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Build Your Knowledge with These Java Resources

How certification helps Having a goal of achieving a certification can make even the most confident of us feel somewhat doubtful.  One of the real values of holding a certification credential is the professional credibility and confidence you gain that comes along with it.   In the 2019 Pearson VUE Value of IT certification, 91% of those surveyed said more professional credibility with those they interact with on the job is the real value of certification to them.  Read more  Professional credibility comes from training + certification combined.   What you need to learn before attempting your certification exam is personal.   Those who are just beginning their learning journey have more to learn than those who are experienced using the product and may even hold a certification already.  Knowledge, credibility and confidence are built as you go through the process of certification.  These resources may help while you build your personal preparation plan. Java SE developer certification overview   Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (novice-level certification) Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer (Upgrade from OCP Java 6, 7 & 8) A study guide that includes a few sample questions Java SE 11 Developer Study Guide Expert training from the source We have single courses or entire learning subscriptions.  Learning subscriptions provide digital content continuously updated to include the latest product releases that’s available to you 24/7.  Essentially learning subscriptions are your personal reference library that includes hands-on labs, skill checks and access to live Oracle expert instructors.  Choose from Java Core, Java Programming or Java Upgrade learning paths to get started. Practice Tests Part I Java SE 11 Developer 1Z0-815 Free 10 question sample practice exam Java magazine monthly Quiz Corner Every issue of Java magazine contains the feature Quiz Corner.   In it Simon Roberts and Mikalai Zaikin post challenging quizzes.  You can select any or all of the great quiz topics listed there. Related content  Java Career Guide table of New Features added since Java SE 8 Java Certification Guide

How certification helps Having a goal of achieving a certification can make even the most confident of us feel somewhat doubtful.  One of the real values of holding a certification credential is the...

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Build Critical Technical Oracle Cloud Skills Now

Oracle University Ramps Up Free Online Learning and Certifications for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database - Announced on March 30, 2020 Now until May 15th 2020   Customers, partners and employees are eligible but you must follow these three steps to start learning and get certified: Step 1: Get a free Oracle Single-Sign-On (SSO) account. If you have an SSO, skip to Step 2 Click on Hello. Log In. (See far right corner of the page). Select “Create an account” and fill in the required fields. Verify account via email. Step 2: Access learning paths through the links below: Oracle Autonomous Database Specialist Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Operations Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Professional Step 3: Register and take your free certification exam. If you have a PearsonVue account, log in. If not, choose “Create a web account” on the right side of the page and follow instructions. Related Content View the March 30th  Announcement Read these blogs: Introducing Oracle Cloud Developer Certification and Free Training Resources from Oracle University here Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle University and Oracle Certification News  

Oracle University Ramps Up Free Online Learning and Certifications for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database - Announced on March 30, 2020 Now until May 15th 2020   Customers,...

COVID-19 and What This Means for Your Oracle Certification Exam Voucher

The Oracle Certification Program cares about the safety, health and well-being of our community.  This includes those who hold an Oracle Certified credential and those who are pursuing any of our certifications. We understand that getting to a test center in this challenging time may not be possible.   To support eliminating the risk of infection, alleviating uncertainty and any loss of your certification test attempt we hope this information is helpful in providing direction and next steps. Stay well. If Your Exam is scheduled at a Pearson VUE Test Center Pearson VUE test centers closed beginning in China early February. Since then, test center guidelines and restrictions have cascaded to other countries heavily affected by the virus. See the most up-to-date status here. Reschedule your exam for a later date Or schedule your exam to be taken at your own location with an online proctor with OnVUE. If You Have an Oracle Learning Subscription You must register for the exam prior to the subscription expiration date.  You can register for your exam even if it is the last day of your subscription. You can schedule 6 months out to take the exam. Your exam appointment date does not have to be before your subscription expiration date. You can select to test at a Pearson VUE Test Center Or at your own location with an online proctor with OnVUE. If you already made an appointment to test don’t cancel, reschedule. Download this guide if you find it helpful. If your exam voucher is expiring between now and April 30, 2020 Schedule your exam to be taken at your own location with an online proctor with OnVUE from Pearson VUE Or Contact Us. For any other personal situations not covered above, please contact us for further help.    

The Oracle Certification Program cares about the safety, health and well-being of our community.  This includes those who hold an Oracle Certified credential and those who are pursuing any of...

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle University and Oracle Certification News

Invest in Your Career with Certification First Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product that helps you manage your servers, networks, applications and services.   Services such as Enterprise Database Management, High Computing and Big Data Workloads.  How to Get Started  Visit https://www.oracle.com/cloud/iaas/training/ to discover how you can learn to build, deploy and develop applications using the latest in Cloud technology and tools.  View the free training content for an OCI Associate and Professional certifications.  (Note:  An oracle.com account is required)  Select your Learning Path and OCI Certification. Review the free Exam Preparation Guide. Review Exam Topics to self-assess your readiness to test. Create your personal learning and skills gap-analysis.   Don't miss the exclusive content, unlimited hands-on labs, Q&A access with Ask an Instructor, Knowledge Checks and one attempt included for each of the 7 different OCI certification exams available in the Oracle University OCI Learning Subscription.    Learning Path OCI Certifications NEW EXAM PRICING! Understand OCI Foundations Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Associate (1Z0-1085-20)    $95 Become OCI Architect (Associate)  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Associate (1Z0-1072) $150 Become OCI Architect (Professional)  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Professional (1Z0-997) $245 Manage OCI Operations (Associate) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Cloud Operations Associate (1Z0-1067) $150 Become OCI Developer (Associate) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer 2020 Associate (1Z0-1084-20)  $150 Want More Information on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure? Preview the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription Find your Exam Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Certifications Ready to test now?  Schedule your exam here    Access technical resources and information Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architecture Center  Read this blog Introducing Oracle Cloud Developer Certification and Free Training Resources from Oracle University

Invest in Your Career with Certification First Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product that helps you manage your servers, networks, applications and...

Oracle Certification Exams Are More Accessible Than Ever Before

Your life is driven by convenience. Your certification testing experience should be too. Fit testing into your busy schedule with online proctoring. All Oracle Certification exams are now available with a remote proctor through OnVUE, an online proctoring option offered by Pearson VUE. This option gives you the freedom to test when and where it's convenient for you.  OnVUE offers a secure, online format for taking your certification exam. This means you can take your exam at your own location, using your own laptop, with a remote proctor present online.  'How do I do that?' you may ask. Start with watching this quick video and then follow the steps below. You'll need to start by ensuring that your system and your space meet the requirements for online proctoring. Review the policies Test Your System Read the FAQs Review the information page Please be aware of all the requirements and recommendations for testing through OnVUE. You don't want to be surprised on test day! You will want to know that Pearson VUE recommends you use your personal computer for testing rather than using a work computer, to avoid firewall issues. You'll certainly want to know ahead of time that your work area will be checked by the proctor prior to exam launch and your desktop should be clean and that you should not be within arm’s reach of books, notepads, sticky notes, papers, pens, pencils, and other writing instruments/objects. If your desk is anything like mine, you may need a few days of pre-planning to get it cleaned off! You should also be aware that additional monitors and computers must be unplugged and turned off, and that items on the wall with writing on them, such as whiteboards, will be inspected. In order to be permitted to proceed with taking the exam, your work space must pass the room scan. Be sure that you carefully read all the information available, including policies that you'll agree to when registering for the exam with OnVUE to avoid costly surprises on exam day. Next, you register for the exam. Registration for online proctoring is the same as registration for an exam at a testing center.  Sign In Select the blue 'View Exams' button, and then click 'All Certification Exams' to select the exam you wish to take. You can also find the exam you're looking for by searching for the exam name or number in the 'Find an Exam' search field at the top of the page. Any exam number followed by 'JPN' indicates that the exam is in Japanese. Only make this selection if you are in Japan. Click on the exam name to select the exam. This screen is where you indicate that you'd like to take the exam via online proctoring - OnVUE. Select the 'At a home or office' option. At this point you will be able to run your system check if 1) you have not already done so (in which case it wouldn't hurt to do it again), and 2) you are registering using the machine on which you will also take your exam.  On the next screen you will be required to agree to all the 'Online Exam Policies.' If you have not already done so, please read these policies carefully to be sure that you're familiar with them. My mantra is 'no surprises.'  Follow the rest of the steps to schedule a date and time for your exam. If you get to the exam date and you are not able to test because your computer or your space does not meet the requirements, you could lose your exam fee. Don't put yourself in this situation. Read all information twice and be sure that you're completely prepared for your testing experience. OnVUE is a great testing option if you are prepared. Just familiarize yourself with the requirements, be prepared, and you may never go back to a test center again! Related Content Oracle Learning Subscriptions Eight Quick Tips      

Your life is driven by convenience. Your certification testing experience should be too. Fit testing into your busy schedule with online proctoring. All Oracle Certification exams are now available...

The Most Important Language to Learn is SQL

SQL is One of The Most Popular Certification Credentials We Grant.    It's a popular certification because these skills continue to be in high demand, you can make a great salary, there is only one exam to earn the credential and it's the foundation data analysts, scientists and developer need to build their careers. SQL is used everywhere and by almost everybody who works with data.   Google 'Is SQL still in demand?' and hit enter    You will see that the demand for those who can access, analyze and manipulate databases is strong and most importantly not going anywhere.    There's a Strong Job Market  We've tied the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate digital badge to global real time labor markets.     Click here and then scroll down Insights and click Show More to see open positions by country, state, employer, skills and salary ranges.  You will see 14,687 open jobs in the US looking for candidates with SQL skills.  And over half of these open positions are listed with a salary range of $100,000 or more. Position Yourself for Recognition When you earn the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate digital badge you show you have the skills needed to undertake any database project. Skills that are needed when working with the Oracle Database server; queries, insert, update and delete SQL statements as well as some Data Definition language and Data Control Language, the optimizer, tables and indexes, data modeling and normalization. Pass one exam to earn this socially sharable, immediately verifable and fraud-proof visual validation of how hiring you will benefit any organization. Start investing today in your career with certification first. Related Links View exam details and topics tested here   Practice Exams: Oracle Authorized practice exam from Kaplan IT Training: 1Z0-071 DBCert: Oracle Database SQL Packaged study materials including the certification exam voucher and free retake if needed Exam Prep Seminar Package: Oracle Database SQL View all Development certifications here  Read Database Development and Beyond – How and Why to Learn SQL

SQL is One of The Most Popular Certification Credentials We Grant.    It's a popular certification because these skills continue to be in high demand, you can make a great salary, there is only...

My Java Certification is on Java SE 5 or Earlier - How Can I Get it Current?

Java SE 8 certification upgrade exams retire tomorrow, February 28, 2020. You want to update your skills, but are not sure what to do. Before panic sets in, take heart - we haven't left you hanging! Helping you get your Java skills and knowledge up-to-date is important to us. You may have seen that Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020 and we want to get you upskilled to take advantage of this boon for Java Developers! As a Java Developer who holds a professional certification on Java SE 5 or earlier, you can upgrade your certification to the new Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer in two easy steps.  Pass exam: Java SE 11 Programmer I 1Z0-815 Pass exam: Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 If that looks suspiciously like the standard path to Java SE 11 OCP certification, it is. The uptake of Java SE 11 and modularity is underway. If your certification is on an early version of Java, you may have a little more catching up to do than just learning and practicing the newest features in Java SE 11. Java SE 8 brought the benefits of functional programming through lambda expressions and streams. Now, Java ushers in the additional benefits of modularity. Modularity adds a higher level of aggregation above packages, with mechanisms to address reuse, reliability, maintainability, and security. Java SE 11 provides other convenient API enhancements. There has also been a recent addition of JShell which allows you to quickly run code experiments and test unfamiliar APIs.  If you want your expertise at the forefront of Java technology, you can get there by preparing for and passing these exams. The standard recommended training for these exams are the courses Java SE Programming I and Java SE Programming II.  However, you may have been working on and keeping up with the latest Java technologies as they've been released over the years. In this case, we recommend that you review the exam topics on the exam pages linked above and do a gap analysis. What skills do you feel strong in and what skills do you need to brush up on? Maybe you don't need the full training - you decide what training you need based on your current skills and experience.  Other training options include a couple of Java Learning Subscription options that give you access to continuously updated digital training for 12 months as well as certification exams at no additional cost.  Core Java Learning Subscription Java Programming Learning Subscription These learning subscriptions allow you to access the training the you need at your own pace - perfect for the experienced Java Developer wanting to upgrade to the latest technology.  So, if you were afraid that your path to a current certification was blocked, don't worry. We've got your back! Experienced Java Developers are in demand, and we want to help you meet that demand. Position yourself to take advantage of this trend by updating your skills and validating those skills with an updated certification. Let us know how we can help! RELATED CONTENT Your Complete Guide to Java Certification The Top Tip to Build a Lasting Java Career Java 11 Certification: More than Just a Test! Start Java Programming Like a Pro - Your Best Plan to Avoid Mistakes in Learning

Java SE 8 certification upgrade exams retire tomorrow, February 28, 2020. You want to update your skills, but are not sure what to do. Before panic sets in, take heart - we haven't left you hanging! Hel...

Oracle Certification Highlights - February 2020

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! User Group Members Save 25% on Oracle Learning Subscriptions and Oracle Certification Exam Vouchers Take the opportunity to learn and get certified in Oracle technology in 2020. Benefit from a 25% discount for any online order placed for digital learning subscriptions and exam vouchers until December 31, 2020. Expand your knowledge with access to skills development anytime, anywhere. Purchase any digital training learning subscription and certification exam voucher at a special discount. Get the discount. Featured Oracle Certification Exams MySQL 8.0 Database Administrator (1Z0-908) Proven performance, reliability, and ease-of-use has helped to make MySQL the world's number one open source database. Preparing for the latest certification exam on MySQL gives you the skills to administer, backup, replicate, optimize, and secure your database. Current MySQL training and certification include InnoDB which makes MySQL a fully integrated, transaction-safe, ACID-compliant database. In addition, MySQL Replication allows you to deliver high performance and scalable applications. Certification is essential to top-level performance in your MySQL career. Follow these steps to earn certification Take this exam MySQL 8.0 Database Administrator (1Z0-908) To earn this certification Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 8.0 Database Administrator Read about enhancements in MySQL 8.0. Oracle Database Advanced Security Administration (1Z0-116) Data Security is a top priority. From highly sensitive personal information to financial transactions to matters of national security, there is data involved. The new Oracle Database Security Administrator Certified Expert credential challenged Database Administrator Certified Professionals to continue their learning and demonstrate mastery of various security features such as Oracle users, passwords, roles, Oracle contexts, authorization, fine grain access control, Oracle Database Vault, Auditing, Network Security, data encryption, data redaction, data masking, security assessments and patching. Protect your organization’s data from unauthorized internal or external access, hacking, denial of service (DOS) attacks and other vulnerabilities.  If you hold one of these certifications: Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional Database 12cR2 Administration Certified Professional Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional Take this exam: Oracle Database Advanced Security Administration (1Z0-116) To earn this certification: Oracle Database Security Administrator Certified Expert Read why database security is so important. Retiring Exams Oracle Database 11g and 12c R2 Exams - RETIRED DECEMBER 31, 2019 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. Other Upcoming Exam Retirements Take a look at the Retirements page on our website to see replacement exams and more up-to-date certification paths. Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer | 1Z0-810 retires February 28, 2020 Replaced by Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817 to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions) | 1Z0-813 retires February 28, 2020 Java SE 6 OCPs should take Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817 to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Java OCPs on versions earlier than Java SE 6 should take exams Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 and Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer View the Java SE 11 Certification Guide All 2018 and earlier Oracle Cloud Certification exams retire on March 31, 2020 If you have registered for a 2018 or earlier Cloud exam through an active learning subscription, cancel your exam appointment and schedule the 2019 exam through the learning subscription. If you have registered for a 2018 or earlier Cloud exam with a voucher that has not yet expired Cancel the exam appointment - which will release your voucher. Schedule the 2019 exam appointment using the same voucher. If you are in any other situation with 2018 or earlier Cloud exam scheduled appointments, contact the Oracle Certification Support team for assistance.  All 2018 and earlier Cloud Certifications expire on June 1, 2020. Upgrade to the 2019 certification before that date to keep your certification active. Learn more about the Cloud Recertification Policy In Case You Missed it - Read These Featured Blogs Now Keep Your SaaS Skills Up-to-Date With Fast-Moving Cloud Technology Applications in the cloud change rapidly. You could get left behind in the blink of an eye if you don't continue to learn and grow your skills. You may have noticed in September that a number of new Cloud Certification exams were released with the version 2019. If you recently earned the same certification versioned 2018, you may be wondering how these new releases affect you. Reimagine Cloud For Your Most Important Enterprise Applications With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Certification Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps you build, migrate, operate, and enhance your applications and workloads. Experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services allow you to take advantage of Oracle Cloud's architectural focus on performance, security, and support of both existing and future workloads. After 25 Years, Java Careers Are Still Hot Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020.  Jobs were rated on three main factors - Salary, Job Openings, and Job Satisfaction. Java Developer beat out 48 other contenders for one of the top two positions. This revelation comes at an exciting time in the world of Java. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Java and it is still going strong, continually taking the top spot in the Tiobe Index. 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. Data Management Cloud Services Learning Subscription enables your business transformation to the cloud with training on cloud technologies including: Autonomous Database, Database Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud at Customer, Big Data Cloud Service, Analytics Cloud, Essbase, MySQL Cloud Service, NoSQL Database, Data Integration, and Event Hub. In the age of the Autonomous Database with capabilities such as machine learning, the role of the DBA is changing but not diminishing. The role of the Database Administrator is becoming more strategic, with DBAs working to extract more value from their data rather than spending their time on daily tasks involved with database management. Learn more about how Autonomous Database will affect the role of the DBA. Three new PeopleTools 8.57 courses added to PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription. PeopleTools provides the underlying technology for PeopleSoft applications. All PeopleSoft applications are built, deployed, and maintained using PeopleTools, which comprises over 400 tools, utilities, and technologies. From your developer to your system administrator to your implementer and business analyst, all of your team members can benefit from multiple training topic areas incorporated within the comprehensive PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription. Oracle Certification Success Spotlight on Success: Never Stop Investing in Yourself - Ivica Arsov Read how this Principal Member of the Oracle Real-World Performance team improved his productivity and problem analysis skills. A different perspective of learning  Pursuing an Oracle Certification credential gave me insight to the needs and requirements in the Real-World in terms of professional skills and career development; it represented a great start and entrance into Oracle’s world.  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...

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Reimagine Cloud For Your Most Important Enterprise Applications With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Certification

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps you build, migrate, operate, and enhance your applications and workloads. Experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services allow you to take advantage of Oracle Cloud's architectural focus on performance, security, and support of both existing and future workloads. OCI has been crucial to the success of companies like:  Widget who increased messaging speeds by 20 to 30 percent while exceeding 60 percent in production savings. Alliance Data, who will save  more than $1M per year as a result of moving 6TB of mission critical data from on-premises to OCI. Zimperium who were able to identify and prevent mobile hacking threats with the use of OCI. Stories like these abound. As more and more companies invest in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, they need skilled people to help architect these successes. You need a solution that quickly ramps you up on OCI, validates your skills, and continues to deliver the most current learning, addressing the latest innovations. Oracle helps you ramp up and stay current with required recertification, and the tools to help you get there. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription is an all-digital learning solution that provides 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of role-based training, content updates, hands-on labs, certification exams, and analytics. Among other certifications, this subscription helps you prepare for, and provides access to certification exams to earn these OCI certifications: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Certified Cloud Operations Associate validates a deep understanding of OCI services to spin up infrastructure. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Certified Architect Professional builds on the Associate-level credential and requires you to demonstrate hands-on experience and the knowledge required to plan, design, implement and operate solutions on OCI.  Further, Oracle Cloud Certification credentials are valid for a period of 18 months from the date you earn the credential. After which, you will be required to update your certification to the current version in order keep an active credential. Oracle Cloud Certifications are updated continuously throughout the year to keep current with major product and service releases, and re-released on an annual basis with a new title. It is essential that specialists who are working on Cloud technologies remain current.  Keeping current is easy with the learning subscription. You May Also Like Keep Your SaaS Skills Up-to-Date With Fast-Moving Cloud Technology How I Studied for and Passed the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate Certification Exam (the first time). Spotlight on Success: Ravi Kumar Y V “Real time experience along with certifications opened the door for a great Oracle Architect position!”

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps you build, migrate, operate, and enhance your applications and workloads. Experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services allow you to take advantage of...

After 25 Years, Java Careers Are Still Hot

Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020.  Jobs were rated on three main factors - Salary, Job Openings, and Job Satisfaction. Java Developer beat out 48 other contenders for one of the top two positions. This revelation comes at an exciting time in the world of Java. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Java and it is still going strong, continually taking the top spot in the Tiobe Index.  Java SE 11 certification, the most current Java Certification available, reflects the modernization of Java with modular programming, precise and secure coding management, and more! Java remains a favorite in the Developer community because of its reliability and flexibility. Invest in Yourself - Be the Best Java Developer There are estimated to be more than 9 million Java Developers in the world, so how do you set yourself apart from the herd to compete for this top job? Be the best. Oracle helps you get there with training and certification options that meet you where you are. Take Java classroom training Learn Java Fundamentals in 5 weeks Get 12 months access to continually updated training, hands on labs, and certification exams at no additional cost with Java Learning Subscriptions Core Java Learning Subscription Java Programming Learning Subscription Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription Learn the benefits of earning Java Certification Earn Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Learn More About Java Certification Java 11 Certification: More than Just a Test! Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks Your Complete Guide to Java Certification

Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020.  Jobs were rated on three main factors - Salary, Job Openings, and Job Satisfaction. Java Developer beat out 48 other...

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How to Safeguard your Database and Accelerate your Career with the New Oracle Database Security Certification 

Guest post by Richard Evans, Product Manager, Database Security who was a member of the team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) assembled and tasked to create our new Database Security certification exam.   “We’ve been hacked!” are the words that every DBA dreads. It can wake you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. Your heart and mind begin to race. Panic mode sets in. What data was stolen? How much? When? How? Then the tough question comes from the management: How will this affect the company’s reputation and the bottom line?  Who is to blame for this data breach? As the DBA, you are the ultimate custodian of your company’s data. You start getting that ticklish feeling in your stomach as all the fingers begin to point at you. You rub your eyes and gather your thoughts. Wait! Was it just a dream? Luckily, this time it was. But for many DBAs last year, data breaches were a stark reality. Data breaches continue to affect all organizations In 2019, we saw major leaks and hacks across business sectors where data was thought to be extremely secure, e.g., in financial, telecommunications, tech, and social network organizations. Indeed, among Adobe Inc., Canva, Capital One, First American Corporation, Justdial, Mobile Telesystems, Truecaller, Zynga, and Facebook, more than 2.6 billion data records were exposed. This covers just a few of the major breaches, and does not include the 2.7 billion identity records which were posted for sale on the Internet last January. Honestly, how secure was your company’s data last year? With an average of 197 days before breaches are even detected, can you be sure that you weren’t hacked in the last six months? Database security is always a learning exercise For some companies, like those mentioned above, lessons were learned the hard and expensive way – after the fact. For other, more reputable companies, database security learning is a continuous process, where DBAs endeavor to keep their skills up-to-date so that mistakes are not made in the first place. Nothing is guaranteed, but you can be sure that by making database security your top priority, you will considerably limit the frequency of data leaks, and any breach you may experience will cost far less than the USD 3.9 million global average. Staying ahead of the game in database security These days, it’s not enough to simply deploy a highly secure database and then sit back and relax. As the creator of the world’s number one database, Oracle has always been deeply committed to improving your database security, which is why we provide the resources to ensure that you can maximize the protection of your database. •    Oracle Database Security Homepage – here we post updated product data sheets, white papers, demo viewlets, and more •    Oracle Database Security Blog – here you can find articles on topics of interest for the database security development team and field implementation resources •    Securing the Oracle Database eBook – new edition just released! •    Oracle Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts, and Bulletins page – includes announcements of security fixes made during critical patch updates •    Database Documentation page – here you can find all the latest database product manuals. Simply select your database version from the drop-down list and click ‘Security’ to see the security related documentation •    Oracle Software Assurance Blog – here you can get information on new critical patches and alerts straight from our software assurance team •    AskTom monthly community calls – held on the second Thursday of most months, where we update you on the latest product announcements, and take a deep dive into a particular technical topic. Here you can register to be notified about the upcoming sessions and the selected topics. We record these sessions, so you’ll find all the previous recordings listed on this site One giant leap for your career: Introducing the new Oracle Database Security Certification To further boost your knowledge, confidence, credibility, peace of mind, and job satisfaction, Oracle has recently developed a highly prestigious asset to add to your security toolbox: The Oracle Database Security Certification. This newly-launched certification enables you to truly differentiate yourself as a database security expert, to boost your value to future employers, and to significantly enhance your earning potential. Let’s reflect on the unfortunate companies listed above and the thousands of other companies which have experienced data breaches over the past few years. Ask yourself: Who will they be hiring next? The candidate who is not certified in database security? Or the one who is? Realistically, it’s only a matter of time before database security certification becomes a must-have just to make it to the interview stage. The sooner you qualify, the faster your career progresses. Do you have what it takes to reach the next level of security expertise? As you prepare for your Oracle Database Security Certification exam, you’ll be learning a broad array of database security skills, including important features such as authentication, authorization, data encryption at-rest and in-motion, as well as Oracle’s data-driven security solutions, such as Real Application Security, Oracle Label Security, and Database Vault. To be sure of the exam success, we recommend a combination of Oracle training and hands-on experience attained via labs and/or field experience. At Oracle, we have the resources to help guide you at every step on your journey to certification. Peace of mind in an insecure world Today’s world is rife with hackers, crackers, and black hats – not to mention the myriad of ways to lose data through accidental publications and poor security. Protect yourself, your data, and your company’s bottom line with Oracle Database Security Certification.  With your certification taking pride of place on your CV, you’ll enjoy a higher salary, better career prospects, and greater prestige. And what’s else? You’ll sleep more soundly and have sweeter dreams.  

Guest post by Richard Evans, Product Manager, Database Security who was a member of the team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) assembled and tasked to create our new Database Security certification...

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Top Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them

We are often asked how to earn an Oracle Certification. Most of these questions refer to 3 top areas of certification - Oracle Database Administration, Oracle Database Development, and Java Programming. It is widely agreed that there are tangible benefits of being certified.  Arguably, 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 issues. Click on any of the exams listed in the table to view Exam Topics, Recommended Training and any Additional Preparation available. Top Certifications Oracle Database Administration Earn This Popular Certification Do This Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Database Foundations Certified Junior Associate Pass Oracle Database Foundations | 1Z0-006 Database Foundations (Oracle Academy Course) See more options on the exam page. Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional Pass Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 and  Pass Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription See more options on each of the exam pages. If You Hold  One of These Certifications Do This to Upgrade Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Database 10g, 11g, 12c, 12c R2 Administrator Certified Professional Pass Oracle Database Administration II 1Z0-083 Oracle Database New Feature Learning Subscription See more options on the exam page. Get your Oracle Database Administration 2019 certification questions answered. Oracle Database Development Earn This Popular Certification Do This Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate Pass Oracle Database SQL 1Z0-071 Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Practice Exam: 1Z0-071 Oracle Database SQL Administration Exam Prep Seminar Package: Oracle Database SQL See more options on each the exam page. Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate Pass Oracle Database SQL 1Z0-071 Pass Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL 1Z0-144 See above for 1Z0-071 preparation Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Exam Prep Seminar Package: Program with PL/SQL Practice Exam: 1Z0-144 Oracle Database 11g: PL/SQL Fundamentals See more options on each of the exam pages. Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional Pass one: Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 or Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL | 1Z0-144 Pass Oracle Database: Advanced PL/SQL 1Z0-148 See above for 1Z0-071 and 1Z0-144 preparation Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Practice Exam: 1Z0-148 Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL See more options on each of the exam pages. Java Programming Earn This Popular Certification Do This Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Pass Java SE 11 Programmer I 1Z0-815 Pass Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 Core Java Learning Subscription Java SE 11 Certification Overview and Sample Questions Practice Exam: 1Z0-815 Oracle Java SE 11 Programmer I OCP Java SE Programming I MOOC See more options on each of the exam pages.   If You Hold  One of These Certifications Do This to Upgrade Use These Preparation Tools Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform, SE 6 Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 , SE 7, SE 8 Programmer Pass Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer 1Z0-817 Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription See more options on the exam page. Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/SE 6, SE 8, SE 8 Pass Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 Core Java Learning Subscription Java SE 11 Certification Overview and Sample Questions See more options on the exam page. Get your Java SE 11 Certification questions answered. 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 - some valuable options shown above. 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 Content: What Does it Cost to Get Oracle Certified? How to Become a Database Developer Your Complete Guide to Java Certification Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions Build an Enduring Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Career

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How I Studied for and Passed the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate Certification Exam (the first time).

If you are preparing for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate Exam | 1Z0-932, read this post. Joe Malewicki  Since I recently lived through the fun of getting myself Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate certified, I wanted to share a little information on how I prepared for the exam.  Please note, the opinions, words and views expressed in this article are ONLY from my little techy head and there’s no guarantee that if you follow my training regime you will pass.  Or maybe you’ll kick my score out of the park by following these steps in which I would expect you to buy me a beer and send me a compliment! So let’s go…. I wasn’t able to take an actual paid Oracle University class due to time limitations, but I did manage to attend a couple of the free live training sessions found here. You’ll find a lot of the same content they cover listed below in this article.  The biggest issue with these free sessions is availability and timing.  I didn’t have 3 months to wait around to cover the free sessions they offered.  That being said, I always live by the motto, “if it’s free it’s for me” so I still registered for them all and believe it or not, I’m still taking them.  It’s a great post certification exam way to keep your skills up! To really get started on my training plan I first grabbed the published Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Associate Exam (1Z0-932) Study Guide to find out what exactly Oracle’s cloud learning team suggests I learn on this OCI certification journey.  In this PDF (updated February 2019) you’ll find a great list of content as well as resources to help prep for the exam.  The most useful resources I found were the series of YouTube based videos (if the link doesn’t work search YouTube for OCI Level 100 or 200): I ran through all of the Level 100 videos before I even touched the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) console.  I found that seeing everything “once” before helped me to make a lot more efficient use of my practical time once I got my hands into it. Here’s a list of the Level 100 Videos I watched in order and their times: OCI Level 100 – Getting Started with OCI 12 OCI Level 100 – Identify and Access Management 44 OCI Level 100 – Virtual Cloud Network 70 OCI Level 100 – Connectivity 28 OCI Core 100 – Compute 40 OCI Level 100 – Block Volume 42 OCI Level 100 – File Storage 44 OCI Level 100 – Object Storage 38 OCI Level 100 – Load Balancing 50 OCI Level 100 – Database 38 OCI Level 100 Autonomous Database 47 OCI Level 100 – Monitoring 37 OCI Level 100 – Edge Services 40 After spending 530 minutes/8+ hours (yes I timed it) on the treadmill staring at my iPad I decide to “get practical” and signed up for a Free 300 hour trial for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS – OCI) offering: ***NOTE*** You get one free trial so plan your practical hands-on time accordingly, so you don’t waste this great trial. If you’re like me and want to truly dive into new technology, I’d suggest opening your wallet and spending a few bucks to access some fantastic training labs: This is by no means a commercial (nobody seems to want to pay me for advice) – I don’t get anything for that referral, I just think their stuff was pretty cool. They have one free level 100 tutorial you can try out to see if you like their format.  The best part is, you don’t need an OCI trial or account to use these training labs.  You can pick a topic which makes sense for the lesson you are trying to learn and the OCI environment required is staged for you to use for that lesson. The combination of the Level 100 videos, using the OCI trial for a solid week (I tried out almost every feature in there) and spending a few bucks on those training labs (the Oracle Virtual Cloud Network – VCN and Oracle Cloud Autonomous Database) all got me VERY comfortable with the OCI console. I then decided it was time to see if this old guy still has it in him to learn.  I took a stab at the Oracle provided Practice Exam (if the link doesn’t work, just google it, you’ll find it). I was able to answer successfully about 80% of the questions after the work I had put in so far.  (not bad although my high school son told me if he came home with an 80% I’d take away Xbox rights for a week – he’s right) To kick it up a notch I went ahead and started watching the Level 200 series videos.  Those were “OK.”  I think the 100’s were a lot clearer on the presentation/learning angle.  The topics range widely for the OCI certification exam so for preparation, I chose to watch (and re-watch) the key areas from level 100 I felt needed some deeper explanation. Specifically, the following videos were VERY useful (hint hint hint) for the exam prep: Level 200 – Virtual Cloud Network Level 200 – Storage Level 200 – Load Balancing Level 200 – Terraform Level 200 – Identity and Access Management Level 200 – Database (pay close attention to the migration slides) After going blurry and losing about 12 pounds from walking/hiking and jogging on my treadmill (bad knees ya know) I capped off my learning time by reading Oracle documentation and a series of whitepapers they provide. So final prep and words of advice for the test…… The exam is NOT an easy one.  Yes, the passing score is only 65% but the questions are VERY specific so studying and getting hands on practice are essential for success.  Without divulging exam details (hey I had to earn it through hard work and a lot of time) I can offer up some words of advice – remember Oracle is a Database company – KNOW YOUR OCI DATABASE content. Also – OCI like AWS or Azure is a Public cloud service/solution for the most part (with lots of added enterprise class technology to enhance that).  Keep in mind public cloud means connectivity requirements which means what????  Security which means what???? NETWORKING CONCEPTS so make sure Oracle’s Virtual Cloud Network concepts are ingrained! Outside of level 100’s 200’s and OCI hands on labs/trial/videos – the rest was just reading and practice.  At this point I was feeling pretty good at what I’ve learned so I tried the  Oracle provided Practice Exam one last time (if the link doesn’t work, just google it, you’ll find it). This time I was able to answer successfully 100% of the questions. (plenty of Xbox time for this guy!) From there it was a matter of scheduling my exam test and going for it.  A word of advice – some test centers offer the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate certification exam online but I would NOT do that.  The system is very picky, and it would stink to have an invalid test result due to a glitch.  I feel that going to a test center (although it’s a pain) will let you get your head straight with the material and take you out of your comfort zone and I’ve found that helps to hyper focus on the task in front of you. Just my suggestion but it seems to work for me. As much as I wish I could say I bagged 100% on the exam – alas, I only scored an 83%.  Afterward I recalled several of the mistakes I made when I went back and reviewed, but that’s OK.  The practice I got prepping as well as the hands-on experience since then has been priceless and I know my clients are much better off that I endured this work and had to master this information. Last food for thought…. Make sure you register for “Your Acclaim” so you can have bragging rights to all of your friends once you kick butt and pass the exam!!!: I hope this article was helpful for anyone interested in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate certification exam preparation.  I would love any and all feedback, comments, questions you might have or to know your experiences!!! Thank you and good luck! I’ve tried to create a list of the URL’s you can find a lot of very relevant information for the OCI certification exam itself.  Please feel free to take a look and if you have some suggestions to add to the list, please let me know

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Java 11 Certification: More than Just a Test!

by Eric Bruno The Java release cycle is now faster than ever. Since Java 8, Oracle is cranking out new releases with changes and added features every six months. How do you keep up? Studying to become a Java Certified Developer is a great way to not only stay up to date, you’ll also sharpen your skills, solve some real problems, gain a competitive edge with potential employers, and build respect among your peers. Do you Really Know what Java Certification is? It’s a test, right? Actually, it’s so much more than that! Traveling down the Java 11 Developer Certification path is much more about achievement and personal growth than requirements and testing. Personally, I liken it to martial arts progression, such as belt colors for Karate or jiu-jitsu. Marital arts practitioners focus on the benefits of the progression: discipline, understanding, fitness, health, mastery, and life-long growth and learning. The same principal applies to the practice of Java programming. There’s always more to learn and master, and for developers thinking about certification, there are certainly many real benefits. The Benefits of Becoming Certified According to the January 2019 issue of Certification Magazine’s annual salary survey, 71% of individuals believe certification was a key factor in their recent raise. This was echoed in a survey performed by Pearson VUE, where 23% said they received a salary increase of up to 20% upon earning a certification. But it’s about more than getting a pay increase. The certification process, with the associated training and sample exams, help you to keep up with the accelerated pace of Java updates and version releases. Quite simply, it’s a great way to stay disciplined and keep up with rate of change. Increased Skill Set and Boosted Confidence Having gone through the certification process, most developers gain the confidence they need to land their next job. A quick search uncovers many blog posts, Twitter tweets, and LinkedIn posts from developers extolling their personal experiences with the certification process. Friedrich Brown, for example, is a developer with his sights set on growing into more of a leadership role. In a past blog, Brown said the Java Certification process “…definitely enhances your skills and will be more useful for landing a good Java developer job.” For many, certification delivers the confidence boost needed to get through the interview process that many programmers experience these days, including online coding exams and grueling interview questioning. I recently interviewed for a financial firm, where they required me to write code on a white board to solve a problem on the fly. In this position, loss of confidence can spoil even a perfectly capable programmer’s chances of success. When everyone in the room—including yourself—knows that you’re certified, it tips the balance in your favor. Team Recognition and Competitive Edge Java developer and author, Scott Selikoff, who’s books include Java certification study guides, wrote about his own experiences on the benefits of certification in a recent article. Team recognition is one reason, since the process and resulting certification demonstrates leadership on many levels. The survey by Pearson VUE on certification verifies this, noting that almost 65% said they received positive impact on their professional image and reputation. However, there’s one important observation Selikoff makes: “Understanding modules is vital to passing this exam!” Referring to modules introduced in Java SE 9, Selikoff uses the word understand, and emphasizes this with an exclamation point. To me, this reinforces the point of certification: that building a true understanding of the Java language and platform (not memorizing what’s needed to pass a test) is the real goal of the process. In the article, Java Certifications: The Ultimate Guide, Carly Yuk makes discusses additional views on Java certification. “The demand for IT professionals is on the rise, therefore, a Java certification may offer you that competitive edge,” Yuk points out. Following this up, Yuk reminds us that “gaining a Java certification from Oracle adds credibility to your CV/Resume.” As Yuk states in the article, Java certification is valid proof of your technical abilities, and can bring your name to the top of the heap amongst job recruiters and employers. Yuk, Raul Rios, and the others motioned above each echo the points made here on developing a deep understanding of Java and building personal confidence.   And don’t forget the achievement badge you get once you become certified (see sample above). There’s something to be said for the recognition gained when you can share your achievement on social media! Employers’ Views on Certification According to PayScale, the average salary for a Certified Java Developer is around $82,000, while the average Java developer is around $73,540. And with Java job opportunities projected to grow by 17% through 2024, the time is now to show employers you know your stuff. Informal polls on Reddit.com show that employers do value Java certification, sometimes over a college degree, with some valuing it more for senior Java developers than for recent grads. This is because of the view that experienced developers tend to not keep up with the latest features, or adapt to new language constructs (i.e. Lambda expressions, try-with-resources, and so on). In the end, your experience speaks for itself, but being certified shows employers you’re interested in staying sharp and up to date, and speaks to your discipline and desire to be the best you can be going forward. According to the a survey by Global Knowledge on training and certification, decision-makers reported that certified team members troubleshoot issues and complete projects more quickly, with fewer skills gaps. And when asked to estimate the economic benefit of the additional skills that certified employees bring to the table compared to non-certified peers, 27% of IT decision-makers said it exceeds $20,000 annually. Another 27% placed the value at between $10,000 and $19,999. Certification Questions: A Personal Experience When a new issue of Oracle Java Magazine arrives in my Inbox, I usually turn right to the Fix This column where the questions posed simulate those in the Oracle Certified Associate exam for Java. In fact, the people who create the certification exams contribute these questions. The first time I did this, I admit some of the questions stumped me! I also realized that the questions didn’t intend to trick you, or cover some esoteric parts of the Java language. They actually helped to teach something useful about the Java language. Let’s consider a sample question: A senior Java developer is traveling from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) in the United States to Warsaw (WAW) in Poland. She is trying to calculate the duration of the flight but thinks that Poland might be shifting to daylight saving time on the weekend of her journey: Depart Chicago O’Hare: March 24, 2018 5:30 PM (17:30) Arrive Warsaw: March 25, 2018 9:35 AM (09:35) Consider the following incomplete code: ZonedDateTime ord =     ZonedDateTime.of(2018, 3, 24, 17, 30, 0, 0,                      ZoneId.of("America/Chicago")); ZonedDateTime waw =     ZonedDateTime.of(2018, 3, 25, 9, 35, 0, 0,                      ZoneId.of("Europe/Warsaw"));   // line n1   System.out.print("Time in plane is: " + timeInPlane);   What code does she insert at line n1 to calculate the elapsed time expected between departure and arrival? Choose one. A. long timeInPlane = ChronoUnit.HOURS.between(ord, waw); B. Period timeInPlane = Period.between(           ord, ZoneId.of("America/Chicago"),           waw, ZoneId.of("Europe/Warsaw")); C. Period timeInPlane = Period.between(ord, waw); D. Duration timeInPlane = Duration.between(ord, waw);   If you’re not sure of the correct answer, check out the March/April 2019 issue of Java Magazine. For now, consider a few things about this question: It focuses on a real problem, providing motivation to solve it. It doesn’t focus on rote knowledge of an API, but instead leans on your understanding of JDK concepts, not memorized facts. I learned that since version 8, Java contains a database of all the historical daylight-saving time changes from governments around the world, and it’s updated with new information as it becomes available. That’s useful information. Looking at these questions as exercises will help improve your Java skills, just as physical exercise helps increase and maintain a level of fitness. For more on the sample questions in Java Magazine, get the inside scoop from columnist and certification test author, Simon Roberts, in his revealing article. How to Get Started Oracle Learning Subscriptions offer the biggest value in training and certification savings. Gain access to the core Java SE 11 training materials and receive one free attempt for each certification exam included in the Java SE Programmer 2019 learning paths. Start by reading through certification paths and options, view the exam preparation steps and videos, then take some sample exams. Below is a visual guide to the process:   Finally, here are the specific Java certification links you should explore: Java SE 11 Oracle Training and Certification Java SE 11 Certification Questions Answered Good luck on your own personal certification journey. Even after 20 years as a Java developer, it’s one that I’ve begun as well. Like me, I’m sure you’ll find it was all worth it after getting to post that certification badge on social media!

by Eric Bruno The Java release cycle is now faster than ever. Since Java 8, Oracle is cranking out new releases with changes and added features every six months. How do you keep up? Studying to become...

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Spotlight on Success: Never Stop Investing in Yourself - Ivica Arsov

Read how this Principal Member of the Oracle Real-World Performance team improved his productivity and problem analysis skills. A different perspective of learning  Pursuing an Oracle Certification credential gave me insight to the needs and requirements in the Real-World in terms of professional skills and career development; it represented a great start and entrance into Oracle’s world. Problem analysis skills Preparing for the Oracle Certified Master (OCM) exam improves your problem analysis skills and how you approach problems efficiently with proper analysis without doing trial and error problem solving method.   During the preparation phase some of the tasks might not represent a challenge for you, but for some, you might struggle. That’s a good thing; it will force you to read and to do more detailed problem analysis. You will learn to not waste time and to keep your mind on the right track. During the exam, time to do analysis is limited, therefore the time you spend to analyze a given problem needs to be efficient. Even when you find a potential solution, you will have to think about other possible solutions. You will ask yourself “Is this the best possible solution? Are there other solutions? Can this solution break something else?”  In Oracle’s world and with RDBMS in general, not every problem has a single solution.  Let’s take a simple scenario; the task being to Create a Multitenant Database. Usually most of the people will start up DBCA (UI-based) tool to create a database. But, have you thought about creating a database from the command line with template files? Some might say, yes, we always do that. OK, what about creating a database from SQLPLUS by directly typing the CREATE DATABASE command? With all needed information for datafiles, control files, redo log files, tablespace information etc. Do we know the proper syntax? How much time do we need to actually perform? Even though it might not be something we do on a daily basis at work and we might have scripts for that, it’s something we should know and be prepared for.  One simple task can extend to different sub-tasks with various scenarios and solutions that you must be prepared for. Broader knowledge and skills Preparation for the OCM forces you to read and learn about old and new features.   Even ones you did not think are needed or you might not have used on a daily basis. For example, Parallel Statement Queuing introduced in 11.2.0.2 will guide you to Resource Manager, which is one possible topic on the OCM exam.  Learning this gives you a different perspective of Oracle RDBMS technology, it allows you to understand and connect different features which definitely add value in how you perform at work. Value to my employer and team Having an OCM certificate also brings value to the employer. Having a skilled professional who went through the preparation and the OCM exam is a big treasure for an employer. Customers also look at how much of the employer’s professionals are qualified and certified, having an OCM engineer in the team is an advantage and adds big value. Companies which are partners of Oracle benefit from having certified engineers, as certification in general is one of the requirements for a partnership. Respect from peers Being part of this elite top-level recognized group of OCM certification holders brings confidence, salary raise, and increased productivity.   Download the Value of IT Certification infographic here. My OCM Journey “My first encounter with Oracle RDBMS and Oracle Certification was during my University days. I was fascinated by the technology and how important a role the RDBMS can have. It was then that I took my first exam and earned the Oracle Certificate Associate (OCA) title. I will never forget the advice I got from one of the professors at the University. “Never stop investing in yourself and your knowledge, sooner or later it will pay off.” That advice stuck with me and is something that guides me still today. During my professional work, gaining Real-World experience as Database Engineer, I had the opportunity to extend my knowledge with the next level of certification Oracle Certified Professional (OCP). After OCP, I became interested in learning more about the Oracle Certified Master (OCM).   I started to read more about the exam, going through blogs and forums to read about other people's experience with OCM; what were the challenges they encountered, what they struggled with the most, and what value personally and career-wise they gained. I did not tackle the OCM immediately. I felt I need more Real-World experience before I actually started thinking about the OCM exam. Eventually, after a few years of experience I decided to spend needed time to prepare and take a shot at the exam.  I took my first OCM exam in Bucharest, Romania. It was two days of hard work, it was lots of pressure, and it was exciting. When preparing for an OCM exam there are multiple factors in play. The main requirement is having the needed knowledge; however time management, ability to handle the pressure, recalling specific commands syntax quickly, navigation through documentation and a good understanding of the material for each of the skillsets are all part of the experience. You basically have something from everything. Although some of the listed things might not look that important, they represent a crucial part to succeed. I spent nine months preparing for the two-day exam. I dedicated one month for each of the nine skillsets. Now, when I look back, it was a long way to go, but it was worth every minute of it. During the preparation I read a lot, trying to create possible scenarios for each skillset to cover various solutions. You need to be comfortable in navigating through the documentation.  I read the related documentation at least 3 times for each of the skillsets, mostly to find and check various commands syntax. Believe me, nine months of preparation is a lot of work. There were couple of occasions when I was thinking about quitting, but I managed to stay determined and at the end it did pay off.   To be honest, I must say it is a hard exam. It is the most advanced Oracle certification exam. The exam itself it is not questionnaire based, you need to perform real work with real-life scenarios on live systems. It is a very challenging and elite top-level certification. Currently, I hold the Oracle Certified Master certificate for database versions 12c and 11g.  It was in 2014 that I passed the 11g OCM exam. At that time, it was the greatest accomplishment of my professional career. Two years later I upgraded my OCM credential to version 12c. The knowledge and experience gained from the OCM certification gave me the needed strength and confidence to start with public speaking at Oracle User Group conferences. Today, I am active speaker at various Oracle User Group conferences such as UKOUG, HrOUG, BGOUG, SIOUG, NLOUG, OBUG, Oracle Open World etc. About Ivica Arsov He works in the Product Development as Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Oracle, on the Real-World Performance team. His main focus is on database and systems, their performance and stability. They use the database as it is designed to be used and perform data-driven analysis, helping internal teams and external customers to get the best performance out of the database. The Real-World Performance (RWP) Group is part of the Oracle Database Development organization. Engineers in the RWP group focus on extracting the maximum performance from the Oracle Database and hardware in the real-world. This is done by identifying inefficiencies in current systems and applying modern database design and tuning techniques. You may be interested in seeing the Real-World Performance team videos at https://www.oracle.com/goto/oll/rwp  

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Keep Your SaaS Skills Up-to-Date With Fast-Moving Cloud Technology

It's a new year. Is it time for you to update your skills? Applications in the cloud change rapidly. You could get left behind in the blink of an eye if you don't continue to learn and grow your skills. You may have noticed in September that a number of new Cloud Certification exams were released with the version 2019. If you recently earned the same certification versioned 2018, you may be wondering how these new releases affect you. With the rapid pace of Cloud technologies, the skills and knowledge you need for your job may change quickly. In order to keep up with updated requirements, Cloud specialists need to commit to updating and renewing their skills regularly. Oracle's Cloud Recertification Policy and continually updated learning subscriptions help you keep your skills sharp and remain relevant in your field. The Oracle Cloud Recertification Policy states: Oracle Cloud Certification credentials are valid for a period of 18 months from the date you earn the credential. The credential will become inactive at the end of 18 months. Oracle requires candidates to hold an active credential in order to access certain certification benefits including, without limitation, use of Oracle certification logos, eCertificates, score reports and certification verification. To stay current, candidates must re-certify themselves with the latest version of the exam. Oracle Cloud Certifications include Oracle Certified Associate, Specialist and Professional titles. Oracle Cloud Certifications are updated continuously throughout the year to keep current with major product and service releases, and re-released on an annual basis with a new title.  Note: (1)   Credentials earned by passing 2019 / future exams after 12-Sep-2019 will remain active for 18 months from the date of earning them (2)   Credentials earned by passing 2019 exams on or before 12-Sep-2019 will remain active till 12-Mar-2021 (3)  Credentials earned by passing 2018/ older exams will remain active till 01-Jun-2020 For Example, if you previously passed these 2018 SaaS Certification exams, you'll need to pass the 2019 exams released in September 2019 by 01-Jun-2020 in order to keep your certification active. If you have previously passed this exam: You will need to pass this exam by 01-Jun-2020 in order to keep your Certification active Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-956) Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1045) Oracle Workforce Compensation Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1000) Oracle Compensation Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1049) Oracle Talent Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1010) Oracle Talent Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1052) Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1004) Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1054) Oracle Accounting Hub Cloud Service 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1019) Oracle Accounting Hub Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1060) Oracle Sales Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1014) Oracle Sales Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1061) Oracle Incentive Compensation Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1015) Oracle Incentive Compensation Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1062) Oracle Procurement Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1007) Oracle Procurement Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1065) Oracle Cost Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1024) Oracle Cost Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1074) Oracle Order Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1001) Oracle Order Management Cloud Order to Cash 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1077)   Do You Have Oracle Cloud Recertification Questions? Get Your Answers Below Why did Oracle implement this policy? Recertification is a common practice in the IT industry. Oracle Cloud technology is moving at a lightning pace. Skills and knowledge from 18 months ago are archaic. This policy is implemented to enable you to best support your customers, partners and projects. You need to stay current with latest training and certification. When did the policy take effect? This policy took effect on 12-Sep-2019 with the new 2019 Cloud Certifications. I already have an Oracle Cloud certification, how long is it valid? Existing “2019” cloud credentials will be active for 18 months from the date of introduction of the policy (Till 12-Mar-2021) Existing “2018” and “older” cloud credentials will be active till 1-Jun-2020 Why do I have to recertify? It is important to remain current on the technology. Cloud credentials become inactive at the end of 18 months from the time you earned them. If you hold a Cloud credential that will soon become inactive or has already become inactive, you must take the latest version of the exam to remain current. What will happen if my credential becomes inactive?     You will no longer be able to access/use the certification benefits such as print eCertificate, share an active digital badge, or verify your credential through CertView.  My Cloud credential has become inactive. What do I do now?     Simply take and pass take the latest version of the exam and earn the latest Cloud credential to activate your new credential and gain access to all the benefits of certification. Please visit the All Exams page on our website to view the latest exams. If I recertify, will my previous credential become active again?   No, the previous credential will still remain inactive. You will receive a new credential based on the latest exam that you passed. How will I know, when my credential will become inactive?     You will receive notifications from Oracle University regarding the certification that needs to be updated and the deadline. Are all Cloud certifications included in this Recertification Policy?      Yes, all Cloud certifications are included in this Recertification Policy. Note for 2019 and future credentials: If you earned a 2019 Cloud credential before we introduced this policy, your credential will remain active till 12-Mar-2021. If you earn the credential after we introduced this policy, your credential will remain active for 18 months from the date you earned it. Note for 2018 and older credentials: If you earned 2018 or older credentials, your credential will remain active till 01-Jun-2020. What happens to my Acclaim badge when my Cloud credential becomes Inactive? The Acclaim badge will still be available to you, and will contain the expiration date.

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Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks

Read this blog for details on how to Learn Java Fundamentals in Five Weeks.  Learning Java fundamentals also prepares you for the 1st exam in the 2 exam path required to be recognized as an Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Developer. What is a MOOC? MOOC is an abbreviation for Massively Open Online Course, which is a new flexible way to learn, over the internet with no limit of the number of who can attend.  Why Attend this Java SE Programming MOOC? It's afordable, flexible, convenient and comprehensive way to learn Java fundamentals.  Java is one of the most widely used programming languages, one with a 25-year history that spans super computers to mobile phones, and more. Literally millions of applications run on  the Java platform, which is famous for its portable, secure and robust features. If you want to become a Java developer, fundamentals is a key course for your skill development. The Java SE MOOC includes three enrollment options. One of the options, the Premier Package, includes a certification exam voucher (plus a FREE retake exam voucher if you need it) for the Java SE Programming 1 (1Z0-815) exam. Get a free preview of the MOOC here.  Why Get Java Certified? Java certification gives you a firm footing on the world’s #1 development platform, setting the global standard for developing secure, portable, high-performance applications for the widest range of computing platforms possible. Being certified in Java offers many benefits, including: Potential for higher pay Greater recognition of your skills as compared with your peers Opportunities to apply for Java developer jobs A boost in your confidence level IT Certification offers real and practical benefits.   Download the Value of IT Certification here to read how IT Certification holders have benefitted in their own words. Make 2020 your best year yet.  Get the Java SE 11 Developer credential that is socially sharable and immediately verifiable; it opens doors, builds professional credibility and help with starting a new career. 

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Avoid Costly Surprises - Plan Now for Your Oracle Certification Exam

Don't let your Oracle Certification Exam Voucher expire! Plan ahead to avoid winter holiday scheduling nightmares that could cost you your exam voucher. Much of the world participates in some type of winter or holiday break in December. Some test centers shut down for a week to two weeks, or run fewer appointments during this time. If you are trying to get an exam scheduled to use your voucher or take a retiring exam before the expiration or retirement date, these closures could come as a nasty surprise. There are a number of exams retiring at the end of this month. For example, if you are working on earning an Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional certification and still need to take the 1Z0-063 exam, you want to be sure that you have time to take the exam before it retires on December 30. If your local test center is closed between now and then, your appointment options could be drastically reduced. Be proactive. Schedule now. You may have a voucher that you purchased, or that was purchased for you, that expires the end of this month. Vouchers are not extendable. Be proactive and schedule your exam now so that you don't lose the voucher.  There is still time. Don't be caught off guard. Take a moment now to check exam schedules at your local Pearson VUE test center. Go ahead and schedule your exam and breathe a sigh of relief. Ring in the new year with a new certification! If you don't have a voucher, or you'd rather move on to a more current version of Oracle Database Administrator Certification in the new year, act fast to get 50% off on premise digital training and certification exam vouchers.

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How to Use Social Media to Highlight Your Professional Skills

Guest Post by Patricia Diaz at Credly Oracle certification verification is a powerful way to show future employers or even your current employer that you’re qualified for a job, a skilled candidate for a promotion, and that you’re willing to go the extra mile to continuously upskill yourself to keep current on new technology. Digital credentials are a great way to highlight and validate your skills, but if you aren’t sharing them on social media, you’re missing out.  Oracle certifications range from Cloud Infrastructure to Certified Human Resources Cloud Specialist and everything in-between (do a quick LinkedIn search for “Oracle certifications” and you’ll see hundreds of results for verified badge earners). Oracle certification badge earners run the gamut from novice to experienced, but they all have one thing in common: they have shared their verified credentials to their networks on social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter. Typical reactions to these certifications include dozens of likes and comments congratulating the badge earner on their accomplishments.  Once a badge is shared on a social network, it allows your achievement to go beyond just your network. You’re opening yourself up to potentially hundreds of connections who are searching for your expertise. This amplification of achievement allows you, the badge earner, to take control of your career in a way that was once limited to the confines of your office Remember paper certificates? They don’t quite have the same amplification power of a digital credential.  Sharing your digital credentials from Oracle may seem like a self-reported achievement, but it’s not. Anyone who sees the social post with your credential in it can click on the update and will be taken directly to the credential landing page. The landing page has extensive metadata explaining what went into earning the badge, as well as the badge verification number. It’s iron-clad proof that you know how to do what you’ve said you know how to do.  Social media goes far beyond memes and gifs and has turned into a powerful learning tool. With over half of the world’s population actively using social media (there are over 2.3 billion monthly active users on Facebook alone), if you’re not advocating for yourself through your verified credentials, you’re missing a huge opportunity to change the culture of learning, of hiring, and even of education.  Learn more about how you can earn and show off your Oracle digital certification, including certified Oracle DBA, Oracle certification in SQL, or Oracle Certified Professional Java programmer credentials.  Learn about the Oracle Certification Program >

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Spotlight on Success: Ravi Kumar Y V “Real time experience along with certifications opened the door for a great Oracle Architect position!”

How Oracle Certification Helped Me “My technical certifications across the Oracle Core Technologies and Oracle Cloud Platform helped me to gain a deep understanding of solution components, architecting for maximum performance, availability, security and automation.  This allows me to bring value to my business by lower TCO and greater ROI across the solution stack” How it all started My training started back in 1999 on Oracle 8i Administration!  Since then I have completed OCP in Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g,11g and 12c becoming an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) in 2009.  Now at Oracle Open World this year I became one of the 1st people to achieve the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Professional credential! Gaining hands-on experience and learning one database that runs across all platforms; SUN Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Redhat Linux, Suse Linux and Micro Soft Windows, supporting32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems were always especially interesting for me. I have attended many other training classes too; Completing Managing Oracle 9i and then 10g on Linux, Real Application Clusters (RAC) in Oracle 10g, 11g and 12c, and Oracle Data Guard (DG).   Installing and configuring "High Availability" environments for critical financial services were also important skills for me to develop. Learning + Certification = Professional Credibility My real-time experience and certifications recently gained me recognition as qualifying (and being selected!) for a major contract as an Oracle Architect.   Three of the required skills they were searching for were: Holds an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) credential. Holds an Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) credential. Holds an Oracle Certified Maximum Availability Architecture Expert (MAA) credential About Venkata Ravi Kumar Yenugula Currently Ravi is an Oracle Engineered Systems Architect at Infolob Solutions Inc.  He has 22+ years of experience in Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) verticals, spanning various roles of Vice President (IT), Senior Database Architect and Production DBA. His list of accomplishments is long.  Here are some of them: Oracle ACE Director (ACED) He has published 100+ articles in Oracle Technology Network (OTN) in multiple languages including Spanish and Portuguese.   And, several articles in All things ORACLE from redgate, Spain Oracle User Group (SPOUG) and OraWorld e-magazine. One of the few in his country who have achieved Oracle Certified Master (OCM) Co-author "Oracle Database Upgrade and Migration Methods" book recommended by Mike Dietrich (Master Product Manager - Database Upgrades and Migrations, Oracle Corporation)   Co-Author - Oracle High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Cloud Services Oracle ACE Spotlight Oracle Magazine - July 2017 Expert Level Contributor in My Oracle Support Community(MOSC) The Oracle ACE Program Newsletter in June 2016 Oracle Magazine - Aug 2017 He has also been a speaker at many major Oracle User Groups: Oracle Open World (OOW) Y2018 and Y2017, US Australia Oracle User Group (AUSOUG) 2019 Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) 2018, US NewYork Oracle User Group (NYOUG) Y2018, Y2017 and Y2016, NY, US SunCoast Oracle User Group (SOUG) Y2017, Florida, US APAC Oracle Users Group (APACOUG), Y2018 Sangam (Largest Oracle User Group in India) Y2014, India OTN Yathra Y2013 and Y2014, India IOUG Webinar Y2014 AIOUG Tech Day Y2013,Y2014 and Y2015,India   The Definition of an OCM o   From Wikipedia: “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.”   Interested in becoming an OCM?  Here are 5 Things You Should Know  

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The Value of Oracle Certification

The survey says…. Industry research shows that certification is a benefit to the hiring manager and the individual.   IDC conducted research of the Business Value of Oracle Training and Certification recently and found: •        Oracle Database Trained and Certified experienced a 299% 3- year ROI  = 4 dollars of productivity improvement over three years for every dollar invested in training - Click to download this Business Value Snapshot  •        Java Trained and Certified experienced a 405% 3- year ROI  = 5 dollars of productivity improvement over three years for every dollar invested in training - Click to download this Business Value Snapshot    Burning Glass found that individuals with technical certifications benefit from: •        Door openers; In career fields that value certifications, they carry a significant salary premium. Employers demand certifications for technical skills, not soft skills •        Career Escalators; Certifications fall into two broad categories, each with its own distinct impact: Door Openers, which help new labor market entrants enter a field; and Career Escalators, which pave the path for experienced workers’ upward mobility.  In both cases, technical fields value certifications.  Certified individuals carry a significant salary premium (as much as 18% in their sample).  It’s about what you learn along the way. The average person is using only a small subset of the technology, usually enough to solve this one issue or to do specific tasks.  Once you decide to become certified you step away from the standard job requirements.   Then as you begin to learn advanced features and tools you gain a deeper and wider knowledge.   Discovering new approaches, common mistakes and solutions brings confidence and recognition from your peers. Learning, retained longer through the process of certification preparation = knowledge and credibility.  Certified respondents said that Professional Credibility (that comes from training + certification combined), Earning Power and Job Satisfaction are the real value of being certified •        91% said “Gives me more professional credibility with those I interact with on the job” •        89%  “Makes me more valuable to my employer” •        84%  “Helps me retain acquired knowledge over a longer period” •        90% Would recommend certification to a friend or colleague looking to begin or advance their career •        88% Training + certification “Provides greater motivation for me to keep my skills up to date •        67% Greater self-confidence in abilities •        55% knowledge has been transferrable to real work situation  Pearson Vue IT Survey - ( 2018 Value of IT Certification "© 2019 Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s). All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission." ) Why this matters There are more than 2 million Oracle certified credential holders across the world.   Oracle is one of the top IT certifications you can have.   Click to see how The digital badge helps you differentiate yourself.   Digital badges are: •        Recognizable proof of qualifications for Hiring Managers •        Visual and Shareable •        Real World Skills Directly Mapped to Open Jobs •        Fraud-Proof What’s stopping you? Get started today.   Click here to view all certifications    Ready for Oracle Certification now?  Buy your exam voucher and plan your preparation!   Other Links Download the Value of IT Certification infographic here

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Spotlight on Success: OCM - A Key to Unlock the Treasures of Your Professional Life

Thoughts on OCM Certification OCM: Just a Key by Han Zheng I would like to thank Mr. Tang Di for helping me and caring for me along the way, and for his wholehearted willingness to share. Above all, he is my role model. From him, I learned how a true professional thinks — his mindset, how he forms a plan and the actions he takes when facing a problem. People who know me well know the hard work I have put in improving my technical skills during my journey with Oracle. (People who don’t know me probably have no interest in that at all.) Without further ado, let’s get to the point. Hopefully you will find this article useful. What is Oracle Certified Master (OCM)? In the first year of my journey with Oracle, I believed that an OCM could do anything (optimization, deployment and execution, tuning parameters, troubleshooting, backup and recovery, etc.). No problem in Oracle is a problem for an OCM! As I improved my technical skills, I talked about OCM certification with many Oracle professionals. They regarded it as just a piece of paper — an expensive one — and I too began to view OCM that way. RELATED:  Shang Shibo Achieves Amazing Results With OCM After First Doubting Its Value Just a paper? But during my OCM training and preparation, my enthusiasm was ignited. We had to report our progress on a daily basis, and I saw the good work my classmates were doing — a powerful motivator, since I hate coming in last. Along the way, I have developed the qualities an excellent DBA needs: delving deep when presented with problems, striving for perfection when solving them, and never giving up in the face of the unexpected. I can do these things because I developed the confidence to solve problems, because I had unflagging support from my classmates, and because I have the skills and the spirit that were passed down from the incredible men and women who came before me. Initially, the main reason I worked so hard was that I didn’t want to waste my money. Later on, it was my competitive nature that drove me when I saw the progress my classmates were making every day. But in the end, it was that I enjoyed making my own daily progress, which for me was a treasure beyond price, especially when my hard work paid off. RELATED:  Find Out Why Alex Zaballa Has Earned Over 200 Oracle Certifications What is OCM really about? Yes, OCM is just a piece of paper. But the question is, can you make it more than that? Yes, you can. OCM is a key. It all depends on you and whether you can use it to unlock a treasure trove in your professional life. If you think of it as just a piece of paper, that is all it will remain. For me, OCM certification has been about building confidence, learning to delve deep, striving for perfection and never giving up, making so many incredible friends and, above all, improving my technical skills. These things are what really matter! The certificate simply represents the successful conclusion of this journey. And it is not really the end, but a new beginning. For this incredibly thrilling adventure, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart Mr. Hou, Mr. Cui and all my classmates. I also want to thank my friends as well as my managers and colleagues. I am grateful to the Oracle WDP training center. You have made my journey with OCM the best ever! 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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The Most Important Job Skills For The Future Are Not What You Think

According to a recent Forbes.com article The 5 Most Important Job Skills For the Future are skills that lay the foundation for whatever job-specific skill you'll need in your area of work.  Topping the list are interpersonal skills, creativity, and adaptability. These soft skills are crucial to remaining relevant in the job market and thriving in today's fast-paced business climate where initiatives, priorities, and technologies can change on a dime and much of your team may be remote, requiring digital collaboration. Data literacy and tech savviness round out the list with skills that cover wide swaths of technology. There is no doubt that data is king. Your  business is only as good as your data. A company's ability to manage, store, protect, and analyze data is crucial to their business functions. While you don't need to be an expert in the area of database administration or data management, having a familiarity with where your data comes from, what is included and how you can use it is important and ever-changing.  Finally, tech savviness is an ongoing skill that can only be developed by remaining curious and continuing to learn. Know what technologies are available today, what technologies are coming in fast, and how to ramp up quickly.  RELATED: Three Important Things Smart DBAs Know About How Autonomous Database Will Affect Their Roles The most important thing you can do to develop and nurture these skills is to dedicate yourself to never stop learning. Continued learning in your field allows for creativity and adaptability. Continued learning keeps you on top of the latest trends in data - how it's being used, how it's being stored and managed, and how it's being protected. And finally, continued learning keeps you up-to-date on the latest technologies. Even if you don't directly use these technologies in your day-to-day job, having some knowledge the latest tools puts you in the best position to make strategic decisions for your business.  RELATED: Unleash the Unlimited Potential of Your DBAs, Your User Community, and Your Business As Oracle technologists - administrators, developers, analysts, implementers, managers, consultants, end users, and more, you can stay abreast of the latest technologies in your field by purchasing an Oracle Learning Subscription, chock full of relevant and continually updated, easily consumable training. These subscriptions offer 12 months of 24X7 access to the latest training from Oracle as well as relevant certification exams at no additional cost so that you can easily show that you're staying on top of the latest technologies in your field.  RELATED:  How Getting Certified Improves Your Career Develop the skills to thrive in today's market rather than just surviving.

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Rajib Hossain Improved His Skills AND Reputation With Java Certification

Rajib Hossain learned about Java from a poster he saw on the wall at his learning center. That was the beginning of a long relationship with Java training and certification that has earned him highly sought after skills, as well as improved rank and reputation and a better job. He is now leading his own team. Read his story in his own words (updated November 6, 2019): Why was it important to you to become Oracle certified?                              In 2006, I started learning Java after seeing the dialog “Look Before You Leap” at my learning center in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. After that I developed a number of projects using this technology. But I felt something was missing in my skills and I was not confident in my coding. While I consulted a few non-certified programmers about specific features of Java, their answers confused me more. I wanted to learn Java the right way. I decided to enroll in a course. My teacher who is Java Certified on version 1.3 helped clear my confusion and get me on the right path. After that course, I started studying books like SCJP Sun® Certified Programmer for Java™ 6 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, and A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification by Khalid A. Mughal and Rolf W Rasmussen. These books offered profound knowledge which helped me to obtain the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer (OCPJP) in 2013. To further my education and deepen my knowledge, I planned to pursue a Java Expert Certification, for which I studied three Java books: Head First Servlets and JSP by Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, and Bryan Basham, Struts in Action by Ted Husted, Cedric Dumoulin, George Franciscus and David Winterfeldt, and Java EE 6 Pocket Guide Book by Arun Gupta. Studying these books helped me pass the exam and become an Oracle Certified Expert, Web Component Developer for Java EE 5 and Java EE 6 in 2015, which has changed my life. These certifications earned me a promotion from Junior Programmer at IBCS-Primax, one of Bangladesh's top ten customized software solution companies to Programmer, and then to Team Leader a year later. At a subsequent job interview with Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd, I was asked an array of questions about Java. I was surprised that I knew all the answers because of my extensive study. They were also very impressed with my Java Certifications and offered me a job in their Research and Development department as a Senior Engineer. I attribute this step up to the hard work I put into earning these Java Certifications. What is your job title and what are your responsibilities? I work at Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd as Senior Programmer in the R&D department.  I am responsible for the vending token which maintains the Standard Transfer Specification (STS) for the electricity smart meter. Tell us about the company you work for - what kind of services does your company provide? Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd. was founded in 1995 as one of the best known domestic suppliers of Smart Electronic Energy Meter and Electricity Management Information Systems (including terminal products and system solution) in China. The company is a collective operating enterprise that owns more than 100 subsidiary corporations. Products and solutions include smart meter, AMI system, LED, intelligent lighting system, energy efficiency management platform, energy-saving services,  photovoltaic module, distributed photovoltaic power station system, distributed power station operating platform, micro-grid system, and more. Since earning your Oracle Certification, what professional benefits have you experienced? Earning these certifications has boosted my confidence. Now, I can analyze user requirements and design software that maintains the standard of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). I really enjoy it! How does your Oracle Certification badge help you stand out from others in your field? I personally believe that Oracle Certification distinguishes between certified and non-certified in a clear way. Sharing Oracle badges helps potential employers securely verify your certification and strengthens your profile against someone who is not certified. Could you tell us more about who saw your badge, where they saw it, and what they said? When I shared my badges with my colleges they were so delighted and planned to also earn certification to enhance their careers as well. Do you have any plans to earn additional Oracle Certifications? I am currently preparing for these certifications: Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 7 Application Developer Rajib Hossain has come a long way since a chance encounter with a technology poster 11 years ago. Java Certification has played a key role in that journey. Start your own Java Certification journey today.  If you already hold a Java Certification, share your success story with us. Related Blog Posts Your Complete Guide to Java Certification Voice of the Next Generation: Hear First-hand Why the Smart Kids Are Pursuing Java Certification Java Magazine Columnist Simon Roberts on the Value of Java Certification

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Oracle Certified Master Exam

Oracle Certified Masters are committed to learning and being the best at what they do.  Read personal stories of commitment to learning here. Here's what else you should know: An Oracle Certified Master (OCM) gets their credential for what they are actually able to do. The exam is passed by solving a real-world business problem in a hands-on environment.   This is the very top tier credential we offer. OCMs have the highest level of training and certification.    IDC research shows: a 64% reduction in unplanned downtime with Oracle University trained and certified staff.  See the 2019 IDC Business Value of Oracle Database Training and Certification 88% say "Helps me retain acquired knowledge over a longer period" in the recent Pearson VUE's 2018 Value of IT Certification Survey Something Exciting Recently Happened in the Hands-on Environment.  We recently released this OCM exam hosted on Oracle University Cloud servers, giving more memory, CPU and I/O bandwidth than was possible previously and greatly improving the test taker experience.  This means the exam can now be delivered remotely and securely in select Oracle University Test Centers instead of using an old outdated process on desktop hardware. Read this blog post for more information. This is what you need to do: Take this exam:  Oracle Database 12c: Certified Master Exam (12c OCM)  Existing OCMs take:  Oracle Database 12c: Certified Master Upgrade Exam (12c OCMU)

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Your Complete Guide to Java Certification

New!  Java Certification Prep with Java SE Programming I MOOC - Includes Certification Voucher + Free Retake! The steadfast nature of Java as a top programming language makes it a solid investment for learning and certification. Java’s modularity, portability, robust features, security, and simplicity make it a top choice for programmers and developers from teens coding in Minecraft to a developer creating and testing computer programs at a Fortune 500 company. As a matter of fact, the TIOBE Index still ranks Java as the number 1 programming language as of October 2019. So how do you capitalize on the popularity of Java and maximize your skills with Oracle training and certification? You can start with this Java SE 11 Learner’s Guide. Read on to get more in depth detail. Step 1: Identify the Certification Requirements Oracle recently released Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer (Java SE 11 OCP) certification.  The introduction of Java SE 11 continues to revolutionize the way you work in Java. After Java SE 8 added functional programming via lambda expressions and Java 9 introduced modularity, feature wise, Java SE 11 is the first long-term support version to feature modularity. Preparing for this Oracle certification ensures your exposure to and knowledge of all these important new functions and features. Please refer to the Java SE 11 Learner’s Guide to confirm where you should begin.  For all certification requirements view Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Certification. Step 2: Review Exam Topics Earning the Java SE 11 OCP certification requires passing two high-stakes certification exams. Review exam topics for Java SE 11 Programmer I 1Z0-815 Review exam topics for Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 Step 3: Prepare for the Exams The benefit of preparing for your exam is not only to help you pass the exams and earn the certification; this preparation also helps you to get better at, or qualify for today’s requirements as a Java Developer. Take Oracle University Instructor-led Training Java SE 11 Programming I recommended for the Programmer I (1Z0-815) exam. Java SE 11 Programming II recommended for the Programmer II (1Z0-816) exam. These courses are available in three convenient delivery formats depending on your time, location, and learning needs. Classroom training (ILT) is an intensive 5-day training in class with an instructor. A Live Virtual Class (LVC) allows you to avoid costly travel and time away by taking the live class in real time from anywhere via the internet. Training On Demand (TOD) provides 90 days unlimited access to a video course that can be taken anytime and from anywhere and features classroom content delivered by expert instructors. Or get affordably priced, all digital content, labs and skill checks including access to instructors with Oracle University Learning Subscriptions Java Programming Learning Subscription contains all the training materials you need for the Java 11 Upgrade, Core Java, Java SE 8 and the Enterprise Developer Learning Paths. This comprehensive training subscription contains the Java SE 8 and SE 11 certification exams as well as the Java EE 7 certification exam. Purchase this subscription of you want a broader view of Java training. Core Java Learning Subscription provides Java SE 11 training for developers who are new to Java and want to learn the latest technology, and for Java developers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features to update their skills. Priced lower than the full Java Programming Learning Subscription. Purchase this subscription if you are new to Java and are focused only on Java SE 11. Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription is designed for Java SE 8 developers who want to update their skills and knowledge to Java SE 11. This learning subscription includes the certification upgrade exam. (If you are certified on Java SE 6 or Java SE 7, we recommend you consider taking the Core Java Learning Subscription to benefit from comprehensive training and develop in demand knowledge.) Purchase this subscription if you have Java SE 8 Certified Professional certification and want to upgrade to Java SE 11. Learning Subscriptions provide you with continually updated digital training for a particular technology area. Subscriptions include 12 months of expert instruction, hands on labs, and certification. Candidates have one attempt for each of the exams included in the subscription at no additional cost, for the duration of the subscription. Kaplan IT Training Practice Exams Oracle Java SE 11 Programmer I Oracle Java SE 11 Programmer II (coming soon) Authorized practice exams from Kaplan IT Training help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before you take the exam. Practice tests use realistic exam simulations to help you focus your study and prepare for your exam. Java SE 11 Certification Overview and Sample Questions Java SE 11 Certification Questions Answered Step 4: Take and Pass the Certification Exams If you choose to not attend training or take advantage of a learning subscription, you can register for your exam directly on the Pearson VUE website. You have two options for this. Buy an Exam Voucher and take the test when you’re ready. Purchase an exam voucher now and redeem it within 6 months - it's like a gift card. Schedule Your Exam Now. If you are ready to take your exam, schedule it now and pay directly with a credit card, or redeem a voucher you have purchased from Oracle. Either way, you will schedule it through our external testing provider, Pearson VUE. After the Exam Within 30 minutes of completing your Oracle Certification exam, you will receive an email from Oracle notifying you that your exam results are available in CertView. If you have previously authenticated your CertView account, simply login and select the option to “See My New Exam Result Now.” If you have not authenticated your CertView account yet at this point, you will need to proceed with your account authentication. Authentication requires an Oracle Single Sign On username and password and the following information from your Pearson VUE profile: email address and Oracle Testing ID. You will be taken to CertView to log in once your account has been authenticated. Need more help?  Refer to this guide. You are Certified – Now What? Share your Oracle certified digital badge to your LinkedIn Profile, Facebook Page or Twitter account to validate your professional and technical expertise. How It Works You will receive an email notifying you to claim your badge at our partner Acclaim's website. Click the link in that email. Create an account on the Acclaim site. Claim your badge. Start sharing. You can also select the ‘Insights’ link from your digital badge template and view labor market data and apply directly to all available jobs where your new, validated skills are in demand. What are you waiting for? Get started! Related Content:  New!  Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks

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Hello Oracle Certification?… I have this friend…who cheated but didn’t even realize it!

I recently spoke with our teams responsible for the portfolio of Oracle License and Hardware certification exams for their guidance on the serious issue of and penalties for fraudulent activity in regards to the Oracle Certification Program. Here is what I learned: Consumer, protect thyself!  Oracle takes protecting our certifications and the integrity of Oracle Certified credentials seriously.  Those who earn an Oracle Certified credential have put in a lot of personal effort, time, investment and commitment.  When some cheat, it isn’t fair to those who worked hard to earn a certification. How do you know if you crossed the line?  Read the Fraudulent Activity Policy.  It explains that using stolen exam questions or sharing exam questions with others after taking an exam is cheating - whether you mean to cheat or not.  Cheating can come in many forms from from sharing questions and answers with friends to buying sets of test questions disguised as practice exams online. There are serious ramifications to cheating.  What is the downside to cheating?  If detected by Oracle, any of these consequences can apply: Being banned from taking an Oracle certification exam, on a temporary or permanent basis Withdrawal of any previously granted Oracle certifications Cancellation of exam scores So how do you protect yourself from bad cert prep sources and ensure you're not inadvertently cheating? The material you use makes all the difference.  We have received reports of candidates buying fake “real exam questions” on LinkedIn, EBay, Facebook, and other websites.  Then they come to us complaining because they studied the “real exam questions,” which weren’t on the real exam. Beware of unauthorized online sources like brain dumps or practice tests that guarantee passing. They can be misleading, contain incorrect information, may carry viruses, and can get you into serious trouble for cheating. Steer clear of sites that encourage you to share questions your remember on an exam, since that violates Oracle’s Fraud Activity Policy as well as the social media platform’s copyright policy, meaning you could get barred from that social media platform in addition to any consequences Oracle may impose. Protect yourself with authorized, valid preparation tools: Use Only Trusted Sources Kaplan IT Training practice tests Oracle Press Oracle Learning Subscriptions Practice, Practice, Practice – once learned, practice on the actual product and technology exposes you to, and reinforces real world skills and concepts that are tested in the exams. Keeping your certification credential reliable and viable is of the utmost importance to us.   It should be to you too.   If you think somebody may have cheated or you’re aware of a source distributing bad content let us know.  Contact us at ocp_compliance@oracle.com Building Your Certification Preparation Plan

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Spotlight on Success: “I remember commands, gained a deeper knowledge, save a lot of time searching and add greater value to our business”.

Mariami Kupatadze is an Oracle Certified Master since 2016. She is the first OCM in her country, Georgia. Mari is an Oracle ACE. She is a Senior Solutions Architect at FlashGrid Inc., and has more than ten years of experience in Database Administration working for twelve companies during her career. She is highly specialized in Exadata, Oracle 10g, 11g, 12c, 18c and 19c Databases, RAC, Data Guard, Golden Gate, Database Optimization and Tuning, EM, Cloud Control, Backup and Recovery, Database Migrations, Oracle Cloud IaaS, Oracle Database Security, Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, Linux Administration. Mari has published several articles in OraWorld e-magazine. She has also been a speaker at APAC Oracle Users Groups Community (APACOUC) and Luxembourg Oracle Users Group (LUXOUG). RELATED: User Group Champions Save 25% Now She has written the Oracle Sharding chapter in the book Oracle High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Services. A blogger since 2010, Mari has published ~300 posts about her experience with Oracle and Linux. Her blog, dba010.com, has been entered in Top 60 Oracle blogs. Mari tells us her experience in her own words: After gaining OCM, I got promoted and my recognition increased in my country. After approximately one year I decided to indicate OCM title on my LinkedIn account, then I got several job offers and chose the best of them. In addition to this, one of the well-known Oracle book authors suggested being a co-author to his several books (which will be published soon).  After OCM, I understood that I could solve any common problems, and started to work on cases where the standard solution was not an option. Sometimes you have to cook a new database from ruined parts.  Here's how it began. I first learned about Oracle at the University in 2007. I knew there were several levels of certification and the maximum was Master. Then I didn't even dream of becoming an OCM as I knew that there was no OCM in my country and only a few in the whole world. Soon afterward, I began working as an Oracle Database Administrator at one of the major banks in Georgia, where I was met by a rather strict boss, with whom I was shy to ask questions. That’s why I decided to independently learn everything, which I think helped me the most to succeed. Ability to work independently in this field is very important. You are alone in the two-day Oracle Master exam too and no one can help you including the internet. I started working as an Oracle DB Administrator at the same time, for several companies, which gave me a lot of experience. A few years later, I started working as an Oracle lecturer, which helped me to have a lot of information in the buffer ("the fastest part of the brain"). In general, I always loved remembering commands without searching, because you can't start searching in a stressful time, or if you start you will lose a great deal of time and, more importantly, great business value. At the same time, I worked for several companies, on several projects, and one of them was migration on Exadata in RAC of single instance database, before I had to configure these servers according to the PCI DSS standard, which gave me a deeper knowledge of Linux. During the migration, I had to set up the Data Guard at least twelve times, which I did by heart at the end. I also had an examination upon finishing this migration. Actually, I came to the exam out of energy, but well-prepared. The exam is super stressful because you are limited in time, got tons of goals to accomplish and there are "magical" things happening around your environment, things that I, sadly, can't say. Waiting for the answer was no less stressful, when I got the answer and had to open the letter, I was at work, and despite the big noise in the room, I heard only my heartbeat, which was strengthened after seeing the word successful - if not for my young age I would probably have had a heart attack ?. But the success and appreciation, brought by being an OCM is definitely worth it. I can't say that success will come by itself, but you will have a lot of chances and you just have to use it. I want to thank my spouse who always stood by me as well as my spouse's mother who brought up my baby. Unfortunately, I didn't spend much time with the baby during this time, about which I am regretful, though Salome (my girl), in her own way, childishly understands what is being an Oracle Master and I know she's proud of me as I am proud of her. I would also like to mention my former boss, Giorgi Chitaia, I would like to distinguish this person, because he trusted me with very difficult and interesting issues while working at Liberty Bank, which increased my experience greatly, I had to work with many different Oracle technologies and perform them at a high level. This person was demanding but fair and did not spare himself to encourage employees. Related Posts 7 Reasons OCM Deiby Gomez Thinks Oracle Certifications Are Worth The Effort Oracle Certified Master - An Unforgettable Journey See How Franck Pachot Stays One Step Ahead With Oracle Certification Create YOUR Oracle Certification success story!

Mariami Kupatadze is an Oracle Certified Master since 2016. She is the first OCM in her country, Georgia. Mari is an Oracle ACE. She is a Senior Solutions Architect at FlashGrid Inc., and has more...

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Start Java Programming Like a Pro - Your Best Plan to Avoid Mistakes in Learning

New!  Java Certification Prep with Java SE Programming I MOOC - Includes Certification Voucher + Free Retake! So you’ve discovered Java, and have decided to skill up in this ubiquitous, extremely popular, and highly in-demand programming language. Congratulations! You’ve already taken your first step to becoming a Java pro. However, becoming a top-notch Java developer means avoiding mistakes that can cost time, money, and, most importantly for you, your reputation. This all begins with your approach to learning. Here are the most common mistakes that budding programmers make when setting out on their Java learning journeys. 1. Too much theory, not enough practice Reading books and watching video tutorials will always be a necessary component of your Java learning. But be careful not to overdo it. Like learning to swim, drive a car, or play a musical instrument, Java coding is a practical skill that is best learnt by doing. While passive learning might seem easier, you simply won’t remember an entire book’s worth of knowledge after the first read. Instead, look to constantly apply your learning and it will have a much better chance of sinking in. 2.  Studying without goals Some people like learning simply for the sake of learning. However, this approach is more suited to hobbies than to careers. Rather, take time to consider what type of Java role you’d eventually like to have. Review current job advertisements, and note their technical requirements. Next, set yourself small, incremental learning targets – these will help you maintain focus, give you a sense of accomplishment as you progress, and also keep you motivated. 3.  Not testing your code as you go Programming mistakes will happen. But don’t wait until you’ve finished coding to try to find out what’s gone wrong – there may be more than you realize. Humans learn best in small increments rather than all at once. Therefore, by testing your code regularly you will learn Java faster and get into good coding habits. 4.  Learning too many technologies at once. With a complex array of software development tools and technologies on the market, it is easy to become distracted and overwhelmed. However, it is important to stick to your intended Java learning goals, focus on the fundamentals, and create a dedicated learning plan to schedule your Java education. An excellent way to achieve all this is through the Oracle Java Core learning subscription, which offers 24/7 access to step-by-step training on core concepts, language constructs, and data types – and where you will learn best practices from Java in-house experts. 5.  Taking extended breaks in your learning It’s important to get into the habit of daily learning, and this is especially true at the beginning of your Java journey. If you leave it too long between learning sessions you will easily forget material that you may need to refer to later on. Learning (and practicing) every day keeps your existing knowledge fresh in your mind, and therefore makes it easier and faster to learn more. 6.  Learning in isolation Learning with and from others has several added benefits, from improving your communication and team working skills to developing your personal and professional network – all of which greatly improve your future job prospects. Reach out to the Oracle Java Community, for example, which has millions of members and a multitude of ways to help you with your learning. 7.  Forgetting to nurture auxiliary skills Possessing a wealth of Java knowledge is certainly integral to becoming a top Java programmer. However, don’t forget to develop other skills and attributes that employers always look for – such as problem-solving, abstract thinking, self-motivation, and, especially for senior developers, strong communication abilities. 8.  Getting bogged down on one learning subject Spending too much time on a single Java topic that you have problems grasping can be counter-productive. Remember that no one person will ever know everything about Java. Your learning time is valuable, so if you are getting really stuck on something, move on to a different topic and return to it later. 9.  Not making your code easily readable Do you sometimes have problems reading your own handwriting? We’ve all been there: you scribble notes in a hurry and later find that you cannot make any sense of what you have written. The same can be true of coding. Take the time and effort to write good, clean, readable code. Remember that the vast majority of Java programmers work in teams, and you don’t want to be ‘that one person’ whose code is always difficult to understand. 10. Not validating your learning Your newly-learned Java skills won’t count for much if you are not able to highlight them to potential employers. The optimum way to do this is to get properly accredited – for example through Java SE 11 Developer 2019 certification. Pursuing certification is not only a best-practices pathway to learning Java, it is an extremely valuable addition to promoting your qualifications or aiding in your job search - especially if you do not have years of programming experience. Overall, it is your approach to learning that will determine your success with Java. Optimize your chances of becoming a true Java pro by avoiding the most common learning mistakes, and learning from, and becoming certified by, the Oracle Java experts. Related Links: Voice of the Next Generation: Hear First-hand Why the Smart Kids Are Pursuing Java Certification The Whiz Kids Are on the Rise: It’s Time for Experienced Developers to Wake up and Smell the Java Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions The Top Tip to Build a Lasting Java Career New!  Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks

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Stand up and be Recognized on International Day of the Girl Child

We like to hear your stories. We really like to hear from young people passionate about technology who represent our future.  You may have read on this blog about Andy Nilson, a 14-year-old Java enthusiast from Mountain View, California, or Holden Dinerman, a home-schooled student from Alexandria, Virginia who achieved Oracle Java Certification nearly three years ago. These stories from opposite US coasts inspire us! Today, October 11, we recognize International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations to focus on girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.  This day is meant to bring attention to the continued empowerment of girls and ensuring the fulfillment of their human rights. Girls are standing up, breaking down walls, innovating, learning, growing and leading.  In recognition of this day, we would like to invite girls and young women who are certified in an Oracle technology to tell us the story of your journey to become certified and how certification has benefited you. These smart, talented young men mentioned above are not alone in their pursuit of learning. Let's hear from the ladies! Let us help you tell your story.

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Unleash the Unlimited Potential of Your DBAs, Your User Community, and Your Business

Guest Post by Robert Pastijn, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle Database Product Development, PlatformTechnology Solutions.   Oracle Database 19c has arrived – bringing with it a multitude of new features to explore, new technologies to learn, and new ways to optimize business outcomes. Before we take a look at some of the advantages of the latest in database innovation, let’s take a quick trip back in time to the origins of databases – remembering that the only way to truly unlock the potential of your employees and your business is by continuously learning and leveraging the most up-to-date technologies. The evolution of business data and database technologies From time immemorial, companies have needed to store and access business-critical operational data: Names, prices, and details of products or services Customer data Financial information – from consolidated expenses and revenues through to granular invoice numbers, amounts, and due dates Human resources data, and so on. One of the most important considerations for any business has always been, “Where and how to securely store these data in order to ensure optimum access for employees when they need it?” The solution: Put some A4 paper in a typewriter and store the resulting document in a filing cabinet. Well, perhaps not these days... But for decades this was recognized as the most efficient – and high-tech – way of doing things. While core operational data types have largely stayed the same (albeit data volumes have grown considerably), the technologies available to manage and manipulate the data have become exponentially more sophisticated. In 1979, Oracle released the first commercially available RDBMS – sparking a ground-breaking transformation of the business world. Five years later, Oracle Database technology had already evolved significantly – supporting commit/rollback and read consistency with the release of Oracle v4. Yet even during this time of rapid technological change, some firms still chose to rely on outdated typewriters and paper-based ledgers. In so doing, these companies stifled their potential, frustrated their employees, and did not survive in the marketplace for long. Companies that chose the path of database innovation, however, became the well-established blue-chip conglomerates and successful multinationals of today. Their highly trained, well-skilled employees went on to experience ever greater and more rewarding careers. Are you using the full potential of Oracle Database technologies? In recent years, Oracle Database technologies have evolved at an astounding rate. For example, since the release of Oracle Database version 10g, Oracle has introduced more than 1,680 new features – of which 930 have come since the release of Oracle Database 12c just five years ago. Because Oracle’s innovations are based largely on feedback from customers, each new feature offers a real-world opportunity for you to unlock more potential from your data and edge further ahead of the competition. Oracle Database 19c introduces no fewer than 95 new features and options. Here are just a few that you can add to your DBA toolbox: Create a duplicate of an Oracle Database Using DBCA in silent mode Create a PDB by cloning a remote PDB using DBCA in silent mode Grant or revoke administrative privileges to and from schema-only accounts Relocate a PDB to another CDB using DBCA in silent mode Download free tools to scan the health and security of your database Make sure that you and your company never compromise your outcomes! To successfully evolve your business, the evolution of employee skills must keep pace with the evolution of technology. What is the best way to maximize your database knowledge? Whether you are a new DBA or have years of experience, there is no better way to ensure you are keeping up with all the latest Oracle Database innovations than by following the Oracle DBA certification path. Preparing for the Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional exam will teach you in clear and real-world terms how to make best use of all the new features in Oracle Database 19c. Being Oracle Certified will give you the confidence and perservance to face any issue when implementing or administering the latest Oracle Database release. Oracle Certification also looks great when promoting your skills or applying for a new job – demonstrating skillsets that are very much in demand. So even if your current organization is hesitating to embrace the latest technologies - you will have no problem finding employment at a company which, like you, is ready and eager to unleash its limitless potential.

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Build an Enduring Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Career

The Oracle Database Administrator career is changing. With the advent of machine learning and autonomous database, DBAs can see the writing on the wall - grow with the DBA role, or become a dinosaur.  Related: Three Important Things Smart DBAs Know About How Autonomous Database Will Affect Their Roles Protect you future. Build a career around Oracle Database. Whether you are new to Oracle Database administration and want to make it a career, or you've worked with Oracle Database for years, and want to continue this challenging, rewarding line of work, pursuing Oracle Database Certification is the best way to keep your skills sharp and continue to expand your knowledge. Oracle Database Certification exams take the role of a DBA into account and test on features and concepts that best represent what a DBA does on the job. Preparing for certification provides a broad look at topic areas, features, and activities that you may not see or realize you need day to day on your job. This expanded learning helps you, as the DBA - as the person who knows the most about your company's database, how to secure it, and how to optimize its performance - stay on the cutting edge of what tools and features are available, what direction Oracle Database is headed, and what direction is best for your company.  Continued learning and proving your skills and knowledge through certification puts you in a position to help make strategic decisions for the direction of your company's data gathering, management, analysis, security and more. The role of the the DBA is becoming more strategic as more of the day-to-day tasks of database management become automated. Knowing where things are headed and keeping your skills current is crucial to remaining relevant in a fast-moving climate. A recent Pearson VUE Value of IT Certification Survey shows the positive effects of training and certification. See the full report. When it comes to getting certified on Oracle Database, we strongly recommend that you keep up with the current release. Even if your company is still on Oracle Database 11g, you're going to want to know the latest technology so that you can make informed decisions for your strategic direction.  Refer to the Quick Guide below on how to earn an Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional credential and get yourself on the path to a rewarding and ever-expanding career. If you do not yet have an Oracle Database Administration Certification: Related:  Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Oracle Database Administration Certification? Step 1: Pass this exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop and Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL Or complete the Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription that provides 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. This learning subscription gives you access to both Oracle Database Admin 2019 exams at no additional cost. Step 2: Pass This Exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Oracle Database Administration II |1Z0-083 All of the courses below are recommended to best prepare for the exam. You can see a breakdown of which exam topics relate to each training course on the exam details page. Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Ed 1 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Ed 1 Or complete the Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription that provides 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. This learning subscription gives you access to both Oracle Database Admin 2019 exams at no additional cost.   If you need to upgrade your Oracle Database Administration Certification Related:  The Ultimate DBA Guide to Getting Current with Oracle Database  Pass This Exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Oracle Database Administration II |1Z0-083   I. All of the courses below are recommended to best prepare for the exam. You can see a breakdown of which exam topics relate to each training course on the exam details page. Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Ed 1 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Ed 1 Alternatively, you could complete the Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription that provides 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. II. In addition to the course above, the following new features courses will meet you where you are and help you update your skills: Upgrading from 12c R2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Upgrading from 12c R1  Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12c R1 Administrators​ Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Upgrading from 11g ​Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Upgrading from 10g  Oracle Database 11g: New Features for Administrators ​Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Note:  If you are upgrading and you  do not take the non-new features recommended training courses in the section above, you will need to add Oracle Database 18c: New Features for Administrators course to the New Features courses mentioned here, in your upgrade path.

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What You Need to Know About Your Oracle Certification Logo

Logos are so yesterday! Since the release of the first Oracle Certification, printable logos have been provided for every certification issued. With the advent of digital badges that provide a secure, verifiable, visual representation of your certification, printable logos are on their way out! Logos provided to certified candidates as an image file are ripe for fraud. The files can be shared, images can be copied from a digital visual and pasted to a non-certified person's website, resume (CV), email signature, or anywhere else candidates may display their certification. Digital badges provide a solution to this problem of individuals visually misrepresenting themselves as certified and bringing down the value of certification for all candidates. Digital badges are portable, verifiable, and secure. They also hold tremendous value in that they are backed by metadata that tells how a candidate earned a certification, when it was earned, if and when it expires, and the skills you can expect the certification holder to have. An added value for the certification holder is that they are able to see real time labor market insights - lists of jobs that are currently available for someone with their skill sets. Metaphorically, certification logo images are a message in a bottle to communicate with counterparts across an ocean, while digital badges are video conferencing. Credly, on whose platform Oracle's digital badges are built says that digital badging is "what happens when old-fashioned paper certificates meet the modern labor market." As of the beginning of this year, Oracle Certification is no longer creating new logos for new certifications. If you earn a certification for which logos were already being issued, you will continue to receive those logos for a little while. We will soon stop issuing existing logos all together. At that time, candidates who received logos before the transition date will maintain access to their logos in CertView, but Oracle Certification logos will not continue to be updated with new, modern branding. You will maintain access to what was already issued before the transition date.  After the transition date, no logos will be issued at all. But don't fret! We are working hard to update, refresh, and improve existing digital badges to make them more visually appealing with more valuable information on the badge. Stay tuned for more information on these awesome new badges!

Logos are so yesterday! Since the release of the first Oracle Certification, printable logos have been provided for every certification issued. With the advent of digital badges that provide a secure,...

We Demand Pilots and Surgeons Get Certified. Why Not Oracle DBAs?

contributed by Jim Czuprynski, Oracle ACE Director With Oracle OpenWorld 2019 just around the corner, it’s a great time to pause and consider the future direction of IT in general and our professions in particular. I’ve seen a lot of changes in my nearly 40-year-long career – 20 of those years as an Oracle DBA - so I’d be remiss if I didn’t share my insights. Security is Job One I subscribe to several daily and weekly briefings on the state of IT around the world, and the most frightening aspect is the almost-daily announcement of yet another security breach, ransomware attack, or advanced persistent threat (ATP). One spot of good news is that almost all of these breaches involve what I consider to be less than superior technology – for example, cheap but unsecured Cloud environments – or simple human oversight. I firmly believe that Oracle Database technology is still among the strongest in terms of its security features, and that’s backed up by its Cloud implementation because there is no way not to store data at rest in encrypted fashion. Add to that the end-to-end encryption capabilities of SQLNet networking for data in transit and you’ve got a robust, secure, difficult-to-penetrate platform for DBAs and developers alike. Certified expertise is an undeniable professional advantage. I’ve just been re-discovering one of my favorite Isaac Asimov novels, The End of Eternity, in which he writes that his main character matured as he “sharpened his ability on the honing strap experience.” I thought that was an excellent metaphor for what an Oracle DBA goes through as they mature into a solid IT professional. With all the changes in the DBA role in the past few years, it’s obvious that the best way to survive in the role is to become a professional. And that means experience is simply not enough any more to maintain your footing; you’ve got to obtain external, reliable proof that your “chops” are real. I believe the best way to do that is to pursue and obtain one or more Oracle certifications, especially the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) designation. And with the dramatic growth in interest in Autonomous Database, it might also be a good time take a look at those offerings, too. I won’t shade the truth: Achieving the OCP – and maintaining that designation throughout my career’s arc – hasn’t been easy for me, mainly because I’m a terrible test-taker, and the test questions are sometimes difficult to decipher. That’s when I harken back to the words of Jimmy Duggan, Tom Hanks’s character in [the movie] A League of Their Own, said: “It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Take no short cuts  Finally, I’d be especially wary of anyone promising a faster way to achieving certified expertise than mastering the “why” of database features. I encourage all of us to take a solemn pledge to avoid concentrating our efforts on merely passing the requisite certification test via shortcuts like “brain dumps” and cheap (or free!) online courses taught by non-qualified instructors. Most importantly, if you observe anyone advocating these solutions, be sure to report any apparent violations to preserve the value of the honest toil and struggle we’ve all expended to master the concepts that underpin the knowledge that’s being certified.

contributed by Jim Czuprynski, Oracle ACE Director With Oracle OpenWorld 2019 just around the corner, it’s a great time to pause and consider the future direction of IT in general and our professions...

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Your Guide to Oracle Certification at Oracle Open World

It's not too early to start building your personal conference agenda.   Select from all the great Oracle University sessions in this Program Guide.   See the Deep Dive, Theater, Panel and Product Training Sessions scheduled along with demo's from Oracle University and the Oracle Certification Program.    Sessions focused specifically on Oracle Certification are: Theatre Sessions The Real Value of Oracle Certification Wednesday, Sep 18, 11:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. | The Exchange (Moscone South) - Theater 5 How to Prepare for Your Oracle Certification Monday, Sep 16, 12:45 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. | The Exchange (Moscone South) - Theater 5 Oracle User Group Champions Monday, Sep 16, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Moscone West (Level 3) - Stars Bar Theater Product Training Sessions:  Exam Prep: What to Expect from Java SE 11 Certification (Type Inference) Monday, Sep 16, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Moscone West - Room 3007C Exam Prep: What to Expect from Java SE 11 Certification (Interfaces and Lambdas) Monday, Sep 16, 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 3007C Exam Prep: What to Expect from Java SE 11 Certification (Modularity) Tuesday, Sep 17, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 3007C Panel Sessions Partner Perspective: Cloud Enablement and Strategies for Increased Certification Tuesday, September 17, 05:15 PM - 06:00 PM | Moscone West - Room 3001 Been dreaming of holding an Oracle certification digital badge?  Your digital badge is socially sharable across all platforms, immediately verifiable and fraud-proof.  Get Oracle Certified for FREE!  Show all your friends, apply for a new job or just make sure your boss knows you are up on the latest in technology.    First Come.  First Served.   Room 3009B. Moscone West, San Francisco Click to see the scheduled sessions and details on what you need to be admitted at The Oracle Certification Program Test Fest Please come see us and introduce yourself, it would be great to meet you!  

It's not too early to start building your personal conference agenda.   Select from all the great Oracle University sessions in this Program Guide.   See the Deep Dive, Theater, Panel and...

The Top Tip to Build a Lasting Java Career

Building a Java career is simple - continue to learn.  Maybe you want something more than a new job every 3-5 years, trading up for a small salary hike and a newer chair. Maybe you want to build a Java career. Are you looking for a career that keeps changing and growing and challenging you, a career that continues to lead you down an enriching path. As you grow and expand in this career, maybe you become known as somewhat of an expert in your field, perhaps you begin to write or teach, or mentor.  You know the statistics around the Java programming language by now. We don't need to tell you that it continues to perform well on the Tiobe index, or that it ranks high in the Stack Overflow surveys, or that there are tens of thousands of jobs asking for Java skills on Indeed.com. We also don't need to tell you that, depending on who you read Java is typically in the top 10 of programming languages, or that the salary is pretty good worldwide. Learning Java can open up many doors for a developer. You know all this, but there is more to building a Java career than getting your foot in the door with a few foundational Java skills. Java remains popular heading into its 25th year. How do you continue to grow with Java for the next 25? Keep your Java skills and knowledge sharp. Take Java training. Prove your Java skills and knowledge through Oracle Certification. In an article a few years ago on Java Code Geeks, Jason Shapiro pontificated on the question "Java Certification: To Cert or Not to Cert." He provided the opinion in the article that there are two groups of developers who should pursue certification - those who are starting a career in software, and those who are looking to learn new skills, or to get an objective verification of their subject matter expertise. In my opinion, all Java Developers really fall into these two categories. If you're not a beginner developer, you should always be looking to learn new skills. Certification facilitates and maybe even forces learning new skills. Over and over again we hear from certified individuals that the real value of certification is the learning that goes on while preparing for the exams. As a matter of fact, the recent Value of IT Certification Survey published by Pearson VUE tells that the top 3 benefits candidates reported from earning certification are: Greater self-confidence in abilities (67%) Knowledge has been transferrable to real work situations (55%) Higher quality work output (44%) How do you prepare for Java Certification and take advantage of these benefits? The tables below offer guidance on the training and certification exams you need. I have not previously been certified on Java Programming Step 1: Pass this exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 Java SE: Programming I (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Select the appropriate Learning Subscription that contains 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content: Java Programming Learning Subscription: This subscription offers complete, up-to-date Java SE and Java EE training, and contains all three Java SE 11, and Java SE 8 exams as well as the Java EE 7 Application Developer exam. This is a more holistic approach to learning Java. Core Java Learning Subscription:  This more focused subscription provides Java SE 11 training for programmers who are new to the language and looking to learn the latest release and to Java programmers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features and upgrade their skills. It contains the three Java SE 11 exams. Step 2: Pass This Exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 Java SE: Programming II (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Select the appropriate Learning Subscription that contains 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. If you purchase one of the learning subscriptions above, you can use it to prepare for both exams.   I hold an earlier Java Programming Certification My Current Certification is: Pass This Exam Prepare for the exam With OU Training Java SE 8 OCP Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817 Java SE: Exploiting Modularity and Other New Features (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription: The Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription is designed for Java SE 8 developers who have taken the Java SE: Programming I and Java SE: Programming II courses and are looking to leverage and benefit from the new features of Java SE 11. It contains exam 1Z0-817. Java SE 6 or 7 OCP Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817   Java SE: Programming II (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Select the appropriate Learning Subscription that contains 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content: Java Programming Learning Subscription: This subscription offers complete, up-to-date Java SE and Java EE training, and contains all three Java SE 11, and Java SE 8 exams as well as the Java EE 7 Application Developer exam. This is a more holistic approach to learning Java. Core Java Learning Subscription:  This more focused subscription provides Java SE 11 training for programmers who are new to the language and looking to learn the latest release and to Java programmers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features and upgrade their skills. It contains the three Java SE 11 exams. Java OCP earlier than SE 6 Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 and Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 Java SE: Programming II (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Select the appropriate Learning Subscription that contains 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content: Java Programming Learning Subscription: This subscription offers complete, up-to-date Java SE and Java EE training, and contains all three Java SE 11, and Java SE 8 exams as well as the Java EE 7 Application Developer exam. This is a more holistic approach to learning Java. Core Java Learning Subscription:  This more focused subscription provides Java SE 11 training for programmers who are new to the language and looking to learn the latest release and to Java programmers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features and upgrade their skills. It contains the three Java SE 11 exams. Java SE 7 or 8 OCA Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 Java SE: Programming II (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Select the appropriate Learning Subscription that contains 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content: Java Programming Learning Subscription: This subscription offers complete, up-to-date Java SE and Java EE training, and contains all three Java SE 11, and Java SE 8 exams as well as the Java EE 7 Application Developer exam. This is a more holistic approach to learning Java. Core Java Learning Subscription:  This more focused subscription provides Java SE 11 training for programmers who are new to the language and looking to learn the latest release and to Java programmers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features and upgrade their skills. It contains the three Java SE 11 exams. OCA on a version earlier than Java SE 7 Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 and Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 Java SE: Programming I (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) and Java SE: Programming II (Training on Demand, Classroom Training, or Live Virtual Class) Or Select the appropriate Learning Subscription that contains 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content: Java Programming Learning Subscription: This subscription offers complete, up-to-date Java SE and Java EE training, and contains all three Java SE 11, and Java SE 8 exams as well as the Java EE 7 Application Developer exam. This is a more holistic approach to learning Java. Core Java Learning Subscription:  This more focused subscription provides Java SE 11 training for programmers who are new to the language and looking to learn the latest release and to Java programmers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features and upgrade their skills. It contains the three Java SE 11 exams.

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The Ultimate DBA Guide to Getting Current with Oracle Database

Get Current.   You're Missing Tools in Your Oracle Database DBA Toolbox.  Become the Go-To Expert With Recognition as a Database Administrator Certified Professional 2019.  If you are a Database Administrator Certified Professional or Associate on 10g, 11g, 12c or 12c R2 you upgrade to 2019 by passing one exam; the Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083! There is no pre-requisite but these are the courses we recommend for everyone preparing for this exam.   We now develop training and exams to align what you need to learn with the job skills needed and tested.   Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Oracle Database: Administration Workshop The OCA or OCP certification version you hold determines the New Features courses recommended to catch-up.    Note:  *You may need to add  Oracle Database 18c: New Features for Administrators if you choose to not take any of the other recommended trainings.  Check the Exam Topics to confirm what you need. I’m a New Features course guide OCA or OCP on 10g New Features Course(s): Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators  Oracle Database 11g:  New Features for Administrators Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 OCA or OCP on 11g New Features Course(s): Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators  Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 OCA or OCP on 12c New Features Course(s): ​Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators  Oracle Database 12c R2: New features for 12cR1 Administrators OCA or OCP on 12c R2 New Features Course(s): Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators   If the Oracle DBA certification you hold is really old; upgrade to 2019 by passing two exams; the Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 and the Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083! I’m a Recommended Training and Preparation: OCP on 7.3, 8, 8i, or 9i OR OCA on 9i Recommended for 1Z0-082 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL Recommended for 1Z0-083 Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators  Oracle Database: Administration Workshop   If you passed the SQL OCA exam (1Z0-071) but never an Admin I or Admin II exam on any version; upgrade to 2019 by passing two exams; the Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 and the Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083! I’m a Recommend Training SQL OCA Recommended for 1Z0-082 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Recommended for 1Z0-083 Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators  Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Other Helpful Links: Read This Blog Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Oracle Database Administration Certification? Find All Your Oracle Database Administration Training here  Purchase all the training + exams at affordable pricing - see details here  Earn this certification: NEW Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional Review this guide: Oracle Database 2019 Certification Overview and Study Guide Get your questions answered: Oracle Database Certification Questions Answered Read the Oracle Database Product blog: Oracle Database Technologies

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Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Oracle Database Administration Certification?

Get ready for new features, streamlined steps to certification, simpler upgrade paths, and a fully integrated certification path.  Oracle Database 19c is the long term support release of the Oracle Database 12c and 18c family of products, offering customers the best performance, scalability, reliability and security for all their operational and analytical workloads. Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional is the new certification credential for Oracle Database 19c Administrators. This new certification path removes obstacles to certification and streamlines the journey.  There is one credential, earned by passing two exams, and no hands-on course requirement. This is a break from traditional DBA certification paths that awarded an Oracle Certified Associate certification on the path to Oracle Certified Professional, and required a hands-on training course in order to earn the credential.  Oracle University training is still a very important part of preparing for these certification exams, but removing the hands-on training requirement allows some space around how, when, and where candidates access training, putting you more in control of your own journey.  Earning this certification requires passing two exams: Register for exam Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 Register for exam Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 Even better, if you are still in the process of completing an earlier certification path and have not yet earned an Oracle Database Administration certification, then there is a simplified path to get you to this latest certification, learning the latest technology in the process.  Take a look at this comprehensive Oracle Database Certification Questions Answered FAQ to see all available options to earn the new Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional credential whatever your current status. Additionally, there is no longer a stopping point at the Oracle Certified Associate level where candidates often stop without demonstrating they have a complete DBA skill set. Preparing for these two exams gives you the full core DBA skill set needed to perform successfully as a professional Database Administrator.  Paring down the certification to a single Database Administrator credential at the Professional level aligns more closely with what is required of an experienced Database Administrator.  Now. . . how do you prepare for these new exams? You start with Oracle University Training.  We now develope the courses and exams aligned to support learning what you are tested on. NEW TO ORACLE CERTIFICATION:  Prepare for Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 Recommended training for this exam includes two OU courses: Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL There are topics from each of these courses included on the exam. Take a look at the Oracle Database 2019 Certification Overview and Study Guide to see which topics come from each course, and to help you plan your study. Alternatively, if two instructor-led classes do not fit into your budget or time frame, consider an Oracle Learning Subscription that integrates 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training as well as certification exams at no additional cost. Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription Unlimited Product Learning Subscription Prepare for Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083  Recommended training for this exam includes these OU courses: Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators (coming soon) Alternatively, if three or more instructor-led classes do not fit into your budget or time frame, consider an Oracle Learning Subscription that integrates 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training as well as certification. Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription Unlimited Product Learning Subscription ALREADY CERTIFIED: Prepare for Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 if you hold Oracle Database 10g, 11g, 12c, or 12c R2 Administrator Certified Professional OR Associate credentials.    The Ultimate DBA Guide to Getting Current with Oracle Database Taking the training is always recommended - review the Exam Objectives 1st to determine what you need to study and practice before attempting your exam.  In addition to the courses listed above, if you are already certified you will need to complete New Features training. If you do not take any of the courses above you will need to add Oracle Database 18c: New Features for Administrators to each category on this list. From 12c R2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators (coming soon) From 12c R1  Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12c R1 Administrators​ Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators (coming soon) From 11g ​Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators (coming soon) From 10g  Oracle Database 11g: New Features for Administrators Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators (coming soon) ​Do you want more? You'll find a host of Oracle Database 19c resources on the Oracle Database Technologies page to help you prepare for the next step in your career. QUICK LINKS Earn this certification: Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional NEW Pass this exam:  Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 NEW And pass this exam: Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 NEW Review this guide: Oracle Database 2019 Certification Overview and Study Guide NEW Get your questions answered: Oracle Database Certification Questions Answered NEW Access additional Oracle Database resources: Oracle Database Technologies

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Exadata Certification Should be on Your Radar - Deliver Less Downtime With Extraordinary ROI

Manage your datacenter with a hardware and software system designed specifically to support Oracle Database.  Gain performance and administrative simplicity, improved database performance, scalability, and reliability. 429% Five-year ROI 42% less staff time per application developed 94% less unplanned downtime From IDC whitepaper October 2016. Earning Exadata Certifications validates your ability to implement and administer the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications. Available Exadata Certifications: Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Exadata X5 Administrator delivers the skills required to configure, install and administer an Exadata Database Machine.   Recommended training: Exadata Database Machine: 12c Administration Workshop TOD or LVC - In this course, you will be introduced to Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service. Exam Topics Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Cloud Service 2017 Certified Implementation Specialist prepares you to architect Exadata backup and recovery as well as high availability.  You also learn to load data, monitor the system, provide software maintenance of the Exadata Database Machine, describe the Exadata Architecture and it’s benefits, configure security policies, set up service requests, and configure Oracle Exadata Database machine in the cloud. Recommended training: Exadata Database Machine: 12c Administration Workshop which introduces you to Oracle Exadata Database Machine, features and configurations, with emphasis on the unique capabilities delivered by Exadata Storage Server.  Exam Topics Oracle Exadata Database Machine 2014 Certified Implementation Specialist covers administration, configuration, patching, and monitoring of Exadata Database Machine Models X3-2 and X3-8.   Exam Topics Buy a voucher for an Exadata Certification exam.

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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. 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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

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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.

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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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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

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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  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?  

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...

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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.

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...

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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.

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...

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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)

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...

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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?

This year, 2020, marks 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. Related:  Learn Java Fundamentals in Five Weeks with this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) 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

This year, 2020, marks 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...

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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...

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 

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Its Here! NEW Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Certification!

New!  Java Certification Prep with Java SE Programming I MOOC - Includes Certification Voucher + Free Retake! 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. 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 the FAQ.   Related Content Boost Your Career Opportunities as a Java Developer Java Magazine Columnist Simon Roberts on the Value of Java Certification New!  Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks  

New!  Java Certification Prep with Java SE Programming I MOOC - Includes Certification Voucher + Free Retake! Having an up-to-date Java certification shows employers (and peers) you have the latest...

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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.      

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...

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.

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...

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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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!

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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!

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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...