Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

Introducing Our New Oracle University Web Store

Hopefully you’ve noticed a recent change at Oracle University. We’ve listened to our customers’ feedback and after extensive design consultations, we’re rolling out our brand new Oracle University website design (or as I like to refer to it, a “Web Store”) design.

Our new web store is designed to make our site easier to use, improving your access across different browsers & devices.

Explore a Global Change

Countries hosting the new store design  include: US, Canada, UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, Africa Operations, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.

New Oracle University Homepage

The new OU web store is split into three core areas:  

  1. Get Training.

Within the “Get Training” section, you’ll see an improved, simplified layout and classification of our products into clear product family categories. This saves you time by making it easier to find the right products.

  1. Get Certified.

You now have access to key certification info, supported by the certification finder tool. Browsing and finding the right certification & exam offerings is now easier

  1. Get Connected.

We post our latest updates, offers & news via Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & blogging accounts. If you prefer to have a regular training schedule sent to you automatically, and tailored to your exact requirements, consider signing up for the FREE personalized catalog. It’s quick & easy!

We are also expanding the country coverage of the new store design. Exciting content, tools & payment enhancements are currently in development, including:

1. A New Certification Section

With over 1.3 million Oracle Certified individuals and counting, the demand for customers to get both trained & certified has never been higher. To make getting Oracle certified even easier, we’re creating new certification store content, improving exam learning paths & enhancing the certification finder tool.

2. Improved In Store Search

To make it easier for our customers to find our products, we’re improving our in store search system by optimizing the search engine, algorithm and results display to ensure you get the right search results every time, based on your search terms.

3. Expanding Credit Card Payment Capability

Having a breadth of payment choices within the checkout is a must in today’s day & age, so we’re working hard to expand our existing Credit Card capability into as many countries, as quickly as possible. This makes it even easier for you to purchase an Oracle University product online.

We’re Listening: Your Feedback Really Does Count!

We’re on a mission to make the Oracle University Web stores the best in the industry, so we take your feedback very seriously! We would love to hear what you think of our new store design, as well as any other constructive feedback on how we can improve the Oracle University web store experience.

Simply add your comments to the post, or alternatively please email your feedback to me directly. We’re listening!

-Justin, Oracle University Global Web Marketing Manager

justin.collins@oracle.com

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

What Are the Hottest IT Skills in 2013?

New Year, New Skills

The start of a new year is the perfect time to take a step back and think about where you want to go in the next 365 days, both personally and professionally. Here at Oracle University, we can’t really help you with the personal resolutions; however, if you’re thinking about a career change or want to position yourself for success within your company, then we can definitely lend a hand.  

Having the right skills on your resume at the right time can be critical to your success.  Below, check out the hottest IT skills that will help you gain an edge in the marketplace in 2013.

Get Your Head in the Cloud

It should come as no surprise that “Cloud” is one of the hottest buzz words in the tech world right now.  And with that popularity comes an increased demand for the skills that will help organizations make the move to the cloud.Investing in cloud training in 2013 will expand your skill set to include cloud deployment and implementation, making you a more marketable candidate for potential jobs. Beyond the cloud, you should be thinking Big Data/Analytics and Java/Mobile Application Development.But remember, just getting the technical skills alone isn’t all you need to widen your career prospects and potentially increase your salary.  Rich Milgram, CEO of career network Beyond, put it this way: 

“Learning a technology is the easy part. Having the mindset to apply it, having the mindset and logic process it, being thorough and detail-oriented while doing so, these are the critical skills.”

The Industry’s Top Skills and Top Jobs Compiled

Around this time of year, many industry publications and career sites run surveys that indicate which jobs or skills are hot.  These lists are a great place to start when considering which skills you want to develop and put into practice in 2013.   

1. Programming and Application Development
2. Project Management
3. Help Desk/Technical Support
4. Security
5. Business Intelligence/Analytics
6. Cloud/SaaS
7. Virtualization
8. Networking
9. Mobile Applications and Device Management
10. Data Center

Careerbuilder: Top Jobs in 2013

1. Software Developers
2. Systems Analysts
3. Network and System Administrators
4. Information Security Analysts
5. Computer Programmers
6. Database Administrators

CyberCoders: Top Technical Skills and Associated Job Types of 2013

1. JSON / Web Developer
2. Objective-C / Mobile Developer
3. Saas/Software / Engineer, Developer
4. Cloud / Cloud Engineer, Developer
5. XCode / Mobile Developer
6. SharePoint / Developer
7. ERP / Account Manager, Analyst
8. HTML 5 / Front End Developer
9. T-SQL / Data Analyst
10. iOS / Developer

Build Your 2013 Training Plan

Kicking off 2013 by developing a new technical skill is a great way to set the tone for the year. Start building your training plan for 2013 through Oracle University  by exploring Oracle Cloud Training, Java Application Development Training and Business Intelligence Training to give yourself the edge you need in a competitive marketplace.

Which IT skills would you like to improve upon in 2013? We would love to hear from you. Let us know in the comments section.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager
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