Friday Apr 17, 2015

New Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall "Training On Demand" Available


Written by James Spiller, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Time is at a premium and learning what you need to know has to fit into your busy schedule. Training On Demand courses can help you meet your requirements. You can watch recorded classroom and hands-on sessions in whatever increments fit your schedule.

Oracle Audit Value and Database Firewall (AVDF)

Monitor database activity. Block threats. Audit efficiently across the enterprise.

So I ask you:

  • How are you managing audit requirements?
  • Are you running reports that no one reviews?
  • Are you unsure if the reports actually provide the information required for regulatory compliance?
  • How would you know if you were a victim of an SQL injection attack?
  • Are the failed SQL harmless user errors, or attempts to retrieve data outside the authorized limits?

The AVDF product provides the tools to answer these and other compliance questions. Furthermore, the AVDF protects your databases from malicious SQL, whether it comes from SQL injection or by passing the application.

The new "Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall" is broken into two modules:

1. The Install and Configure module is for the administrators, network, database and system responsible for the installation, network, network configuration and maintenance.

2. The Policies and Reports module is for the auditors and security officers who create the policies, review the reports and respond to the alerts. The AVDF appliances are installed separately. The Audit Vault server may be deployed as a standalone, but the Database Firewall requires at least one Audit Vault server on the same management network.

Get Trained Now

The Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Install and Configure (AVDF) course explains how to install an Audit Vault appliance and Database Firewall appliance, configure these appliances in your network and perform administrative tasks. This course will help you learn how to set up backup targets, install agents, customize agents, configure high availability firewalls and determine where to place the firewall in the network, which depends on your requirement to monitor or block incoming SQL.

The Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Policies & Reports (AVDF) course describes the tasks usually expected of an auditor or security officer. In this course, learn how to create and deploy firewall policies, create and implement audit policies, generate, review and attest audit reports and create and review alerts.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Join Us! Oracle University Expert Summit in Cancun Mexico - May 4-6

The Oracle Expert Summit is being held in Cancun, Mexico and provides the ideal opportunity to learn directly from top Oracle Database experts – including Tom Kyte, Pete Finnigan and Arup Nanda – and to interact with like-minded Oracle professionals.

Attend three days of training, choosing from six expert-led sessions.

Here are a few of the sessions you will not want to miss:

Optimizer Master Class with Tom Kyte

This workshop begins with an in-depth look at statistics and statistics maintenance, a challenge all DBAs must face  to prevent sub-optimal execution plan. This presentation includes information about the features introduced in Oracle Database 11g to improve the quality and efficiency of statistics gathering, as well as strategies for managing statistics in various database environments. These strategies include how to use dynamic sampling, as well as when and how to manually set statistics directly versus collecting them.

The workshop continues with a detailed walk-through of how to interpret an execution plan. Each aspect of an execution plan is examined, from cardinality estimates to parallel execution. You will learn which information you should be gleaning from the plan and how it affects the execution. 

Oracle Database Security Audit with Pete Finnigan

Learn from the renowned security assessment expert for Oracle Database. This seminar teaches you how to confidently perform a security audit of the Oracle Database. Pete will explain how to avoid the security risk of an improperly configured Oracle Database. He will show you how a security audit is planned, teaching you how to prepare yourself, your staff and your environment.

Explore the fundamentals of how to review a database, along with an explanation about why it's necessary. This will help you understand why something is an issue, how to verify that it's an issue and understand the implications on your own databases and applications before using pre-built or commercial tools. The seminar uses supported versions of Oracle from 9iR2 through Oracle 11g.

Performance Tuning in RAC with Arup Nanda

The foundation of any tuning depends heavily on the proper diagnosis -  therefore this seminar will start with building your knowledge about the RAC system with respect to performance. All concepts will be shown with live examples and real-life stories from Arup Nanda's experience.

You will learn how to assess the performance using various tools and techniques available in Oracle and how to use the output to develop a strategy to handle performance issues. The focal point is on the word "strategy", as the seminar helps you master the art of the strategy building based on evidence collected; not just a blind shot at the problem using various ad-hoc approaches.

Learn More and Register Now

 For registration inquiries and questions regarding this event, please contact the local regional office

via ou-direct-lad_co@oracle.com


Thursday Apr 09, 2015

Using the SQL Developer to Browse NoSQL Datastores

Written by Eugene Simos

With the latest early adopter release of the SQL Developer, it's possible to browse your NoSQL datastores.We will use the BigData lite virtualbox appliance, and the latest early adopter SQL Developer, to demonstrate this feature.

The receipt is very simple:

1) Download the virtualbox Big Data lite appliance from:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/bigdata-appliance/oracle-bigdatalite-2104726.html
Follow the instructions to assemble the bits of the virtualbox into one single "ova" file. Import this file into your virtualbox installation, create the BigData lite VM and start it.

2) Download the Oracle SQL Developer 4.1 EA2 (4.1.0.18.37) release from:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/sql-developer/downloads/sqldev-41ea-2372780.html
I used the "Other Platforms" distribution (see below image). Download the Java 8 JDK (see below image).

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3) Upload the SQL developer and the jdk to the virtualbox BigData Lite VM.

4) Install the jdk8 and the SQL Developer 4.1 into their own directories (I created a stage directory into an Oracle user home directory).

5) Start the NoSQL services from the panel of the virtualbox as below:

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Start your SQL Developer 4.1 EA2 instance, from your installation directory.


Then in the right tab on the NoSQL connection, right click the link NoSQL connections.

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Then provide all the connectivity information to your NoSQL store. In our case, the out-of-the box NoSQL installation is using the 5000 port, so we just accept the settings.

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And finally, you will see the tables that are created in your NoSQL datastore. With this connection we are able to browse – i.e read only – the data as seen in the picture below:

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Enjoy the rest of your developments on NoSQL with this new feature of the SQL developer.

If you would like to find out more about using Oracle NoSQL, I suggest taking the following Oracle University course:

Using Oracle NoSQL Database (4 days).

Explore all of the available training for Big Data appliance products.

About the Author

Eugen Simos

Eugene Simos is based in France and joined Oracle through the BEA-Weblogic Acquisition, where he worked for the Professional Service, Support and Education for major accounts across the EMEA Region. He worked in the banking sector, ATT and Telco companies giving him extensive experience on production environments. Eugene currently specializes in Oracle Fusion Middleware, teaching an array of courses on Weblogic/Webcenter, Content,BPM /SOA/Identity-Security/GoldenGate/Virtualisation/Unified Comm Suite) throughout the EMEA region.

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

User Adoption: the Key to Successful Change Management

Oracle University offers comprehensive training services to help executives, managers, and end users make the most of new Oracle technology. With Oracle User Adoption Services, you can experience an easier transition, a quicker return on your technology investment, and a more successful Oracle product implementation.

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Monday Apr 06, 2015

Just Released - New “Training On Demand” Courses for April 2015

Written by Diana.H.Gray

What is Training on Demand?

Training On Demand offers expert training from Oracle's top instructors in a sophisticated streaming video recording available for 90 days, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Watch this demo to see how Training On Demand works.

What is included?

  • Online access to a comprehensive student eKit
  • White boarding and training labs for hands-on experience
  • Oracle University instructor Q&A
  • No travel required
  • A full-text search leads to the right video fragment in a matter of seconds.
  • Counts as a hands-on requirement for Oracle Certification

The Benefits of Training On Demand

  • Accessible for 90 days, 24x7. The ideal training solution to bridge the summer season
  • Access to Training On Demand is available within 24 hours from your booking
  • Start, stop, pause, jump or rewind sections of the course as needed
  • Save valuable time and money by taking advantage of unscheduled free time to develop your staff's skills at their own pace

Just Released - New Training on Demand Courses      

PREVIEW THE FOLLOWING COURSES NOW:

1. MySQL for Developers

2. Using Oracle Key Vault

3. Oracle Database 12c: Security

4. Oracle Database 12c: Performance Management and Tuning

5. Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Build Composite Applications

6. Oracle Data Integrator 12c: Integration and Administration

7. Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (11.1.2.3)

8. PeopleSoft Inventory Rel 9.2

9. PeopleSoft Purchasing Rel 9.2

10. Siebel 8.1.x BI Publisher Reports

11. R12.2 Oracle Subledger Accounting Fundamentals

For additional "Training On Demand" courses, go here.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Training for PeopleTools 8.54

The PeopleTools 8.54 release incorporates a number of compelling features for delivering, managing and maintaining PeopleSoft applications. Included among these are the introduction of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, as well as key enhancements to Update Manager and Pivot Grids.

The PeopleSoft team created the following training to help you learn about and gain experience with these technologies.


PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

The 8.54 release introduces the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Designed as a significant improvement over the PeopleSoft "classic" user interface, the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface moves away from pixel-perfect page layout and provides greater flexibility with the enhanced use of cascading style sheets, HTML5 and JavaScript. PeopleSoft application fluid pages scale from large screen devices, such as laptops and desktops, to the reduced viewing space of tablets and smartphones.

Recommended Training

  • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Rel 8.54 (2-day course): This course introduces you to the new PeopleSoft development paradigm for the Fluid User Interface. Explore conceptual information, tasks and techniques used to develop fluid applications.

PeopleSoft Update Manager

The PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) tool, which was introduced with the PeopleSoft 9.2 application releases, streamlined the process of applying updates to your PeopleSoft applications. PeopleTools 8.54 provides new features that provide the ability for the source and target PeopleSoft systems to be on different PeopleTools versions. With that capability, customers on an 8.53 release of PeopleTools can take full advantage of the new 8.54 Update Manager features without going through a tools upgrade.

Recommended Training

  • PeopleSoft Update Manager Rel 8.54 (2-day course): This course covers all of the tasks required to set up and use PeopleSoft Update Manager methodology for applying update maintenance to your PeopleSoft 9.2 and above applications.  Learn how to perform each task from installing the Oracle VirtualBox to applying updates to all of your PeopleSoft environments, as well as upgrading PeopleTools and applying PeopleTools patches.

  • PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management/Update Manager Accelerated Rel 8.54 (5-day course): Leverage the full set of PeopleSoft lifecycle support applications and utilities to help simplify the process of upgrading and maintaining your PeopleSoft databases. This course walks you through the entire process to get you up an running quickly.

Pivot Grids

Pivot Grids support operational dashboard reporting within the PeopleSoft framework to provide a pivot table and chart representation of data. Pivot Grids enable users to see different views of data. Within Peopletools 8.54 this important technology has been further enhanced to become an integral element of the PeopleSoft user experience.

Recommended Training

  • PeopleSoft Pivot Grid Rel 8.54 (2-day course): Learn how to create Pivot Grid models using PeopleSoft queries and components as the data sources. Also learn how to view and manipulate pivot grids and charts in the classic view and fluid view, add related actions to pivot grid models, incorporate pivot grid pagelets into your applications, such as a homepage or dashboard, and perform pivot grid administrative tasks.

Explore all available PeopleTools training >

Friday Mar 27, 2015

Virtual Compute Appliance & Related Training Offerings

To modernize your data center or migrate to private cloud  - or ensure faster time to market deploying your application services in a pre-wired, virtualized infrastructure for development, QA, or production - you should have a look at the Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA).

Virtual Compute Appliance enables rapid, repeatable software-defined infrastructure deployment for virtually any x86 application and workload. Customers can go from power on to production in about an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just a few minutes.

-Virtual Compute Appliance is Oracle’s newest engineered system made possible by Oracle’s unique ability to engineer hardware and software together.

-This new engineered system is built, designed and tested for rapid and repeatable deployment of business-critical application workloads.

-It's comprised of a full-stack virtual environment, including Oracle VM Server for x86 designed for application-driven virtualization.

The hardware and virtualization layer are both fully integrated with a fast InfiniBand fabric to provide the needed throughput for enterprise workloads.

The entire system arrives pre-wired and configured – customers can go from dock to data center “power on” in an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just minutes.

Oracle University offers training for the Virtual Compute Appliance in addition to x86 and ZFS Storage Appliance Training. Discover how to get the skills you need and learn more about this powerful product.

Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview

This Virtual Compute Appliance training teaches you how to manage Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) and the Oracle VM environment. Expert Oracle University instructors will deep dive into creating and deploying virtual machines, as well as the Oracle VM features that are pre-configured in VCA.

Explore related training:

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Just Released in March - New Oracle University Courses

Here's a list of some newly released courses that we believe will be popular with customers like you.

Courses are typically available in a classroom at an Oracle Learning center, as a Live Virtual Class that is delivered online or as a private training event for your organization.

  1. PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management/Update Manager Accelerated Rel 8.54
  2. R12.x Oracle Production Scheduling
  3. Oracle CPQ Cloud Yellow Belt for the Business Users
  4. Oracle Communications ECB Configuration and Administration
  5. Oracle Identity Governance 11g R2: Develop Identity Provisioning
  6. Oracle Identity Governance 11g R2: Essentials
  7. Perl Programming
  8. Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview
  9. Oracle Linux 7: System Administration

Monday Mar 16, 2015

Taleo Enterprise Edition: Continuing Education

Written by Jim Vonick and Kristine Kukich

System Administrators have a continuous need to understand the new tools and functionality released within Taleo Recruiting, Taleo Onboarding (Transitions) and Taleo Performance, as well as the need to report on these activities.

Oracle University provides many ways for your team to keep their skills current, check their knowledge and become the system advocate within your organization.


Learn More About the Tools and Functions

Oracle University provides over 150 instructional videos in the new Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream. Topics covered go beyond those covered in our traditional courses. With new videos added continuously, this subscription-based learning service is designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your knowledge.

Watch for some of the more complex topics, including Taleo Connect Client (TCC) and Dynamic Approval Routing (DAR). Upcoming topics include integration techniques and best practices.

In addition, each subscription lets you request specific videos that interest you. You will also have access to a Taleo product expert to help answer your questions.

Preview the Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream.


Learn and Test Your Skills through the Taleo ACE Program

Meet with one of our experts and test your knowledge be enrolling in the courses list below.

Designed for business users and system administrators, these courses are packed full of items you may already know, combined with topics with which you may be less familiar. At the end of your session, test your abilities via practical examples and quiz questions to see if you're a Taleo ACE.

  • Taleo (TEE): Taleo ACE Recruiter (TAR) - helps you develop additional knowledge and skills around business user recruiting functionality. Check in using real world examples and expand your knowledge in this 3-day session.
  • Taleo (TEE): Taleo ACE System Administrator - recruiting expands your skill set to include DAR, eOffers and evaluations, in addition to exploring more details around best practices optimizing your environment. This course is 5 days of intensive activities built around real world scenarios taken from our experiences with various global clients.

Training Courses Beyond the Fundamentals

So you know the fundamentals and you're ready to either tackle advanced topics. Or possibly you're upgrading from legacy Onboarding to Onboarding (Transitions). Here are a few courses to consider.

See all available Taleo Enterprise Edition Training Courses.

Wednesday Mar 11, 2015

New - Oracle Linux 7 System Administration Training Available

Oracle introduced Oracle Linux 7, an open source operating platform that gives customers and partners the capabilities, tools and features to innovate, collaborate and create solutions across traditional, cloud-based and virtual environments.

As with previous releases, Oracle Linux 7 is easy to download, free to distribute and is the only major enterprise Linux distribution that publishes all bug fixes and security errata publicly. Oracle Linux 7 provides more flexibility and choice than other commercial Linux distributions.

With extensive testing for demanding workloads such as Oracle Database, a flexible free-to-use and paid support model, and strong uptake, Oracle Linux is the best general-purpose open source operating platform for the modern data center.

Get the most out of Oracle Linux 7 by taking the new Oracle Linux 7: System Administration training course.

This course helps you develop a wide range of skills, including:

  • Installation
  • Using the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
  • Configuring Linux services
  • Monitoring, troubleshooting and preparing your system for the Oracle Database

In this 5-day instructor-led course, you'll learn exactly how to handle typical issues faced by administrators.

Expert Oracle University instructors will help you explore the kernel development model and Linux distributions. Furthermore, you'll hear about Oracle's comprehensive solutions and Oracle's contribution to the Linux community.

You can take this course from your own desk as a Live Virtual Class offering, or go to an education center to attend an in-person Classroom Training event.

You can influence the schedule for this new course by registering your interest in an event on http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

FREE Webinar: Software in Silicon - Register Now

Join us on March 18, 2015 for a FREE Webinar on "Software In Silicon" hosted by Oracle experts, Angelo Rajadurai and Mike Mulkey.

Oracle ISV Engineering is offering an exciting opportunity to learn about the NEW offering for developers who want early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11.

What Will You Learn? 

By listening to this webinar, you'll learn how to:

  • Use the NEW Software in Silicon Cloud to dramatically improve reliability and security.
  • Accelerate application performance in today’s market. 
  • Software in Silicon implements accelerators directly into the processor to deliver a rich feature-set that enables quick development of more secure, robust, reliable, and faster databases and applications.

With the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud, developers can have a secure environment in which to test and improve their software, as well as exploit the unique advantages of Oracle's Software in Silicon technology.

Angelo Rajadurai, Software Engineer with ISV Engineering, will provide an explanation of the technical details of the Software In Silicon features. He will also conduct a demonstration illustrating how developers can use the Software in Silicon Cloud to test these features on their applications today.

JOIN US ON MARCH 18, 2015

Register Now >

Thursday Feb 26, 2015

Spotlight On: Oracle Systems Learning Stream

Online Training to Support Your Infrastructure Professional Development

Systems Learning Stream

Oracle University has released the

New Oracle Systems Learning Stream

 Ask yourself:

  • Are you up to speed on "Software in Silicon"?
  • Are you familiar with the Virtual Compute Appliance?
  • Are you using SPARC M6-32 or FS1 software?
  • What's new with the Exadata  X5 release?
  • Do you know what the experts are saying about Linux?
  • Do you know how to build an Oracle Key Manager Cluster setup?
  • Have you heard of the new Engineer System, Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance?
  • How do you scale SAM-QFS?
  • Which systems provide optimization for the cloud?
  • What is the latest information available on ZFS Storage Appliance?
  • Would an overview of the Oracle Enterprise Manager help you?
  • Which Oracle products can increase performance in your Data Center?

Learn the answers to these questions by accessing our recently released training option: Oracle Learning Streams

The Oracle Systems Learning Stream covers multiple products, including: Engineered Systems, Servers, Storage, Operating Systems, Virtualization and more.

Plus, the content is coming straight from Oracle experts.

Learn More: The Oracle Systems Learning Stream

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Oracle PeopleSoft Learning Streams - Now Available

Free Instructional Videos

Check out the following free videos from the Oracle PeopleSoft Learning Stream.

PeopleTools

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management

PeopleSoft Financials

This is just a small sample of the over 150 instructional videos in the new Oracle PeopleSoft Learning Stream. In addition to these free videos, you can preview 2 minutes from any video.

What is the Oracle PeopleSoft Learning Stream?

It's an innovative, subscription-based learning solution that offers over 150 instructional videos on critical and advanced topics spanning the suite of PeopleSoft applications, including:

  • PeopleTools
  • Financials
  • Human Capital Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Customer Relationship Management

Here's what you get with a one year subscription:

  • Over 150 instructional videos delivered by Oracle experts, including best practices, tips and tricks, product overviews, implementation and configuration, integration and coexistence, upgrade and migration, and release updates
  • New and refreshed titles that are continuously added
  • Live webinars focusing on hot topics
  • Access to top Oracle instructors to get answers to your questions
  • The ability to request videos on topics that interest you

Who Can Benefit from Oracle PeopleSoft Learning Streams?

This learning solution is ideal for professionals of all experience levels who are looking to stay up-to-date on the technical and functional aspects of PeopleSoft solutions. It is available for individual users or teams.

Find Out More

Preview the Oracle PeopleSoft Stream.

Learn More about Oracle Learning Streams.


Friday Feb 20, 2015

Exadata X5 & Related Product Knowledge - Just a Click Away with Oracle Streams

With so many new Oracle products being introduced, how can you get a quick overview of these new products to learn how they fit into the big picture?

Did you know that Oracle unveiled the sixth generation of its high-performing, low-cost platform for running Oracle Database, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5?

Oracle Exadata's architecture features:

  • Scale-out database servers
  • Scale-out intelligent storage servers
  • High-speed InfiniBand networking
  • 50 percent faster processors
  • 50 percent larger maximum memory capacity
  • Faster and larger flash increase overall performance

Oracle also introduced an all-flash storage server that uses ultra-fast PCIe flash drives, the latest Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and InfiniBand scale-out to achieve breakthrough performance and price per I/O.

Oracle Exadata X5-2,Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems can be configured with extreme flash storage servers.

To find out more about these products, explore Oracle Systems Learning Stream online videos to develop the knowledge you need just-in-time.

Gain access to over 280 online videos that will increase over time as more exciting knowledge about Oracle’s latest developments becomes available.

Learn about the Exadata Database Machine, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, Oracle SuperCluster and so much more by viewing the new Oracle Systems Learning Stream.

Access additional Oracle Streams by visiting education.oracle.com/streams today.

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