Friday Feb 22, 2013

Top 7 Reasons to Learn Java SE 7 Now

Have you updated to Java SE 7? If you haven’t, check out the top 7 reasons to do so below.

7.  More companies are now running Java SE 7.

The end of the publicly available release of Oracle JDK 6 was February 19, 2013 so more companies will be running Java SE 7. If you haven’t downloaded Java SE 7 yet, now may be the perfect time to do so.

6.  Java SE 6 and Java SE 5 updates require Oracle Support.

As of February 19, all new Java SE 6 and Java SE 5 security updates, patches and fixes are now only available through My Oracle Support; thus requiring a commercial license with Oracle.

5.  Stay current with automatic updates.

Oracle started auto-updating Windows 32-bit, Java Runtime Environment (JRE) users from JRE 6 to JRE 7 in December 2012.

4.  Java skills are in high demand.

Java skills are in high demand, so being familiar with the latest version keeps your skills current, giving you an edge in the job market.

3.  Improved features will make your life easier.

Java SE 7 is new and improved. Get a hands-on introduction to the new features (Fork/Join, NIO, diamond notation) with the Java SE 7 New Features course.

2.  Java SE 7 training is now available.

Oracle University's Java SE 7 New Features course is available in a traditional classroom environment and as a Live Virtual Class (LVC) event. It is also available in the new Training On Demand (TOD) format, giving you the flexibility to take the training  any time, from anywhere in the world.

1.  Earn valuable IT credibility with a Java SE 7 certification.

Earn well-respected credentials by becoming certified in the newest version of Java SE 7. If you're certified in Java SE 6, you can combine your Java SE 7 New Features training with your certification upgrade and actually save 20%. If you're getting certified for the first time, other Java SE 7 certification discount packages are also available. 

Now that you know the top seven reasons to learn Java SE 7, take a look at the Java SE 7 learning paths to help you get started!

- Jerilyn, Oracle University Curriculum Product Manager

Friday Feb 15, 2013

The Digital Learning Transformation

Did you know that today’s average college grads have spent less than 5,000 hours of their lives reading, but over 10,000 hours playing video games (not to mention 20,000 hours watching TV).*

I think we all know that the world around us has changed and how we consume information and spend our time has changed.  It feels like I hear about this every day, but seeing stats like this really puts it all into perspective for me. Today’s world revolves around technology.

Dewey Decimal What?

Generation Y has grown up with the ability to access an unlimited supply of information with just the click of a button. Makes me a bit jealous.  The concept of going to the library, searching through a card catalog to locate a book and then combing through it to get the answer you're looking for sounds insane in 2013, doesn’t it? New information needs to be obtained at the right time in the quickest way possible. Even though Gen Y might be a driving force behind this change, they are not alone. Technology is moving so fast that we are forced to keep up or get left behind.

From Bricks to Clicks

No matter what generation you are in, you likely grew up learning in a brick and mortar classroom. There is something about classroom learning that has been hard to capture in a digital form. The early forms of e-learning were lacking the “special sauce” of social interaction that is core to the classroom learning experience.  With the rise of social networking tools and technology, we're at a point where new forms of digital learning are becoming available that will help students access interactive learning in real-time, without having to sacrifice anything.  

The Shift to On Demand Digital Learning

Oracle University has been offering  Live Virtual Class (LVC) Training for several years now. Students often times seem reluctant to take a Live Virtual Class, but once they try it, they are hooked (I am not just saying that – our student evaluations are great proof of this). However, LVC training isn’t for everyone. You still need to allocate the time in your schedule to take the course online for duration of the class. That's why we launched Training On Demand which includes a video recording of a classroom course that you can start, pause, fast forward and replay as needed. You can even search the course for specific topics. It lets you learn on your own time, gives you options to interact with instructors and lets you access labs for hands-on practice on-the-go via a mobile device, or from your desktop.  

Tell Us What You Think

We are getting a lot of positive feedback on Training on Demand as a new way to learn. Take a closer look and check out the demo, along with some of the course previews, and tell us what you think. What other suggestions do you have for making our learning more accessible?

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

*Source: Mark Prensky. “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” 

Wednesday Feb 06, 2013

February 2013 Oracle University Round-Up: New Training & Certifications

There is never a dull moment around here at Oracle University. We release new training courses, as well as new certifications, every month.

To make things easier on you, we’ll begin featuring these monthly “Round-Ups”, or shall I say “Muster” for you Australians out there. That’s just cowboy speak for a gathering of all-things-new.

New Training & Certification for Database & Related Technology

MySQL 5.6 is now available. It’s simply a better MySQL. We’re excited to offer new training and certifications to help you validate your knowledge of this latest release.

Training Courses:


New Training & Certification for Java & Oracle Fusion Middleware

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 is now available. Our updated training courses can help you achieve blazing fast application performance. We’re also offering a variety of Java SE 7 courses to prepare you to use Java 7 in light of the end of public updates for Java SE 6. 

Training Courses: 


Certification Discount Packages:

New Training & Certification for Oracle Applications

Oracle Fusion Applications implementation training is now available in our Training On Demand format. Training On Demand provides complete classroom training led by top instructors, with access to hands-on labs from your desktop. Learn when you want, where you want - at your own pace.  

Training Courses: 

New Training & Certification for Operating Systems, Virtualization & Oracle Systems 

Oracle recently released Oracle Solaris 11.1, which provides a number of performance enhancements as well as new features. Oracle Solaris 11.1 further expands on the virtualization capabilities across the system. 

Training Courses:


Certification Discount Packages 

So there you have it – Oracle University’s first of many monthly round-ups. Stay tuned for more Oracle University training and certification releases throughout the month!

Friday Feb 01, 2013

Customer Spotlight: BT Delivers a Broad Range of Customized Training to Optimize Company-Wide Investment in Oracle

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BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, with operations in 170 countries. Its main activities include the provision of fixed-line services, broadband, mobile, TV products and services, as well as networked IT services. 

With a vast range of Oracle applications, middleware, and hardware deployed across BT, the organization has an ongoing requirement for a broad range of training. Much of BT’s hands-on software development is now outsourced to partner systems integrators in India, but BT still retains all program management, design, and decision-making in addition to some development work in-house. Training is therefore required for specific products as well as to improve general awareness and understanding across the Oracle portfolio.

BT works with Oracle University to deliver tailored training programs either in a classroom environment or online, depending on the particular requirements and office locations involved. Oracle University provides a wide range of training courses from a detailed catalog, but also provides bespoke and customized training for specific projects where required.

A word from BT: 

“Oracle University has a progressive, flexible approach to training that is unique in the IT industry. I have never come across another organization that applies this flexible approach to deliver relevant, customized training.”

– Arnie Hensby, Oracle First Program Manager, BT 


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