguru.com/index.html#certmatters. I haven't come across even one participant, who doesn't appreciate its benefits.   I am further encouraging the students to write Java Programmer certifications before they graduate from their college - atleast the OCA Java Programmer I certification, if they can't manage to write the OCP Java Programmer II Certification. It will truly help them to stay ahead of the game -    a) Get a rock solid foundation in Java as opposed to shallow expertise with random courses. b) Highlight their industry recognized and accepted expertise with Java Certifications c) Pass technical interviews with ease    I understand that these exams are difficult to pass. It becomes even harder, after you start working, which takes-up most of one's time and resources. Since I've experienced this pain, I've written multiple books on Java Certification with Manning Publications.   Unique points of my book -    a) it uses quite a lot of images and humor to help readers understand the concepts and recall them easily, when they need them. b) 'Twist in Tale' coding exercise help readers to question their understanding, when small changes are applied to small code snippets   I often hear the following statement from people - 'I'm sorry; Certified Java Programmers can't code'.  Firstly, this is an over generalized statement - what are the parameters you are evaluating the programmers on.  Second, with Java certification, one gets to know the tools (Java) really well.  Third, knowing one's tool to write code and problem-solving are related, but different skill sets. A 'skilled' Java programmer, with good problem-solving skills will make her a better programmer.  Compare this situation with a surgery, where a surgeon who begins a robotic surgery, without having the knowledge of robotic tools! Would you prefer to undergo such a robotic surgery? ------------------------------------------------- To summarize: I've benefited from the Java Certification exams tremendously. They helped me to understand the Java language better, pitched my resume to the interviewers by highlighting my certified skills. They also helped me clear the interviews and negotiate my salary. I understand that these exams are not easy to pass. I'm still using the server side Java concepts that my SCWCD cert helped me with, while working with newer web frameworks - like Spring. Java Certifications make people employable by bridging the gap between their existing and required skills. I'm on a mission to pitch this to students and professionals. In my quest to fulfill this mission, I've authored books to help IT professionals and students succeed on industry-recognized Oracle Java Certifications.

Mala Gupta, Founder - eJavaGuru.com, Java Champion at Oracle, Book Author, International Speaker, has a long history with Java. She has learned Java, practiced it, become certified on it,...

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Oracle Test Fest at Oracle OpenWorld - Registration is Now Open!

Take an Oracle Certification Exam for FREE at the Oracle OpenWorld Test Fest. Register Here Select from over 90 exams* including most current exams from Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Database, Java, PeopleSoft, and Oracle E-Business Suite. There are 9 test sessions available over the course of 4 days, conveniently located at the Marriott Marquis, San Francisco. Open to Partners and Conference Attendees.  *See this list of the 90 Exams Offered.  Confirm your desired exam is eligible from this list below.  Then view your exam and what you will be tested on here  Java:  Java SE 8 Programmer I | 1Z0-808, Java SE 8 Programmer II | 1Z0-809, Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer | 1Z0-810, Java EE 7 Application Developer | 1Z0-900 Database:  Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c | 1Z0-060, Oracle Database 12c Administration | 1Z0-062, Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration | 1Z0-063, Oracle Database 12c: Performance Management and Tuning | 1Z0-064, Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administration | 1Z0-066, Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP | 1Z0-067, Oracle Database 12c: RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administration | 1Z0-068, Oracle Database 12cR2 Administration | 1Z0-072, Oracle Database 12cR2 Advanced Administration | 1Z0-073, Upgrade Oracle DBA 11g or 12c to 12c R2| 1Z0-074,Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071, Oracle Database 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Certified Associate PaaS – Analytics Business Analytics Oracle Cloud Platform Enterprise Analytics 2018 Associate PaaS – Integration Application Integration Oracle Cloud Platform Application Integration 2018 Associate PaaS – Integration Data Integration Oracle Cloud Platform Data Integration 2018 Associate PaaS – Security Oracle Cloud Platform Identity and Security Management 2018 Associate PaaS – Management Oracle Cloud Platform Systems Management 2018 Associate PaaS – Content Experience Oracle Cloud Platform Content and Experience 2018 Associate IaaS – OCI Oracle Cloud Infrastructure; Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Architect Associate, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic 2018 Architect Associate See all the sessions, locations, and activities that Oracle University is hosting at education.oracle.com/oow.

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Discover Cloud Learning and Development Opportunities at Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Written by: Lauren Gelfound, Sr. Marketing Manager, Oracle University In the 'Age of Cloud,' Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies and is the gold-standard of technology user conferences in the industry today. This enormous convergence of leading technologists and subject matter experts creates an experience that cannot be matched anywhere else. At the intersection of today’s most trusted products and tomorrow’s cutting edge technologies, Oracle OpenWorld 2018 stands poised and ready to provide the most unique event to date. So what can you expect this year? A portfolio of keynotes, cloud product demos, and collective learning sessions that will excite and amaze, YES! But what you will also get is a free-flowing forum for new ideas, inspiration, and a new climate for learning and professional development. Because at the very heart of Oracle OpenWorld, it is the people that set this event apart from the rest. This year, Oracle OpenWorld will leave you with a deeper understanding of not only the products themselves, but of your place, and your potential, in this ever-changing industry. To accomplish this objective, Oracle OpenWorld partnered with its premier Oracle training organization, Oracle University, to develop a series of “DEEP DIVE” training sessions throughout the week. Led by the expert Oracle instructors, these deep dive sessions will allow students attending Oracle OpenWorld to immerse themselves in popular topics relevant to both technical administrators and implementers. Take a look at these FREE topic sessions offered to Oracle OpenWorld attendees: Deep Dive: Application Integration on Oracle Cloud Deep Dive: HCM Cloud: Getting Started with the New Onboarding Experience Deep Dive: Big Data and Big Data Cloud Service: Run your big data workload from anywhere with ease of access to your data with Big Data SQL and SQL Developer Deep Dive: An Introduction to Workflow Approval Processes in Financials Cloud Deep Dive: Oracle Database 18c New Features: Continuing Database Innovations Deep Dive: Java Secure Coding Best Practices Registration for these sessions is extremely limited and seats will be assigned on a first come/first serve basis. If you are planning to make Oracle OpenWorld 2018 part of your plan this October, make sure you leverage all that is offered. Make training part of your Oracle OpenWorld plan. Still need to register? Don't miss the cloud business and technology event of the year!  Register now!

Written by: Lauren Gelfound, Sr. Marketing Manager, Oracle University In the 'Age of Cloud,' Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies and is the gold-standard of technology...

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Why MySQL Certification Should Be On Your Radar - New Study Guide Available!

New Available for Download here MySQL 5.7 Database Administrator Study Guide! MySQL is the world's most popular open source database  MySQL boasts a customer list of top companies like Facebook, PayPal, YouTube, Netflix, and more. Customer industries span telecom and ecommerce to government, health care, manufacturing, and areospace to name a few. You can see where up-to-date skills and knowledge are a must for MySQL Database Administrators! Having the knowledge and skills to be flexible and quickly adapt to new business trends is important. Being able to lead these business trends is even more crucial.  “MySQL 5.7 delivers a wide range of innovations allowing developers, database administrators and DevOps teams to build and manage next-generation Web and cloud-based applications capable of processing ever increasing volumes of data,” said Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle.  Whether you're certified in an earlier version of MySQL Database Administration or this is your first foray into certification, the MySQL 5.7 Database Administrator certification will solidify your expertise and enhance your career.  Here's Three Reasons MySQL Certification Should Be On Your Radar Earning certification gives top companies reason to trust you to administer their databases and keep their businesses running smoothly. Work faster and more efficiently to be a more effective database administrator using My SQL 5.7.  It's  3 times faster than MySQL 5.6 in benchmark tests.  Deliver greater performance, scalability and manageability, plus enhanced NoSQL capabilities with JSON support and MySQL Router, which makes it easy to connect applications to multiple MySQL databases.  Related  The Single Tool That Will Make You A MySQL Rockstar Key enhancements in MySQL 5.7 InnoDB Replication Performance Schema SYS Schema Improved security Review the exam topics and then purchase a voucher to save your spot in this exam.

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How JD Edwards Tools and Technology Learning Subscription Will Help You Perform Better

Customer Success With JDE Tools JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools helped ABK Project technology services meet the challenge of getting their products to the manufacturing marketplace faster, thereby increasing profitability. They were able to: Create application extensions that met the market needs of their manufacturing customers in a timely manner and with a low cost of ownership. Improve the efficiency of their customers’ JD EnterpriseOne platforms. Increase profitability. Enable chemical manufacturers to maximize quality-management efficiencies and strengthen their trust in ABK as a technology partner. Work on Interesting Projects Getting a glimpse inside a customer success gives you a look at what types of projects you could be working on with the proper training and certification. Oracle customers are using these products and need skilled technologists to implement the technology. Are you prepared for these projects? In a recent blog post, we highlighted a sobering statistic from Robert Half Special Report: The Demand for Skilled Talent. 51% of managers said the lack of technical abilities is a common reason new hires don't workout. Certification prepares you to fill that gap. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Integrated Training and Certification The new Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne - Tools and Technology Learning Subscription is built on the latest Oracle University Product Learning Subscriptions platform, and integrates Oracle Certification with valuable training modules that are updated as new topics are available. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Configurable Network Computing 9.2 Implementation Essentials ( exam 1Z0-344) You get access to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne - Tools and Technology online content, which includes more than 100 videos and 125 hours of training modules. The curriculum provides a variety of infrastructure tools to help you install, update and manage JD EnterpriseOne applications.  Significant enhancements have been made to the learning platform, with features such as dynamic filtering and search, and High Definition (HD) videos. The Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne - Tools and Technology Learning Subscription provides a powerful new learning experience.

Customer Success With JDE Tools JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools helped ABK Project technology services meet the challenge of getting their products to the manufacturing marketplace faster,...

How Getting Certified Improves Your Career

In a recent chat with John Brooks, Oracle Content Developer at Kaplan IT Training, the importance of Oracle Certifications came up. John has vast experience working with  IT certifications, we thought his insight would be interesting to our readers and hope you agree.  Knowledge is Power Passing the exam and your grade on the exam are important of course but it's what you learn along the way that provides a strong foundation on which to build a career. The knowledge and experience gained from the preparation process is the real benefit.   "Going through the Oracle certification process lays the foundation for fundamental building blocks of learning Oracle concepts and even theories. Passing an exam doesn’t mean you know any more than the next person; however, it does say that you are familiar with the latest and greatest technologies. It also says you have a solid foundation to build on and you hold an individual drive and passion to expand on those concepts. The knowledge gained from going through the process is difficult to measure, but the amount of information covered and the flow of the information is customized so the learner creates their own foundation by focusing on specific levels of assessments. Oracle measures a candidate's level of knowledge and skills at different levels:" The Oracle Certified Junior Associate (OCJA): Earning this certification level arms you with a fundamental level of conceptual knowledge and skills, and demonstrates your capabilities to a future employer. This certification also shows your potential to progress into OCA level during your early stage of employment, and later to OCP, becoming an asset to any company. This level of certification is currently available for Oracle Database and Java. The Oracle Certified Associate (OCA):The associate level certification ensures that a candidate is equipped with fundamental skills, providing a strong foundation for supporting Oracle products. This also positions candidates to easily begin preparing for the Oracle Certified Professional level of certification. The Oracle Certified Professional (OCP): Oracle Certified Professional builds upon the fundamental skills demonstrated by the OCA. The Oracle Certified Professional has command of a specific area of Oracle technology and demonstrates a high level of knowledge and skills. IT managers often use the OCP credential to evaluate the qualifications of employees and job candidates. The Oracle Certified Master (OCM):This certification level recognizes the highest level of demonstrated skills, knowledge and proven abilities. OCMs are equipped to answer the most difficult questions and solve the most complex problems. The Oracle Certified Master certification validates a candidate's abilities through passing rigorous performance-based exams. The certification typically builds upon the fundamental skills of the OCA and the more advanced skills of the OCP. The Oracle Certified Expert (OCE): Expert level certification recognizes competency in specific, niche oriented technologies, architectures or domains. Credentials can be independent of the traditional OCA, OCP, OCM hierarchy, but often build upon skills proven as an OCA or OCP. Competencies falling under the umbrella of the Expert program range from foundational skills to mastery of advanced technologies. The Oracle Certified Specialist (OCS):This level of certification tends to be implementation-focused. These certifications are built around specialized skills and knowledge. Credentials are independent of traditional OCA, OCP, OCM hierarchy and focus on very specific technologies and skills. Related: Why You Should Care About Oracle Certification Be the Go-To Person  John also highlights an important, often forgotten benefit of earning certification. With the skills and knowledge gleaned from exam preparation, candidates become more versatile, making their skills more valuable. The lessons you learn along the way become your tools; solving or improving day to day on the job tasks. Related: The Most Important Reason to Earn an Oracle Certification "As you go through this journey you are poised for different situations and different Oracle architectures. You not only learn the foundations but you learn new features with every exam. You also learn different architectures which gives you the ability to focus on customer needs and desires that best fit customer SLAs. Your solutions can range from dedicated environments, high availability and even cloud. Having this type of knowledge allows you to think out of the box, expands your creative thinking and gives you solutions that are viable, strong, long-term and allows you to give answers to customers that simply make sense." A Career That Lasts John provided some encouraging numbers that tip the scales in favor of certification. Business News Daily: ranked Oracle Certifications as top  certifications for 2018 in 5 areas: Database Administrator, Big Data, Linux, System Administrator, and Virtualization. CertMag 2018 Salary Survey: According to CertMag's 2018 Salary Survey, certified candidates agree that getting certified has improved their job skills as well as their salaries. 68% of those surveyed agree that getting certified has increased their ability to solve problems 65% percent agree that getting certified has improved their workplace productivity More than 70% of those surveyed agree that they’ve experienced greater demand for their skills since becoming certified. Noted in the same survey, certification can increase earning power. The average weekly income for a U.S. “information” worker at the end of 2017 was $1,393.10. However, among those surveyed who hold just one active certification, the comparable figure derived from the data is $2,078.98.  Pearson VUE 2017 Value of IT Certification Survey:The Pearson VUE 2017 Value of IT Certification Survey also highlighted some revealing numbers in support of earning certification. More than 64% of respondents received positive impact on their professional image/reputation Nearly 1/2 of all respondents received a salary increase, a new job, or a promotion. 40% of respondents indicated that certification helped them to perform complex tasks more confidently 54% experienced the first benefit of certification within 3 months. Finally, the proof is in the personal recommendation. 86% of IT professionals said they would recommend certification to a colleague when discussing a career or advancement in IT. Robert Half: According to a Robert Half Special Report: The Demand for Skilled Talent, 51% of managers said the lack of technical abilities is a common reason new hires don't workout. Certification prepares you to fill that gap. Keep Sharpening Your Skills Related: Get Premium Pay For Your Certifications and Advanced Skills John closes with a sage bit of advice for certified candidates. Recertifying, or upgrading your certification to a new version continually validates your skills and experience and keeps you up-to-date on the latest technology and best practices. Certification shows that you are ambitious and have a passion for learning.

In a recent chat with John Brooks, Oracle Content Developer at Kaplan IT Training, the importance of Oracle Certifications came up. John has vast experience working with  IT certifications, we thought...

Introducing the NEW Oracle University Web Store! Enjoy Simplified Navigation, One-Page Checkout and More

The global Oracle University team is proud to bring you a new and improved online web store. We are excited to move to the powerful Oracle Commerce Cloud Platform. Explore the new store now! This powerful technology "provides out-of-the-box features that let companies quickly customize their sites, manage inventory, and show relevant content to shoppers, no matter what device they are using." Simplified navigation and a streamlined, one-page checkout are two of the many improvements you'll experience and enjoy as you browse. Our curriculum, business, design and development teams worked together to deliver a fresh, modern online experience. As you navigate the new online store, you'll find relevant Oracle training and certification even quicker than before, regardless of the device you're using to browse. Enjoy simplified, more intuitive navigation to locate the courses and certifications that will modernize your skill set, boost your productivity and validate your expertise.     Utilize quick filtering to drill down to the specific product you're looking for within seconds. You'll find our product catalog easier to explore within the new online store.   Get what you need and be on your way with a new and improved one-page checkout. Experience flexible, responsive design that delivers a seamless online experience, regardless of the device you're using.      Take advantage of powerful search capabilities to find what you need from anywhere within the store. Sort by product category, training format, certification level and more. We're excited to deliver these new, modern features to our customers through this revamped web store, but rest assured that we'll keep evolving. Our global team strives to offer you the highest quality Oracle training and certification products through a comprehensive and easy-to-use online web store. We invite you to explore the new store and let us know what you think in the comments below. We value and appreciate your feedback! Explore the new store now!

The global Oracle University team is proud to bring you a new and improved online web store. We are excited to move to the powerful Oracle Commerce Cloud Platform. Explore the new store now! This...

Boost Your Career Opportunities as a Java Developer

From its beginnings more than 22 years ago Java has gone from strength to strength, and today it still occupies the most popular and also most in-demand position for programming languages. Widely viewed by the developer community as the most reliable language, Java enables developers to create software that is compatible with different operating systems. In addition, its stability, depth of features, predictability and strong community have made it a business favorite the world over. There are currently estimated to be more than 9 million Java developers in the world, with its popularity and usage continuing to grow – providing strong indications of Java’s importance in the years ahead and the need for highly trained Java programmers to support the future business world.  Java’s flexibility to span industries Compared to other languages, Java is not only easy to learn, but also easy to use, write, compile, and debug. Its simplicity has helped increase its global prevalence. Java is currently leading the pack in both the Android mobile application development market and the enterprise back-end market. Career opportunities in Java span a wide variety of roles and industries. All of the 500 companies on the Fortune 500 list use Java to a great extent: building application servers, web applications, unit tests, mobile applications, desktop applications and enterprise applications. Yet this doesn’t begin to cover the incredible range of things you can do with Java. For example, many developers use Java to create games and tutorials and, due to its compatibility, Java often figures into cross-language development, meaning that your Java experience can be extremely useful even if you’re not writing pure Java applications. Looking for a really exciting career using Java? Well, how about exploring space with NASA? The agency uses Java for various space missions and also a number of interesting applications, including World Wind, a software development kit (SDK) that lets you zoom in from outer space and examine any location on earth. Want to go into the movie business? Special effects firms such as Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) rely on Java for all sorts of software-based wonders, including sequencing animation scenes. Perhaps you’re interested in saving people’s lives and improving healthcare? Projects like Doctor Online rely on Java for medical chatbots and application modules which enable faster, smoother doctor-patient interactions and empower doctors to make house calls virtually. Java also plays a key role in high performance applications like self-driving cars and is used to build many of the world’s most popular video games and wearable technology applications. In the cloud, Java is useful not only for creating new applications or moving existing applications to the cloud, but its proven ability to work anywhere fits perfectly into the modern mix of cloud, mobile, and desktop applications. These applications need to function the same way no matter where they happen to be running. The Internet of Things also leverages Java in various industrial and domestic smart devices, for example for tracking inventory or measuring the temperature and humidity. Java is now so popular and widespread that there is no shortage of ways for you to find fun and fascinating work. Building your Java career and salary Across all domains, corporations are scurrying to attract top IT talent - and Java developers in particular. The demand for trained and certified Java professionals has substantially increased salaries for jobs associated with Java.  According to Indeed.com, the average annual Java developer salary in the USA is now more than USD100,000, and growing. And far from tying you down to a specific job role, developing Java programming skills is paramount for other business critical positions, such as a web developer, database administrator, Java architect, and IT or project manager. The future looks bright for Java talent. Upskilling for personal and professional success While people who code in Java invariably find jobs almost immediately, the more education and certifications you have, the more appealing you appear to an employer. This not only means higher salary prospects for you, but a wider choice of positions and fields of work. Oracle University’s Java curriculum has a variety of training formats to suit the needs and preferred learning method of any Java developer. Get trained by an instructor and interact with fellow developers in a classroom or via Internet in a virtual classroom. Or if you prefer self-study, the Java Programming Learning Subscription will give you year-round access to hours of high-quality learning content that is constantly updated. You can also validate your skills through Oracle with Java certification, further increasing your job and career prospects. The time is ripe to up-skill, and take full advantage of the Java career opportunities that await you.

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The Secret to Choosing the Best Oracle DBA Certification for You

Have you tried navigating the Oracle Certification labyrinth lately? If so, you may have come away with your head spinning! While there are many offerings in many layers of technology for a wide and diverse audience, it may be difficult knowing where to start.  The Oracle Certification program began with Oracle Database 7.3. Candidates chose either the Database Administrator or the Developer track. Much has changed in a couple of decades! The program is now anchored by both our core Oracle Database and our Java certifications, but hundreds of implementation certifications have also been added. This is good news for non-database professionals who wish to certify on one of the numerous Oracle technologies outside of Database, but this makes it more difficult for some to choose the correct certification track.  Matthew Morris, experienced DBA and developer, multiple Oracle certification holder, and respected author and blogger published an article on GoCertify.com in 2015 that stands the test of time by helping candidates navigate this winding river of Oracle Certification options - More than Just Database: A Beginner's Guide to Oracle Certification. While some of the credentials and exams referenced by the article may be outdated, the content stands the test of time. If your certification interest is laser focused on Oracle Database, we can help. Check the decision-making diagram above. Scroll further down for more in depth information on each step in the decision making process, and to see where you can go after you've earned the OCA and OCP levels of certification. I. First, start with your job role - Database Administrator, Developer or Implementer. Database Administrators: Skill set and job role may vary depending on whether you are a "development" or "architect" DBA or more of a "production" DBA. Skill set may include installation, patching, configuration, security, backup and recovery, migration, capacity planning, logical and physical data modeling, database design, performance management, SQL Tuning and troubleshooting in the Oracle Cloud, on premises or both.  Including High Availably, Disaster Recovery and aspects of OS administration.   Database Developers: Skill set may include SQL, SQL*PLUS, SQLCL, PL/SQ, Java, Application Express, database design, logical and physical modeling, and SQL tuning. Implementers: Typically have a strong technical background in the product area on which they are certified and are responsible for implementing or installing this software or certain aspects of the software. Related: Build a DBA Career to Last II. Next, determine which certification path to start. Database Administrators, your next step is to determine which version of certification you wish to pursue. Some considerations are: The version or versions of Oracle Database that your company uses if you are employed. The version or versions of Oracle Database most often specified in job descriptions if you are job hunting. Have you already completed an Oracle Database training course  for a specific version? This is very important. Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification requires training on the version that matches your certification or a on later version. e.g. If you have had Oracle training for Oracle Database 11g, you should pursue 11g certification and then upgrade to 12c when appropriate. Training is not required to upgrade to a later version of Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professional once you already hold a DBA OCP certification. If you are certified on an Oracle Database release that is newer than that which is used by your company,  you can help define the strategy for the adoption of new features and functions When an older version of Oracle Database is de-supported,  you will be required to upgrade your certification to match a supported version of Oracle Database to keep your certification active. Read the Recertification Policy. Oracle recommends keeping your skills current by attending the latest training courses and maintaining your certification. If you choose Oracle Database 12c R2 (recommended), start here: Oracle Database 12c R2 Administration Certified Associate* If you choose Oracle Database 12c, start here: Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate* If you choose Oracle Database 11g, start here: Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Associate* Database Developers will all start in the same place for certification - Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate. From there, you can decide whether to move to the advanced certification. When you get to this point, the same considerations listed above apply. Database Developers start here: Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate  or Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate* Implementers: Candidates pursuing an Implementation role have options under the Oracle Database 12c product. An Implementer's product focus area might vary somewhat compared to a Database Administrator or Developer. Implementation Specialist certifications are available to all candidates but are geared toward Oracle's partner employees. Some considerations: If you work for or wish to work for an Oracle partner, the partner may have product area requirements. If you are seeking this certification on your own, use some of the same considerations listed above to decide in which direction to go. You can also review exam topics to discover the skills required of someone who holds a particular certification. Start here: Oracle Database 12c Certified Implementation Specialist Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c Certified Implementation Specialist Oracle Database Performance and Tuning 2015 Certified Implementation Specialist III. Further considerations for Database Administrators and Developers *An important consideration for both the DBA and Developer paths is that both a SQL exam and an Associate-level exam must be passed to earn the Associate-level certification. Here are the options for the SQL exam: Oracle Database 12c SQL | 1Z0-071: This is a proctored exam that must be taken in a test center. Passing this exam earns you the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate credential. This exam better fits the defined job role. Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals | 1Z0-061: This is a non-proctored exam that can be taken online at your own location. Passing this exam fulfills the SQL requirement, but does not result in a certification on its own. It must be paired with the next exam in your path in order to earn a certification. Vouchers for this exam will no longer be sold after May 31,2019. Candidates will have 6 months to use those vouchers to register for an exam at Pearson VUE. This exam will no longer be offered at Pearson VUE or an Oracle Testing Center after November 30, 2019. Related:  Navigate Oracle SQL Certification: Quickly and Easily IV. Now that you've earned your Database Administrator or Developer credential, where can you go from here? Database Administrators can pursue the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) level of certification by completing a relevant training course and passing the appropriate OCP exam.  Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional Oracle Database 12c R2 Administrator Certified Professional Exadata Database Machine Oracle Certified Expert After earning an OCP certification, DBAs can dive a little deeper into a more specific technology by earning an Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) certification or joining the elite ranks of Oracle Certified Masters. The diagram below shows these options. Related: 7 Reasons OCM Deiby Gomez Thinks Oracle Certifications Are Worth The Effort Some OCE certifications can be earned by completing training as an alternative to a prerequisite OCP certification.   Oracle Certified Expert Certification Paths: Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 12c: Performance Management and Tuning Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 12c: RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administrator Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administrator Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Expert Oracle Certified Master Certification Paths: Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Master Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Master Armed with a better understanding of Oracle Database Certification offerings, you should now have what you need to start building a sustainable career path. Get started today!

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Operating systems, containers, and virtualization are the fundamental building blocks of modern IT infrastructure. Oracle combines them all into one integrated offering: Oracle Linux. The open source Linux kernel, in conjunction with tools, applications, and services make up this efficient operating system.  Current customer success stories show that Linux is alive and well.  Kristl, Seibt & Co GmbH Has Zero Downtime and Reduces Cost with Oracle Linux United Airlines Soars with Oracle Linux Linux skills are in demand. Related: Linux Experts Are in Demand: How to Improve Your Linux Skills Are your skills up to par? If not, learn Linux and earn certification in one easy package with the Linux Learning Subscription. Access 350 videos and 175 hours of content delivered 24/7 for 12 months with continuous updates. Take Oracle Certification exams that are included in the learning subscription at no additional cost: Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration | 1Z0-100 Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration | 1Z0-105 This subscription offers targeted training that will empower you to get hired. Content is custom designed to train you for specific job roles that work with Linux. Stay on top of the latest Linux releases, in real-time: interact with new course modules as they're released and watch expert webcasts. Related: See How Easily You Can Learn Linux with this New Digital Solution Preview the Linux Learning Subscription.     

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What's keeping you from becoming a true expert in PeopleSoft? Have you found it difficult to access all of the training you need in one convenient location? Overcome this hurdle with the new Oracle PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription. This annual subscription offers 434 videos and 95 hours of training content about PeopleSoft Applications, diving into individual subject areas within topic-based channels. This online training option is ideal for configuration consultants, functional implementers, end users and implementation consultants. Get Training that Coincides with the PeopleSoft Release Schedule “A big misconception is that PeopleSoft has had no new releases since the 9.2 upgrade. The reality is that PeopleSoft now has many more releases than before, usually five or six in a year.” As these new PeopleSoft product features become available with each new release, your learning subscription is refreshed with new training content that empowers you to leverage these features. As a result, your expertise evolves right alongside the product. The PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription was released in April of this year with content for PeopleTools I & II, Fluid User Interface and Application Engine. This month, we’ve added Query Reporting Tools, PeopleSoft LifeCycle Management, and Update Manager. Additional new content will continue to be added in months to come. To learn more about what the Oracle PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription offers you and your business, we spoke with Nita Brozowski. She became an Oracle University product manager approximately three-and-a-half years ago and now works with PeopleSoft and Business Intelligence products on the applications side. Q: Tell us about PeopleSoft Applications. A:  Oracle is a leading provider of e-business application software purely over the Internet, and these applications are designed to address the most complex business requirements. PeopleSoft Applications empower the user, are easily adaptable, and provide comprehensive business and industry solutions. They enable organizations to increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and realize a lower cost of ownership. Q: What are some surprising things customers may not know about PeopleSoft? A: A big misconception is that PeopleSoft has had no new releases since the 9.2 upgrade. The reality is that PeopleSoft now has many more releases than ever, usually five or six per year. And customers don’t need to do a full upgrade to get to the new features they need. Q: That’s because of selective adoption, correct? A: Yes, that’s right. With selective adoption, customers can take the features they want when they want them, without having to do an upgrade. PeopleSoft is now delivered on a single code line, with single releases continuously throughout the year on “PeopleSoft Images.” Customers are free to decide what features to upgrade.  Q: Why did you develop this PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription? A: Oracle University has always been committed to providing training that helps customers excel and get the best performance from Oracle products. Recently, we’ve been innovating how we deliver this training so it meets the needs of Oracle customers and partners. We know how busy they are and that they want to get training when it fits their schedules; this learning subscription provides that flexibility. Q: How will customers use this learning subscription? A: This web-based training is accessible on most devices -- laptops, tablets, and smart phones – anywhere you have a web browser. You watch lectures led by experts who round out their discussions with white boarding, diagrams, and demonstrations, and then you can request an environment and try it for yourself by following the activities in the Student Guide (eKit). Filters in the Learning Subscription allow you to quickly view the exact training modules you need. Skill checks allow you to measure how much you’ve learned and identify areas that need further review. Q: Which types of customers would be interested in the PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription? A: End users, configuration consultants, functional implementers – anyone who uses PeopleSoft Applications to do their day-to-day business. Q: What are some skills customers learn using this learning subscription? A: Customers will learn how to do things like: Manage global employees Record and process absences Maintain employee payroll data Process on-cycle and off-cycle payrolls Manage application and reporting security And much, much more using the very intuitive PeopleSoft applications Q: In terms of career development, what are some advantages customers experience by utilizing this subscription? A: Subscribing gives you the opportunity to earn a highly-respected Oracle Certification. The PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials Implementation Essentials 1Z0-631 exam is included in this subscription. After engaging with subscription training, validate your knowledge by passing a certification exam. You'll use the included certification exam voucher to take the exam. Watching subscription content increases your chance of passing and officially earning the title of PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials Certified Implementation Specialist. Once certified, share your digital certification badge with your management and your team members. You can also include it within your resume and on your social media accounts to attract new career opportunities. Q: Is there any additional information that might be helpful to PeopleSoft Applications customers? A: Yes. Leveraging the power of Oracle PeopleSoft Applications allows you to take advantage of enhancements that deliver faster performance and harnesses the power of PeopleSoft applications. These applications are enabled by a powerful technology foundation in PeopleTools that delivers extensibility and common capabilities like reporting, workflow, search, integration, and security. Visit the PeopleSoft Information Portal, built and supported by the Oracle PeopleSoft Product team, to learn more about PeopleSoft applications and how they address your most complex business requirements. These powerful applications help your organization: Effectively execute in the face of complexity Easily adapt to a changing workforce Make informed decisions Lower costs by doing more with less Gain agility while minimizing disruptions to your organization Customers can build and configure PeopleSoft applications quickly and easily with PeopleTools. If you're ready to advance your career and increase your value in the PeopleSoft Application market through certification, preview the PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription now!

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Oracle Certification Provides Ian Baugaard Lifelong Opportunity to Learn and Improve

Written by Ian Baugaard My certification journey began way back in 2002, two years after I finished my tertiary education and was driven largely by a desire to improve my skills and give me the ability to set myself apart from the crowd in the career market. On a side note, the latter objective has (over time) become less important than the former. Nonetheless, the fact that I had achieved the Oracle 9i Database Certified Professional certification definitely played a role in me landing my dream job at the largest (and best) telecommunications company in South Africa. Related:  Shang Shibo Achieves Amazing Results With OCM After First Doubting Its Value As I went on upgrading my certification to 10g and then 11g, it became clear that the true value of certification was in expanding our horizons by showing just how little one really knows! Technology changes. It’s a fact of life and if we keep on doing things the way they’ve always been done, we stagnate and stop growing. Several features which were exposed during the preparation of the exams have subsequently been implemented in the workplace. Finally I was left with the ultimate test, the Oracle Database Certified Master exam...a combination of skill, preparation and how well one copes under the pressured gaze of Father Time. There were all sorts of the horror stories lying in wait, from those who have long since disappeared because of NDA violations, but they just fuelled the fire. After two gruelling days, I awaited the final result for three weeks...nervous because I thought I had tried to be too smart for my own doing. My results were positive, much to my relief. It truly is the pinnacle certification for any Oracle Database professional and I cannot recommend it highly enough as a test of yourself and your abilities. Related: Liu Denfeng Gives Advice on Beginning Your Own Exciting Journey to OCM Certification Over the next 18 months I continued the path to learn more and more about the various new features in Oracle Database 12c, focusing on RAC, Oracle GoldenGate and Dataguard. I will also say that I failed the latter examination on first attempt. I did not have the training material and built my own course from the online documentation as represented by the exam objectives. This was no excuse, as the current structure of examinations provide an excellent balance of what the documentation says and putting you in real-world scenarios where you have to apply yourself to the situation presented. And ultimately it presented me with another learning opportunity, which I dutifully grabbed and passed on the second attempt. And it doesn't stop there. The drive into the cloud is gaining momentum and along with Oracle Database 18c, there are many more unknown paths to venture down and learn from! So in closing, certification most definitely has value. It’s so much more than the PDF produced upon completion. It’s an opportunity to learn and improve oneself and that is a journey we should all constantly be on. I'll end off with a quote from our former president Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Let's all change the world in our own small way... Create YOUR Oracle Certification success story!

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Great Tips for Passing Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Certification

I recently spoke with Gregory Hyman, Principal Program Manager - Certification from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure team.  He's posted some great tips on LinkedIn and the Oracle.com Blog that I want to share. Prepare to Pass the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Certified Associate Architect certification (1Z0-932) Check out Greg's tips here: Interview style blog on the oracle.com blog: https://blogs.oracle.com/cloud-infrastructure/how-to-successfully-prepare-for-the-oracle-cloud-infrastructure-2018-architect-associate-exam  https://blogs.oracle.com/cloud-infrastructure/how-to-successfully-prepare-for-the-oracle-cloud-infrastructure-2018-architect-associate-exam-nitin-vengurlekar Prepare for the exam with the study guide and the practice exam. Integrated Online Learning and Certification - Train and test where you are and on your schedule Did you know the new Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) Learning Subscription provides your exam for FREE?  Or Already Ready to Test?  Join the more than 2 million who have earned an Oracle Certification digital badge!  Click here to purchase your exam voucher.   Here's my post back in March announcing the two new OCI exams, highlighting their difference. Choose the certification for you; Classic or Bare Metal:  An Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic Associate Architect  (1Z0-337) has the knowledge required to specify, architect, implement applicable Oracle Infrastructure as a Service services/solutions. Certified individuals are able to explain, deploy, configure, and utilize Oracle Infrastructure as a Service. This certification covers topics such as: the Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Solution, Service Subscription, Compute Cloud and Dedicated Compute Cloud Service Deployment, and more. An Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Certified Associate Architect  (1Z0-932) possesses strong foundation knowledge in architecting infrastructure using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. It validates deep understanding of OCI services to spin up infrastructure. Topics include: Cloud computing concepts (HA, DR, Security), regions, availability domains, OCI terminology and services, networking, databases, load balancing, IAM, DNS, FASTCONNECT, VPN, Compartments. Did you know the new Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) Learning Subscription provides 24x7 all Digital Training + Certification Learning Paths that Include both exams for FREE?  Or click here to purchase your exam voucher.  Join the more than 2 million who have earned an Oracle Certification digital badge!  

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Coming Soon! The Oracle University Web Store is Getting a New Look

We're very excited to announce that in the coming months, the Oracle University web store will be undergoing an exciting transformation. Our international design and development team has been working hard to update and improve our web store from the ground up. So, what can you expect to see? Fresh, modernized page design that offers a clean and fluid store experience Optimized experience across all device types More powerful internal search capabilities, with new left-hand side navigation Quick action icons to easily get you where you need to go Improved training and certification paths to guide you toward achieving your career goals Closely integrated training and certification offerings that empower you to get Oracle Certified A cleaner, shorter checkout process so you can get in and get out We're thrilled to move to a powerful new e-commerce platform that utilizes the latest Oracle Commerce technology.  Oracle Commerce Cloud is a modern SaaS solution designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth for online businesses. The solution emphasizes simplicity, allowing online businesses to quickly launch feature- rich, responsive storefronts across all devices. At the end of the day, our goal is deliver the best possible customer experience online. And our work is never done! We strive to make finding training and certification products within our web store simple and fast so you can focus on what's important - your business and your career. As we roll out these exciting new changes, we'll be asking for your feedback to ensure we never stop improving. Be on the lookout for a new and improved Oracle University web store!

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Liu Denfeng Gives Advice on Beginning Your Own Exciting Journey to OCM Certification

My Journey with OCM By Liu Danfeng   I received the OCM congratulations letter three weeks after the exam, which marked a perfect ending to the hard work over this period of time. But I also look at this as the beginning of another exciting journey. What I have acquired during the study is a method of using Oracle but to fully apply it requires continuous practice in work.   I first knew about OCM in 2013 when I attended an OCP training with Oracle University. I was having lunch with a few seniors and was dazzled by all the discussion about the OCP course. While listening to them talking about the nerve-wracking experience of taking the exam, I looked at the OCM as something too far to reach for me. My background was in automobile engineering, but my first job was on Oracle database development. It was my first time to use Oracle and I had to study it from the scratch which was a tough time for me. Fortunately, with the help from my manager and colleagues, plus my own efforts, I settled into the job fairly quickly. For the first few years of my job, I got on well with my work thanks to the knowledge and experience accumulated along the way. However, as the company is expanding its business, in recent years, I started to feel a bit behind in terms of my understanding and application of Oracle, especially in areas such as the running and management of the database. I started thinking about doing the OCM certificate to improve my work performance.   Therefore, I chose an Oracle authorized WDP to receive the technical training, so I can access the resources of an authorized training center while getting the official attendance record. Only with the Oracle attendance record, can I then be qualified to attend the Oracle certification exam. Plus, you get to know a group of fellow trainees who are equally motivated and hard-working. We encouraged each other and progressed together. I had two rounds of the weekend course. The first round helped me to have a holistic view of the OCM leaning system. The second round took place after a period of study. I have found that attending the course with problems I came across during my study has increased the learning quality and consolidated some key learning points, which made further practice more efficient.   My personal experience is the time of the exam has to be decided as soon as possible, then this would push you to power through as the time counting down. This is also the advice from Mr. Hou. The reason is it’s easy for people to get lazy. If the exam time was not set, it would be difficult to get into the mode of exam preparation. The longer the exam drags on, the more tiring it would get, and your family might be affected as well. It took me a while to complete the exam and I wasn’t able to see my children during the time. It was very hard for me being separated from my children and I was often in tears when thought about them. But each time I told myself to be strong and try to finish the exam as soon as possible so I can see them sooner.   Stages of OCM Exam Preparation Exam preparation is a challenge both physically and mentally as it requires a large amount of time and energy. My training overall went through three stages. The first stage was to go through the 9 scenarios for the first time. This was the hardest time for me. I constantly encountered errors but couldn’t figure out why. I was very frustrated and couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Luckily, I had my fellow course mates to help and it took me over a month to go through all 9 scenarios. The second stage was the continuous practice till I could be completely independent of the textbook. I spent the most time on this stage. It was very tiring but it’s also the most rewarding stage. I was looking through all kinds of reference books, official manuals, while consulting my friends and colleagues to solve all kinds of problems. Each time when a problem was solved I felt I made a small step forward. I went through the emotional ups and downs again and again, while telling myself to carry on. I finally was able to absorb the knowledge from all 9 scenarios along with the official documents in my mind as mental maps. This is a process of digesting and synthesizing an abundance of knowledge. The third stage was the intensive preparation right before the exam when I had to go through everything again to check for weak links while pressing on with the practice to improve my speed. This was also the stage at which I felt most accomplished as I was very self-disciplined. As someone who had almost no training on Linux, I was actually able to use all the Linus codes, which was a nice surprise. Gaining Confidence One Month Before the OCM Exam It wasn’t till one month before the exam that I was able to complete all the scenarios without instructions. At that time, I was very anxious about the exam as I wasn’t sure how much speed-up I would manage over a month’s time. But once I’m off the instructions, I found myself speeding up very rapidly so maybe I should have gone off script sooner. During the last month, each day was very intensive as I was trying to get the most out of the training. I was going through all the scenarios every day, on weekends, and every two days on work days. Although my speed was maintained at around 50% just before the exam, I was no longer very nervous about it. Mr. Hou was very encouraging and gave some very useful advice before the exam, while I also kept telling myself to believe in what I know. My mindset was that I didn’t need to be perfect but only perform to the best I can. Overall, my exam went fairly well. I did come across a few small problems but was able to solve them calmly.  Advice on Taking the OCM Exam Here I would like to offer some advice: Regardless your prior knowledge of Oracle and Linux, believe in yourself! Follow the instructions from the teachers and you will be fine. You have to join the “Hong Bao” (红包) Group. It will give you encouragement and help from teachers and course mates. You are not alone – there are many people behind you offering their support. [This group is in China. Find a similar community in your area to help you prepare for the exam and support you through the process.] Once you've completed the 9 scenarios, set the exam date as soon as possible. This will force you to start your preparation and improve your efficiency. The longer you drag it on, the more exhausting it will get. If your situation permits, attend the exam crash course. It will help you to know the latest development in exams. It was during this exam crash course, the teacher corrected some of my wrong operations and answered many of my questions, which really helped me to pass the exam. From when I first started, it took me nearly half a year to complete the database OCM exam. During this time, I went through a lot but also learned a lot. With the dedication and help from the teachers, I made great progress and also lots of lovely friends. I cherish all of this. Looking back the journey, I would like to thank all the teachers for their help and guidance, thank all my course mates for their precious friendship, thank my managers and colleagues for their support, and especially thank my family for their hard work and support. There’s no end in learning and I shall continue with my journey of learning! * This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. For reprint please contact the Oracle University and indicate the source.   Related Articles Shang Shibo Achieves Amazing Results With OCM After First Doubting Its Value The Single Motivational Factor That Helps Determine Certification Success

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It's true, there are many opportunities abound for those that hold the skills needed to hit the ground running, and do a great job. Java is one of the most sought after certifications in the IT Industry.  Did you know in the US alone there are 47,547 open jobs listed for Java SE 8 Programmers? See for yourself by accessing your Oracle Certification digital badge on Acclaim, Related Jobs.   Let Your Badge Be Your Introduction How do you open doors and get noticed? If you're Oracle certified you hold one of our digital badges which you can use to apply for any of the related jobs listed. Learn more.   Recognition as an Oracle Certified Associate is not the last rung of the ladder in the climb to the top.  You’ve achieved your Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Associated certification. This show others you have skills learned in the latest in Java, but why stop here?    A resume that lists demonstrated skills with validation from an industry recognized certification program gets you to the top. With passing one more exam, add Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Professional to your resume. Oracle Certified Professionals have the advanced programming skills to fully utilize all features of Java SE 8.   Getting to the Next Level Prepare for Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Professional.    Train and test with Integrated Online Learning and Certification. On your schedule - anywhere and anytime. Already know everything you need to know? Test your knowledge now with FREE sample questions.  Need a study plan? Exam Prep Seminar standalone or packages: Exam Prep Seminar Package: Java SE 8 Programmer II (Best Value Package includes one exam voucher and a free retake, valid for 6 months) or Exam Prep Seminar: Java SE 8 Programmer II. Next Step! Purchase an Oracle Certification Proctored Exam voucher here. Register to take the exam at Pearson VUE.  

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If You're Not 'Very Satisfied' With Your EPM Processes, Read This

When something is too good to be true, it usually is -- except when it's not.  Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud (EPM) takes all your EPM data in disparate, manual spreadsheets and brings it into a single platform for management, reporting, and analytics. Companies of all sizes are embracing this solution that allows them to drive predictable performance, report with confidence, and connect the entire organization. According to the recent Enterprise Performance Management CloudTrends Report For 2017, Two thirds of EPM cloud users describe their experience across the full range of EPM processes as either "very satisfied" or "satisfied." Cloud users realized many benefits, including staying current on technology (75%), realizing faster deployments (71%), and receiving improved service (66%).   Good News for EPM Consultants This trend is good news for Senior EPM Consultants working on Enterprise Performance Management, Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud, Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud and Profitability and Cost Management Cloud, or for Solution Consultants transitioning to an Implementation Consultant role. Even better news for these consultants is that Oracle offers a robust learning subscription for EPM Cloud that delivers 24/7, continually updated training for one year, that includes a group of valuable certifications. Individuals who earn these certifications are able to manage the EPM implementations in areas like performance reporting, planning and budgeting, financial consolidation, close cloud service, profitability, and cost management. Oracle's EPM Cloud Training and Certification Explore what is available in the Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Learning Subscription. Take a look at the exams that are currently included with this learning subscription to see which path is right for you. 1Z0-985 | Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials 1Z0-982 | Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials 1Z0-983 | Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials 1Z0-984 | Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials Related Articles Oracle ERP Cloud Modernizes the Way You do Business Meet the Oracle EPM Expert: Eleanor Salerno

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What’s Keeping You From Oracle Database 12c OCP?

Now that you have achieved your first step on your Oracle Database Certification path, why not continue to the next level and upgrade at the same time to version 12c?  Keeping your skills sharp and relevant are key to maintaining your career relevancy.  Hear from Oracle Database Expert Joel Goodman An Insider's Perspective on why staying current is so important. Show employers you have the Oracle Database skills that today's market demands. “Having passed the certification is the best you can do to show maximum experience even when nobody has the version in production yet. Once again, it is the way to have one step ahead. “ - Franck Pachot Oracle Certified Master & ACE Director  Read his full story  How to Prepare for Oracle Database 12c Certification There are some great training courses you can take to learn the latest in Database technology.  Or if you already feel up-to-speed there, an Exam Prep Seminar package may be exactly what you need.  Here is what's included: 4-6 hours of recorded content where you are expertly guided through what is needed to pass the exam.  Access to a practice test. An exam voucher and a free retake if you need to make a 2nd attempt.  All for a great price of $618 USD! And last but not least, if you feel prepared Get Your Voucher now and schedule your exam! Helpful Links: Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Oracle Database 12c R2: Backup and Recovery Workshop Exam Prep Package: Upgrade Oracle 9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP  

Now that you have achieved your first step on your Oracle Database Certification path, why not continue to the next level and upgrade at the same time to version 12c?  Keeping your skills sharp and...

Stay Up-to-Date with Oracle Certification

Keep informed with newly released exams, get information on current promotions, and learn about new program announcements. Here is what's new for June!   New Exams and Certifications Java EE 7 Application Developer | 1Z0-900: The Oracle Java EE 7 Application Developer exam validates programming capability to develop and deploy applications using Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7. Be the first to become certified and prove you have what it takes to develop and deploy applications using Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 7 by.  We have removed the prerequisite of Java SE OCA and OCP. It’s a good change, we hope you think so too. Oracle Database Advanced PL/SQL | 1Z0-148: Passing the exam validates your knowledge of subjects such as complex datatypes, dynamic cursors, external procedures, security features and considerations, and performance related features such as caching, parallel execution and profiling. Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional. This is an updated version of the exam Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL. This updated version is not tied to a specific version of Oracle Database. Removing the versioning from this exam and certification title better aligns with the SQL certification track and with the modern defined job role. Read the full blog post. PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-631: Individuals who earn this certification are able to assist in the implementation of modules such as General Ledger, Payables, Receivables, Billing, and eSettlements. PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.5x Implementation Essentials | 1Z0-632: Individuals who earn this certification are able to extend and enhance PeopleSoft deployments for customers. Passing this exam qualifies for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance OPN Specialization. Explore all Oracle Certifications NEW Learning Subscriptions – Integrated Training and Certification Oracle WebLogic Server Learning Subscription Oracle Database New Features Learning Subscription PeopleSoft Applications Learning Subscription  Java Programming Learning Subscription 

Keep informed with newly released exams, get information on current promotions, and learn about new program announcements. Here is what's new for June!   New Exams and Certifications Java EE 7...

Shang Shibo Achieves Amazing Results With OCM After First Doubting Its Value

My Journey with OCM By Shang Shibo Why OCM? I used to think that OCM is useless. As a practitioner who's been working in core technology for years, I have very rich experience in system design and development. With my own network and contacts, I’m never worried about not being able to find a good job. Especially when people with the certificate failed at my interview. I further believed that the certificate was just a piece of paper and what really counted was the experience and technical ability. I thought it was a complete waste of money to get the certificate. Later on, I went to a social event on technology and joined a Wei Chat group of Oracle professional education training forum. That was when I started to come across some excellent articles by Oracle specialists, such as Pirates’ Wealth Division (海盗分金术) and SQL Analysis (SQL解析). I felt like I was entering a world that I never knew about and you can’t imagine the shock I had. I admired the breadth and depth of the knowledge these people have and determined to further my knowledge on Oracle. OCM provides a very great channel for my further learning. Why Oracle training center? I checked lots of information on-line while choosing a training center. I learned that with Oracle certified training center, students can enjoy authentic training resources from Oracle and the quality of the teaching is ensured. Also, students have to obtain the attendance record from an Oracle certified training center before they can attend the Oracle certification exam. Why face to face training? I knew very little about Linux at the time and I was concerned about this as I registered for the exam. I was worried that I might fail the exam due to this weakness. Even with the instructions, I couldn’t complete scenario 1 – I found the questions very peculiar and this frustrated me a lot. However, I was very fortunate that all the teachers were very encouraging and helpful, otherwise I would have quit back then. At the same time, I also believe that anything with value requires effort to acquire. When there’s a will, there’s a way. Each day, I pressed on with my practice - identify the problem, research the problem, analyze the problem and accumulate knowledge points. I put all the problems I came across in a mental map and completed a diagram after my exam, called OCM Pass Skill Diagram by a Linux Newbie (Linux小白OCM通关技能图谱). During my face to face training, I completed all the scenarios for the 1st time with help from people. Now thinking about it, if I hadn’t attended the face to face training, all by myself, I don’t know when I would ever be able to do it as you wouldn’t have anyone to turn to for help. I made much progress during that time and I received lots of precious friendship. Here I would like to extend my gratitude to Mr. Hou and all my friends at the course! Another good thing about the training is that you get to meet the teachers face to face. Every day, we studied together, and that kind of atmosphere was incomparable to studying at home by yourself. I would like to strongly advise people to take the face to face training if your situation allows, to get the best results! Why the exam crash course? The exam crash course is an intensive training program. It’s the quickest way to get you into the exam mode and complete the exam.  Each morning, we had a Wei Chat reminder to get us started with the training and to remind us that we are not alone in this. Meanwhile, all the coursemates can help each other, learn from each other and improve ourselves. It’s very common to feel down during the time but when you can see all the good friends who succeeded and friends who stood side by side with you, plus all the encouraging teachers, your energy would return! My memory of the exam crash course has its pain but also happiness and I remember it fondly. I still have a long journey ahead and I will continue with the highest spirit! Suggestions for exam preparation Here I’d like to take the opportunity to offer some suggestions: Whichever level you are with Oracle and Linux, don’t worry about it and be confident about what you can achieve. As long as you are following the instructions from the teachers, you will be fine. Don’t think too much about the speed – maintain your own pace. Everyone has his own way of solving problems. Being fast doesn’t necessarily mean a definite pass. Try to read the questions carefully such as the table name, schema, which machine to deploy, which machine you are currently operating and what the SID is, etc. Each time you press “Enter”, you need to know clearly about what will happen next, what might happen next and what you would do if there’s an error. In other words, be calm in the exam and don’t rush through the questions. This probably has something to do with my job in development. I have a very strong urge to control the execution of orders and programs. If there’s anything that’s out of my control, I get very anxious and have to run lots of risk assessment to ensure the risk is under control. The target of the operation is to ensure the smooth running of the system, whereas the development is to ensure that the system can be operated continuously without problem. I worked 6 years in the integration of development and operation and I very much believe that problems are not to worry but what you should worry about is problems that are not controllable. It doesn’t matter when you are faced with a problem, but you have to make sure that you have the solution for it and can control its risk.   There’s also no need to worry when you come across challenges in learning. Keep your head cool and eyes on the big picture. After all, it’s outcome that matters, not the mistakes along the way. It’s easier to think of solutions when you keep calm and remember these qualities: Thorough understanding of the theory, Clear logic and proficient operation. Look at the problem from the basis of the theory to get a clear idea of how to solve the problem. Think twice before you apply any solution to the issue. I would also recommend you to attend the exam crash course to know the latest development in the exam. Conclusion I have learned a lot in nearly two months’ study and training. This hasn’t been an easy journey. There have been lots of challenges and hardships, but I also gained a lot from it. With the help of teachers, I have improved myself a lot and also got to know a group of wonderful friends. I truly cherish all of this. Here I would like to thank all the teachers for their guidance and help, thank all my coursemates for their help and friendship, and especially thank my family for their devotion and support during my training. Success comes from relentless effort and hard work, just like happiness comes from perseverance and determination. All the best, my dear friends! * This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. For reprint please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

My Journey with OCM By Shang Shibo Why OCM? I used to think that OCM is useless. As a practitioner who's been working in core technology for years, I have very rich experience in system design...

Oracle ERP Cloud Modernizes the Way You do Business

If your business provides a product or service, ultimately your product or service must solve a problem. As an IT professional, your service may be to a company on a contractual basis, or to internal customers. Either way, your customers have a problem to solve and expect you to have the solution.   As an ERP Consultant working on Oracle Financials Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud and Oracle Risk Management Cloud, you understand the need to modernize your financial and operational processes. Oracle Certification in ERP Cloud gives you the tools to provide a world class solution for the need to streamline business processes.   Specifically in the hospital industry, this modernization has been deferred, leaving ERPs in many hospitals obsolete.   What does this mean for you, as an ERP Consultant?  It's simple, your skills are in demand.    Did you know that: Oracle ERP Cloud is named a Leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites. Oracle ERP Cloud is rated first in the list of Top Healthcare ERP rated vendors for 2017, in order of client experience and product satisfaction. Oracle University offers a full suite of subscription-based training and certification to bring your skills current and validate your knowledge. Candidates should also have implementation experience. Review the subscription offerings to ensure your knowledge and skills fill tomorrow's needs. Oracle Financials Cloud Learning Subscription  Oracle Procurement Cloud Learning Subscription  Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud Learning Subscription  Oracle Financials Cloud Learning Subscription: Risk Management Read about companies who have experienced success with ERP Cloud.  Optoelectronics International JSC Boosts Transparency with Oracle ERP Cloud Flow Progressive Boosts Innovation and Disrupts Logistics Industry with Oracle Sandhar Technologies Streamlines Procurement Processes with Oracle Cloud More ERP Customer Success Stories

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Follow Skant Gupta's Journey to Oracle 12c OCM

"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself." -Muhammad Ali Skant Gupta started his career, challenging himself to continue to push forward and achieve ever loftier goals. He believed in himself and continues to look forward. Read his account of this journey for inspiration on your own path. I like to take challenges and come out of them with my head high. The memories of my first acquaintance with Oracle are still fresh in my mind. It was during my college days, I took my first step to deep dive into the world of Oracle. Back then, everyone warned me that the path I was choosing was going to be tough and the openings limited, but I was all in to accept the challenge. I started my Career as Junior DBA about 6 years back. The journey to reach Oracle OCM 12c [Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Master], OCM Cloud [Oracle Certified Master, Database Cloud Administrator] and OCM 12c MAA [Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Master] have been a roller coaster ride. I have recently completed my OCM 11g exam and was preparing for OCM12c. Unfortunately, the schedule for OCM 12c got canceled in India, and I went on and wrote the OCM 12c upgrade exam. After accomplishing OCM 11g [Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Master], I passed OCM 12c upgrade, OCM Database Cloud, and OCM 12c MAA. With this certification, I have managed to attain my motive of receiving higher levels of recognition in Oracle. Oracle Data Guard Administration in Oracle 12c, Oracle Certified Expert in Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) in Oracle 12c and 11g, and Oracle Certified Expert in Oracle Exadata Cloud Database Machine Administrator are some other feathers added to my hat. Focusing mainly on the cloud, database and high availability, Oracle Weblogic Suite, Oracle Exadata and Oracle GoldenGate, I have also specialized in Oracle Database Cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle DBaaS, High Availability, RAC Clusters, DataGuard, Backup/Recovery and Database Migrations. Further, I have also presented at several Oracle user groups worldwide, most recently in the US, the United Arab Emirates, and India. I think I have managed to achieve my goal, but this is not an end. I look forward to exploring the new offerings Oracle has on its plate. Start or share your own certification journey today!

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Oracle Certification Launches Modern PL/SQL Developer Exam

On June 18, the new Oracle Database Advanced PL/SQL | 1Z0-148 exam for developers will be available. See what skills you gain and view Related Jobs here.   Why We're Excited This is an updated version of the exam Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL, designed to support a more modern, streamlined exam release cycle. This new exam is version agnostic, meaning that the exam is not tied to any specific version of the Oracle Database.  This exam supports both 11g and 12c. Removing the versioning from this exam and certification title better aligns with the SQL certification track and with the modern defined job role. Quick Glance:  What's Important to Know Now  Before June 18, 2018 candidates passed and earned the Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL (1Z0-148) exam. On June 18, candidates who pass will earn the Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL (1Z0-1480) exam.  All will earn (and keep) the credential of Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional. After June 18, 2018 forward candidates who pass the updated new exam Oracle Database Advanced PL/SQL (1Z0-148) will earn the rredential Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional. Retiring Oracle Database 11g: Advanced PL/SQL | 1Z0-146 on June 30, 2018 in conjunction with this update. We have notified all candidates who were registered for the 1Z0-148 exam and who would be affected by the release of this new exam. Candidates who are prepared for the 12c version of the exam for which they originally registered, are still prepared for this updated exam. You do not need to reschedule your exam but if you wish to, sign into your Pearson VUE web account and reschedule as desired. Helpful Links: Oracle Database 12c: Program with PL/SQL Oracle Database 12c: SQL and PL/SQL Fundamentals Oracle Database Advanced PL/SQL (1Z0-148)  Oracle Database Advanced PL/SQL (1Z0-148) Practice Exam  The Secret to Choosing the Oracle Database Certification that is Right for You

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The Most Important Stop on Your Java Journey

Howdy, Pardner. Have you moseyed over to JavaRanch lately? Pull up a stool at the OCJA or OCJP Wall of Fame and tell your tale or peruse the tales of others.  Ok - I'm not so great at the cowboy talk, but if you're serious about a Java career and haven't visited JavaRanch, you are missing out!  JavaRanch, a self-proclaimed "friendly place for Java greenhorns [beginners]" was created in 1997 by Kathy Sierra, co-author of at least 5 Java guides for Oracle Press. The ranch was taken over in subsequent years by Paul Wheaten who continues to run this space today. In addition to a robust collection of discussion forums about all things Java, JavaRanch provides resources to learn and practice Java, book recommendations, and resources to create your first Java program and test your Java skills. One of our favorite features of JavaRanch remains the Walls of Fame! This is where you can read the personal experiences of other candidates certified on Java. Learn from their processes and their mistakes. Be inspired by their accomplishments. Share your own experience.  Visit the Oracle Certified Java Associate Wall of Fame Visit the Oracle Certified Java Professional Wall of Fame Get the latest Java Certification from Oracle Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (upgrade from Java SE 7) Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer (upgrade from Java SE 6 and all prior versions) Related Content Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions Program Your Future With Java

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Four New Ways to Deliver Oracle Cloud Platform Success

Oracle Cloud is redefining how companies modernize, innovate, and compete in a digital world. The Oracle Cloud Platform delivers a comprehensive, standards-based combination of Oracle and open source technologies to enable companies to more efficiently build, deploy, integrate, secure and manage all their enterprise applications. Oracle customers are getting on board with spectacular results, finding solutions to their business challenges, and improving business processes and services. Exelon used Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise Service as the foundation for its chatbot, improving the customer experience and empowering customers to engage and communicate with the company in the way that is most convenient for them. Oracle Management Cloud helps Amis identify potential customer problems even before they are aware of the problems themselves. This allows Amis to proactively provide service before the customer is impacted. Global service provider and manufacturer, Ricoh implemented Identity Cloud Services to expand to new businesses quickly and connect everything securely in the cloud. Ryu Taniguchi, System Achitect at Ricoh states, "We have no security concerns in the cloud because Oracle protects security." Cloud skills are in demand. A quick glance at Oracle's Cloud Customer Success Stories page shows just how important these skills are in the industry. Our four new PaaS certifications allow you to quickly ramp up your skills and knowledge to implement these and other Oracle Cloud solutions for your own company. Pass one of these exams to expand your skills: Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise 2018 Associate Developer | 1Z0-927 Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud 2018 Associate | 1Z0-935 Oracle Management Cloud 2018 Associate | 1Z0-930 Oracle Cloud Security 2018 Associate | 1Z0-933 Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions offer training with integrated certification exams, delivering 12 months access to continually updated digital content that is accessible 24/7.

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Who Wants Awesome Free Webinars?

Do you want the opportunity to learn more about Oracle technologies? Check out these free webinars on everything from MySQL to Oracle Database, to Peoplesoft. Led by Oracle Experts, these webinars provide insight into and best practices on some of Oracle's most valuable products. A new webinar is typically offered a couple of times each quarter at two different times so you can choose the time that suits you best. A replay link is sent to registrants after the live event.  Below are links to replays of the webinars that have been delivered so far in 2018. Don't wait for the next replay to be released, hoping you stumble upon it. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ to learn when the next event is scheduled (HINT: new webinar coming in June!) Get the benefit of attending these events live. Receive expert answers to your burning questions.  Also explore the learning subscriptions associated with some of these technologies. Learning subscriptions deliver 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated digital training. Some product learning subscriptions also contain integrated certification, allowing you to take certification exams at no additional cost. MYSQL MySQL memory, Valiables and Status with Bill Millar, January 17, 2018 Oracle MySQL Learning Subscription ORACLE DATABASE Oracle Database Application Containers with Joel Goodman, February 8, 2018 Oracle Database Upgrade Learning Subscription ORACLE JD EDWARDS Oracle JD Edwards: A Year in Review and Look Ahead with Senior Vice President Lyle Ekdahl, January 25, 2018 Extending Your Business Value on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2, April 3, 2018 PEOPLESOFT PeopleSoft Today: The Past, the Present, and the Future of PeopleSoft - February 21, 2018 Oracle PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription E-BUSINESS SUITE Simplify and Save with Oracle E-Business Suite - March 15, 2018 Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Subscription

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The Single Tool That Will Make You A MySQL Rockstar

How would you like 12 months unlimited access to digital learning PLUS integrated certification exams on the world's most popular open source database - at one reasonable cost? Check out the MySQL Learning Subscription. This subscription gives you: 24/7 digital access to training. Integrated certification exams at no extra cost. Access to the latest content conveniently divided into role-specific skill areas. Continual updates through the duration of your subscription. Topics are presented by long-time experts in the area of MySQL. These experts walk you through MySQL administration, performance tuning, capacity planning and designing MySQL databases to help you become a MySQL expert within your related job role. Oracle's updated product learning subscriptions also allow you to: Track your progress. Reach out to an instructor with questions. Listen to live events. Participate in hands-on labs Integrated certification allows you to stand out in a competitive job market. The skills and knowledge you gain while completing this engaging, integrative training and preparing for your exams will increase your confidence in your skills. You can choose to pursue the Database Administrator or Developer Certification or both - at no extra cost! Preview the MySQL Learning Subscription.  Purchase the MySQL Learning Subscription Now Related Content The Time for MySQL Certification is Now MySQL Learning Subscription is Now Available!  

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What's New with Oracle Certification - March

Oracle Certification Program, Stay up to date with new exams released into production, get information on current promotions and learn about new program announcements. GoCertify: Oracle Certification Says IT All About the High Cost of Certifying Letting the cost of training and certification hold you back might end up costing you in the long run - as an individual or as a team leader. We're all quite familiar with the cost of training and certifying, but what can it cost you to not pursue training and certification for yourself or your team? Read more Certification Watch. Oracle University Learning Subscriptions provide 24×7 all Digital Training + Certification Learning Paths that include a free exam! New Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) Learning Subscription includes Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Certification. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Classic Associate Architect has the knowledge required to specify, architect, implement applicable Oracle Infrastructure as a Service services/solutions. Certified individuals are able to explain, deploy, configure, and utilize Oracle Infrastructure as a Service. This certification covers topics such as: the Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Solution, Service Subscription, Compute Cloud and Dedicated Compute Cloud Service Deployment, and more. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Certified Associate Architect possesses strong foundation knowledge in architecting infrastructure using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. It validates deep understanding of OCI services to spin up infrastructure. Topics include: Cloud computing concepts (HA, DR, Security), regions, availability domains, OCI terminology and services, networking, databases, load balancing, IAM, DNS, FASTCONNECT, VPN, Compartments.   New Exams and Certifications Upgrade to Oracle Database 12cR2 Administration Certified Professional l 1Z0-074: This exam is for candidates who would like upgrade their certification to an Oracle Database 12c R2 Administration Certified Professional. Candidates should have taken and passed the prerequisites for this exam by being OCP certified as either an Oracle Database 12c or 11g Administrator Certified Professional. Oracle Database 12cR2 Administration | 1Z0-072: Earning this certification exposes you to the fundamental concepts and skills DBAs need for daily operational management and maintenance. PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.5x Implementation Essentials | 1Z1-632: (Beta Exam) Individuals who earn this certification are able to extend and enhance PeopleSoft deployments for customers. Passing this exam qualifies for the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance OPN Specialization. Beta exam closes April 14, 2018. PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials Implementation Essentials | 1Z1-631: (Beta Exam) Individuals who earn this certification are able to assist in the implementation of modules such as General Ledger, Payables, Receivables, Billing, and eSettlements. Beta exam closes April 14, 2018.   Explore all Certifications

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7 Things to Know About Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM)

Did You Know This About Oracle's HCM Solution?  Oracle is the leading vendor of HCM software for midsize to large enterprises, managing the employee lifecycle for 40 million workers in 14,000 organizations across 40 countries. We've been delivering its applications in the cloud since 1999. We have more than 5.5 million subscribers worldwide. HCM offers 99.5% availability, robust security, pre-built integration for fast deployment, and pay as you grow. You can move your Oracle HCM application from the public cloud to a private cloud, hybrid cloud or your own servers in your own data center, without losing any of your data or processes. Oracle Certification offers 9 different Oracle Certification titles and 2 Oracle Learning Subscriptions. Individuals who earn one of these Oracle Certifications are able to manage the HCM implementations in areas like Core HR, Talent management, Workforce rewards and Workforce management. Here's How to Get started! Find the Oracle Certification right for you here, select your exam and review exams topics to ensure your prepared. Need training?  Check out the two Oracle Learning Subscriptions which provide 24x7 all digital access and include all associated Oracle Certification exams!  Oracle Global Human Resources Cloud Learning Subscription and Oracle Talent Management Cloud Learning Subscription Want to know more about Oracle Learning Subscriptions?  What The Heck Is A Cloud Learning Subscription and Why Would I Want It?

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Can You Afford The High Cost of NOT Certifying?

“The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”  ~ Henry Ford An investment in yourself or in your team is never a wasted investment. Letting the cost of training and certification hold you back can end up costing you in the long run - as an individual or as a team leader. We all know the (sometimes high) cost of training and certification: Often training is required in order to earn certification, and IT training can come with a daunting price tag. Certification exams are typically priced separately from training, and if you don't pass on your first attempt, you must often pay to take the exam again. There is the investment of time and materials to prepare for your exam. You may need to take time off work. Sometimes there is travel involved which may include airfare, lodging and food. While few professional-level certifications incur all these costs at once, the training, time investment, and exam cost alone can give an individual test taker pause. Managers looking at getting an entire team trained and certified may want to run screaming! So let's flip the scenario. We're all quite familiar with the cost of training and certifying, but what can it cost you to NOT pursue training and certification for yourself or your team? According to Pearson VUE's 2017 Value of IT Certification Survey, a quarter of respondents received a salary increase after certifying. For individuals, one of the biggest costs in NOT training and certifying is the loss of potential salary. This adds up over the span of your career. Foregoing training increases the likelihood of needing to raise service requests for support.  Those who have not been trained and certified can make costly errors. There is also the cost of poor performance and productivity. CertMag's recent 2018 Salary Survey found that, "A substantial 50.4 percent of all Salary Survey respondents report that they use skills “learned or enhanced through certification” several times a day at their current jobs." Finally, a huge concern in today's world is the cost of poor security.  Many of these points above cost time, which can increase your overall project cost and possibly affect customer satisfaction. With this in mind, the question is not whether you can afford training and certification, but can you afford to NOT train and certify? Choose Your Certification Path Related Content Increase Your Job Performance With Oracle Database Certification  Boost Your Pay and Your Career: Become an Oracle Database Administrator  The Most Important Reason To Earn An Oracle Certification   

“The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”  ~ Henry Ford An investment in yourself or in your team is never a wasted...

10 Tips to Make Moving to the Cloud a Breeze

The question is no longer if or when to move to the cloud, but how. Cloud computing is now a part of the technological foundation of your business. Research performed by Longitude Research shows that companies who have the greatest exposure to the cloud report the highest levels of confidence in the cloud.  730 IT leaders across 13 countries and a variety of industries, with annual revenues of one billion USD or greater were surveyed. The results netted a few valuable lessons learned that can help guide you as you plan your move to the cloud, or as you plan to more fully embrace the cloud. Important areas cover bridging the skills gap, customer satisfaction, time to market, finding a starting point, better insight, increased innovation, reduced cost, and security. Check out this easy to read survey analysis to learn what to expect when moving to the cloud. Oracle offers a growing list of training and certification on cloud technologies with easily accessible learning subscriptions that offer 24/7 digital access to courses and integrated certification exams for 1 year.  QUICK LINKS Review Survey Results Get Training and Certification with Cloud Learning Subscriptions Related Content What The Heck Is A Cloud Learning Subscription and Why Would I Want It? Re-tool Your Database Skills to Remain Relevant Realize the Full Benefits of the Cloud With Oracle University Training and Certification

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What's New with Oracle Certification - February

Stay up-to-date with the Oracle Certification Program. Learn about newly released exams and certifications, get current with new promotions, and be informed about new program announcements. Why Certification Matters? Getting certified validates your skills and is a great way to build your professional career. The process of preparing for your certification exam builds knowledge, expands your skill set, and is a confidence boost. Becoming Oracle certified provides an edge that sets you apart from the rest. Why you should care about Oracle Certification? Download the NEW Certification Matters infographic.   Oracle Certification Success Stories The launch of Oracle Certification Tell Us Your Story has inspired many of you, certified professionals to share your certification journey through exam preparation and professional growth. Each story unique and personal, you’ve inspired other certified professionals to tell their own story, and motivate others to pursue Oracle certification. Tell Us Your Story! Oracle certified professionals submit a story today! Read more Success Stories.   New Exams and Certifications 1Z0-160 | Oracle Database Cloud Service: Are you a DBA looking to add cloud expertise or an operator that uses Database Cloud Service (DBCS) to provision services? If so, this exam validates concepts and skills covering the full Database product family and focuses on DBCS.     1Z0-950 | Oracle Data Management Cloud Service 2018 Associate: Individuals who earn this certification are able to move data between the cloud and on premises, use Oracle Multitenant, and use the patching process. 1Z0-928 | Oracle Big Data Cloud Service 2018 Associate: Pass this exam and gain a credential that displays your skill and understanding of the Fundamentals of Big Data, Oracle Solutions, Services for Big Data Needs (BDC) and Oracle Solutions and Services for Big Data Needs (BDCS).  Capability to implement and integrate Data Streaming Platform, Oracle Big Data Security and Big Data Cloud Integration is also tested. 1Z0-074 | Upgrade Oracle DBA 11g or 12c to 12c R2:  Already an Oracle DBA Certified Professional?  Pass this one exam to add current skills that show you are ready to move to the Cloud. 1Z0-070 | Oracle Exadata X5 Administration: This exam demonstrates your skills in managing the improved performance and scalability that the Oracle Exadata solution offers. Learn to support your business operations while reducing time required to deliver new applications as Enterprise datacenters are getting more complex. 1Z0-953 | Oracle Communications Operations Monitor 2017 Implementation Essentials: Passing this exam allows you to implement a solution that will enable your customer's IT teams to rapidly detect, isolate, and resolve problems anywhere in multivendor VoIP and UC networks. 1Z0-955 | Oracle Enterprise Communications Broker 2017 Implementation Essentials: Passing this exam increase your credibility when communicating with current or potential employers. Learn to implement a tool that will simplify complex, multivendor, VoIP, and unified communications (UC) networks. Explore all Oracle Certifications.  

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Why You Should Care About Oracle Certification

Getting certified validates your skills and is a great way to build your professional career. The process of getting ready for your certification exam builds knowledge, expands your skill set, and is a confidence boost!  Becoming certified also provides an edge that sets you apart from the rest.  Download the NEW Certification Matters infographic to see more reasons why certification matters. The Oracle Certification Program is structured so that each level represents a set of skills and capabilities to a defined job level and role. Start building your knowledge with achieving the Oracle Certified Associate credential. Then progress onto the Oracle Certified Professional to show your deeper more advanced possession of skills in a specific technology or product. The Oracle Certified Master certification is the highest level and the most elite. Oracle Certified Masters demonstrate by passing a hands-on performance based exam their ability to apply their skills in real-world scenarios. Get started by selecting the exam that fits your role and use the exam topics as a study guide.  This will help you assess if you are ready to schedule your exam Join the over 2 million who have achieved Oracle Certification!   

Getting certified validates your skills and is a great way to build your professional career. The process of getting ready for your certification exam builds knowledge, expands your skill set, and is...

What You Need to Know About When Your Exam Retires

You worked hard, passed an exam and earned a certification. Now you hear it's retiring. What does that mean for you? You're studying and practicing and preparing for an exam. Now you see an announcement that the exam you're preparing for will retire soon after you take it. Should you go ahead and take your exam or not? Is Certification a Moving Target? Technology is moving fast. Technology in the cloud never stands still. Sometimes it can seem like your skills feel out of date even before you've finished building them. While accepting that an IT career involves ever changing and ever updating knowledge and skills, it can be frustrating when something you've worked so hard to earn retires, leaving you wondering about its value. Oracle exam managers regularly review and evaluate exams for updates or retirement. This keeps exams fresh and relevant. Exam managers may choose to retire an exam for several reasons - there is newer technology and a new exam is being developed, the exam is simply too old and based on a product that may no longer be supported, the exam may refer to training that is no longer available, or it just doesn't make business sense to continue to support and maintain the exam. What does retirement mean? Most of the time, when an exam retires, the certification path also retires. This means that no new candidates can take the exam or earn the resulting certification after the retirement date. In some cases, a retiring exam may be only one step in a multi-step certification path. If only one exam in the path is retiring and the certification path does not retire, there will be an alternative to the retiring exam. If you've earned a certification that's retiring, you will maintain access to your ecertificate, logo and digital certification badge. You will also still be able to publish your credentials to a third party through CertView. Your badge template will be updated to indicate that the certification has been retired by Oracle. If there is an updated version of the credential, it will be noted in the badge description.  So, you simply carry on. Your certification remains valid and you promote your certification like you normally would. If there is an updated version of the exam and certification, you may want to take the exam to earn the updated certification. Exception to the rule. There is one exception to this retention of retired certifications. Oracle Database Administrator certifications currently require recertification. Get more information about our recertification policy on our website. What can I do? If you have taken a few months to prepare for an exam, the first thing you should do is take another look at the exam page as you near your exam date. You'll want to be sure that the exam topics haven't been updated. You'll also want to be sure that the exam is still valid and see if it's slated for retirement.  If your exam is scheduled to retire soon, there may be a new exam to which you can shift your focus and preparation. Otherwise, you will need to determine if you wish to earn a certification that is nearing retirement.  You can stay up-to-date with upcoming retirements on the Oracle Certification Website's Retirements page.  The good news for candidates seeking certifications in technologies that have been moved to the cloud is that Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions are now available for many areas of technology. These learning subscriptions offer 24/7 digital access to courses and incorporate certification into the experience by offering access to relevant certification exams at no additional cost.  If your certification has retired or is retiring, see what certifications are available through Cloud Learning Subscriptions today.  QUICK LINKS Retirements Recertification Policy Cloud Learning Subscriptions RELATED ARTICLES Oracle Certification Program Policy Change: Recertification Requirement

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Advance Your Oracle Database Career and Save Money

You have passed your SQL exam and created a strong foundation on which to begin building your Oracle Database career. What now? If you are looking for the next steps on your blueprint for a lasting career, look no further. This post will guide you on what to do next. Continue building your career by earning the Oracle Database 12c R2 Administrator Certified Associate (OCA) certification.  The Oracle Database 12cR2 Administration | 1Z0-072 exam is currently in beta for the deeply discounted price of $50USD. That's nearly $200USD off the regular price of an Oracle Certification Exam! This opportunity is only available for a limited time. Register now. Earning an Oracle Database Administrator OCA certification exposes you to the fundamental concepts and skills DBAs need for daily operational management and maintenance. Earning this certification positions you to seamlessly move forward to the Oracle Certified Professional level when you're ready.  While training is not required for this certification, the Oracle Database 12c R2: Install and Upgrade Workshop (coming soon) and the Oracle Database 12c R2: Administration Workshop courses from Oracle University, can propel you towards certification. Visit pearsonvue.com/oracle and register for exam 1Z1-072. Get all preparation details, including exam objectives, number of questions, time allotments, and pricing on the Oracle Certification Website. Be among the first to obtain this new Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) certification by registering for the beta exam today. QUICK LINKS Certification Track: Oracle Database 12c R2 Administrator Certified Associate (OCA) Certification Exam: Oracle Database 12cR2 Administration | 1Z1-072 Oracle University Training: Oracle Database 12c R2: Install and Upgrade Workshop (coming soon) and Oracle Database 12c R2: Administration Workshop Learn More: Beta Testing Register Now: Pearson VUE RELATED CONTENT Build a Strong Database Career by Starting With a Solid Foundation The Secret to Choosing the Oracle Database Certification that is Right for You

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Build a Strong Database Career by Starting With a Solid Foundation

Oracle Certification is important if you want to build a career rather than simply get a job. The building blocks you use are important. This is why Oracle's flagship database certifications build on each other, beginning with the Associate level of certification (the foundation of your career), moving on to the Professional level (the bulk of the building), and capping it all off with the Master level (keeping with the building parlance, this might be the luxury pool you add once you've built some equity in your home). Sometime ago we provided a diagram to walk you through choosing the best path for navigating your Oracle Database certification options and begin building your dream career. If you have begun exploring your path, you may have noticed that there is a little more to the story. Once you've selected your job role and the version of Oracle Database certification that you wish to pursue, you still need to select which exam you'll take to fulfill your SQL requirement.  Much has already been written about which SQL exam to choose. Instead of repeating here what has already been written, I wanted to provide a resource to help navigate this choice. (Note that exam 1Z0-047 has been retired since these reference articles were written.) This article really breaks down the decision into very simple terms. An article on GoCertify.com gives a more robust view of each option. Consult an easy to use table in this Oracle Certification blog post. As you make your choice, keep in mind that in building a lasting career, you want to lay down the strongest foundation possible so that your foundation will continue to support your growth through the years. Be sure that you give this step the thought an consideration it deserves. Register for the 1Z0-071 exam. Register for the 1Z0-061 exam. Register for the 1Z0-051 exam. RELATED CONTENT The Secret to Choosing the Oracle Database Certification that is Right for You Navigate Oracle SQL Certification: Quickly and Easily  

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The Single Motivational Factor That Helps Determine Certification Success

Written by Harald Van Breederode, Oracle University Instructor and Oracle Certified Master. He calls himself the Dutch Prutser but in our eyes he is anything but. What's a Prutser? It's a slang for someone who makes a mess of it...hear from Harald Van Breederode on what he believes is the single most important factor that helps determine certification success. As an Oracle University instructor I have the privilege to engage directly with a lot of customers that attend our training courses. At some point during a course I always promote our certification program and ask my students if they are Oracle certified. If they are not, I ask them if they have any plans to change this in the (near) future. Quite often this leads to discussions about the investment people have to make, but also about what the benefits of being Oracle certified could be. As always, it depends! I believe both the amount of effort necessary and the eventual benefits depend on the initial motivation to become certified. Many students state they are really motivated, but over the years I have seen that even though it seems they really are, it is not easy for them to follow through and actually become certified. I think there are basically two types of motivation that may or may not lead to certification success: external and internal motivation. I would like to shed some light on these types of motivation in the context of becoming Oracle certified. Hopefully this will give some insights into the question if becoming certified is for you. The externally motivated student type This type of student is more often then not forced to become certified by their employer and isn’t really motivated on a personal level. The externally motivated student generally wants to spend as little time possible on their certification status, they just want to check the box to adhere to the company rules. They tend to prepare for their certification exam using practice tests, exam study guides or other content that basically tells them what they need to know without spending more time than absolutely necessary to pass an exam. Interestingly, it is quite often that this kind of student complains about the exams because they believe the exams are too difficult or contain too many errors. Often they also believe that exam questions are written with only one goal in mind: to fool them by using complicated language. The externally motivated student often gives up after failing an exam once out of frustration. Eventually they tend to fall behind with their technical knowledge, as working on becoming or staying certified is not experienced as a structured means of maintaining their Oracle related skills. Although the externally motivated student often seems to enjoy working with Oracle technology, they don’t really see the benefits of being Oracle certified. The internally motivated student type This type of student often wants to learn as much as possible about Oracle technology, become certified, and keep their credentials up-to-date. Certification helps them achieve these goals. The internally motivated student prepares for an exam by building their own sandbox environment and spending as much time as possible playing with the software, until they feel confident about the skills they acquired. Generally they don’t use practice tests during exam preparation and they don’t use exam study guides or any other material that simply tells them what they need to know without providing them with any skills they can actually use. After becoming an Oracle Certified Professional the internally motivated student explores the possibility of acquiring one or more Oracle Certified Expert credentials or of becoming an Oracle Certified Master to take their knowledge to the highest level. The feedback I receive from internally motivated students is that they learned a lot while preparing for the exams and that they enjoy answering exam questions that really challenge their knowledge. In general this type of student doesn’t complain about tough questions because they understand that exam questions are written to separate those who are qualified for the job from those who are not. Sometimes they even provide me with new exam questions ;-) Wrapping up Without the right motivation, the road to becoming Oracle certified can be very frustrating and could lead to all kinds of disappointments. Trying to become certified based on external motivation only could in the end actually be a waste of time and effort. Feeling internally motivated to become Oracle certified makes the journey enjoyable, worthwhile and rewarding. The Oracle Certified Professionals I talk to on a regular bases value their credentials and are proud of their deeper understanding of Oracle products. This reflects on their daily job, showing their superiors they are motivated and technically skilled. Explore available Oracle Certifications. About the author Harald van Breederode is a Senior Principal DBA Instructor at Oracle with over 30 years computer industry experience. He started his career at Oracle almost 25 years ago as a Unix Systems administrator. The past 20 years he has been sharing his knowledge of Oracle Technology in the classroom as an instructor at Oracle University.  Harald is Oracle Database 8i and 9i Administrator Certified Professional, an Oracle Database 10g and 11g Administrator Certified Master and an Oracle Database 12c Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture Certified Master.

Written by Harald Van Breederode, Oracle University Instructor and Oracle Certified Master. He calls himself the Dutch Prutser but in our eyes he is anything but. What's a Prutser? It's a slang for...