Friday Nov 20, 2015

Is Out of Date Really Out of Luck?

Recently, I had an online conversation with a few Java certified members of one of our LinkedIn groups.  The conversation started because Oracle didn’t distribute the new Digital Badges for certifications on retired or expired version releases.  It was playfully suggested that this was a ‘marketing scam’.  I cringed at first; because it could be perceived as a scam.  But the reality is, outdated certifications don’t hold that much value.

Technology is changing.  The world is different than it was in 2005 and our jobs have evolved to adapt to these changes.  Java has changed.  Java 8 was released on 18 March 2014”   according to Wikipedia.  Before we know it, it will be 2 full years since Java 8 was released!  If you're interested in reading more on the version history of Java, you can find it here.

I Google'd Java Skills in Demand 2015 and wasn’t surprised to see what was returned.  We already know the demand is high for java programming skills.  One of the links though stood out for me.  I really liked what Katie Bouwkamp said in The Most In Demand Programming Languages 2015  “…it’s important to be well-versed in a number of programming languages so you can be versatile and adaptable – and then continue to learn/master languages throughout your career.”

You can make certain you continue to learn and master your skill by keeping your certification current.  If you hold an out-of-date certification (Java SE7, SE6 or older)  upgrade now with one exam to SE8.

  • 1Z0-810 Upgrade to Java SE8 OCP from SE7
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Friday Nov 13, 2015

Is Higher Pay Worth Getting Oracle Certified?

I recently came across an article that caught my eye  After a long slump, IT certification pay bounces back by Robert Gates.  Pay and certification are two topics that are dear to my heart so I read on.  The article looks into the value of non-certified skills vs. certified skills.  “The value of non-certified skills went up nearly 4% in the past year compared to 10% for certified skills, according to a survey of pay rates for about 200,000 jobs across 2,800 employers by Foote Partners, LLC in Vero Beach, Fla.”

Why is IT Certification value going up?  According to David Foote co-founder and analyst, Foote Partners LLC  “It means the certifications are getting a little more respect. Clearly, the market has a much different view of certified skills versus non-certified skills.” 

Why should this topic be important to you?  Here’s a couple of highlights:

  • "IT certification pay has rebounded after slumping for years, as non-certified skills, such as expertise with operating systems and databases, continue to grow.”
  • "The list of 378 certified skills in Foote's survey remains dominated by large vendors, including Cisco, Cloudera Inc., EMC, Oracle, Red Hat Inc. and VMware.”

What does an Oracle certification provide you with in regards to certified skills?  Oracle is an industry leader.  Whether your skills and experience lie in database or java the market demand is high.  We have training and exams that you can build on. 

  1. Our core certification program structure starts with the Oracle Certified Associate credential that shows you have fundamental skills and a strong foundation. 
  2. The next step is Oracle Certified Professional that builds on this foundation to measure a deeper more specific possession of skill. 
  3. Then we have the Oracle Certified Master certification which validates you demonstrate these skills and can do the required tasks.

Are you ready to have your non-certified skills recognized as certified skills? View the Oracle Database 12c Certification Path or Java SE Certification Path for more information. 

Monday Nov 02, 2015

Expand Your Certification To The Cloud

Oracle Open World for 2015 may have come to a close, but our announcement during this years conference is just the beginning. 

We now have Cloud certification exams that align to the new Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions.

Start with training designed to fit your schedule.  Practice in the safe hands-on lab environment.    Learn how to confidently extend your current skills into the Cloud.  Add a new Oracle Certified Professional credential that proves you have the skills to administer and deploy in the cloud. 

We think that's pretty exciting news.

Read the announcement New Oracle Learning Subscriptions & Cloud Certifications! Releasing Now at Oracle OpenWorld 2015

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

ACTION REQUIRED: Final Reminder to Keep Your Certification Active

Keep your Oracle7.3, Oracle8, Oracle8i and Oracle9i Database credential(s) active by upgrading to a current version of Oracle Database certification by November 1, 2015. 

Oracle Certification announced a new Recertification Policy in November 2014, requiring you to maintain a current version of certification to keep your Oracle Database credentials in an active status. 

This is your final reminder that on November 1, 2015 your current Oracle7 - Oracle9i Database credentials will become inactive. Upgrade to a current version of Oracle Database certification before that date.

Please take action soon if you are in this situation, in order to remain active and maintain access to current Oracle Certification benefits.

We are here to help. Take advantage of discounts on Oracle Database Certification upgrade exams and training packages.

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Monday Oct 12, 2015

Save 35% on Your Oracle Database Certification Upgrade

Do you need to upgrade your Oracle Database certification to keep your certifications active? If so, take advantage of a limited-time 35% discount on Oracle Database Certification Upgrade exams.

Qualifying Certification Upgrade Exams Include:

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  • Oracle Certification 35% Upgrade Exam Discount is available through March 1, 2016 for specified certification upgrade exams.
  • Candidate must purchase the 35% discount voucher from Oracle University.
  • This promotion is available globally including Japan.
  • Qualifying Certification Upgrade Exams include: 1Z0-060, 1Z0-067, 1ZO-034,1Z0-050, 1Z0-055.
  • This offer cannot be combined with other Oracle Certification promotions or discounts.
  • The offer does not apply to vouchers purchased from Oracle or Oracle resellers.
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View more information on keeping your certification active.

Thursday Oct 08, 2015

Answering Questions About Maximum Availability Certification

Candidates for the new Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Expert or Oracle Database 12c Maximum Availability Certified Master may have read Matthew Morris's recent article about the value of these certifications. Matthew brought up a couple of good questions around why we created these certifications and their value, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to provide a little more information.

Often a High Availability solution requires knowledge of both Data Guard and RAC and Grid Infrastructure, not to mention solid Oracle Database Administrator skills. The addition of the Maximum Availability distinction is meant as an incentive to candidates with one or the other Expert certification to continue their learning and earn the other. A candidate who has gained the knowledge and skills of both, on top of the skills required of a Database Administrator at the Professional or Master level, is a valuable asset to any team.

This still begs the question "why add another credential title without an additional requirement?" If the candidate holds each of the required certifications and is skilled in each area, why tack on another title? The answer is simple - it's a cleaner way to denote the 3 certifications. A candidate with the 3 required certifications can easily promote himself with a single title, logo, and certification badge that holds all the weight of each individual certification.

With the Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administration | 1Z0-066 and Oracle Database 12c: RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administration | 1Z0-068 exams releasing soon in production, candidates are closer than ever to qualifying for this distinction.

Friday Sep 25, 2015

Do You Have One of the Best Database Certifications for 2015?

11g and 12c skills are in demand.

I just came across this article Best Database Certs for 2015 written by Ed Tiffel and posted January 22, 2015. The article was really interesting to me as Ed presented his data by opportunity; grouping certifications by job role and job postings.

It wasn’t all that surprising to me that Oracle made the list. We are the #1 Database platform. But I was pleasantly surprised to see Oracle Certified Professional listed first in his top 5!

I’m sure you’ve seen already the statistics for job growth, salary increases and overall market demand projected for Oracle DBA’s. This job market is hot. If you need some convincing check out the July blog post by Diana Gray or the May review of recent IT salaries at What’s Happening to Salaries for IT Professionals?

What’s stopping you from getting started, upgrading your certification to a newer version or proving your advanced skills with another credential?

Oracle Certification has something for everyone. See what’s available here


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