Wednesday Aug 26, 2015

5 Tips: How to Plan Training for Your ERP Implementation

Including change management as a part of your ERP implementation strategy will help accelerate adoption and reduce risks. Add to this a well-executed training plan, and you will ease the transition process for impacted teams and make them more likely to embrace new processes. Here are 5 tips on how to prepare for your ERP training plan.

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Friday Aug 21, 2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training is Now Available for Customers wanting to Start Learning about this New Engineered System

The 'Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview' Seminar introduces essential concepts for administration and operation of the virtualization environment, hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance helping you manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Get the training you need today!

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Monday Aug 17, 2015

Oracle Solaris Curriculum and Certification Guide - Let Us Help You with Your Career

The 'Oracle Solaris Curriculum and Certification Guide' illustrates’ the various learning opportunities offered by Oracle University, from which you can choose to tailor your own learning path. Read the article to learn more.

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Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

Oracle Training - New Courses for August – Just Released

At Oracle University, our goal is to offer training on Oracle's most recent product releases. Each month we release new courses to make sure our training portfolio is current. Courses can typically be taken in the classroom or online. Check out Oracle’s Top New Courses for August.

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Monday Jul 27, 2015

Oracle Retail 14.x Training

Have you ever wondered if training is available for your Oracle Retail 14.1 and 14.0 solutions? Do you need to learn how to configure, administer, manage and use your Oracle Retail applications? Oracle University offers over 20 courses that span the Oracle Retail product set in several convenient formats.

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Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

Embracing the Cloud? Don’t Overlook the Importance of Training

Lack of training is often cited as a serious obstacle to successful transition to the cloud. In Sept.2014, a survey by IDC discovered that 56% of respondents from European IT departments have trouble finding qualified staff to support cloud projects, and 61% struggle to provide employees with the skills they need to work with cloud service providers.

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Thursday Jul 16, 2015

Learning Solutions for Oracle HCM Cloud Applications

Many organizations are transitioning to Oracle HCM Cloud applications in order to leverage the benefits of cloud technologies to help find and retain the best talent and to increase global agility. When implementing your HCM cloud applications, don't overlook that your staff need proper training to ensure the successful adoption of your applications.

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Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Make the Most of Your Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Experience with Preconference Training by Oracle Experts

Will you be in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne? If so, you'll want to take this opportunity to turbo-charge your knowledge and get trained by Oracle experts such as Craig A. Shallahamer, Cary Millsap, Steven Feuerstein, Simon Roberts and more.

Oracle University and Java University Preconference Training sessions give you a full-day of accelerated training by Oracle experts on Sunday, October 25th.

Sessions run from 9am to 4pm, with a one-hour lunch break, at Golden Gate University (just a few blocks from the Moscone Center).

When you add Oracle University or Java University to your conference pass during registration, you can choose one of the following full-day sessions to attend:

Oracle University Sessions

  • Go Faster: Make Oracle Work for You, with Craig A. Shallahamer
  • Thinking Clearly About Performance, with Cary Millsap
  • The Best of Oracle PL/SQL, with Steven Feuerstein
  • API Gateway: Overview
  • Building Private Cloud Solutions with Oracle Exalogic 12c
  • The Best of Both Worlds: Enterprise Content Management Meets the Cloud
  • Business Intelligence 11g Analytics Overview
  • Certification Exam Cram: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Oracle Certified Professional
  • How to Implement Mobile Security with Oracle Mobile Security Suite
  • How to Set Up and Use a NoSQL Database Cluster to Store and Retrieve Big Data
  • Managing Oracle Coherence 12c Clusters with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
  • Oracle Big Data: Acquire, Organize, and Analyze Data Sets with Engineered Systems
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Deploy Secure, High-Availability Management Systems
  • Oracle Exadata Database Machine: One-Day Overview
  • Oracle Identity Manager: Governance Workshop
  • Oracle Cloud: Introduction to Database as a Service
  • Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g: Administration
  • Using Data Mining Techniques for Predictive Analysis

Java University Sessions

  • Architect and Design Secure Robust Enterprise Java Applications for the Cloud and Beyond
  • Creating Engaging Games with Java FX 8: A Case Study
  • JavaScript for Java Developers: Develop Web Applications
  • Recommended Practices for Java Performance Tuning
  • Stay Current with Java SE 8: Java Oracle Certified Professional Exam Cram
  • The Latest and the Greatest of RESTful Web Services
  • Using the Power of JSF 2.X, HTML5, WebSocket, and JSON
  • Using the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions and Streams

What's More? Receive a free 30-day Oracle Learning Streams subscription trial when you attend the Oracle University Preconference Training event. Terms and Conditions apply.

Learn more by visiting the Oracle University and Java University pages and add a session to your conference pass today!

Thursday Jul 09, 2015

Just Released - New Courses for July


At Oracle University, our goal is to offer training on Oracle's most recent product releases. Each month we release new courses to make sure our training portfolio is current. Courses can typically be taken in the classroom or online.

Here's a sample of some courses that we anticipate will be popular.

Top New Courses for July

  1. Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications (11.1.2.4)
  2. Oracle CPQ Cloud Blue Belt
  3. Oracle HCM Cloud: Time & Labor
  4. Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud: Project Financial Management Implementation
  5. Oracle SCM Cloud: Product Information Management Implementation
  6. Oracle API Gateway 11gR2: Manage and Control Security
  7. Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Administration
  8. Oracle Big Data Fundamentals
  9. Oracle GoldenGate 12c: Management Pack Overview
  10. Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager and QFS 6.0 Admin

View recent lists of top new course releases for

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com


Monday Jul 06, 2015

Oracle DBaaS Market Expected to Boom – What All DBAs Need to Do to Prepare!

As the benefits of Database as a Service (DBaaS) extend beyond those of the "as-a-service" delivery mode, allowing access to a broad range of external data sources to power business processes and augment in-house systems of record, the DBaaS market is expected to grow rapidly in the following years.

Recent Findings Show that Major Growth is Expected in the DBaaS Space

  • According to 451research, with an expected enterprise adoption rate to reach over 70% in 2016, it has become clear organizations are making DBaaS a priority for their business plans.
  • According to MarketsandMarkets, the adoption is expected to grow steadily and shall have a persuasive existence across all the major verticals. Improved customer experience at lower cost, on a 'pay as you go' revenue model, will be the major 'pull' factor.
  • By 2017, the DaaS market share will increase to 29%, becoming the most important form of private cloud as Oracle Research states in a recent article.


As the migration to DBaaS becomes a “must have” for every enterprise that wants to stay ahead of the game, so is having the right skills to implement it within your organization to guarantee optimal results.

Which skills are needed to gain good results when migrating to DBaaS?

Database administrators still need to be trained in core administration skills when moving to the Oracle Cloud. They will need to understand:
  • The overall architecture of the Oracle Database Cloud,
  • How to migrate to the cloud,
  • How to create an administer an instance,
  • How to configure connections,
  • How to back up and recover databases in the cloud,
  • How to use Cloud DBA tools.

Database Administrators can struggle when transitioning to the Cloud when:

  • They are unfamiliar with overall capabilities provided,
  • They are not familiar with Cloud DBA Tools,
  • They don't know how to administer Oracle Database Cloud security measures,
  • They cannot maximize performance and scale the database environment,

Transitioning to the Cloud - a "Challenging Mission" - Not Anymore!

DBaaS represents a paradigm shift in IT, from merely “keeping the system up & running” to higher tuning and development work – helping customers move their businesses forward.

This type of role can be more rewarding and provides new opportunities. Moving to the Oracle Cloud requires new skills to fully understand all that is needed when performing Oracle Database administrator tasks in the Cloud.

Oracle University helps database administrators upgrade their skills


Learn more
- Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription – Oracle Database Cloud Service - Complete Edition will help you gain the skills you need for a successful DBaaS Cloud experience at it relates to your job.

What do you think? Do you already run an DBaaS project? What has been your experience?

Please leave your comments and questions below.

Friday Jul 03, 2015

Are These the Reasons You Avoid Digital Learning?

Written by Ekta Siva

We all live in a fast paced world where business and life happens at a record pace.

Balancing work, family and having a social life all fight for our time and energy, leaving even less time for upgrading our professional skill set.

Logically, this would mean online learning makes the most sense, as it can be experienced from the comfort of your home and/or office.

Online learning gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace.

Educational institutions and training organizations have all identified this need for flexible learning in our modern, fast-paced and digitally connected world. There are various ways to take training courses online to meet this need, but many still hesitate to learn this way.

Why is this?

Let's take a look at the top 5 reasons people avoid digital learning.

1. Online learning makes me feel disconnected.

Many feel that learning from your home or office can make you feel isolated or disconnected in an online course. The view is that the comfort of a classroom environment is missing. In reality, this isn't the case, as learning platforms used today can be highly interactive. You can easily connect with other students, faculty and other support resources. As long as you're committed to attending online sessions and participating in the discussions, you can have a very connected learning experience, from the comfort of anywhere with an internet connection.

2. It doesn't fit my learning style.

This mindset is common, as people expect the learning environment to feel a certain way and conform to a set of rules. Many online training courses are not static; they are fluid and combine many different opportunities to learn. Interactive lectures, case studies and hands-on demonstrations are incorporated into many online courses to work with various learning styles.

3. Instructors are not available for help.

This can apply during a class if you don't feel confident to "raise your hand" or engage in hands-on practice labs. It's important to remember that online courses tend to be smaller than the average university lecture hall, inviting more interactivity. Interactive online tools give you access to student support groups, experts and information; in reality, you have tons of expert support that's available whenever you need it!

4. It's difficult to stay motivated.

How do you stay motivated to keep learning? The key is picking the right course and the right learning platform. Pick a relevant course which teaches you the skills you're looking to develop and can immediately utilize in your daily job. Being able to see the real-world applications right away will keep you motivated.

5. I don't have the right technology and connections to learn online.

There are system and bandwidth requirements that will help you get the most out of an online course. The best way to tackle this is working with your chosen learning provider before beginning the course. Getting the right infrastructure will help you get the most out of your courses.

Now that we've identified some of the common reasons people avoid digital learning to grow their skill set, let's take a look at some of the key benefits you can experience by learning online.

  • Easy access from your home or office
  • No geographic restrictions
  • 24/7 access to technology experts
  • Learn on your own time, at your own pace
  • Eliminate costly and time-consuming travel to learning centers

Those in the IT industry know that without constant skills upgrading, the rapid pace of development in the industry will leave them behind.

Give online learning a try - you just may be surprised at the results!

Digital learning from Oracle University provides an excellent venue for continuous online learning - at your own pace!

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Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

A New Training Strategy for Your SaaS Applications

A recent Gartner survey revealed that Software as a Service (SaaS) deployments are becoming "mission critical" for organizations around the world.

One rationale for migrating to SaaS is the reduction in deployment time. This allows an organization to quickly realize the benefits of the transition. When implementing a cloud application, however, businesses can easily overlook the skills staff need to execute a successful migration.

Technical professionals responsible for configuring, integrating and administering an Oracle Cloud application need to get up to speed quickly to ensure that business requirements are met.

As with any new application, business users, who will be regularly working with a cloud application, need to learn how to access and use the application to perform their jobs.

And when product updates are made to your cloud application your team needs access to the latest product information, so they can readily leverage the new features and functionality.

Introducing Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

To help your organization address these real-world challenges that teams face, Oracle University has designed a specialized method of learning: Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions.

These subscriptions are comprehensive online learning solutions that provide relevant and timely content about your Oracle Cloud applications for all job roles in your organization that interact with your applications.

SaaS Learning Simplified

Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions provide the training you need, when you need it, all in one place. This makes it easier for your entire organization to learn about your Oracle Cloud applications.

With each subscription you get:

  • 12 months of 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of training videos and product demonstrations delivered by Oracle product experts.
  • End-to-end training that spans the entire life cycle of your Oracle Cloud applications.
  • Practice labs with all 'Complete Edition' subscriptions.
  • Continuous updates for product enhancement and new product releases.

Two Editions for All Job Roles in Your Organization

Complete Editions
know End User Editions

With each 'Complete Edition' subscription you'll learn all about your Oracle Cloud applications throughout their entire life cycle - from implementing and managing your applications to getting the most out of new features in the latest release.

Who it's designed for:

implementers, functional configurators, application administrators, system administrators, developers and technical consultants

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With each  'End User Edition' subscription, you'll develop an understanding of your applications, while learning how to access them to perform your job. This training is entirely role based with all key tasks recorded in short, easy to digest videos.

Who it's designed for:

business users who use Oracle Cloud applications while performing their jobs


 Learn To
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Subscriptions are available for the following Oracle Cloud SaaS offerings:

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Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions here.

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Oracle Commerce, Data Ingest for Indexing: the Content Acquisition System Forge-less Pipeline

Written by Phil Franklin, Principal Instructor, Oracle University

Summary

This article is intended to give Oracle Commerce platform users information about the Forge-less pipeline design for indexing and configuring data for the Endeca Guided Search MDEX engine.

The Content Acquisition System (CAS) is a key component in the indexing architecture, whether you're a full Oracle Commerce platform user or you're using Endeca Guided Search as a stand-alone product.

History

First, let’s take a look at the history of data ingest into the Endeca MDEX engine.

NOTE: RS=record store, LMC=last-mile-crawl, ECR=Endeca Config Repository
Blue arrow= pull operation Green arrow=push operation


Referring to the numbering on the diagram above:

1. Forge/Dgidx pipeline (Information Transformation Layer) - this is the ‘traditional’ way data and config for the MDEX index was done. Forge data design was done with Developer Studio. This tool allowed visual modification of the configuration files contained within the config\pipeline folder for the indexing project. Forge is a 32-bit process which can only pull data from data sources for transformation.

It is also single-threaded so there can be challenges in processing large data sets. This sometimes meant using multiple instances of forge or writing multithreaded Java manipulators. Forge does have the capability of joining data from multiple data sources and generating Endeca record structures as a result of the join.

2. CAS-Forge-Dgidx - the Content Acquisition System was originally created to acquire data from ‘unstructured’ data sources like file systems and various third party CMS systems where large text fields or documents could be found. Document conversion can be plugged in to convert documents into metadata source fields and text for indexing. First uses of CAS pulled data into the Forge process via a custom adapter which could connect to the CAS service recordstores. 

CAS was later extended to cover data sources that originally could only be imported directly into Forge while retaining its unstructured data capabilities. After the Oracle acquisition the Third Party CMS adapters were removed and CAS became the recommended method to ingest data. It managed dimension-value configuration items for indexing.

The most sophisticated usage of this data ingest design in Oracle Commerce is represented by the Product Catalog integration template used to integrate the core platform (ATG) with Endeca up to the release of version 11-1 (see diagram above).

The latter indexing project template uses two instances of Forge: one to generate configuration files and a second to use the generated files (and some manually managed files) to generate the information for Dgidx. Usage of Developer Studio became difficult in the latter design, as most configuration information was now stored elsewhere. 

For both (1) and (2), Forge can still be a bottleneck and dimension values (classification values) require careful management, as there is no central place of record for them. They are generated to data\state and to forge_output; moving them between environments (staging and production) requires care.

3. CAS-Dgidx - this now the recommended design from release Oracle Commerce 11.1 and completely removes Forge (and the use of Developer Studio for configuration).

The Benefits

  • Data can both be pushed (via command line, scripts or API) into CAS record store, or can be acquired via a pull mechanism (CAS Crawl).
  • CAS is a 64 bit multi-threaded server; can carry out these operations on demand and in parallel.
  • CAS recordstores support both full and incremental updates, which can take place asynchronously to the indexing process.
  • Document conversion and data manipulation in CAS prior to indexing is also supported.
  • Via the ‘last-mile-crawl’ component dedicated to each indexing project, data and configuration is integrated. Configuration is obtained from three main places: managed dimension values from a CAS recordstore, schema and precedence rules from the Endeca Configuration Repository (ECR), along with the indexing project’s config\mdex folder. The ECR also has a programmatic API, so it can be populated automatically. The ‘last-mile-crawl’ writes out all the information required for Dgidx to index the project.
  • The project also has a centralised dimension ID manager, which provides a central place of record for managing dimension values for the indexing project – a big improvement over the Forge-based approach.

Architecture

The diagram above shows the essential elements of a Forgeless pipeline. Note that for the 11-1 Catalog integration project, that data and dimvals are pushed into record stores via the APIs. Only the last-mile-crawl is executed as a crawl via the baseline and partial update scripts.

Note that the CAS design can be extended to include other inputs which may be from Third Party inputs and which need not necessarily be extracted or pushed from a core platform repository.

Possible Futures

The 11-1 release represents the first time the forge-less design became the default approach for data and config integration for indexing. Currently the CAS design cannot join data natively in the CAS system itself, so any data joining must be achieved externally before loading recordstores. We can perhaps expect further developments in this area in future (please note: the opinions are solely those of the author).

What can be said is that the forge-less approach is the product direction, so for any new projects or major updates to existing projects using Endeca Guided Search, we recommend you take a good look at it.

Note that the Oracle University “Oracle Commerce: Implementing Guided Search 11-1 (3 days) class covers this area in detail.

About the Author

Phil Franklin

Phil Franklin has over 25 years experience building, delivering and managing consulting and education services in privately owned and publicly quoted companies, with emphasis on software development and process improvement. He has successfully held CTO and service director management positions over the course of his career. Over the last 10 years, Phil has specialized in technical development education for ecommerce and search solutions, coming to Oracle via the Endeca acquisition. He teaches Oracle Commerce (Endeca/ATG) and Oracle Knowledge, as well as development classes for Cloud and the Java language.

Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

Staying Relevant in India’s IT Industry

Written by Ekta Siva

As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a GDP growth of 7.4% in 2014, India's rapidly expanding IT market continues to be a great place for graduates and IT professionals alike.

Nasscom research predicts nearly a quarter of a million jobs will be added to the IT industry this year in India.


Companies are continuing to gear up their resources to meet the local and export demands.

India's Job Prediction by PeopleStrong, published as a part of the India Skills Report 2015, captures the hiring trends based on data shared by top employers in the industry. It predicts an increase of almost 18% in the hiring numbers compared to 2014.

  • So which are the hottest areas?
  • What can you do to place yourself to reap the benefits of this sector? 
  • What are employers looking for?
  • How can you make yourself more marketable? 

The large number of graduates flowing into the job market has heightened competition for employment.

While the good news is that the industry is still expanding, IT professionals need to continuously upgrade their skills and expand their expertise to climb the corporate ladder.

Earning Oracle Certifications has proven to be one way professionals are doing this.

Research suggests that the certification process demonstrates a level of expertise that potentially allows you to command a higher salary and more senior level positions.

For example, research conducted by PayScale shows the salary range DBAs can expect after earning the OCP certification. 

In addition to job availability and salary scale, IT professionals need to explore the support infrastructure available to them. The AIOUG, India's Oracle User Group, is a strong and active organization that brings Oracle professionals together for continuous learning, problem solving and education. 

Such support is important for those new to the marketplace as well as industry veterans, as it provides a backbone for support for your entire career!

As the IT industry continues to witness rapid expansion, IT professionals need to keep up with industry developments and align themselves with the direction of growth.

Investing in hands-on, continuous training is critical to stay relevant in an ever-changing and dynamic industry.

Selecting a career partner like Oracle is a smart choice for IT professionals. Oracle stays at the forefront of technology both through internal development, R&D and acquisitions. 

Being Oracle certified will not only give you credibility; it also gives you the earning and staying power in India's highly competitive market.

Visit the Oracle Certification website to explore available certifications. Get started today!

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