As part of our series of interviews with Oracle employees, partners, and customers who have successfully passed the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2018 Architect Associate exam, we recently interviewed Nitin Vengurlekar of Viscosity North America (Viscosity).
Nitin is the cofounder and CTO of Viscosity, responsible for partner relationships and end-to-end solution implementation. With numerous, successful cloud implementations under his belt, Nitin has been working on cloud projects for five years and specifically with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for 10 months.
As an Oracle ACE Director, Nitin is a well-known Oracle technologist and speaker in the areas of storage, high availability, Oracle RAC, and database cloud. He is also the author of the Oracle Automatic Storage Management Guide, Exadata Handbook, and Data Guard Handbook. For a full list of Nitin's books, click here.
Greg: How did you prepare for the certification?
Nitin: I attended several different Oracle conferences, and these Oracle sessions touched on the basics of terminology, network connectivity, storage, and compute. Oracle conferences do a good job on educating at a very high level. After that, it’s really up to you to get onto the system and see how it works. The tests are geared for individuals with practical knowledge, with very situational and practical questions. You have to know how to work with it hands-on.
I did read quite a bit and practiced quite a bit online. Viscosity sold one of the largest cloud deals last year where I gained a lot of hands-on experience. That deal provided me the opportunity to work in a real-world environment.
The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Users Guide is one of the best documents I’ve seen. I read it cover-to-cover, even the appendix section. It’s worth its weight in gold, as a good primer, and it's kept current. Read it online since it’s a live document that is constantly being updated.
Greg: How is life after getting certified?
Nitin: I posted the digital badge on LinkedIn. My colleagues were thrilled and happy for me. People realize how hard these tests are; they are not simple tests that you fly-by on. Actually, they are very practical and detailed.
Being certified helps a lot when doing presentations. Not only are we a solutions integrator and implementation team, we do quite a few Oracle Cloud presentations ourselves. Viscosity partners with Oracle, as well as independently, to promote the virtues of cloud. It helps to have that certification behind me, validating our skills.
Greg: Any other advice you’d like to share?
Nitin: Apart from having the hands-on skills, I should impart to readers that there are quite a few questions on Terraform and Load Balancer as a Service (LBaaS). Understanding how load balancing, Kubernetes, and Terraform works will be a big help.
The exam gives you 105 minutes. I suggest you use the entire time allotted. As you go through the test, mark the questions that you’re not certain about and go back to them. Sometimes a question in another section may trigger an answer for a previous “marked” question.
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