Tuesday Nov 15, 2016

Are Your DBA Tasks Changing?

I came across this blog post, in it Christoph Burandt, Senior Principal Instructor, Oracle University tells about his first experience with the cloud.

He asks Going to the Cloud” - what does this mean for databases, as well as database administrators?  He says “Using the Cloud technology, I still feel I'm working as a database administrator, but with changing tasks.” 

Are your day-to-day tasks changing too?  How prepared are you?  

Add data management skills in a Cloud environment to your Oracle Certified Associate or Professional credential.

See what’s required here Oracle Database Cloud Administrator Certification and be ready for any changes the cloud brings to your role.

Saturday Sep 17, 2016

Is Taking a Beta Exam Good For You?

Have you ever taken a beta exam?  Or wondered why you even would?  There are probably a few of us who would never even think of it.  But, there are some real benefits to taking a beta. 

  1. Did you know that  beta exams are offered at a deeply discounted price?
  2. That you are given extra time, usually 2.5 to 3.5 hours to complete the exam?   
  3. And, when taking a beta exam you may see 70 -140 questions?

 Don’t be scared off of the number of questions!  That’s in your favor too, because data collected from a beta exam helps ensure only the best (fair, clear) questions are used in the final test form.  And, you are only scored on these best questions – not the poorest performing questions.

Interested?  Here’s two beta exams to think about now.  

Exam Release Date Beta End Date (subject to change) Who Should Take This Exam
1Z1-070 Oracle Exadata X5 Administration June 30, 2016 October 31, 2016 DBA’s, O/S Admins with 12 to 18 months using Grid Infrastructure with ASM, RAC database, Exadata Storage Servers, and Linux.
1Z1-148 Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL August 15, 2016 October 31, 2016 PL/SQL Developers with 12 to 18 months in an application development environment utilizing the SQL and PL/SQL languages.

View all Beta New Releases here.

Friday Sep 04, 2015

How Are Your DBA Performance Analysis Skills?

5 Things You Need to Know Now:

  1. This Oracle Certification job market is hot! Check out  What’s Happening to Salaries for IT Professionals?
  2. We’ve released a new 12c Performance Management & Tuning Exam! Add this skill to your Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional arsenal. Demonstrate that you have the skills for Oracle Database performance analysis, management, and tuning for optimal performance in a complex environment.
  3. We are here to help to you! Training is available for performance analysis and tuning tasks.
  4. A quick search on a popular job search website for 'Oracle Database Performance Tuning' resulted in over 39,000 available positions.
  5. You receive access 90 days free access to Oracle Streams for every new OCP, OCE, OCS or OCM certification you earn!

Maximize your DBA skills to get the job!


Wednesday Jun 17, 2015

Perfect Career Advice for a DBA or Developer

I recently read a great article By Matthew Morris in GoCertify “More than Just Database: A Beginner's Guide to Oracle Certification “that I couldn’t help but share.

Matthew brings up some great points in his article:

  • Salary!  Oracle DBAs and developers get paid more according to job openings he’s seen.
  • How to Get Noticed with Zero Work Experience.  An Oracle database certification can open doors for landing your first developer or DBA job.
  • Explanation of Certification levels in an easy to consume fashion.  Let’s face it with so many options it’s hard to know where to start.
  • Matching Certification to Your Career and Interests.  The benefit of having so many options with exams and levels is that there really is something for us all, no matter where you are on your career path.

There's lots of exciting things happening in Oracle University with new training offerings, formats and exams.

Have you seen our announcement for Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions - Database Cloud Complete Edition? This subscription will help you learn about your Oracle Database Cloud service and how to use it so that you can gain the necessary skills to successfully administer your cloud databases as you transition to the Cloud. 

Or if you just need help knowing where to begin - we can help with finding the right exam for you, how to prepare and register.  Get started by clicking here

Thursday Feb 25, 2010

Oracle Database 11g Certified Master (Full) Exam To Begin Mid-2010

Now that the new Oracle Database 11g Certified Master Upgrade Exam (one-day practicum) has been released, Oracle University is focusing on the development of the more thorough two-day full OCM exam.

On December 7, 2009, Oracle Certification released the [one-day] upgrade exam, which provides a path for those already certified as OCM on Oracle9i or Oracle Database 10g to upgrade their certification to Oracle Database 11g Certified Master.

Candidates upgrading their OCM certification to 11g via this 1-day upgrade exam do not need to first upgrade their OCP certification. You will instead be granted the 11g OCP certification along with the 11g OCM certification once you have passed the necessary OCM upgrade exam (and any additional required exams), and completed the Course Submission Form.

Release of the full OCM exam is expected during mid-2010. For more information on the new upgrade exam, visit the Oracle Database 11g OCM Upgrade Exam announcement page.


Monday Nov 30, 2009

NOW LIVE: Oracle Database 11g - Performance Tuning Exam (1Z0-054)

NOW LIVE: Oracle Database 11g - Performance Tuning Exam (1Z0-054)The new “Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning” certification exam (1Z0-054) is now live, which is a single exam requirement for Oracle 11g DBA OCPs to earn the Oracle Database 11g Performance Tuning Certified Expert (OCE) certification.

This certification endorses those database administrators, support engineers, and technical consultants who have demonstrated their knowledge and skills using Oracle Database 11g automatic tuning features, including SQL Tuning Advisor, SQL Access Advisor, Automatic Workload Repository and Automatic Database Diagnostic Monitor.

Candidates taking this exam at test centers will now receive their exam scores and pass/fail status immediately at the completion of their exam. Score reports have just been shipped to those candidates who participated in the beta period. If you participated in beta testing and did not yet receive your score report, please contact ocpexam_ww@oracle.com.



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