Friday May 31, 2013

May 2013 Oracle Certification E-Magazine

We all want to get the best jobs, work on great projects, attract and retain top employees, and advance our careers. As we all know, there's no "holy grail" or single tool to accomplish all of that (despite my wishes). Rather, these goals require a multitude of skill combinations, work and life experiences, temperaments, ambitions, and a latticework of training courses/programs over the years. When the moment comes for you to find the best person for a project or acquire a full-time employee to work in your group, you get mere moments to try and assess all of these pieces and more. As a candidate, those same "mere moments" apply to you as you try and showcase your best in an extremely short amount of time. 

Here at Oracle University we devote the specific attention of a cross-section of experts to architecting and delivering exams that separate the qualified from the 'not so qualified'. A very exacting science goes into the craft of building each test question, the resulting correct answer and each distractor (incorrect answer), the time allotments, the sequencing of the questions, the alpha and beta testing, and determine the exact cut score that is required to pass the exam.

Now while no employer should use this as a single tool to evaluate for advancement and new hires, it is an excellent resource to evaluate candidate technical ability. Candidates and management alike can review the knowledge domains and objectives for any our exams directly on our website at certification.oracle.com - where we list exactly what the qualified candidate has demonstrated that they are able to do and how well they can do it.

Candidates often use preparing for an Oracle Certification as both a training framework and an advancement tool, where the required work, study and practice pushes them in areas far outside the comfort zone of their day-to-day work. This broadening and deepening of skill sets is seen as a key advantage for both candidates and employer.

In this quarter's edition of the Oracle Certification E-Magazine, we focus on endorsing a new set of industry gurus in Oracle Database 11g Release 2 SQL Tuning and Oracle Exadata X3 Administration with the release of two new certifications: the "Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 SQL Tuning" and "Oracle Exadata X3 Administration Oracle Certified Expert" - both Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) certifications, and both requiring passing only a single exam. If you work in these areas, have people working in these areas, or are hiring in these areas - I encourage you to check them out. 

Harold Green
Sr. Manager, Oracle Certification Program

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Thursday May 30, 2013

Featured Certification: Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Certified Implementation Specialist

The "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Certified Implementation Specialist" certification is designed for implementation consultants who possess a strong foundation and expertise implementing and configuring the Fusion General Ledger application. This certification measures key knowledge and skills in areas such as General Set Up, Journal Processing, Sub Ledger Accounting, Intercompany Settlements, Other Accounting Activities, Reporting & Dashboards, and Business Intelligence in Fusion Financials. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. 

AVAILABILITY 

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle Partner Network. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists, helping OPN partner companies qualify for their "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g" Specialization

EARNING THE CERTIFICATION 

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam - "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Essentials" (exam 1Z0-508). This exam has 69 questions, requires a passing score of 67%, has a time limit of 2 hours, and is available now for registration at Pearson VUE with its more than 3,100 testing centers available worldwide.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers the "Fusion Applications: Introduction to Financials Implementation" and "Fusion Applications: Accounting Hub Fundamentals" training courses to help ensure success on the certification exam. Additionally, OPN members have access to further training resources in the Guided Learning Path for this certification (Oracle web account login required).


"The Specialization exams are meant to be challenging. The exam covers all of the product’s features, not just what is implemented most. In addition to hands-on experience, training is recommended (see the Study Guides). The exams are a "stake in the ground" to indicate to the marketplace that the Implementation Specialist possesses a specific level of knowledge. The Specialist may then differentiate themselves further through deep implementation experience.

"The Oracle PartnerNetwork provides a number of resources to help in preparation for the Specialization Exam:

-Kim Miller, Senior Manager, Applications Partner Enablement at Oracle

To get started, register now for the certification exam.

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Tuesday May 28, 2013

Oracle Solaris 11 Certification Study Tips

Today on UnixEd.com, author and educator Bill Calkins posts some tips for taking Oracle Solaris 11 certification exams. In this helpful article, he outlines key things to focus on for the most effective use of your study time, including type of exam questions, recommended practice exercises, how to approach and interpret scenarios, as well as recommended reading/study material within his new book, "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration" which comes out in Jun 2013.

The beta period will soon be closing for the Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced System Administration Exam (1Z1-822). This is your last opportunity to take the certification exam at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD, as well as be one of the first to hold this new certification.

The exam, combined with the Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator certification and a training requirement, leads to the Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator (OCP) certification. This certification is designed for Oracle Solaris System Administrators who have a strong foundation in the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System and a fundamental understanding of the UNIX operating system, commands and utilities. This certification covers topics on core elements such as: configuring network interfaces, managing swap configurations, crash dumps, and core files.

Read Bill's great writeup here: http://unixed.com/blog/2013/05/solaris-certification-study-tips

Thursday May 23, 2013

Featured Certification: Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Payable Certified Implementation Specialist

The "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Payable Certified Implementation Specialist" certification is designed for implementation consultants who possess a strong foundation and expertise implementing and configuring the Fusion Accounts Payable application. This certification measures key knowledge and skills in areas such as Invoicing, Payments, Fusion Expenses, iSupplier, and Accounting in Fusion Payables. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. 

AVAILABILITY 

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle Partner Network. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists, helping OPN partner companies qualify for their "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g" Specialization.

EARNING THE CERTIFICATION 

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam - "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Payable Essentials" (exam 1Z0-507). This exam has 70 questions, requires a passing score of 63%, has a time limit of 2 hours, and is available now for registration at Pearson VUE with its more than 3,100 testing centers available worldwide.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers the Fusion Applications: Introduction to Financials Implementation training course to help ensure success on the certification exam. Additionally, OPN members have access to further training resources in the Guided Learning Path for this certification (Oracle web account login required).


"The Specialization exams are meant to be challenging. The exam covers all of the product’s features, not just what is implemented most. In addition to hands-on experience, training is recommended (see the Study Guides). The exams are a "stake in the ground" to indicate to the marketplace that the Implementation Specialist possesses a specific level of knowledge. The Specialist may then differentiate themselves further through deep implementation experience.

"The Oracle PartnerNetwork provides a number of resources to help in preparation for the Specialization Exam:

-Kim Miller, Senior Manager, Applications Partner Enablement at Oracle

To get started, register now for the certification exam.

QUICK LINKS

Thursday May 16, 2013

Featured Certification: Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Receivable Certified Implementation Specialist

The "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Receivable Certified Implementation Specialist" certification is designed for implementation consultants who possess a strong foundation and expertise implementing and configuring the Fusion Accounts Receivable application. This certification measures key knowledge and skills in areas such as Receivables, Billing and Revenue Management, Collections, and Receipt Management. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended.

AVAILABILITY 

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle Partner Network. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists, helping OPN partner companies qualify for their "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g" Specialization.

EARNING THE CERTIFICATION 

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam - "Oracle Fusion Financials 11g Accounts Receivable Essentials" (exam 1Z0-506). This exam has 74 questions, requires a passing score of 64%, has a time limit of 2 hours, and is available now for registration at Pearson VUE with its more than 3,100 testing centers available worldwide.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers the Fusion Applications: Introduction to Financials Implementation training course to help ensure success on the certification exam. Additionally, OPN members have access to further training resources in the Guided Learning Path for this certification (Oracle web account login required).


"The Specialization exams are meant to be challenging. The exam covers all of the product’s features, not just what is implemented most. In addition to hands-on experience, training is recommended (see the Study Guides). The exams are a "stake in the ground" to indicate to the marketplace that the Implementation Specialist possesses a specific level of knowledge. The Specialist may then differentiate themselves further through deep implementation experience.

"The Oracle PartnerNetwork provides a number of resources to help in preparation for the Specialization Exam:

-Kim Miller, Senior Manager, Applications Partner Enablement at Oracle

To get started, register now for the certification exam.

QUICK LINKS


Friday May 10, 2013

Beta Testing Begins for New Oracle Database Cloud Administrator Certifications


Oracle Certification begins beta testing this week for two new upcoming certifications - the Oracle Certified Professional, Database Cloud Administrator (OCP) and the Oracle Certified Master (OCM).

Beta participation is by invitation (only) to those who currently hold the following certifications:

1) Either the "Oracle Database 11g Administrator" Certified Professional (OCP) or Certified Master (OCM) certification,

-AND-

2) Either the "Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g and Grid Infrastructure Administrator" (OCE) or the "Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Exadata X3 Administration" (OCE).

You should have received a beta invitation by email if you hold these certifications. If you have not, please contact Oracle Certification Support.

Watch for more news and updates on this certification as we conclude beta testing.

Thursday May 09, 2013

Featured Certification: Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management 11g Incentive Compensation Certified Implementation Specialist

The "Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management 11g Incentive Compensation Certified Implementation Specialist" certification is designed for implementation consultants who possess a strong foundation and expertise in selling and implementing Oracle Fusion Incentive Compensation solutions. This certification covers topics such as: Model and Configure Incentive Plans, Assign and Credit Participants, Transactions & Compensation Calculations, Payment, Reporting, Common Applications Configuration for Incentive Compensation. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. 

AVAILABILITY

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle Partner Network. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists, helping OPN partner companies qualify for their "Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management 11g" Specialization.

EARNING THE CERTIFICATION

Earning this certification requires passing a single exam - "Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management 11g Sales Essentials" (exam 1Z0-472). This exam has 74 questions, requires a passing score of 62%, has a time limit of 2 hours, and is available now for registration at Pearson VUE with its more than 3,100 testing centers available worldwide.

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers the Fusion Applications: Incentive Compensation training course to help ensure success on the certification exam. Additionally, OPN members have access to further training resources in the Guided Learning Path for this certification (Oracle web account login required).

"This exam is known to be a challenging exam as it is meant to differentiate candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. In addition to the recommended up-to-date training and field experience, be sure and pay special attention to the Guided Learning Path and the Exam Study Guide." 

-Jenny Law, CRM Partner Enablement, Oracle Corp

To get started, register now for the certification exam.

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