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5 Tips: How to Plan Training for Your Cloud ERP Implementation

Updated: November 2020 An ERP implementation can be quite an undertaking. When done right, however, this implementation promises tremendous results for your organization. Over time, studies of change programs affirm that training is a critical component to a successful implementation.   1. Align training with your change management strategy "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change” -Charles Darwin The quote above kicks off a McKinsey case study on change management in Japan. The article goes on to state: "So it is with modernizing and changing operating models within organizations. This can often be met with resistance by employees and exasperated further by cultural influences." An ERP implementation will affect many teams across your organization. While the new system streamlines daily tasks and processes, people tend to resist change and may be resistant to anything that causes their jobs to change significantly. But making sure that your training reflects your change strategy isn't just about catering to different cultures in your organization. If your change process is dynamic and responds to change - make sure your training program is agile and can support that. If you depend heavily on progress metrics to decide on your next step - choose a training tool that can provide analytics of your staff's learning progress.   Including change management as a part of your ERP implementation strategy will accelerate adoption and reduce risks. Add to this a well-executed training plan, and you'll ease the transition process for impacted teams, making them more likely to embrace new processes.   2. Deliver role and process-based training Certainly, employees in all roles affected by the ERP implementation will require training to understand the software fundamentals and the over-arching organizational benefits it will provide. But for the training to be truly effective, it is essential that users also be trained on the functions and processes relevant to their individual roles. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto  This calls for organization-wide training, so plan on training everyone from top to bottom. Your executive and management teams, IT project teams, functional users, and end users.  But professional upskilling is not the sole reason to prefer role-base training. It is also instrumental for getting the most out of your training resources, primarily time. Today's digital adoption tools offer role-based training solutions that can get quite granular, drilling down as accurately as page actions (page visited, buttons clicked, etc.).      3. Resist the urge to cut down your ERP training budget When considering how much to budget for your training plan, consider all the organizations and personnel that need to be trained. Think about all the components that will go into your training roll out. Who will coordinate the training? Which vendor-supplied training content you will need? How much custom content you will develop? What is the process you plan to use for rolling out the training? The right training budget for your organization will depend on your strategy, but be sure to allocate sufficient budget for your training needs so you have the resources to do it right. Some interesting findings from research studies on this topic: IDC Learning Services Research shows that organizations, on average, spent 15% of their total ERP budgets on training, while indicating that a 17-20% investment yields better results. Gartner Group research shows similar averages and an interesting fact: organizations that spent less than 13% of their total ERP cost on training were three times more likely to see their ERP projects exceed deadlines and run over budget when compared to organizations that spent 17% or more.   4. Avoid the “one-and-done” approach; invest in continuous training Effective training is more than an IT milestone; it is an iterative process, one that is updated every time a new software version is released, is updated with new features and evolves with training trends and latest research on retention. Implementing a continuous learning strategy will help employees complete their tasks successfully pre and post-launch. Having said that, a one-time training session rarely works. Your teams will typically have many different tasks to complete using your new ERP software and will not be able to retain all of the critical information in a one-time training. Not to mention that going forward, employees will need to keep up with changes and new product releases.   5. Rely on experts for help with your training plan Successful ERP training covers not only system-related topics, but also revised business processes. It takes into consideration each function’s unique business processes and training needs. It guides employees -at all levels of the organization- through new functions and processes. Learn more about how Oracle's role-based, continuous learning digital adoption platform can accelerate your Oracle Cloud ERP implementation.  

Updated: November 2020 An ERP implementation can be quite an undertaking. When done right, however, this implementation promises tremendous results for your organization. Over time, studies of...

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Learn Oracle with More Resources and Better Exam Preparation

New upgrades to Oracle University’s Cloud Learning Subscriptions are here! We’re excited to announce new additions to Oracle cloud learning curriculum: Oracle University is now offering live sessions and new coaching resources, as well as new exam preparation courses for learners planning to get Oracle certified. For those of you waiting for 2020 certifications – they have arrived. Read more to discover new features and upgrades. Attend Live Sessions Oracle University has launched a new learning format – Live Sessions for cloud learning subscribers. These are live sessions lead by our cloud experts, scheduled for specific dates and times. Our best trainers will be leading these sessions on: Trending topics in Oracle cloud content Best practices How-To topics Exam preparations You can enroll to these hour-long sessions and get a chance to ask our experts questions live. Certification Exam Preparations We designed new tools to help Oracle learners arrive better prepared to certification exams: our new Exam Prep sessions will help you focus on the exam and plan for it better. In each certification prep course you will review exam objectives, review sample questions, and refresh your knowledge of key exam topic areas. Exam preparation won’t teach you any new materials, rather it will help you “crunch” everything you’ve learned in a way that will be easier to access during the actual exam. New 2020 Certifications Being certified on the latest release of Oracle’s technology allows you to showcase your expertise and professional credibility that are aligned to the latest changes and new features of Oracle’s products. All 60+ of our certification exams have been updated to the latest 2020 release of the products. View the updated exams. Join Instructor Coaching Hours Oracle learners can now enjoy instructor coaching hours with Oracle University’s top trainers and subject matter experts. During these pre-scheduled sessions, learners can raise specific questions and ask our experts to address learning and certification issues they would like to understand better. New Features for Training Administrators The Training Administration portal has been upgraded to help admins track and manage team training more effectively: Admins can now track certified learners and oversee certification progress as well as learning progress Set up push activation emails for new team members to help them get them started with their Oracle training Organize your orders with consolidated view by order

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Build Your Knowledge with These Java Resources

How certification helps Having a goal of achieving a certification can make even the most confident of us feel somewhat doubtful.  One of the real values of holding a certification credential is the professional credibility and confidence you gain that comes along with it.   In the 2019 Pearson VUE Value of IT certification, 91% of those surveyed said more professional credibility with those they interact with on the job is the real value of certification to them.  Read more  Professional credibility comes from training + certification combined.   What you need to learn before attempting your certification exam is personal.   Those who are just beginning their learning journey have more to learn than those who are experienced using the product and may even hold a certification already.  Knowledge, credibility and confidence are built as you go through the process of certification.  These resources may help while you build your personal preparation plan. Java SE developer certification overview   Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate (novice-level certification) Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer (Upgrade from OCP Java 6, 7 & 8) A study guide that includes a few sample questions Java SE 11 Developer Study Guide Expert training from the source We have single courses or entire learning subscriptions.  Learning subscriptions provide digital content continuously updated to include the latest product releases that’s available to you 24/7.  Essentially learning subscriptions are your personal reference library that includes hands-on labs, skill checks and access to live Oracle expert instructors.  Choose from Java Core, Java Programming or Java Upgrade learning paths to get started. Practice Tests Part I Java SE 11 Developer 1Z0-815 Free 10 question sample practice exam Java magazine monthly Quiz Corner Every issue of Java magazine contains the feature Quiz Corner.   In it Simon Roberts and Mikalai Zaikin post challenging quizzes.  You can select any or all of the great quiz topics listed there. Related content  Java Career Guide table of New Features added since Java SE 8 Java Certification Guide

How certification helps Having a goal of achieving a certification can make even the most confident of us feel somewhat doubtful.  One of the real values of holding a certification credential is the...

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Build Critical Technical Oracle Cloud Skills Now

Oracle University Ramps Up Free Online Learning and Certifications for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database - Announced on March 30, 2020 Now until May 15th 2020   Customers, partners and employees are eligible but you must follow these three steps to start learning and get certified: Step 1: Get a free Oracle Single-Sign-On (SSO) account. If you have an SSO, skip to Step 2 Click on Hello. Log In. (See far right corner of the page). Select “Create an account” and fill in the required fields. Verify account via email. Step 2: Access learning paths through the links below: Oracle Autonomous Database Specialist Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Operations Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Associate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architect Professional Step 3: Register and take your free certification exam. If you have a PearsonVue account, log in. If not, choose “Create a web account” on the right side of the page and follow instructions. Related Content View the March 30th  Announcement Read these blogs: Introducing Oracle Cloud Developer Certification and Free Training Resources from Oracle University here Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle University and Oracle Certification News  

Oracle University Ramps Up Free Online Learning and Certifications for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database - Announced on March 30, 2020 Now until May 15th 2020   Customers,...

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COVID-19 and What This Means for Your Oracle Certification Exam Voucher

The Oracle Certification Program cares about the safety, health and well-being of our community.  This includes those who hold an Oracle Certified credential and those who are pursuing any of our certifications. We understand that getting to a test center in this challenging time may not be possible.   To support eliminating the risk of infection, alleviating uncertainty and any loss of your certification test attempt we hope this information is helpful in providing direction and next steps. Stay well. If Your Exam is scheduled at a Pearson VUE Test Center Pearson VUE test centers closed beginning in China early February. Since then, test center guidelines and restrictions have cascaded to other countries heavily affected by the virus. See the most up-to-date status here. Reschedule your exam for a later date Or schedule your exam to be taken at your own location with an online proctor with OnVUE. If You Have an Oracle Learning Subscription You must register for the exam prior to the subscription expiration date.  You can register for your exam even if it is the last day of your subscription. You can schedule 6 months out to take the exam. Your exam appointment date does not have to be before your subscription expiration date. You can select to test at a Pearson VUE Test Center Or at your own location with an online proctor with OnVUE. If you already made an appointment to test don’t cancel, reschedule. Download this guide if you find it helpful. If your exam voucher is expiring between now and April 30, 2020 Schedule your exam to be taken at your own location with an online proctor with OnVUE from Pearson VUE Or Contact Us. For any other personal situations not covered above, please contact us for further help.    

The Oracle Certification Program cares about the safety, health and well-being of our community.  This includes those who hold an Oracle Certified credential and those who are pursuing any of...

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle University and Oracle Certification News

Invest in Your Career with Certification First Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product that helps you manage your servers, networks, applications and services.   Services such as Enterprise Database Management, High Computing and Big Data Workloads.  How to Get Started  Visit https://www.oracle.com/cloud/iaas/training/ to discover how you can learn to build, deploy and develop applications using the latest in Cloud technology and tools.  View the free training content for an OCI Associate and Professional certifications.  (Note:  An oracle.com account is required)  Select your Learning Path and OCI Certification. Review the free Exam Preparation Guide. Review Exam Topics to self-assess your readiness to test. Create your personal learning and skills gap-analysis.   Don't miss the exclusive content, unlimited hands-on labs, Q&A access with Ask an Instructor, Knowledge Checks and one attempt included for each of the 7 different OCI certification exams available in the Oracle University OCI Learning Subscription.    Learning Path OCI Certifications NEW EXAM PRICING! Understand OCI Foundations Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Foundations 2020 Associate (1Z0-1085-20)    $95 Become OCI Architect (Associate)  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Associate (1Z0-1072) $150 Become OCI Architect (Professional)  Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Professional (1Z0-997) $245 Manage OCI Operations (Associate) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Cloud Operations Associate (1Z0-1067) $150 Become OCI Developer (Associate) Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Developer 2020 Associate (1Z0-1084-20)  $150 Want More Information on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure? Preview the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription Find your Exam Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Certifications Ready to test now?  Schedule your exam here    Access technical resources and information Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Architecture Center  Read this blog Introducing Oracle Cloud Developer Certification and Free Training Resources from Oracle University

Invest in Your Career with Certification First Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) product that helps you manage your servers, networks, applications and...

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Oracle Certification Exams Are More Accessible Than Ever Before

Your life is driven by convenience. Your certification testing experience should be too. Fit testing into your busy schedule with online proctoring. All Oracle Certification exams are now available with a remote proctor through OnVUE, an online proctoring option offered by Pearson VUE. This option gives you the freedom to test when and where it's convenient for you.  OnVUE offers a secure, online format for taking your certification exam. This means you can take your exam at your own location, using your own laptop, with a remote proctor present online.  'How do I do that?' you may ask. Start with watching this quick video and then follow the steps below. You'll need to start by ensuring that your system and your space meet the requirements for online proctoring. Review the policies Test Your System Read the FAQs Review the information page Please be aware of all the requirements and recommendations for testing through OnVUE. You don't want to be surprised on test day! You will want to know that Pearson VUE recommends you use your personal computer for testing rather than using a work computer, to avoid firewall issues. You'll certainly want to know ahead of time that your work area will be checked by the proctor prior to exam launch and your desktop should be clean and that you should not be within arm’s reach of books, notepads, sticky notes, papers, pens, pencils, and other writing instruments/objects. If your desk is anything like mine, you may need a few days of pre-planning to get it cleaned off! You should also be aware that additional monitors and computers must be unplugged and turned off, and that items on the wall with writing on them, such as whiteboards, will be inspected. In order to be permitted to proceed with taking the exam, your work space must pass the room scan. Be sure that you carefully read all the information available, including policies that you'll agree to when registering for the exam with OnVUE to avoid costly surprises on exam day. Next, you register for the exam. Registration for online proctoring is the same as registration for an exam at a testing center.  Sign In Select the blue 'View Exams' button, and then click 'All Certification Exams' to select the exam you wish to take. You can also find the exam you're looking for by searching for the exam name or number in the 'Find an Exam' search field at the top of the page. Any exam number followed by 'JPN' indicates that the exam is in Japanese. Only make this selection if you are in Japan. Click on the exam name to select the exam. This screen is where you indicate that you'd like to take the exam via online proctoring - OnVUE. Select the 'At a home or office' option. At this point you will be able to run your system check if 1) you have not already done so (in which case it wouldn't hurt to do it again), and 2) you are registering using the machine on which you will also take your exam.  On the next screen you will be required to agree to all the 'Online Exam Policies.' If you have not already done so, please read these policies carefully to be sure that you're familiar with them. My mantra is 'no surprises.'  Follow the rest of the steps to schedule a date and time for your exam. If you get to the exam date and you are not able to test because your computer or your space does not meet the requirements, you could lose your exam fee. Don't put yourself in this situation. Read all information twice and be sure that you're completely prepared for your testing experience. OnVUE is a great testing option if you are prepared. Just familiarize yourself with the requirements, be prepared, and you may never go back to a test center again! Related Content Oracle Learning Subscriptions Eight Quick Tips      

Your life is driven by convenience. Your certification testing experience should be too. Fit testing into your busy schedule with online proctoring. All Oracle Certification exams are now available...

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The Most Important Language to Learn is SQL

SQL is One of The Most Popular Certification Credentials We Grant.    It's a popular certification because these skills continue to be in high demand, you can make a great salary, there is only one exam to earn the credential and it's the foundation data analysts, scientists and developer need to build their careers. SQL is used everywhere and by almost everybody who works with data.   Google 'Is SQL still in demand?' and hit enter    You will see that the demand for those who can access, analyze and manipulate databases is strong and most importantly not going anywhere.    There's a Strong Job Market  We've tied the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate digital badge to global real time labor markets.     Click here and then scroll down Insights and click Show More to see open positions by country, state, employer, skills and salary ranges.  You will see 14,687 open jobs in the US looking for candidates with SQL skills.  And over half of these open positions are listed with a salary range of $100,000 or more. Position Yourself for Recognition When you earn the Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate digital badge you show you have the skills needed to undertake any database project. Skills that are needed when working with the Oracle Database server; queries, insert, update and delete SQL statements as well as some Data Definition language and Data Control Language, the optimizer, tables and indexes, data modeling and normalization. Pass one exam to earn this socially sharable, immediately verifable and fraud-proof visual validation of how hiring you will benefit any organization. Start investing today in your career with certification first. Related Links View exam details and topics tested here   Practice Exams: Oracle Authorized practice exam from Kaplan IT Training: 1Z0-071 DBCert: Oracle Database SQL Packaged study materials including the certification exam voucher and free retake if needed Exam Prep Seminar Package: Oracle Database SQL View all Development certifications here  Read Database Development and Beyond – How and Why to Learn SQL

SQL is One of The Most Popular Certification Credentials We Grant.    It's a popular certification because these skills continue to be in high demand, you can make a great salary, there is only...

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My Java Certification is on Java SE 5 or Earlier - How Can I Get it Current?

Java SE 8 certification upgrade exams retire tomorrow, February 28, 2020. You want to update your skills, but are not sure what to do. Before panic sets in, take heart - we haven't left you hanging! Helping you get your Java skills and knowledge up-to-date is important to us. You may have seen that Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020 and we want to get you upskilled to take advantage of this boon for Java Developers! As a Java Developer who holds a professional certification on Java SE 5 or earlier, you can upgrade your certification to the new Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer in two easy steps.  Pass exam: Java SE 11 Programmer I 1Z0-815 Pass exam: Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 If that looks suspiciously like the standard path to Java SE 11 OCP certification, it is. The uptake of Java SE 11 and modularity is underway. If your certification is on an early version of Java, you may have a little more catching up to do than just learning and practicing the newest features in Java SE 11. Java SE 8 brought the benefits of functional programming through lambda expressions and streams. Now, Java ushers in the additional benefits of modularity. Modularity adds a higher level of aggregation above packages, with mechanisms to address reuse, reliability, maintainability, and security. Java SE 11 provides other convenient API enhancements. There has also been a recent addition of JShell which allows you to quickly run code experiments and test unfamiliar APIs.  If you want your expertise at the forefront of Java technology, you can get there by preparing for and passing these exams. The standard recommended training for these exams are the courses Java SE Programming I and Java SE Programming II.  However, you may have been working on and keeping up with the latest Java technologies as they've been released over the years. In this case, we recommend that you review the exam topics on the exam pages linked above and do a gap analysis. What skills do you feel strong in and what skills do you need to brush up on? Maybe you don't need the full training - you decide what training you need based on your current skills and experience.  Other training options include a couple of Java Learning Subscription options that give you access to continuously updated digital training for 12 months as well as certification exams at no additional cost.  Core Java Learning Subscription Java Programming Learning Subscription These learning subscriptions allow you to access the training the you need at your own pace - perfect for the experienced Java Developer wanting to upgrade to the latest technology.  So, if you were afraid that your path to a current certification was blocked, don't worry. We've got your back! Experienced Java Developers are in demand, and we want to help you meet that demand. Position yourself to take advantage of this trend by updating your skills and validating those skills with an updated certification. Let us know how we can help! RELATED CONTENT Your Complete Guide to Java Certification The Top Tip to Build a Lasting Java Career Java 11 Certification: More than Just a Test! Start Java Programming Like a Pro - Your Best Plan to Avoid Mistakes in Learning

Java SE 8 certification upgrade exams retire tomorrow, February 28, 2020. You want to update your skills, but are not sure what to do. Before panic sets in, take heart - we haven't left you hanging! Hel...

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Oracle Certification Highlights - February 2020

Oracle Certification Highlights gives you insight on new exams, exam preparation, exams that are retiring, program announcements, and all the great things that are happening in the certification program.  Here is what's currently featured! User Group Members Save 25% on Oracle Learning Subscriptions and Oracle Certification Exam Vouchers Take the opportunity to learn and get certified in Oracle technology in 2020. Benefit from a 25% discount for any online order placed for digital learning subscriptions and exam vouchers until December 31, 2020. Expand your knowledge with access to skills development anytime, anywhere. Purchase any digital training learning subscription and certification exam voucher at a special discount. Get the discount. Featured Oracle Certification Exams MySQL 8.0 Database Administrator (1Z0-908) Proven performance, reliability, and ease-of-use has helped to make MySQL the world's number one open source database. Preparing for the latest certification exam on MySQL gives you the skills to administer, backup, replicate, optimize, and secure your database. Current MySQL training and certification include InnoDB which makes MySQL a fully integrated, transaction-safe, ACID-compliant database. In addition, MySQL Replication allows you to deliver high performance and scalable applications. Certification is essential to top-level performance in your MySQL career. Follow these steps to earn certification Take this exam MySQL 8.0 Database Administrator (1Z0-908) To earn this certification Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 8.0 Database Administrator Read about enhancements in MySQL 8.0. Oracle Database Advanced Security Administration (1Z0-116) Data Security is a top priority. From highly sensitive personal information to financial transactions to matters of national security, there is data involved. The new Oracle Database Security Administrator Certified Expert credential challenged Database Administrator Certified Professionals to continue their learning and demonstrate mastery of various security features such as Oracle users, passwords, roles, Oracle contexts, authorization, fine grain access control, Oracle Database Vault, Auditing, Network Security, data encryption, data redaction, data masking, security assessments and patching. Protect your organization’s data from unauthorized internal or external access, hacking, denial of service (DOS) attacks and other vulnerabilities.  If you hold one of these certifications: Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional Database 12cR2 Administration Certified Professional Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional Take this exam: Oracle Database Advanced Security Administration (1Z0-116) To earn this certification: Oracle Database Security Administrator Certified Expert Read why database security is so important. Retiring Exams Oracle Database 11g and 12c R2 Exams - RETIRED DECEMBER 31, 2019 These exams have been replaced by the current Oracle Database Administration 2019 exams. Earning the Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional credential, demonstrates that you posses of the full skill set required to perform day to day administration of the Oracle Database. Other Upcoming Exam Retirements Take a look at the Retirements page on our website to see replacement exams and more up-to-date certification paths. Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer | 1Z0-810 retires February 28, 2020 Replaced by Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817 to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions) | 1Z0-813 retires February 28, 2020 Java SE 6 OCPs should take Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer | 1Z0-817 to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer Java OCPs on versions earlier than Java SE 6 should take exams Java SE 11 Programmer I | 1Z0-815 and Java SE 11 Programmer II | 1Z0-816 to upgrade to Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer View the Java SE 11 Certification Guide All 2018 and earlier Oracle Cloud Certification exams retire on March 31, 2020 If you have registered for a 2018 or earlier Cloud exam through an active learning subscription, cancel your exam appointment and schedule the 2019 exam through the learning subscription. If you have registered for a 2018 or earlier Cloud exam with a voucher that has not yet expired Cancel the exam appointment - which will release your voucher. Schedule the 2019 exam appointment using the same voucher. If you are in any other situation with 2018 or earlier Cloud exam scheduled appointments, contact the Oracle Certification Support team for assistance.  All 2018 and earlier Cloud Certifications expire on June 1, 2020. Upgrade to the 2019 certification before that date to keep your certification active. Learn more about the Cloud Recertification Policy In Case You Missed it - Read These Featured Blogs Now Keep Your SaaS Skills Up-to-Date With Fast-Moving Cloud Technology Applications in the cloud change rapidly. You could get left behind in the blink of an eye if you don't continue to learn and grow your skills. You may have noticed in September that a number of new Cloud Certification exams were released with the version 2019. If you recently earned the same certification versioned 2018, you may be wondering how these new releases affect you. Reimagine Cloud For Your Most Important Enterprise Applications With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Certification Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps you build, migrate, operate, and enhance your applications and workloads. Experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services allow you to take advantage of Oracle Cloud's architectural focus on performance, security, and support of both existing and future workloads. After 25 Years, Java Careers Are Still Hot Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020.  Jobs were rated on three main factors - Salary, Job Openings, and Job Satisfaction. Java Developer beat out 48 other contenders for one of the top two positions. This revelation comes at an exciting time in the world of Java. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Java and it is still going strong, continually taking the top spot in the Tiobe Index. Featured Learning Subscriptions Learning subscriptions are comprehensive packaged training + certification that give you access to continually updated learning 24/7/365. Affordably priced with the latest content, resources and lab environments, they are a great way to prepare for your Oracle certification exams, which are also included in the subscriptions. Being all digital allows you to replay or skip modular training content to focus on what you need now.  Learn, practice and prove your skills on your schedule, where ever you are. Data Management Cloud Services Learning Subscription enables your business transformation to the cloud with training on cloud technologies including: Autonomous Database, Database Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud at Customer, Big Data Cloud Service, Analytics Cloud, Essbase, MySQL Cloud Service, NoSQL Database, Data Integration, and Event Hub. In the age of the Autonomous Database with capabilities such as machine learning, the role of the DBA is changing but not diminishing. The role of the Database Administrator is becoming more strategic, with DBAs working to extract more value from their data rather than spending their time on daily tasks involved with database management. Learn more about how Autonomous Database will affect the role of the DBA. Three new PeopleTools 8.57 courses added to PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription. PeopleTools provides the underlying technology for PeopleSoft applications. All PeopleSoft applications are built, deployed, and maintained using PeopleTools, which comprises over 400 tools, utilities, and technologies. From your developer to your system administrator to your implementer and business analyst, all of your team members can benefit from multiple training topic areas incorporated within the comprehensive PeopleSoft PeopleTools Learning Subscription. Oracle Certification Success Spotlight on Success: Never Stop Investing in Yourself - Ivica Arsov Read how this Principal Member of the Oracle Real-World Performance team improved his productivity and problem analysis skills. A different perspective of learning  Pursuing an Oracle Certification credential gave me insight to the needs and requirements in the Real-World in terms of professional skills and career development; it represented a great start and entrance into Oracle’s world.  Submit your story! Explore All Oracle Certifications

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Reimagine Cloud For Your Most Important Enterprise Applications With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Certification

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps you build, migrate, operate, and enhance your applications and workloads. Experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services allow you to take advantage of Oracle Cloud's architectural focus on performance, security, and support of both existing and future workloads. OCI has been crucial to the success of companies like:  Widget who increased messaging speeds by 20 to 30 percent while exceeding 60 percent in production savings. Alliance Data, who will save  more than $1M per year as a result of moving 6TB of mission critical data from on-premises to OCI. Zimperium who were able to identify and prevent mobile hacking threats with the use of OCI. Stories like these abound. As more and more companies invest in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, they need skilled people to help architect these successes. You need a solution that quickly ramps you up on OCI, validates your skills, and continues to deliver the most current learning, addressing the latest innovations. Oracle helps you ramp up and stay current with required recertification, and the tools to help you get there. The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Learning Subscription is an all-digital learning solution that provides 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of role-based training, content updates, hands-on labs, certification exams, and analytics. Among other certifications, this subscription helps you prepare for, and provides access to certification exams to earn these OCI certifications: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Certified Cloud Operations Associate validates a deep understanding of OCI services to spin up infrastructure. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Certified Architect Professional builds on the Associate-level credential and requires you to demonstrate hands-on experience and the knowledge required to plan, design, implement and operate solutions on OCI.  Further, Oracle Cloud Certification credentials are valid for a period of 18 months from the date you earn the credential. After which, you will be required to update your certification to the current version in order keep an active credential. Oracle Cloud Certifications are updated continuously throughout the year to keep current with major product and service releases, and re-released on an annual basis with a new title. It is essential that specialists who are working on Cloud technologies remain current.  Keeping current is easy with the learning subscription. You May Also Like Keep Your SaaS Skills Up-to-Date With Fast-Moving Cloud Technology How I Studied for and Passed the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate Certification Exam (the first time). Spotlight on Success: Ravi Kumar Y V “Real time experience along with certifications opened the door for a great Oracle Architect position!”

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure helps you build, migrate, operate, and enhance your applications and workloads. Experience with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services allow you to take advantage of...

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After 25 Years, Java Careers Are Still Hot

Java Developer Ranks 2nd in Glassdoor's 'Best Jobs in America' list for 2020.  Jobs were rated on three main factors - Salary, Job Openings, and Job Satisfaction. Java Developer beat out 48 other contenders for one of the top two positions. This revelation comes at an exciting time in the world of Java. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Java and it is still going strong, continually taking the top spot in the Tiobe Index.  Java SE 11 certification, the most current Java Certification available, reflects the modernization of Java with modular programming, precise and secure coding management, and more! Java remains a favorite in the Developer community because of its reliability and flexibility. Invest in Yourself - Be the Best Java Developer There are estimated to be more than 9 million Java Developers in the world, so how do you set yourself apart from the herd to compete for this top job? Be the best. Oracle helps you get there with training and certification options that meet you where you are. Take Java classroom training Learn Java Fundamentals in 5 weeks Get 12 months access to continually updated training, hands on labs, and certification exams at no additional cost with Java Learning Subscriptions Core Java Learning Subscription Java Programming Learning Subscription Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription Learn the benefits of earning Java Certification Earn Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Learn More About Java Certification Java 11 Certification: More than Just a Test! Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks Your Complete Guide to Java Certification

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How to Safeguard your Database and Accelerate your Career with the New Oracle Database Security Certification 

Guest post by Richard Evans, Product Manager, Database Security who was a member of the team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) assembled and tasked to create our new Database Security certification exam.   “We’ve been hacked!” are the words that every DBA dreads. It can wake you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. Your heart and mind begin to race. Panic mode sets in. What data was stolen? How much? When? How? Then the tough question comes from the management: How will this affect the company’s reputation and the bottom line?  Who is to blame for this data breach? As the DBA, you are the ultimate custodian of your company’s data. You start getting that ticklish feeling in your stomach as all the fingers begin to point at you. You rub your eyes and gather your thoughts. Wait! Was it just a dream? Luckily, this time it was. But for many DBAs last year, data breaches were a stark reality. Data breaches continue to affect all organizations In 2019, we saw major leaks and hacks across business sectors where data was thought to be extremely secure, e.g., in financial, telecommunications, tech, and social network organizations. Indeed, among Adobe Inc., Canva, Capital One, First American Corporation, Justdial, Mobile Telesystems, Truecaller, Zynga, and Facebook, more than 2.6 billion data records were exposed. This covers just a few of the major breaches, and does not include the 2.7 billion identity records which were posted for sale on the Internet last January. Honestly, how secure was your company’s data last year? With an average of 197 days before breaches are even detected, can you be sure that you weren’t hacked in the last six months? Database security is always a learning exercise For some companies, like those mentioned above, lessons were learned the hard and expensive way – after the fact. For other, more reputable companies, database security learning is a continuous process, where DBAs endeavor to keep their skills up-to-date so that mistakes are not made in the first place. Nothing is guaranteed, but you can be sure that by making database security your top priority, you will considerably limit the frequency of data leaks, and any breach you may experience will cost far less than the USD 3.9 million global average. Staying ahead of the game in database security These days, it’s not enough to simply deploy a highly secure database and then sit back and relax. As the creator of the world’s number one database, Oracle has always been deeply committed to improving your database security, which is why we provide the resources to ensure that you can maximize the protection of your database. •    Oracle Database Security Homepage – here we post updated product data sheets, white papers, demo viewlets, and more •    Oracle Database Security Blog – here you can find articles on topics of interest for the database security development team and field implementation resources •    Securing the Oracle Database eBook – new edition just released! •    Oracle Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts, and Bulletins page – includes announcements of security fixes made during critical patch updates •    Database Documentation page – here you can find all the latest database product manuals. Simply select your database version from the drop-down list and click ‘Security’ to see the security related documentation •    Oracle Software Assurance Blog – here you can get information on new critical patches and alerts straight from our software assurance team •    AskTom monthly community calls – held on the second Thursday of most months, where we update you on the latest product announcements, and take a deep dive into a particular technical topic. Here you can register to be notified about the upcoming sessions and the selected topics. We record these sessions, so you’ll find all the previous recordings listed on this site One giant leap for your career: Introducing the new Oracle Database Security Certification To further boost your knowledge, confidence, credibility, peace of mind, and job satisfaction, Oracle has recently developed a highly prestigious asset to add to your security toolbox: The Oracle Database Security Certification. This newly-launched certification enables you to truly differentiate yourself as a database security expert, to boost your value to future employers, and to significantly enhance your earning potential. Let’s reflect on the unfortunate companies listed above and the thousands of other companies which have experienced data breaches over the past few years. Ask yourself: Who will they be hiring next? The candidate who is not certified in database security? Or the one who is? Realistically, it’s only a matter of time before database security certification becomes a must-have just to make it to the interview stage. The sooner you qualify, the faster your career progresses. Do you have what it takes to reach the next level of security expertise? As you prepare for your Oracle Database Security Certification exam, you’ll be learning a broad array of database security skills, including important features such as authentication, authorization, data encryption at-rest and in-motion, as well as Oracle’s data-driven security solutions, such as Real Application Security, Oracle Label Security, and Database Vault. To be sure of the exam success, we recommend a combination of Oracle training and hands-on experience attained via labs and/or field experience. At Oracle, we have the resources to help guide you at every step on your journey to certification. Peace of mind in an insecure world Today’s world is rife with hackers, crackers, and black hats – not to mention the myriad of ways to lose data through accidental publications and poor security. Protect yourself, your data, and your company’s bottom line with Oracle Database Security Certification.  With your certification taking pride of place on your CV, you’ll enjoy a higher salary, better career prospects, and greater prestige. And what’s else? You’ll sleep more soundly and have sweeter dreams.  

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Top Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them

We are often asked how to earn an Oracle Certification. Most of these questions refer to 3 top areas of certification - Oracle Database Administration, Oracle Database Development, and Java Programming. It is widely agreed that there are tangible benefits of being certified.  Arguably, the most important benefit is the skills you gain while preparing for your certification exam.  The understanding you gain from your study brings confidence when you are faced with tackling the most challenging issues. Click on any of the exams listed in the table to view Exam Topics, Recommended Training and any Additional Preparation available. Top Certifications Oracle Database Administration Earn This Popular Certification Do This Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Database Foundations Certified Junior Associate Pass Oracle Database Foundations | 1Z0-006 Database Foundations (Oracle Academy Course) See more options on the exam page. Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional Pass Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 and  Pass Oracle Database Administration II | 1Z0-083 Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription See more options on each of the exam pages. If You Hold  One of These Certifications Do This to Upgrade Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Database 10g, 11g, 12c, 12c R2 Administrator Certified Professional Pass Oracle Database Administration II 1Z0-083 Oracle Database New Feature Learning Subscription See more options on the exam page. Get your Oracle Database Administration 2019 certification questions answered. Oracle Database Development Earn This Popular Certification Do This Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate Pass Oracle Database SQL 1Z0-071 Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Practice Exam: 1Z0-071 Oracle Database SQL Administration Exam Prep Seminar Package: Oracle Database SQL See more options on each the exam page. Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate Pass Oracle Database SQL 1Z0-071 Pass Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL 1Z0-144 See above for 1Z0-071 preparation Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Exam Prep Seminar Package: Program with PL/SQL Practice Exam: 1Z0-144 Oracle Database 11g: PL/SQL Fundamentals See more options on each of the exam pages. Oracle Database PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional Pass one: Oracle Database SQL | 1Z0-071 or Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL | 1Z0-144 Pass Oracle Database: Advanced PL/SQL 1Z0-148 See above for 1Z0-071 and 1Z0-144 preparation Oracle Database Developer Learning Subscription Practice Exam: 1Z0-148 Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL See more options on each of the exam pages. Java Programming Earn This Popular Certification Do This Use These Preparation Tools Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Pass Java SE 11 Programmer I 1Z0-815 Pass Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 Core Java Learning Subscription Java SE 11 Certification Overview and Sample Questions Practice Exam: 1Z0-815 Oracle Java SE 11 Programmer I OCP Java SE Programming I MOOC See more options on each of the exam pages.   If You Hold  One of These Certifications Do This to Upgrade Use These Preparation Tools Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform, SE 6 Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 , SE 7, SE 8 Programmer Pass Upgrade OCP Java 6, 7 & 8 to Java SE 11 Developer 1Z0-817 Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription See more options on the exam page. Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/SE 6, SE 8, SE 8 Pass Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 Core Java Learning Subscription Java SE 11 Certification Overview and Sample Questions See more options on the exam page. Get your Java SE 11 Certification questions answered. How to Prepare for an Oracle Certification Exam Identify any knowledge gaps.   Click on the exam link in the table above and review Exam Topics. Take any missing recommended training - some valuable options shown above. Plan.  Read this Entrepreneur article on productivity “How to Accomplish More in 4 Days Than Most People Do in 4 Weeks” to create a road map.  Related Content: What Does it Cost to Get Oracle Certified? How to Become a Database Developer Your Complete Guide to Java Certification Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions Build an Enduring Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Career

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How I Studied for and Passed the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate Certification Exam (the first time).

If you are preparing for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate Exam | 1Z0-932, read this post. Joe Malewicki  Since I recently lived through the fun of getting myself Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate certified, I wanted to share a little information on how I prepared for the exam.  Please note, the opinions, words and views expressed in this article are ONLY from my little techy head and there’s no guarantee that if you follow my training regime you will pass.  Or maybe you’ll kick my score out of the park by following these steps in which I would expect you to buy me a beer and send me a compliment! So let’s go…. I wasn’t able to take an actual paid Oracle University class due to time limitations, but I did manage to attend a couple of the free live training sessions found here. You’ll find a lot of the same content they cover listed below in this article.  The biggest issue with these free sessions is availability and timing.  I didn’t have 3 months to wait around to cover the free sessions they offered.  That being said, I always live by the motto, “if it’s free it’s for me” so I still registered for them all and believe it or not, I’m still taking them.  It’s a great post certification exam way to keep your skills up! To really get started on my training plan I first grabbed the published Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Associate Exam (1Z0-932) Study Guide to find out what exactly Oracle’s cloud learning team suggests I learn on this OCI certification journey.  In this PDF (updated February 2019) you’ll find a great list of content as well as resources to help prep for the exam.  The most useful resources I found were the series of YouTube based videos (if the link doesn’t work search YouTube for OCI Level 100 or 200): I ran through all of the Level 100 videos before I even touched the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) console.  I found that seeing everything “once” before helped me to make a lot more efficient use of my practical time once I got my hands into it. Here’s a list of the Level 100 Videos I watched in order and their times: OCI Level 100 – Getting Started with OCI 12 OCI Level 100 – Identify and Access Management 44 OCI Level 100 – Virtual Cloud Network 70 OCI Level 100 – Connectivity 28 OCI Core 100 – Compute 40 OCI Level 100 – Block Volume 42 OCI Level 100 – File Storage 44 OCI Level 100 – Object Storage 38 OCI Level 100 – Load Balancing 50 OCI Level 100 – Database 38 OCI Level 100 Autonomous Database 47 OCI Level 100 – Monitoring 37 OCI Level 100 – Edge Services 40 After spending 530 minutes/8+ hours (yes I timed it) on the treadmill staring at my iPad I decide to “get practical” and signed up for a Free 300 hour trial for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS – OCI) offering: ***NOTE*** You get one free trial so plan your practical hands-on time accordingly, so you don’t waste this great trial. If you’re like me and want to truly dive into new technology, I’d suggest opening your wallet and spending a few bucks to access some fantastic training labs: This is by no means a commercial (nobody seems to want to pay me for advice) – I don’t get anything for that referral, I just think their stuff was pretty cool. They have one free level 100 tutorial you can try out to see if you like their format.  The best part is, you don’t need an OCI trial or account to use these training labs.  You can pick a topic which makes sense for the lesson you are trying to learn and the OCI environment required is staged for you to use for that lesson. The combination of the Level 100 videos, using the OCI trial for a solid week (I tried out almost every feature in there) and spending a few bucks on those training labs (the Oracle Virtual Cloud Network – VCN and Oracle Cloud Autonomous Database) all got me VERY comfortable with the OCI console. I then decided it was time to see if this old guy still has it in him to learn.  I took a stab at the Oracle provided Practice Exam (if the link doesn’t work, just google it, you’ll find it). I was able to answer successfully about 80% of the questions after the work I had put in so far.  (not bad although my high school son told me if he came home with an 80% I’d take away Xbox rights for a week – he’s right) To kick it up a notch I went ahead and started watching the Level 200 series videos.  Those were “OK.”  I think the 100’s were a lot clearer on the presentation/learning angle.  The topics range widely for the OCI certification exam so for preparation, I chose to watch (and re-watch) the key areas from level 100 I felt needed some deeper explanation. Specifically, the following videos were VERY useful (hint hint hint) for the exam prep: Level 200 – Virtual Cloud Network Level 200 – Storage Level 200 – Load Balancing Level 200 – Terraform Level 200 – Identity and Access Management Level 200 – Database (pay close attention to the migration slides) After going blurry and losing about 12 pounds from walking/hiking and jogging on my treadmill (bad knees ya know) I capped off my learning time by reading Oracle documentation and a series of whitepapers they provide. So final prep and words of advice for the test…… The exam is NOT an easy one.  Yes, the passing score is only 65% but the questions are VERY specific so studying and getting hands on practice are essential for success.  Without divulging exam details (hey I had to earn it through hard work and a lot of time) I can offer up some words of advice – remember Oracle is a Database company – KNOW YOUR OCI DATABASE content. Also – OCI like AWS or Azure is a Public cloud service/solution for the most part (with lots of added enterprise class technology to enhance that).  Keep in mind public cloud means connectivity requirements which means what????  Security which means what???? NETWORKING CONCEPTS so make sure Oracle’s Virtual Cloud Network concepts are ingrained! Outside of level 100’s 200’s and OCI hands on labs/trial/videos – the rest was just reading and practice.  At this point I was feeling pretty good at what I’ve learned so I tried the  Oracle provided Practice Exam one last time (if the link doesn’t work, just google it, you’ll find it). This time I was able to answer successfully 100% of the questions. (plenty of Xbox time for this guy!) From there it was a matter of scheduling my exam test and going for it.  A word of advice – some test centers offer the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate certification exam online but I would NOT do that.  The system is very picky, and it would stink to have an invalid test result due to a glitch.  I feel that going to a test center (although it’s a pain) will let you get your head straight with the material and take you out of your comfort zone and I’ve found that helps to hyper focus on the task in front of you. Just my suggestion but it seems to work for me. As much as I wish I could say I bagged 100% on the exam – alas, I only scored an 83%.  Afterward I recalled several of the mistakes I made when I went back and reviewed, but that’s OK.  The practice I got prepping as well as the hands-on experience since then has been priceless and I know my clients are much better off that I endured this work and had to master this information. Last food for thought…. Make sure you register for “Your Acclaim” so you can have bragging rights to all of your friends once you kick butt and pass the exam!!!: I hope this article was helpful for anyone interested in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Architect Associate certification exam preparation.  I would love any and all feedback, comments, questions you might have or to know your experiences!!! Thank you and good luck! I’ve tried to create a list of the URL’s you can find a lot of very relevant information for the OCI certification exam itself.  Please feel free to take a look and if you have some suggestions to add to the list, please let me know

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Java 11 Certification: More than Just a Test!

by Eric Bruno The Java release cycle is now faster than ever. Since Java 8, Oracle is cranking out new releases with changes and added features every six months. How do you keep up? Studying to become a Java Certified Developer is a great way to not only stay up to date, you’ll also sharpen your skills, solve some real problems, gain a competitive edge with potential employers, and build respect among your peers. Do you Really Know what Java Certification is? It’s a test, right? Actually, it’s so much more than that! Traveling down the Java 11 Developer Certification path is much more about achievement and personal growth than requirements and testing. Personally, I liken it to martial arts progression, such as belt colors for Karate or jiu-jitsu. Marital arts practitioners focus on the benefits of the progression: discipline, understanding, fitness, health, mastery, and life-long growth and learning. The same principal applies to the practice of Java programming. There’s always more to learn and master, and for developers thinking about certification, there are certainly many real benefits. The Benefits of Becoming Certified According to the January 2019 issue of Certification Magazine’s annual salary survey, 71% of individuals believe certification was a key factor in their recent raise. This was echoed in a survey performed by Pearson VUE, where 23% said they received a salary increase of up to 20% upon earning a certification. But it’s about more than getting a pay increase. The certification process, with the associated training and sample exams, help you to keep up with the accelerated pace of Java updates and version releases. Quite simply, it’s a great way to stay disciplined and keep up with rate of change. Increased Skill Set and Boosted Confidence Having gone through the certification process, most developers gain the confidence they need to land their next job. A quick search uncovers many blog posts, Twitter tweets, and LinkedIn posts from developers extolling their personal experiences with the certification process. Friedrich Brown, for example, is a developer with his sights set on growing into more of a leadership role. In a past blog, Brown said the Java Certification process “…definitely enhances your skills and will be more useful for landing a good Java developer job.” For many, certification delivers the confidence boost needed to get through the interview process that many programmers experience these days, including online coding exams and grueling interview questioning. I recently interviewed for a financial firm, where they required me to write code on a white board to solve a problem on the fly. In this position, loss of confidence can spoil even a perfectly capable programmer’s chances of success. When everyone in the room—including yourself—knows that you’re certified, it tips the balance in your favor. Team Recognition and Competitive Edge Java developer and author, Scott Selikoff, who’s books include Java certification study guides, wrote about his own experiences on the benefits of certification in a recent article. Team recognition is one reason, since the process and resulting certification demonstrates leadership on many levels. The survey by Pearson VUE on certification verifies this, noting that almost 65% said they received positive impact on their professional image and reputation. However, there’s one important observation Selikoff makes: “Understanding modules is vital to passing this exam!” Referring to modules introduced in Java SE 9, Selikoff uses the word understand, and emphasizes this with an exclamation point. To me, this reinforces the point of certification: that building a true understanding of the Java language and platform (not memorizing what’s needed to pass a test) is the real goal of the process. In the article, Java Certifications: The Ultimate Guide, Carly Yuk makes discusses additional views on Java certification. “The demand for IT professionals is on the rise, therefore, a Java certification may offer you that competitive edge,” Yuk points out. Following this up, Yuk reminds us that “gaining a Java certification from Oracle adds credibility to your CV/Resume.” As Yuk states in the article, Java certification is valid proof of your technical abilities, and can bring your name to the top of the heap amongst job recruiters and employers. Yuk, Raul Rios, and the others motioned above each echo the points made here on developing a deep understanding of Java and building personal confidence.   And don’t forget the achievement badge you get once you become certified (see sample above). There’s something to be said for the recognition gained when you can share your achievement on social media! Employers’ Views on Certification According to PayScale, the average salary for a Certified Java Developer is around $82,000, while the average Java developer is around $73,540. And with Java job opportunities projected to grow by 17% through 2024, the time is now to show employers you know your stuff. Informal polls on Reddit.com show that employers do value Java certification, sometimes over a college degree, with some valuing it more for senior Java developers than for recent grads. This is because of the view that experienced developers tend to not keep up with the latest features, or adapt to new language constructs (i.e. Lambda expressions, try-with-resources, and so on). In the end, your experience speaks for itself, but being certified shows employers you’re interested in staying sharp and up to date, and speaks to your discipline and desire to be the best you can be going forward. According to the a survey by Global Knowledge on training and certification, decision-makers reported that certified team members troubleshoot issues and complete projects more quickly, with fewer skills gaps. And when asked to estimate the economic benefit of the additional skills that certified employees bring to the table compared to non-certified peers, 27% of IT decision-makers said it exceeds $20,000 annually. Another 27% placed the value at between $10,000 and $19,999. Certification Questions: A Personal Experience When a new issue of Oracle Java Magazine arrives in my Inbox, I usually turn right to the Fix This column where the questions posed simulate those in the Oracle Certified Associate exam for Java. In fact, the people who create the certification exams contribute these questions. The first time I did this, I admit some of the questions stumped me! I also realized that the questions didn’t intend to trick you, or cover some esoteric parts of the Java language. They actually helped to teach something useful about the Java language. Let’s consider a sample question: A senior Java developer is traveling from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) in the United States to Warsaw (WAW) in Poland. She is trying to calculate the duration of the flight but thinks that Poland might be shifting to daylight saving time on the weekend of her journey: Depart Chicago O’Hare: March 24, 2018 5:30 PM (17:30) Arrive Warsaw: March 25, 2018 9:35 AM (09:35) Consider the following incomplete code: ZonedDateTime ord =     ZonedDateTime.of(2018, 3, 24, 17, 30, 0, 0,                      ZoneId.of("America/Chicago")); ZonedDateTime waw =     ZonedDateTime.of(2018, 3, 25, 9, 35, 0, 0,                      ZoneId.of("Europe/Warsaw"));   // line n1   System.out.print("Time in plane is: " + timeInPlane);   What code does she insert at line n1 to calculate the elapsed time expected between departure and arrival? Choose one. A. long timeInPlane = ChronoUnit.HOURS.between(ord, waw); B. Period timeInPlane = Period.between(           ord, ZoneId.of("America/Chicago"),           waw, ZoneId.of("Europe/Warsaw")); C. Period timeInPlane = Period.between(ord, waw); D. Duration timeInPlane = Duration.between(ord, waw);   If you’re not sure of the correct answer, check out the March/April 2019 issue of Java Magazine. For now, consider a few things about this question: It focuses on a real problem, providing motivation to solve it. It doesn’t focus on rote knowledge of an API, but instead leans on your understanding of JDK concepts, not memorized facts. I learned that since version 8, Java contains a database of all the historical daylight-saving time changes from governments around the world, and it’s updated with new information as it becomes available. That’s useful information. Looking at these questions as exercises will help improve your Java skills, just as physical exercise helps increase and maintain a level of fitness. For more on the sample questions in Java Magazine, get the inside scoop from columnist and certification test author, Simon Roberts, in his revealing article. How to Get Started Oracle Learning Subscriptions offer the biggest value in training and certification savings. Gain access to the core Java SE 11 training materials and receive one free attempt for each certification exam included in the Java SE Programmer 2019 learning paths. Start by reading through certification paths and options, view the exam preparation steps and videos, then take some sample exams. Below is a visual guide to the process:   Finally, here are the specific Java certification links you should explore: Java SE 11 Oracle Training and Certification Java SE 11 Certification Questions Answered Good luck on your own personal certification journey. Even after 20 years as a Java developer, it’s one that I’ve begun as well. Like me, I’m sure you’ll find it was all worth it after getting to post that certification badge on social media!

by Eric Bruno The Java release cycle is now faster than ever. Since Java 8, Oracle is cranking out new releases with changes and added features every six months. How do you keep up? Studying to become...

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Spotlight on Success: Never Stop Investing in Yourself - Ivica Arsov

Read how this Principal Member of the Oracle Real-World Performance team improved his productivity and problem analysis skills. A different perspective of learning  Pursuing an Oracle Certification credential gave me insight to the needs and requirements in the Real-World in terms of professional skills and career development; it represented a great start and entrance into Oracle’s world. Problem analysis skills Preparing for the Oracle Certified Master (OCM) exam improves your problem analysis skills and how you approach problems efficiently with proper analysis without doing trial and error problem solving method.   During the preparation phase some of the tasks might not represent a challenge for you, but for some, you might struggle. That’s a good thing; it will force you to read and to do more detailed problem analysis. You will learn to not waste time and to keep your mind on the right track. During the exam, time to do analysis is limited, therefore the time you spend to analyze a given problem needs to be efficient. Even when you find a potential solution, you will have to think about other possible solutions. You will ask yourself “Is this the best possible solution? Are there other solutions? Can this solution break something else?”  In Oracle’s world and with RDBMS in general, not every problem has a single solution.  Let’s take a simple scenario; the task being to Create a Multitenant Database. Usually most of the people will start up DBCA (UI-based) tool to create a database. But, have you thought about creating a database from the command line with template files? Some might say, yes, we always do that. OK, what about creating a database from SQLPLUS by directly typing the CREATE DATABASE command? With all needed information for datafiles, control files, redo log files, tablespace information etc. Do we know the proper syntax? How much time do we need to actually perform? Even though it might not be something we do on a daily basis at work and we might have scripts for that, it’s something we should know and be prepared for.  One simple task can extend to different sub-tasks with various scenarios and solutions that you must be prepared for. Broader knowledge and skills Preparation for the OCM forces you to read and learn about old and new features.   Even ones you did not think are needed or you might not have used on a daily basis. For example, Parallel Statement Queuing introduced in 11.2.0.2 will guide you to Resource Manager, which is one possible topic on the OCM exam.  Learning this gives you a different perspective of Oracle RDBMS technology, it allows you to understand and connect different features which definitely add value in how you perform at work. Value to my employer and team Having an OCM certificate also brings value to the employer. Having a skilled professional who went through the preparation and the OCM exam is a big treasure for an employer. Customers also look at how much of the employer’s professionals are qualified and certified, having an OCM engineer in the team is an advantage and adds big value. Companies which are partners of Oracle benefit from having certified engineers, as certification in general is one of the requirements for a partnership. Respect from peers Being part of this elite top-level recognized group of OCM certification holders brings confidence, salary raise, and increased productivity.   Download the Value of IT Certification infographic here. My OCM Journey “My first encounter with Oracle RDBMS and Oracle Certification was during my University days. I was fascinated by the technology and how important a role the RDBMS can have. It was then that I took my first exam and earned the Oracle Certificate Associate (OCA) title. I will never forget the advice I got from one of the professors at the University. “Never stop investing in yourself and your knowledge, sooner or later it will pay off.” That advice stuck with me and is something that guides me still today. During my professional work, gaining Real-World experience as Database Engineer, I had the opportunity to extend my knowledge with the next level of certification Oracle Certified Professional (OCP). After OCP, I became interested in learning more about the Oracle Certified Master (OCM).   I started to read more about the exam, going through blogs and forums to read about other people's experience with OCM; what were the challenges they encountered, what they struggled with the most, and what value personally and career-wise they gained. I did not tackle the OCM immediately. I felt I need more Real-World experience before I actually started thinking about the OCM exam. Eventually, after a few years of experience I decided to spend needed time to prepare and take a shot at the exam.  I took my first OCM exam in Bucharest, Romania. It was two days of hard work, it was lots of pressure, and it was exciting. When preparing for an OCM exam there are multiple factors in play. The main requirement is having the needed knowledge; however time management, ability to handle the pressure, recalling specific commands syntax quickly, navigation through documentation and a good understanding of the material for each of the skillsets are all part of the experience. You basically have something from everything. Although some of the listed things might not look that important, they represent a crucial part to succeed. I spent nine months preparing for the two-day exam. I dedicated one month for each of the nine skillsets. Now, when I look back, it was a long way to go, but it was worth every minute of it. During the preparation I read a lot, trying to create possible scenarios for each skillset to cover various solutions. You need to be comfortable in navigating through the documentation.  I read the related documentation at least 3 times for each of the skillsets, mostly to find and check various commands syntax. Believe me, nine months of preparation is a lot of work. There were couple of occasions when I was thinking about quitting, but I managed to stay determined and at the end it did pay off.   To be honest, I must say it is a hard exam. It is the most advanced Oracle certification exam. The exam itself it is not questionnaire based, you need to perform real work with real-life scenarios on live systems. It is a very challenging and elite top-level certification. Currently, I hold the Oracle Certified Master certificate for database versions 12c and 11g.  It was in 2014 that I passed the 11g OCM exam. At that time, it was the greatest accomplishment of my professional career. Two years later I upgraded my OCM credential to version 12c. The knowledge and experience gained from the OCM certification gave me the needed strength and confidence to start with public speaking at Oracle User Group conferences. Today, I am active speaker at various Oracle User Group conferences such as UKOUG, HrOUG, BGOUG, SIOUG, NLOUG, OBUG, Oracle Open World etc. About Ivica Arsov He works in the Product Development as Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Oracle, on the Real-World Performance team. His main focus is on database and systems, their performance and stability. They use the database as it is designed to be used and perform data-driven analysis, helping internal teams and external customers to get the best performance out of the database. The Real-World Performance (RWP) Group is part of the Oracle Database Development organization. Engineers in the RWP group focus on extracting the maximum performance from the Oracle Database and hardware in the real-world. This is done by identifying inefficiencies in current systems and applying modern database design and tuning techniques. You may be interested in seeing the Real-World Performance team videos at https://www.oracle.com/goto/oll/rwp  

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Keep Your SaaS Skills Up-to-Date With Fast-Moving Cloud Technology

It's a new year. Is it time for you to update your skills? Applications in the cloud change rapidly. You could get left behind in the blink of an eye if you don't continue to learn and grow your skills. You may have noticed in September that a number of new Cloud Certification exams were released with the version 2019. If you recently earned the same certification versioned 2018, you may be wondering how these new releases affect you. With the rapid pace of Cloud technologies, the skills and knowledge you need for your job may change quickly. In order to keep up with updated requirements, Cloud specialists need to commit to updating and renewing their skills regularly. Oracle's Cloud Recertification Policy and continually updated learning subscriptions help you keep your skills sharp and remain relevant in your field. The Oracle Cloud Recertification Policy states: Oracle Cloud Certification credentials are valid for a period of 18 months from the date you earn the credential. The credential will become inactive at the end of 18 months. Oracle requires candidates to hold an active credential in order to access certain certification benefits including, without limitation, use of Oracle certification logos, eCertificates, score reports and certification verification. To stay current, candidates must re-certify themselves with the latest version of the exam. Oracle Cloud Certifications include Oracle Certified Associate, Specialist and Professional titles. Oracle Cloud Certifications are updated continuously throughout the year to keep current with major product and service releases, and re-released on an annual basis with a new title.  Note: (1)   Credentials earned by passing 2019 / future exams after 12-Sep-2019 will remain active for 18 months from the date of earning them (2)   Credentials earned by passing 2019 exams on or before 12-Sep-2019 will remain active till 12-Mar-2021 (3)  Credentials earned by passing 2018/ older exams will remain active till 01-Jun-2020 For Example, if you previously passed these 2018 SaaS Certification exams, you'll need to pass the 2019 exams released in September 2019 by 01-Jun-2020 in order to keep your certification active. If you have previously passed this exam: You will need to pass this exam by 01-Jun-2020 in order to keep your Certification active Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-956) Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1045) Oracle Workforce Compensation Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1000) Oracle Compensation Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1049) Oracle Talent Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1010) Oracle Talent Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1052) Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1004) Oracle Financials Cloud: General Ledger 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1054) Oracle Accounting Hub Cloud Service 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1019) Oracle Accounting Hub Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1060) Oracle Sales Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1014) Oracle Sales Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1061) Oracle Incentive Compensation Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1015) Oracle Incentive Compensation Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1062) Oracle Procurement Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1007) Oracle Procurement Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1065) Oracle Cost Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1024) Oracle Cost Management Cloud 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1074) Oracle Order Management Cloud 2018 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1001) Oracle Order Management Cloud Order to Cash 2019 Implementation Essentials (1Z0-1077)   Do You Have Oracle Cloud Recertification Questions? Get Your Answers Below Why did Oracle implement this policy? Recertification is a common practice in the IT industry. Oracle Cloud technology is moving at a lightning pace. Skills and knowledge from 18 months ago are archaic. This policy is implemented to enable you to best support your customers, partners and projects. You need to stay current with latest training and certification. When did the policy take effect? This policy took effect on 12-Sep-2019 with the new 2019 Cloud Certifications. I already have an Oracle Cloud certification, how long is it valid? Existing “2019” cloud credentials will be active for 18 months from the date of introduction of the policy (Till 12-Mar-2021) Existing “2018” and “older” cloud credentials will be active till 1-Jun-2020 Why do I have to recertify? It is important to remain current on the technology. Cloud credentials become inactive at the end of 18 months from the time you earned them. If you hold a Cloud credential that will soon become inactive or has already become inactive, you must take the latest version of the exam to remain current. What will happen if my credential becomes inactive?     You will no longer be able to access/use the certification benefits such as print eCertificate, share an active digital badge, or verify your credential through CertView.  My Cloud credential has become inactive. What do I do now?     Simply take and pass take the latest version of the exam and earn the latest Cloud credential to activate your new credential and gain access to all the benefits of certification. Please visit the All Exams page on our website to view the latest exams. If I recertify, will my previous credential become active again?   No, the previous credential will still remain inactive. You will receive a new credential based on the latest exam that you passed. How will I know, when my credential will become inactive?     You will receive notifications from Oracle University regarding the certification that needs to be updated and the deadline. Are all Cloud certifications included in this Recertification Policy?      Yes, all Cloud certifications are included in this Recertification Policy. Note for 2019 and future credentials: If you earned a 2019 Cloud credential before we introduced this policy, your credential will remain active till 12-Mar-2021. If you earn the credential after we introduced this policy, your credential will remain active for 18 months from the date you earned it. Note for 2018 and older credentials: If you earned 2018 or older credentials, your credential will remain active till 01-Jun-2020. What happens to my Acclaim badge when my Cloud credential becomes Inactive? The Acclaim badge will still be available to you, and will contain the expiration date.

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Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks

Read this blog for details on how to Learn Java Fundamentals in Five Weeks.  Learning Java fundamentals also prepares you for the 1st exam in the 2 exam path required to be recognized as an Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 11 Developer. What is a MOOC? MOOC is an abbreviation for Massively Open Online Course, which is a new flexible way to learn, over the internet with no limit of the number of who can attend.  Why Attend this Java SE Programming MOOC? It's afordable, flexible, convenient and comprehensive way to learn Java fundamentals.  Java is one of the most widely used programming languages, one with a 25-year history that spans super computers to mobile phones, and more. Literally millions of applications run on  the Java platform, which is famous for its portable, secure and robust features. If you want to become a Java developer, fundamentals is a key course for your skill development. The Java SE MOOC includes three enrollment options. One of the options, the Premier Package, includes a certification exam voucher (plus a FREE retake exam voucher if you need it) for the Java SE Programming 1 (1Z0-815) exam. Get a free preview of the MOOC here.  Why Get Java Certified? Java certification gives you a firm footing on the world’s #1 development platform, setting the global standard for developing secure, portable, high-performance applications for the widest range of computing platforms possible. Being certified in Java offers many benefits, including: Potential for higher pay Greater recognition of your skills as compared with your peers Opportunities to apply for Java developer jobs A boost in your confidence level IT Certification offers real and practical benefits.   Download the Value of IT Certification here to read how IT Certification holders have benefitted in their own words. Make 2020 your best year yet.  Get the Java SE 11 Developer credential that is socially sharable and immediately verifiable; it opens doors, builds professional credibility and help with starting a new career. 

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Avoid Costly Surprises - Plan Now for Your Oracle Certification Exam

Don't let your Oracle Certification Exam Voucher expire! Plan ahead to avoid winter holiday scheduling nightmares that could cost you your exam voucher. Much of the world participates in some type of winter or holiday break in December. Some test centers shut down for a week to two weeks, or run fewer appointments during this time. If you are trying to get an exam scheduled to use your voucher or take a retiring exam before the expiration or retirement date, these closures could come as a nasty surprise. There are a number of exams retiring at the end of this month. For example, if you are working on earning an Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional certification and still need to take the 1Z0-063 exam, you want to be sure that you have time to take the exam before it retires on December 30. If your local test center is closed between now and then, your appointment options could be drastically reduced. Be proactive. Schedule now. You may have a voucher that you purchased, or that was purchased for you, that expires the end of this month. Vouchers are not extendable. Be proactive and schedule your exam now so that you don't lose the voucher.  There is still time. Don't be caught off guard. Take a moment now to check exam schedules at your local Pearson VUE test center. Go ahead and schedule your exam and breathe a sigh of relief. Ring in the new year with a new certification! If you don't have a voucher, or you'd rather move on to a more current version of Oracle Database Administrator Certification in the new year, act fast to get 50% off on premise digital training and certification exam vouchers.

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How to Use Social Media to Highlight Your Professional Skills

Guest Post by Patricia Diaz at Credly Oracle certification verification is a powerful way to show future employers or even your current employer that you’re qualified for a job, a skilled candidate for a promotion, and that you’re willing to go the extra mile to continuously upskill yourself to keep current on new technology. Digital credentials are a great way to highlight and validate your skills, but if you aren’t sharing them on social media, you’re missing out.  Oracle certifications range from Cloud Infrastructure to Certified Human Resources Cloud Specialist and everything in-between (do a quick LinkedIn search for “Oracle certifications” and you’ll see hundreds of results for verified badge earners). Oracle certification badge earners run the gamut from novice to experienced, but they all have one thing in common: they have shared their verified credentials to their networks on social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter. Typical reactions to these certifications include dozens of likes and comments congratulating the badge earner on their accomplishments.  Once a badge is shared on a social network, it allows your achievement to go beyond just your network. You’re opening yourself up to potentially hundreds of connections who are searching for your expertise. This amplification of achievement allows you, the badge earner, to take control of your career in a way that was once limited to the confines of your office Remember paper certificates? They don’t quite have the same amplification power of a digital credential.  Sharing your digital credentials from Oracle may seem like a self-reported achievement, but it’s not. Anyone who sees the social post with your credential in it can click on the update and will be taken directly to the credential landing page. The landing page has extensive metadata explaining what went into earning the badge, as well as the badge verification number. It’s iron-clad proof that you know how to do what you’ve said you know how to do.  Social media goes far beyond memes and gifs and has turned into a powerful learning tool. With over half of the world’s population actively using social media (there are over 2.3 billion monthly active users on Facebook alone), if you’re not advocating for yourself through your verified credentials, you’re missing a huge opportunity to change the culture of learning, of hiring, and even of education.  Learn more about how you can earn and show off your Oracle digital certification, including certified Oracle DBA, Oracle certification in SQL, or Oracle Certified Professional Java programmer credentials.  Learn about the Oracle Certification Program >

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Spotlight on Success: Ravi Kumar Y V “Real time experience along with certifications opened the door for a great Oracle Architect position!”

How Oracle Certification Helped Me “My technical certifications across the Oracle Core Technologies and Oracle Cloud Platform helped me to gain a deep understanding of solution components, architecting for maximum performance, availability, security and automation.  This allows me to bring value to my business by lower TCO and greater ROI across the solution stack” How it all started My training started back in 1999 on Oracle 8i Administration!  Since then I have completed OCP in Oracle 8i, 9i, 10g,11g and 12c becoming an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) in 2009.  Now at Oracle Open World this year I became one of the 1st people to achieve the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure 2019 Architect Professional credential! Gaining hands-on experience and learning one database that runs across all platforms; SUN Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Redhat Linux, Suse Linux and Micro Soft Windows, supporting32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems were always especially interesting for me. I have attended many other training classes too; Completing Managing Oracle 9i and then 10g on Linux, Real Application Clusters (RAC) in Oracle 10g, 11g and 12c, and Oracle Data Guard (DG).   Installing and configuring "High Availability" environments for critical financial services were also important skills for me to develop. Learning + Certification = Professional Credibility My real-time experience and certifications recently gained me recognition as qualifying (and being selected!) for a major contract as an Oracle Architect.   Three of the required skills they were searching for were: Holds an Oracle Certified Master (OCM) credential. Holds an Oracle Certified Expert (OCE) credential. Holds an Oracle Certified Maximum Availability Architecture Expert (MAA) credential About Venkata Ravi Kumar Yenugula Currently Ravi is an Oracle Engineered Systems Architect at Infolob Solutions Inc.  He has 22+ years of experience in Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) verticals, spanning various roles of Vice President (IT), Senior Database Architect and Production DBA. His list of accomplishments is long.  Here are some of them: Oracle ACE Director (ACED) He has published 100+ articles in Oracle Technology Network (OTN) in multiple languages including Spanish and Portuguese.   And, several articles in All things ORACLE from redgate, Spain Oracle User Group (SPOUG) and OraWorld e-magazine. One of the few in his country who have achieved Oracle Certified Master (OCM) Co-author "Oracle Database Upgrade and Migration Methods" book recommended by Mike Dietrich (Master Product Manager - Database Upgrades and Migrations, Oracle Corporation)   Co-Author - Oracle High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Cloud Services Oracle ACE Spotlight Oracle Magazine - July 2017 Expert Level Contributor in My Oracle Support Community(MOSC) The Oracle ACE Program Newsletter in June 2016 Oracle Magazine - Aug 2017 He has also been a speaker at many major Oracle User Groups: Oracle Open World (OOW) Y2018 and Y2017, US Australia Oracle User Group (AUSOUG) 2019 Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) 2018, US NewYork Oracle User Group (NYOUG) Y2018, Y2017 and Y2016, NY, US SunCoast Oracle User Group (SOUG) Y2017, Florida, US APAC Oracle Users Group (APACOUG), Y2018 Sangam (Largest Oracle User Group in India) Y2014, India OTN Yathra Y2013 and Y2014, India IOUG Webinar Y2014 AIOUG Tech Day Y2013,Y2014 and Y2015,India   The Definition of an OCM o   From Wikipedia: “recognizes the highest level of demonstrated skills, knowledge and proven abilities. OCMs are equipped to answer the most difficult questions and solve the most complex problems. The Oracle Certified Master certification validates a candidate's abilities through passing rigorous performance-based exams. The certification typically builds upon the fundamental skills of the OCA and the more advanced skills of the OCP.”   Interested in becoming an OCM?  Here are 5 Things You Should Know  

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The Value of Oracle Certification

The survey says…. Industry research shows that certification is a benefit to the hiring manager and the individual.   IDC conducted research of the Business Value of Oracle Training and Certification recently and found: •        Oracle Database Trained and Certified experienced a 299% 3- year ROI  = 4 dollars of productivity improvement over three years for every dollar invested in training - Click to download this Business Value Snapshot  •        Java Trained and Certified experienced a 405% 3- year ROI  = 5 dollars of productivity improvement over three years for every dollar invested in training - Click to download this Business Value Snapshot    Burning Glass found that individuals with technical certifications benefit from: •        Door openers; In career fields that value certifications, they carry a significant salary premium. Employers demand certifications for technical skills, not soft skills •        Career Escalators; Certifications fall into two broad categories, each with its own distinct impact: Door Openers, which help new labor market entrants enter a field; and Career Escalators, which pave the path for experienced workers’ upward mobility.  In both cases, technical fields value certifications.  Certified individuals carry a significant salary premium (as much as 18% in their sample).  It’s about what you learn along the way. The average person is using only a small subset of the technology, usually enough to solve this one issue or to do specific tasks.  Once you decide to become certified you step away from the standard job requirements.   Then as you begin to learn advanced features and tools you gain a deeper and wider knowledge.   Discovering new approaches, common mistakes and solutions brings confidence and recognition from your peers. Learning, retained longer through the process of certification preparation = knowledge and credibility.  Certified respondents said that Professional Credibility (that comes from training + certification combined), Earning Power and Job Satisfaction are the real value of being certified •        91% said “Gives me more professional credibility with those I interact with on the job” •        89%  “Makes me more valuable to my employer” •        84%  “Helps me retain acquired knowledge over a longer period” •        90% Would recommend certification to a friend or colleague looking to begin or advance their career •        88% Training + certification “Provides greater motivation for me to keep my skills up to date •        67% Greater self-confidence in abilities •        55% knowledge has been transferrable to real work situation  Pearson Vue IT Survey - ( 2018 Value of IT Certification "© 2019 Pearson Education, Inc. or its affiliate(s). All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission." ) Why this matters There are more than 2 million Oracle certified credential holders across the world.   Oracle is one of the top IT certifications you can have.   Click to see how The digital badge helps you differentiate yourself.   Digital badges are: •        Recognizable proof of qualifications for Hiring Managers •        Visual and Shareable •        Real World Skills Directly Mapped to Open Jobs •        Fraud-Proof What’s stopping you? Get started today.   Click here to view all certifications    Ready for Oracle Certification now?  Buy your exam voucher and plan your preparation!   Other Links Download the Value of IT Certification infographic here

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Why Digital Learning Must Be a Priority for All IT Professionals

No other industry undergoes change as quickly and as often as IT, nor has as much impact on our personal and professional lives. While progressions in other support functions such as finance and HR can offer greater efficiencies for businesses, advances in IT can change the very nature of business itself - and, indeed, our lifestyles. AI, big data, cloud computing, blockchain, database automation; innovations in IT are coming thick and fast, and all across the technology stack. How can today’s IT professionals keep pace with an industry in a state of perpetual evolution? The Time for IT Learning is Always Now Not only are there more technologies to learn, more quickly, but in today’s fast-paced and always-on business world it is increasingly difficult to find the necessary time to keep skills up-to-date. Developing and maintaining existing systems, managing new projects, IT planning, implementations, upgrades, optimizations - not to mention all the day-to-day tasks in between - combine to overwhelm today’s IT workers and keep them from engaging in dedicated learning time. Yet each day that you are not learning about the latest technologies is a day when your knowledge and skills become more obsolete. Your market value and career prospects are inextricably linked to your ability to keep up with the latest technologies. Whatever you are working on right now, make sure you’re working on your knowledge development. The Classroom No Longer Cuts Costs for IT Traditional classroom-based training has many benefits, but it is not suited for a paradigm of continual learning or for the busy working schedules of today’s IT employees. Classroom learning sometimes needs to be scheduled months in advance depending on course availability and employee working priorities. Also, group training sessions run at a set pace which is unlikely to be the optimum learning speed for you. Many parts of the course may not even be relevant to your specific job role in your organization. With business and IT needs rapidly changing, can you be sure that you will use all your classroom training immediately after the course delivery? Will you need to refresh some learning in the near future - for example, immediately before implementations and upgrades or when solving an emerging business issue? The limitations of one-off group classroom learning make it highly impractical for many IT professionals today. Digital Learning for the Digital Age Digital training is rapidly gaining in popularity as it is ideally suited to meeting the continual learning needs of time-pressed IT staff. Check out these fascinating statistics about eLearning, courtesy of the eLearningindustry: Experience the following benefits of digital learning: Learn only what you need, when you need it - without having to sit through an entire course or spend time traveling offsite to do so Consume course content at your own pace - pause and repeat segments as often as you need Develop new skills on your own schedule - take your training in chunks and spread it over several days or weeks as your work calendar allows An increasingly significant advantage of digital learning is its location flexibility. Learn from the comfort of your desk, staff training room, or home office. Perhaps you’re frequently on the move, traveling between business locations or client project sites? Or how about on your daily commute? Wherever you are, your opportunity for digital learning is right there with you. Digital learning also enables you to learn five times more material for every hour of training. Because of the way the materials are presented, you get to consume information in smaller, more digestible chunks, making it easier to consign things to memory and understand how concepts interact with each other. To help you on your journey to excellence, Oracle University's Learning Subscriptions offer the latest in digital training to meet all your learning requirements. This subscription format provides one year of access to high-quality content delivered by Oracle product experts. It's an extremely cost-efficient way for you to learn anytime, anywhere. Subscribing to the New Paradigm With structured programs designed for your specific job role or IT function, Oracle Learning Subscriptions are continually updated as the technologies evolve, ensuring you are always among the first to learn and apply the latest Oracle features and functionality. Furthermore, the always-available, highly-searchable HD videos are an ideal solution when you need that quick refresher or to dip into learning content to solve an immediate business problem. If you're working toward earning an Oracle Certification, you can immerse yourself in the topic. Take a closer look at Oracle University’s: Technology Learning Subscriptions for the latest range of product, solution and industry training Cloud Learning Subscriptions for all things Oracle SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS The speed and breadth of IT innovation are only set to increase. Digital learning offers the only practical way for IT pros to stay on top of emerging technologies. Treat yourself to continual education with Oracle Learning Subscriptions. Editor's Note: This post was originally published on October 2, 2018, and has been revamped and updated. 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Spotlight on Success: OCM - A Key to Unlock the Treasures of Your Professional Life

Thoughts on OCM Certification OCM: Just a Key by Han Zheng I would like to thank Mr. Tang Di for helping me and caring for me along the way, and for his wholehearted willingness to share. Above all, he is my role model. From him, I learned how a true professional thinks — his mindset, how he forms a plan and the actions he takes when facing a problem. People who know me well know the hard work I have put in improving my technical skills during my journey with Oracle. (People who don’t know me probably have no interest in that at all.) Without further ado, let’s get to the point. Hopefully you will find this article useful. What is Oracle Certified Master (OCM)? In the first year of my journey with Oracle, I believed that an OCM could do anything (optimization, deployment and execution, tuning parameters, troubleshooting, backup and recovery, etc.). No problem in Oracle is a problem for an OCM! As I improved my technical skills, I talked about OCM certification with many Oracle professionals. They regarded it as just a piece of paper — an expensive one — and I too began to view OCM that way. RELATED:  Shang Shibo Achieves Amazing Results With OCM After First Doubting Its Value Just a paper? But during my OCM training and preparation, my enthusiasm was ignited. We had to report our progress on a daily basis, and I saw the good work my classmates were doing — a powerful motivator, since I hate coming in last. Along the way, I have developed the qualities an excellent DBA needs: delving deep when presented with problems, striving for perfection when solving them, and never giving up in the face of the unexpected. I can do these things because I developed the confidence to solve problems, because I had unflagging support from my classmates, and because I have the skills and the spirit that were passed down from the incredible men and women who came before me. Initially, the main reason I worked so hard was that I didn’t want to waste my money. Later on, it was my competitive nature that drove me when I saw the progress my classmates were making every day. But in the end, it was that I enjoyed making my own daily progress, which for me was a treasure beyond price, especially when my hard work paid off. RELATED:  Find Out Why Alex Zaballa Has Earned Over 200 Oracle Certifications What is OCM really about? Yes, OCM is just a piece of paper. But the question is, can you make it more than that? Yes, you can. OCM is a key. It all depends on you and whether you can use it to unlock a treasure trove in your professional life. If you think of it as just a piece of paper, that is all it will remain. For me, OCM certification has been about building confidence, learning to delve deep, striving for perfection and never giving up, making so many incredible friends and, above all, improving my technical skills. These things are what really matter! The certificate simply represents the successful conclusion of this journey. And it is not really the end, but a new beginning. For this incredibly thrilling adventure, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart Mr. Hou, Mr. Cui and all my classmates. I also want to thank my friends as well as my managers and colleagues. I am grateful to the Oracle WDP training center. You have made my journey with OCM the best ever! Start your own Oracle Certified Master Journey. *This article was provided and authorized by Oracle Certified Master Union. To reprint, please contact Oracle University and indicate the source.

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The Most Important Job Skills For The Future Are Not What You Think

According to a recent Forbes.com article The 5 Most Important Job Skills For the Future are skills that lay the foundation for whatever job-specific skill you'll need in your area of work.  Topping the list are interpersonal skills, creativity, and adaptability. These soft skills are crucial to remaining relevant in the job market and thriving in today's fast-paced business climate where initiatives, priorities, and technologies can change on a dime and much of your team may be remote, requiring digital collaboration. Data literacy and tech savviness round out the list with skills that cover wide swaths of technology. There is no doubt that data is king. Your  business is only as good as your data. A company's ability to manage, store, protect, and analyze data is crucial to their business functions. While you don't need to be an expert in the area of database administration or data management, having a familiarity with where your data comes from, what is included and how you can use it is important and ever-changing.  Finally, tech savviness is an ongoing skill that can only be developed by remaining curious and continuing to learn. Know what technologies are available today, what technologies are coming in fast, and how to ramp up quickly.  RELATED: Three Important Things Smart DBAs Know About How Autonomous Database Will Affect Their Roles The most important thing you can do to develop and nurture these skills is to dedicate yourself to never stop learning. Continued learning in your field allows for creativity and adaptability. Continued learning keeps you on top of the latest trends in data - how it's being used, how it's being stored and managed, and how it's being protected. And finally, continued learning keeps you up-to-date on the latest technologies. Even if you don't directly use these technologies in your day-to-day job, having some knowledge the latest tools puts you in the best position to make strategic decisions for your business.  RELATED: Unleash the Unlimited Potential of Your DBAs, Your User Community, and Your Business As Oracle technologists - administrators, developers, analysts, implementers, managers, consultants, end users, and more, you can stay abreast of the latest technologies in your field by purchasing an Oracle Learning Subscription, chock full of relevant and continually updated, easily consumable training. These subscriptions offer 12 months of 24X7 access to the latest training from Oracle as well as relevant certification exams at no additional cost so that you can easily show that you're staying on top of the latest technologies in your field.  RELATED:  How Getting Certified Improves Your Career Develop the skills to thrive in today's market rather than just surviving.

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Rajib Hossain Improved His Skills AND Reputation With Java Certification

Rajib Hossain learned about Java from a poster he saw on the wall at his learning center. That was the beginning of a long relationship with Java training and certification that has earned him highly sought after skills, as well as improved rank and reputation and a better job. He is now leading his own team. Read his story in his own words (updated November 6, 2019): Why was it important to you to become Oracle certified?                              In 2006, I started learning Java after seeing the dialog “Look Before You Leap” at my learning center in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. After that I developed a number of projects using this technology. But I felt something was missing in my skills and I was not confident in my coding. While I consulted a few non-certified programmers about specific features of Java, their answers confused me more. I wanted to learn Java the right way. I decided to enroll in a course. My teacher who is Java Certified on version 1.3 helped clear my confusion and get me on the right path. After that course, I started studying books like SCJP Sun® Certified Programmer for Java™ 6 Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, and A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification by Khalid A. Mughal and Rolf W Rasmussen. These books offered profound knowledge which helped me to obtain the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer (OCPJP) in 2013. To further my education and deepen my knowledge, I planned to pursue a Java Expert Certification, for which I studied three Java books: Head First Servlets and JSP by Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, and Bryan Basham, Struts in Action by Ted Husted, Cedric Dumoulin, George Franciscus and David Winterfeldt, and Java EE 6 Pocket Guide Book by Arun Gupta. Studying these books helped me pass the exam and become an Oracle Certified Expert, Web Component Developer for Java EE 5 and Java EE 6 in 2015, which has changed my life. These certifications earned me a promotion from Junior Programmer at IBCS-Primax, one of Bangladesh's top ten customized software solution companies to Programmer, and then to Team Leader a year later. At a subsequent job interview with Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd, I was asked an array of questions about Java. I was surprised that I knew all the answers because of my extensive study. They were also very impressed with my Java Certifications and offered me a job in their Research and Development department as a Senior Engineer. I attribute this step up to the hard work I put into earning these Java Certifications. What is your job title and what are your responsibilities? I work at Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd as Senior Programmer in the R&D department.  I am responsible for the vending token which maintains the Standard Transfer Specification (STS) for the electricity smart meter. Tell us about the company you work for - what kind of services does your company provide? Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd. was founded in 1995 as one of the best known domestic suppliers of Smart Electronic Energy Meter and Electricity Management Information Systems (including terminal products and system solution) in China. The company is a collective operating enterprise that owns more than 100 subsidiary corporations. Products and solutions include smart meter, AMI system, LED, intelligent lighting system, energy efficiency management platform, energy-saving services,  photovoltaic module, distributed photovoltaic power station system, distributed power station operating platform, micro-grid system, and more. Since earning your Oracle Certification, what professional benefits have you experienced? Earning these certifications has boosted my confidence. Now, I can analyze user requirements and design software that maintains the standard of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). I really enjoy it! How does your Oracle Certification badge help you stand out from others in your field? I personally believe that Oracle Certification distinguishes between certified and non-certified in a clear way. Sharing Oracle badges helps potential employers securely verify your certification and strengthens your profile against someone who is not certified. Could you tell us more about who saw your badge, where they saw it, and what they said? When I shared my badges with my colleges they were so delighted and planned to also earn certification to enhance their careers as well. Do you have any plans to earn additional Oracle Certifications? I am currently preparing for these certifications: Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Oracle Certified Professional, Java EE 7 Application Developer Rajib Hossain has come a long way since a chance encounter with a technology poster 11 years ago. Java Certification has played a key role in that journey. Start your own Java Certification journey today.  If you already hold a Java Certification, share your success story with us. Related Blog Posts Your Complete Guide to Java Certification Voice of the Next Generation: Hear First-hand Why the Smart Kids Are Pursuing Java Certification Java Magazine Columnist Simon Roberts on the Value of Java Certification

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Oracle Certified Master Exam

Oracle Certified Masters are committed to learning and being the best at what they do.  Read personal stories of commitment to learning here. Here's what else you should know: An Oracle Certified Master (OCM) gets their credential for what they are actually able to do. The exam is passed by solving a real-world business problem in a hands-on environment.   This is the very top tier credential we offer. OCMs have the highest level of training and certification.    IDC research shows: a 64% reduction in unplanned downtime with Oracle University trained and certified staff.  See the 2019 IDC Business Value of Oracle Database Training and Certification 88% say "Helps me retain acquired knowledge over a longer period" in the recent Pearson VUE's 2018 Value of IT Certification Survey Something Exciting Recently Happened in the Hands-on Environment.  We recently released this OCM exam hosted on Oracle University Cloud servers, giving more memory, CPU and I/O bandwidth than was possible previously and greatly improving the test taker experience.  This means the exam can now be delivered remotely and securely in select Oracle University Test Centers instead of using an old outdated process on desktop hardware. Read this blog post for more information. This is what you need to do: Take this exam:  Oracle Database 12c: Certified Master Exam (12c OCM)  Existing OCMs take:  Oracle Database 12c: Certified Master Upgrade Exam (12c OCMU)

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Your Complete Guide to Java Certification

New!  Java Certification Prep with Java SE Programming I MOOC - Includes Certification Voucher + Free Retake! The steadfast nature of Java as a top programming language makes it a solid investment for learning and certification. Java’s modularity, portability, robust features, security, and simplicity make it a top choice for programmers and developers from teens coding in Minecraft to a developer creating and testing computer programs at a Fortune 500 company. As a matter of fact, the TIOBE Index still ranks Java as the number 1 programming language as of October 2019. So how do you capitalize on the popularity of Java and maximize your skills with Oracle training and certification? You can start with this Java SE 11 Learner’s Guide. Read on to get more in depth detail. Step 1: Identify the Certification Requirements Oracle recently released Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 11 Developer (Java SE 11 OCP) certification.  The introduction of Java SE 11 continues to revolutionize the way you work in Java. After Java SE 8 added functional programming via lambda expressions and Java 9 introduced modularity, feature wise, Java SE 11 is the first long-term support version to feature modularity. Preparing for this Oracle certification ensures your exposure to and knowledge of all these important new functions and features. Please refer to the Java SE 11 Learner’s Guide to confirm where you should begin.  For all certification requirements view Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer Certification. Step 2: Review Exam Topics Earning the Java SE 11 OCP certification requires passing two high-stakes certification exams. Review exam topics for Java SE 11 Programmer I 1Z0-815 Review exam topics for Java SE 11 Programmer II 1Z0-816 Step 3: Prepare for the Exams The benefit of preparing for your exam is not only to help you pass the exams and earn the certification; this preparation also helps you to get better at, or qualify for today’s requirements as a Java Developer. Take Oracle University Instructor-led Training Java SE 11 Programming I recommended for the Programmer I (1Z0-815) exam. Java SE 11 Programming II recommended for the Programmer II (1Z0-816) exam. These courses are available in three convenient delivery formats depending on your time, location, and learning needs. Classroom training (ILT) is an intensive 5-day training in class with an instructor. A Live Virtual Class (LVC) allows you to avoid costly travel and time away by taking the live class in real time from anywhere via the internet. Training On Demand (TOD) provides 90 days unlimited access to a video course that can be taken anytime and from anywhere and features classroom content delivered by expert instructors. Or get affordably priced, all digital content, labs and skill checks including access to instructors with Oracle University Learning Subscriptions Java Programming Learning Subscription contains all the training materials you need for the Java 11 Upgrade, Core Java, Java SE 8 and the Enterprise Developer Learning Paths. This comprehensive training subscription contains the Java SE 8 and SE 11 certification exams as well as the Java EE 7 certification exam. Purchase this subscription of you want a broader view of Java training. Core Java Learning Subscription provides Java SE 11 training for developers who are new to Java and want to learn the latest technology, and for Java developers who have some experience and want to take advantage of the new features to update their skills. Priced lower than the full Java Programming Learning Subscription. Purchase this subscription if you are new to Java and are focused only on Java SE 11. Java 11 Upgrade Learning Subscription is designed for Java SE 8 developers who want to update their skills and knowledge to Java SE 11. This learning subscription includes the certification upgrade exam. (If you are certified on Java SE 6 or Java SE 7, we recommend you consider taking the Core Java Learning Subscription to benefit from comprehensive training and develop in demand knowledge.) Purchase this subscription if you have Java SE 8 Certified Professional certification and want to upgrade to Java SE 11. Learning Subscriptions provide you with continually updated digital training for a particular technology area. Subscriptions include 12 months of expert instruction, hands on labs, and certification. Candidates have one attempt for each of the exams included in the subscription at no additional cost, for the duration of the subscription. Kaplan IT Training Practice Exams Oracle Java SE 11 Programmer I Oracle Java SE 11 Programmer II (coming soon) Authorized practice exams from Kaplan IT Training help you identify your strengths and weaknesses before you take the exam. Practice tests use realistic exam simulations to help you focus your study and prepare for your exam. Java SE 11 Certification Overview and Sample Questions Java SE 11 Certification Questions Answered Step 4: Take and Pass the Certification Exams If you choose to not attend training or take advantage of a learning subscription, you can register for your exam directly on the Pearson VUE website. You have two options for this. Buy an Exam Voucher and take the test when you’re ready. Purchase an exam voucher now and redeem it within 6 months - it's like a gift card. Schedule Your Exam Now. If you are ready to take your exam, schedule it now and pay directly with a credit card, or redeem a voucher you have purchased from Oracle. Either way, you will schedule it through our external testing provider, Pearson VUE. After the Exam Within 30 minutes of completing your Oracle Certification exam, you will receive an email from Oracle notifying you that your exam results are available in CertView. If you have previously authenticated your CertView account, simply login and select the option to “See My New Exam Result Now.” If you have not authenticated your CertView account yet at this point, you will need to proceed with your account authentication. Authentication requires an Oracle Single Sign On username and password and the following information from your Pearson VUE profile: email address and Oracle Testing ID. You will be taken to CertView to log in once your account has been authenticated. Need more help?  Refer to this guide. You are Certified – Now What? Share your Oracle certified digital badge to your LinkedIn Profile, Facebook Page or Twitter account to validate your professional and technical expertise. How It Works You will receive an email notifying you to claim your badge at our partner Acclaim's website. Click the link in that email. Create an account on the Acclaim site. Claim your badge. Start sharing. You can also select the ‘Insights’ link from your digital badge template and view labor market data and apply directly to all available jobs where your new, validated skills are in demand. What are you waiting for? Get started! Related Content:  New!  Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks

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Hello Oracle Certification?… I have this friend…who cheated but didn’t even realize it!

I recently spoke with our teams responsible for the portfolio of Oracle License and Hardware certification exams for their guidance on the serious issue of and penalties for fraudulent activity in regards to the Oracle Certification Program. Here is what I learned: Consumer, protect thyself!  Oracle takes protecting our certifications and the integrity of Oracle Certified credentials seriously.  Those who earn an Oracle Certified credential have put in a lot of personal effort, time, investment and commitment.  When some cheat, it isn’t fair to those who worked hard to earn a certification. How do you know if you crossed the line?  Read the Fraudulent Activity Policy.  It explains that using stolen exam questions or sharing exam questions with others after taking an exam is cheating - whether you mean to cheat or not.  Cheating can come in many forms from from sharing questions and answers with friends to buying sets of test questions disguised as practice exams online. There are serious ramifications to cheating.  What is the downside to cheating?  If detected by Oracle, any of these consequences can apply: Being banned from taking an Oracle certification exam, on a temporary or permanent basis Withdrawal of any previously granted Oracle certifications Cancellation of exam scores So how do you protect yourself from bad cert prep sources and ensure you're not inadvertently cheating? The material you use makes all the difference.  We have received reports of candidates buying fake “real exam questions” on LinkedIn, EBay, Facebook, and other websites.  Then they come to us complaining because they studied the “real exam questions,” which weren’t on the real exam. Beware of unauthorized online sources like brain dumps or practice tests that guarantee passing. They can be misleading, contain incorrect information, may carry viruses, and can get you into serious trouble for cheating. Steer clear of sites that encourage you to share questions your remember on an exam, since that violates Oracle’s Fraud Activity Policy as well as the social media platform’s copyright policy, meaning you could get barred from that social media platform in addition to any consequences Oracle may impose. Protect yourself with authorized, valid preparation tools: Use Only Trusted Sources Kaplan IT Training practice tests Oracle Press Oracle Learning Subscriptions Practice, Practice, Practice – once learned, practice on the actual product and technology exposes you to, and reinforces real world skills and concepts that are tested in the exams. Keeping your certification credential reliable and viable is of the utmost importance to us.   It should be to you too.   If you think somebody may have cheated or you’re aware of a source distributing bad content let us know.  Contact us at ocp_compliance@oracle.com Building Your Certification Preparation Plan

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Spotlight on Success: “I remember commands, gained a deeper knowledge, save a lot of time searching and add greater value to our business”.

Mariami Kupatadze is an Oracle Certified Master since 2016. She is the first OCM in her country, Georgia. Mari is an Oracle ACE. She is a Senior Solutions Architect at FlashGrid Inc., and has more than ten years of experience in Database Administration working for twelve companies during her career. She is highly specialized in Exadata, Oracle 10g, 11g, 12c, 18c and 19c Databases, RAC, Data Guard, Golden Gate, Database Optimization and Tuning, EM, Cloud Control, Backup and Recovery, Database Migrations, Oracle Cloud IaaS, Oracle Database Security, Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall, Linux Administration. Mari has published several articles in OraWorld e-magazine. She has also been a speaker at APAC Oracle Users Groups Community (APACOUC) and Luxembourg Oracle Users Group (LUXOUG). RELATED: User Group Champions Save 25% Now She has written the Oracle Sharding chapter in the book Oracle High Availability, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Services. A blogger since 2010, Mari has published ~300 posts about her experience with Oracle and Linux. Her blog, dba010.com, has been entered in Top 60 Oracle blogs. Mari tells us her experience in her own words: After gaining OCM, I got promoted and my recognition increased in my country. After approximately one year I decided to indicate OCM title on my LinkedIn account, then I got several job offers and chose the best of them. In addition to this, one of the well-known Oracle book authors suggested being a co-author to his several books (which will be published soon).  After OCM, I understood that I could solve any common problems, and started to work on cases where the standard solution was not an option. Sometimes you have to cook a new database from ruined parts.  Here's how it began. I first learned about Oracle at the University in 2007. I knew there were several levels of certification and the maximum was Master. Then I didn't even dream of becoming an OCM as I knew that there was no OCM in my country and only a few in the whole world. Soon afterward, I began working as an Oracle Database Administrator at one of the major banks in Georgia, where I was met by a rather strict boss, with whom I was shy to ask questions. That’s why I decided to independently learn everything, which I think helped me the most to succeed. Ability to work independently in this field is very important. You are alone in the two-day Oracle Master exam too and no one can help you including the internet. I started working as an Oracle DB Administrator at the same time, for several companies, which gave me a lot of experience. A few years later, I started working as an Oracle lecturer, which helped me to have a lot of information in the buffer ("the fastest part of the brain"). In general, I always loved remembering commands without searching, because you can't start searching in a stressful time, or if you start you will lose a great deal of time and, more importantly, great business value. At the same time, I worked for several companies, on several projects, and one of them was migration on Exadata in RAC of single instance database, before I had to configure these servers according to the PCI DSS standard, which gave me a deeper knowledge of Linux. During the migration, I had to set up the Data Guard at least twelve times, which I did by heart at the end. I also had an examination upon finishing this migration. Actually, I came to the exam out of energy, but well-prepared. The exam is super stressful because you are limited in time, got tons of goals to accomplish and there are "magical" things happening around your environment, things that I, sadly, can't say. Waiting for the answer was no less stressful, when I got the answer and had to open the letter, I was at work, and despite the big noise in the room, I heard only my heartbeat, which was strengthened after seeing the word successful - if not for my young age I would probably have had a heart attack ?. But the success and appreciation, brought by being an OCM is definitely worth it. I can't say that success will come by itself, but you will have a lot of chances and you just have to use it. I want to thank my spouse who always stood by me as well as my spouse's mother who brought up my baby. Unfortunately, I didn't spend much time with the baby during this time, about which I am regretful, though Salome (my girl), in her own way, childishly understands what is being an Oracle Master and I know she's proud of me as I am proud of her. I would also like to mention my former boss, Giorgi Chitaia, I would like to distinguish this person, because he trusted me with very difficult and interesting issues while working at Liberty Bank, which increased my experience greatly, I had to work with many different Oracle technologies and perform them at a high level. This person was demanding but fair and did not spare himself to encourage employees. Related Posts 7 Reasons OCM Deiby Gomez Thinks Oracle Certifications Are Worth The Effort Oracle Certified Master - An Unforgettable Journey See How Franck Pachot Stays One Step Ahead With Oracle Certification Create YOUR Oracle Certification success story!

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Start Java Programming Like a Pro - Your Best Plan to Avoid Mistakes in Learning

New!  Java Certification Prep with Java SE Programming I MOOC - Includes Certification Voucher + Free Retake! So you’ve discovered Java, and have decided to skill up in this ubiquitous, extremely popular, and highly in-demand programming language. Congratulations! You’ve already taken your first step to becoming a Java pro. However, becoming a top-notch Java developer means avoiding mistakes that can cost time, money, and, most importantly for you, your reputation. This all begins with your approach to learning. Here are the most common mistakes that budding programmers make when setting out on their Java learning journeys. 1. Too much theory, not enough practice Reading books and watching video tutorials will always be a necessary component of your Java learning. But be careful not to overdo it. Like learning to swim, drive a car, or play a musical instrument, Java coding is a practical skill that is best learnt by doing. While passive learning might seem easier, you simply won’t remember an entire book’s worth of knowledge after the first read. Instead, look to constantly apply your learning and it will have a much better chance of sinking in. 2.  Studying without goals Some people like learning simply for the sake of learning. However, this approach is more suited to hobbies than to careers. Rather, take time to consider what type of Java role you’d eventually like to have. Review current job advertisements, and note their technical requirements. Next, set yourself small, incremental learning targets – these will help you maintain focus, give you a sense of accomplishment as you progress, and also keep you motivated. 3.  Not testing your code as you go Programming mistakes will happen. But don’t wait until you’ve finished coding to try to find out what’s gone wrong – there may be more than you realize. Humans learn best in small increments rather than all at once. Therefore, by testing your code regularly you will learn Java faster and get into good coding habits. 4.  Learning too many technologies at once. With a complex array of software development tools and technologies on the market, it is easy to become distracted and overwhelmed. However, it is important to stick to your intended Java learning goals, focus on the fundamentals, and create a dedicated learning plan to schedule your Java education. An excellent way to achieve all this is through the Oracle Java Core learning subscription, which offers 24/7 access to step-by-step training on core concepts, language constructs, and data types – and where you will learn best practices from Java in-house experts. 5.  Taking extended breaks in your learning It’s important to get into the habit of daily learning, and this is especially true at the beginning of your Java journey. If you leave it too long between learning sessions you will easily forget material that you may need to refer to later on. Learning (and practicing) every day keeps your existing knowledge fresh in your mind, and therefore makes it easier and faster to learn more. 6.  Learning in isolation Learning with and from others has several added benefits, from improving your communication and team working skills to developing your personal and professional network – all of which greatly improve your future job prospects. Reach out to the Oracle Java Community, for example, which has millions of members and a multitude of ways to help you with your learning. 7.  Forgetting to nurture auxiliary skills Possessing a wealth of Java knowledge is certainly integral to becoming a top Java programmer. However, don’t forget to develop other skills and attributes that employers always look for – such as problem-solving, abstract thinking, self-motivation, and, especially for senior developers, strong communication abilities. 8.  Getting bogged down on one learning subject Spending too much time on a single Java topic that you have problems grasping can be counter-productive. Remember that no one person will ever know everything about Java. Your learning time is valuable, so if you are getting really stuck on something, move on to a different topic and return to it later. 9.  Not making your code easily readable Do you sometimes have problems reading your own handwriting? We’ve all been there: you scribble notes in a hurry and later find that you cannot make any sense of what you have written. The same can be true of coding. Take the time and effort to write good, clean, readable code. Remember that the vast majority of Java programmers work in teams, and you don’t want to be ‘that one person’ whose code is always difficult to understand. 10. Not validating your learning Your newly-learned Java skills won’t count for much if you are not able to highlight them to potential employers. The optimum way to do this is to get properly accredited – for example through Java SE 11 Developer 2019 certification. Pursuing certification is not only a best-practices pathway to learning Java, it is an extremely valuable addition to promoting your qualifications or aiding in your job search - especially if you do not have years of programming experience. Overall, it is your approach to learning that will determine your success with Java. Optimize your chances of becoming a true Java pro by avoiding the most common learning mistakes, and learning from, and becoming certified by, the Oracle Java experts. Related Links: Voice of the Next Generation: Hear First-hand Why the Smart Kids Are Pursuing Java Certification The Whiz Kids Are on the Rise: It’s Time for Experienced Developers to Wake up and Smell the Java Test Your Java Knowledge With FREE Sample Questions The Top Tip to Build a Lasting Java Career New!  Java SE 11 Programmer 1 Certification Exam Prep in Five Weeks

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Stand up and be Recognized on International Day of the Girl Child

We like to hear your stories. We really like to hear from young people passionate about technology who represent our future.  You may have read on this blog about Andy Nilson, a 14-year-old Java enthusiast from Mountain View, California, or Holden Dinerman, a home-schooled student from Alexandria, Virginia who achieved Oracle Java Certification nearly three years ago. These stories from opposite US coasts inspire us! Today, October 11, we recognize International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations to focus on girls' rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.  This day is meant to bring attention to the continued empowerment of girls and ensuring the fulfillment of their human rights. Girls are standing up, breaking down walls, innovating, learning, growing and leading.  In recognition of this day, we would like to invite girls and young women who are certified in an Oracle technology to tell us the story of your journey to become certified and how certification has benefited you. These smart, talented young men mentioned above are not alone in their pursuit of learning. Let's hear from the ladies! Let us help you tell your story.

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Unleash the Unlimited Potential of Your DBAs, Your User Community, and Your Business

Guest Post by Robert Pastijn, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle Database Product Development, PlatformTechnology Solutions.   Oracle Database 19c has arrived – bringing with it a multitude of new features to explore, new technologies to learn, and new ways to optimize business outcomes. Before we take a look at some of the advantages of the latest in database innovation, let’s take a quick trip back in time to the origins of databases – remembering that the only way to truly unlock the potential of your employees and your business is by continuously learning and leveraging the most up-to-date technologies. The evolution of business data and database technologies From time immemorial, companies have needed to store and access business-critical operational data: Names, prices, and details of products or services Customer data Financial information – from consolidated expenses and revenues through to granular invoice numbers, amounts, and due dates Human resources data, and so on. One of the most important considerations for any business has always been, “Where and how to securely store these data in order to ensure optimum access for employees when they need it?” The solution: Put some A4 paper in a typewriter and store the resulting document in a filing cabinet. Well, perhaps not these days... But for decades this was recognized as the most efficient – and high-tech – way of doing things. While core operational data types have largely stayed the same (albeit data volumes have grown considerably), the technologies available to manage and manipulate the data have become exponentially more sophisticated. In 1979, Oracle released the first commercially available RDBMS – sparking a ground-breaking transformation of the business world. Five years later, Oracle Database technology had already evolved significantly – supporting commit/rollback and read consistency with the release of Oracle v4. Yet even during this time of rapid technological change, some firms still chose to rely on outdated typewriters and paper-based ledgers. In so doing, these companies stifled their potential, frustrated their employees, and did not survive in the marketplace for long. Companies that chose the path of database innovation, however, became the well-established blue-chip conglomerates and successful multinationals of today. Their highly trained, well-skilled employees went on to experience ever greater and more rewarding careers. Are you using the full potential of Oracle Database technologies? In recent years, Oracle Database technologies have evolved at an astounding rate. For example, since the release of Oracle Database version 10g, Oracle has introduced more than 1,680 new features – of which 930 have come since the release of Oracle Database 12c just five years ago. Because Oracle’s innovations are based largely on feedback from customers, each new feature offers a real-world opportunity for you to unlock more potential from your data and edge further ahead of the competition. Oracle Database 19c introduces no fewer than 95 new features and options. Here are just a few that you can add to your DBA toolbox: Create a duplicate of an Oracle Database Using DBCA in silent mode Create a PDB by cloning a remote PDB using DBCA in silent mode Grant or revoke administrative privileges to and from schema-only accounts Relocate a PDB to another CDB using DBCA in silent mode Download free tools to scan the health and security of your database Make sure that you and your company never compromise your outcomes! To successfully evolve your business, the evolution of employee skills must keep pace with the evolution of technology. What is the best way to maximize your database knowledge? Whether you are a new DBA or have years of experience, there is no better way to ensure you are keeping up with all the latest Oracle Database innovations than by following the Oracle DBA certification path. Preparing for the Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional exam will teach you in clear and real-world terms how to make best use of all the new features in Oracle Database 19c. Being Oracle Certified will give you the confidence and perservance to face any issue when implementing or administering the latest Oracle Database release. Oracle Certification also looks great when promoting your skills or applying for a new job – demonstrating skillsets that are very much in demand. So even if your current organization is hesitating to embrace the latest technologies - you will have no problem finding employment at a company which, like you, is ready and eager to unleash its limitless potential.

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Build an Enduring Oracle Database Administrator (DBA) Career

The Oracle Database Administrator career is changing. With the advent of machine learning and autonomous database, DBAs can see the writing on the wall - grow with the DBA role, or become a dinosaur.  Related: Three Important Things Smart DBAs Know About How Autonomous Database Will Affect Their Roles Protect you future. Build a career around Oracle Database. Whether you are new to Oracle Database administration and want to make it a career, or you've worked with Oracle Database for years, and want to continue this challenging, rewarding line of work, pursuing Oracle Database Certification is the best way to keep your skills sharp and continue to expand your knowledge. Oracle Database Certification exams take the role of a DBA into account and test on features and concepts that best represent what a DBA does on the job. Preparing for certification provides a broad look at topic areas, features, and activities that you may not see or realize you need day to day on your job. This expanded learning helps you, as the DBA - as the person who knows the most about your company's database, how to secure it, and how to optimize its performance - stay on the cutting edge of what tools and features are available, what direction Oracle Database is headed, and what direction is best for your company.  Continued learning and proving your skills and knowledge through certification puts you in a position to help make strategic decisions for the direction of your company's data gathering, management, analysis, security and more. The role of the the DBA is becoming more strategic as more of the day-to-day tasks of database management become automated. Knowing where things are headed and keeping your skills current is crucial to remaining relevant in a fast-moving climate. A recent Pearson VUE Value of IT Certification Survey shows the positive effects of training and certification. See the full report. When it comes to getting certified on Oracle Database, we strongly recommend that you keep up with the current release. Even if your company is still on Oracle Database 11g, you're going to want to know the latest technology so that you can make informed decisions for your strategic direction.  Refer to the Quick Guide below on how to earn an Oracle Database Administration 2019 Certified Professional credential and get yourself on the path to a rewarding and ever-expanding career. If you do not yet have an Oracle Database Administration Certification: Related:  Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Oracle Database Administration Certification? Step 1: Pass this exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Oracle Database Administration I | 1Z0-082 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop and Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL Or complete the Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription that provides 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. This learning subscription gives you access to both Oracle Database Admin 2019 exams at no additional cost. Step 2: Pass This Exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Oracle Database Administration II |1Z0-083 All of the courses below are recommended to best prepare for the exam. You can see a breakdown of which exam topics relate to each training course on the exam details page. Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Ed 1 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Ed 1 Or complete the Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription that provides 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. This learning subscription gives you access to both Oracle Database Admin 2019 exams at no additional cost.   If you need to upgrade your Oracle Database Administration Certification Related:  The Ultimate DBA Guide to Getting Current with Oracle Database  Pass This Exam Prepare for the exam with OU Training Oracle Database Administration II |1Z0-083   I. All of the courses below are recommended to best prepare for the exam. You can see a breakdown of which exam topics relate to each training course on the exam details page. Oracle Database: Managing Multitenant Architecture Oracle Database: Backup and Recovery Workshop Oracle Database: Deploy, Patch and Upgrade Workshop Ed 1 Oracle Database: Administration Workshop Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Ed 1 Alternatively, you could complete the Oracle Database Administration Learning Subscription that provides 12 months of 24/7 access to continually updated training content. II. In addition to the course above, the following new features courses will meet you where you are and help you update your skills: Upgrading from 12c R2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Upgrading from 12c R1  Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12c R1 Administrators​ Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Upgrading from 11g ​Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Upgrading from 10g  Oracle Database 11g: New Features for Administrators ​Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 1 Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for Administrators Part 2 Oracle Database 19c: New Features for Administrators Note:  If you are upgrading and you  do not take the non-new features recommended training courses in the section above, you will need to add Oracle Database 18c: New Features for Administrators course to the New Features courses mentioned here, in your upgrade path.

The Oracle Database Administrator career is changing. With the advent of machine learning and autonomous database, DBAs can see the writing on the wall - grow with the DBA role, or become a dinosaur.  R...

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What You Need to Know About Your Oracle Certification Logo

Logos are so yesterday! Since the release of the first Oracle Certification, printable logos have been provided for every certification issued. With the advent of digital badges that provide a secure, verifiable, visual representation of your certification, printable logos are on their way out! Logos provided to certified candidates as an image file are ripe for fraud. The files can be shared, images can be copied from a digital visual and pasted to a non-certified person's website, resume (CV), email signature, or anywhere else candidates may display their certification. Digital badges provide a solution to this problem of individuals visually misrepresenting themselves as certified and bringing down the value of certification for all candidates. Digital badges are portable, verifiable, and secure. They also hold tremendous value in that they are backed by metadata that tells how a candidate earned a certification, when it was earned, if and when it expires, and the skills you can expect the certification holder to have. An added value for the certification holder is that they are able to see real time labor market insights - lists of jobs that are currently available for someone with their skill sets. Metaphorically, certification logo images are a message in a bottle to communicate with counterparts across an ocean, while digital badges are video conferencing. Credly, on whose platform Oracle's digital badges are built says that digital badging is "what happens when old-fashioned paper certificates meet the modern labor market." As of the beginning of this year, Oracle Certification is no longer creating new logos for new certifications. If you earn a certification for which logos were already being issued, you will continue to receive those logos for a little while. We will soon stop issuing existing logos all together. At that time, candidates who received logos before the transition date will maintain access to their logos in CertView, but Oracle Certification logos will not continue to be updated with new, modern branding. You will maintain access to what was already issued before the transition date.  After the transition date, no logos will be issued at all. But don't fret! We are working hard to update, refresh, and improve existing digital badges to make them more visually appealing with more valuable information on the badge. Stay tuned for more information on these awesome new badges!

Logos are so yesterday! Since the release of the first Oracle Certification, printable logos have been provided for every certification issued. With the advent of digital badges that provide a secure,...

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We Demand Pilots and Surgeons Get Certified. Why Not Oracle DBAs?

contributed by Jim Czuprynski, Oracle ACE Director With Oracle OpenWorld 2019 just around the corner, it’s a great time to pause and consider the future direction of IT in general and our professions in particular. I’ve seen a lot of changes in my nearly 40-year-long career – 20 of those years as an Oracle DBA - so I’d be remiss if I didn’t share my insights. Security is Job One I subscribe to several daily and weekly briefings on the state of IT around the world, and the most frightening aspect is the almost-daily announcement of yet another security breach, ransomware attack, or advanced persistent threat (ATP). One spot of good news is that almost all of these breaches involve what I consider to be less than superior technology – for example, cheap but unsecured Cloud environments – or simple human oversight. I firmly believe that Oracle Database technology is still among the strongest in terms of its security features, and that’s backed up by its Cloud implementation because there is no way not to store data at rest in encrypted fashion. Add to that the end-to-end encryption capabilities of SQLNet networking for data in transit and you’ve got a robust, secure, difficult-to-penetrate platform for DBAs and developers alike. Certified expertise is an undeniable professional advantage. I’ve just been re-discovering one of my favorite Isaac Asimov novels, The End of Eternity, in which he writes that his main character matured as he “sharpened his ability on the honing strap experience.” I thought that was an excellent metaphor for what an Oracle DBA goes through as they mature into a solid IT professional. With all the changes in the DBA role in the past few years, it’s obvious that the best way to survive in the role is to become a professional. And that means experience is simply not enough any more to maintain your footing; you’ve got to obtain external, reliable proof that your “chops” are real. I believe the best way to do that is to pursue and obtain one or more Oracle certifications, especially the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) designation. And with the dramatic growth in interest in Autonomous Database, it might also be a good time take a look at those offerings, too. I won’t shade the truth: Achieving the OCP – and maintaining that designation throughout my career’s arc – hasn’t been easy for me, mainly because I’m a terrible test-taker, and the test questions are sometimes difficult to decipher. That’s when I harken back to the words of Jimmy Duggan, Tom Hanks’s character in [the movie] A League of Their Own, said: “It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Take no short cuts  Finally, I’d be especially wary of anyone promising a faster way to achieving certified expertise than mastering the “why” of database features. I encourage all of us to take a solemn pledge to avoid concentrating our efforts on merely passing the requisite certification test via shortcuts like “brain dumps” and cheap (or free!) online courses taught by non-qualified instructors. Most importantly, if you observe anyone advocating these solutions, be sure to report any apparent violations to preserve the value of the honest toil and struggle we’ve all expended to master the concepts that underpin the knowledge that’s being certified.

contributed by Jim Czuprynski, Oracle ACE Director With Oracle OpenWorld 2019 just around the corner, it’s a great time to pause and consider the future direction of IT in general and our professions...

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Your Guide to Oracle Certification at Oracle Open World

It's not too early to start building your personal conference agenda.   Select from all the great Oracle University sessions in this Program Guide.   See the Deep Dive, Theater, Panel and Product Training Sessions scheduled along with demo's from Oracle University and the Oracle Certification Program.    Sessions focused specifically on Oracle Certification are: Theatre Sessions The Real Value of Oracle Certification Wednesday, Sep 18, 11:15 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. | The Exchange (Moscone South) - Theater 5 How to Prepare for Your Oracle Certification Monday, Sep 16, 12:45 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. | The Exchange (Moscone South) - Theater 5 Oracle User Group Champions Monday, Sep 16, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | Moscone West (Level 3) - Stars Bar Theater Product Training Sessions:  Exam Prep: What to Expect from Java SE 11 Certification (Type Inference) Monday, Sep 16, 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Moscone West - Room 3007C Exam Prep: What to Expect from Java SE 11 Certification (Interfaces and Lambdas) Monday, Sep 16, 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 3007C Exam Prep: What to Expect from Java SE 11 Certification (Modularity) Tuesday, Sep 17, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Moscone West - Room 3007C Panel Sessions Partner Perspective: Cloud Enablement and Strategies for Increased Certification Tuesday, September 17, 05:15 PM - 06:00 PM | Moscone West - Room 3001 Been dreaming of holding an Oracle certification digital badge?  Your digital badge is socially sharable across all platforms, immediately verifiable and fraud-proof.  Get Oracle Certified for FREE!  Show all your friends, apply for a new job or just make sure your boss knows you are up on the latest in technology.    First Come.  First Served.   Room 3009B. Moscone West, San Francisco Click to see the scheduled sessions and details on what you need to be admitted at The Oracle Certification Program Test Fest Please come see us and introduce yourself, it would be great to meet you!  

It's not too early to start building your personal conference agenda.   Select from all the great Oracle University sessions in this Program Guide.   See the Deep Dive, Theater, Panel and...