Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Best of Oracle University in April

Another busy month has passed!

Here at Oracle University, we're working to deliver the information you need to make the best investment in your education. We hope this content will help you select the most relevant training courses and certifications to advance your skill set and open new doors for your career.

Curious to see what our community of students is reading and sharing? Check out our most popular links below:

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-Kate Jones, Oracle University Marketing Manager

Tuesday Apr 29, 2014

DBA and Developer Guide to MySQL

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

MySQL is the most trusted and depended-on open source database platform in use today. 9 out of the 10 most popular and highly-trafficked websites in the world rely on MySQL, primarily due to its ubiquity across heterogeneous platform and application stacks.

MySQL is well-known for its performance, reliability and ease of use. MySQL 5.6 builds on the momentum by delivering across the board improvements that enable innovative DBA and developers to create and deploy the next generation of web, embedded and Cloud/SaaS/DaaS applications on the latest generation of development frameworks and hardware platforms. 

Building the Next Generation of Web Applications and Services

At a glance, MySQL 5.6 is simply a better MySQL, with improvements that enhance every functional area of the database kernel, including:

  • Improved InnoDB storage engine for better transactional throughput.
  • Improved Optimizer for better query execution times and diagnostics.
  • Better application availability with online DDL/schema changes.
  • Better developer agility with NoSQL Access, with Memcached API to InnoDB.
  • Improved replication for high performance, self-healing distributed deployments.
  • Improved security for worry-free application deployments.
  • Improved performance schema for better instrumentation.
MySQL Course and Certification Exam Releases

The MySQL for Database Administrator and MySQL for Developers course releases are aligned with newly GA release of MySQL 5.6 Developer and MySQL 5.6 Database Administrator OCP certification exams.

Invest in hands-on training and study to pass certification exams that will validate your expertise.

Monday Apr 28, 2014

New Oracle University Courses for April 2014 - Just Released!

-Written by the Oracle University Marketing team 

At Oracle University, we work hard to make sure our training and certification portfolio is current. Here's a quick summary of our hottest new courses. 

Top Course Releases for April

This is just a sample of what we expect to be popular new releases.

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at  Courses can be taken in the classroom or online. Choose your learning method based on your schedule. 

View past blog entries for other recent courses releases:  March, February, January 

Friday Apr 25, 2014

Top 20 Training on Demand Courses - Enroll Now!

Oracle Training On Demand is continuing to grow in popularity. If you haven’t considered exploring this flexible training format yet, now's the time!

We now offer over 150 titles available in our Oracle Training On Demand format. Students from all over the world are loving the flexibility that it provides. It lets you take courses any time, from anywhere with an internet connection. It's the perfect way to learn at your own pace, as your schedule allows.

Here are the top 20 Oracle Training On Demand courses that people have taken so far in 2014.  
Click on any of the course titles to preview the course content:

20. Implementing Endeca Commerce Core Technologies Rel 3.1
19. Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards
18. Oracle Database 11g: Data Guard Administration
17. Java SE 7 Fundamentals
16. MySQL for Database Administrators
15. Architect Enterprise Applications with Java EE
14. Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop
13. Oracle Grid Infrastructure 11g: Manage Clusterware and ASM
12. Oracle SOA Suite 11g: Build Composite Applications
11. Oracle Data Integrator 11g: Integration and Administration
10. Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning 
9. Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
8. Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL
7. Oracle Database 11g: RAC Administration
6. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop I
5. R12.x Oracle E-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers 
4. Java SE 7 Programming
3. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Administration Essentials
2. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop II
1. Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators

Get started today!

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Utilize Oracle Linux – A High Performance Operating System

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Oracle Linux is a high-performance operating system.  It is free to download and distribute, and includes source code, binaries, patches and updates.

The code has been optimized for database servers and is used in the following Oracle systems:

Enroll in Oracle Linux System Administration Training

Oracle University provides industry-leading training courses and certification exams to help you develop and validate the skills that hiring managers are seeking.

Through hands-on training with expert Oracle University instructors, you'll gain the knowledge to deliver extreme performance, advanced scalability and reliability for enterprise applications and systems.

  • UNIX and Linux Essentials training designed for users and administrators who are new to the Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Linux operating systems. This course will help you develop the basic UNIX skills to interact comfortably and confidently with the operating system.
  • Oracle Linux System Administration training comes in multiple modalities. This course covers a range of skills including installation, using the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, configuring Linux services, preparing the system for the Oracle Database, monitoring and troubleshooting.
  • Oracle Linux Advanced Administration training  helps you become more knowledgeable about many of Oracle Linux’s advanced features and functionally.

Preview New Oracle Linux System Administration TOD Training

Looking to gain an edge over your peers in a competitive job market?

Pursuing Oracle Linux Certifications will help you stand out in the crowd. Not only will you learn how to implement and administer the Oracle Linux Operating System; you'll also demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning and increase your chances of being hired.

Get started today!

Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

How Do I Identify which Virtualization Technologies I Need?

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

At Oracle, the answer to this question really depends on what your goals are.  Each virtualization technology provides key components to build a complete cloud infrastructure and help you deploy your business applications to the cloud.

So how do you identify which virtualization technologies you need?

Get Started:

  1. Identify what your most demanding needs are for creating a dynamic data center.
  2. Then review our list of courses to see how you can develop expertise in Server, Network and Desktop Virtualization technologies.

Enrolling in training courses through Oracle University will expand your understanding of these technologies. Our expert instructors not only review the course material; they also help answer questions you might have about your own environment.

Featured Training: Server Virtualization

Oracle Virtualization Certification

Passing the Oracle VM 2.0 for x86 Certified Implementation Specialist Certification exam signifies that you're a professional who is skilled in implementing solutions based on Oracle VM technologies. Studying to earn this certification will help you develop the following skills, which are highly valued in the job marketplace:

-Installing and Configuring Oracle VM Server

-Understanding the Oracle VM Agent and Oracle VM Manager

-Leveraging Oracle VM Templates

This Oracle certification exam targets the intermediate-level implementation team member. Up-to-date training and field experience are highly recommended.

For more information about the Oracle certification program, visit our newly redesigned Oracle Certification website.

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

New Oracle University Certification Web Store - Now Live!

Oracle University is excited to announce the launch of the redesigned Oracle Certification Web Store!

Take a few of our new pages for a test drive to see what you think:

What can you expect to see?

With the global launch of this new and improved certification web store, enjoy a simplified user experience that helps you find certification vouchers and training courses quickly and easily.

Get validation that certifications are a good investment by viewing our new salary survey page with feedback from real students who have become Oracle Certified.

You'll also have access to new, in depth information about the benefits of adding an Oracle Certification to your skill set within a more modern, interactive design. Below, you'll find a few samples of what our new store offers: 

Search for certifications using our new exam finder

Access quick links that make it easier to find what you need

Learn more about how certifications can elevate your career

Browse all of our certifications in just a few clicks

Get easy access to tools that help you prepare to pass your exam

These are just a few examples of the new features we've launched. As always, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Get started today by exploring what our new Oracle certification web store has to offer! 

Friday Apr 04, 2014

2014 Looks Bright for Oracle DBAs, Developers and Analysts

We know it.  You know it.  The IT landscape is going through a lot of change. As a result, hiring managers are on the hunt for new talent who can support this transformation.

According to a recent survey by Robert Half International, CIOs are more optimistic about hiring in 2014 than they were in 2013.

Source: Robert Half International

This is good news, especially for individuals who have the skills that hiring managers are seeking.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for DBAs to grow 15 percent between 2012 and 2022; Oracle DBAs in particular appear to be well positioned. 

John Reed of Robert Half International observed that “the market for Oracle DBAs is strong right now and I would anticipate it would at least maintain that level if not increase in values over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Research from Foote Partners also supports the growth for DBAs as well as developers and analysts. David Foote stated that in 2014 “the winners will be database developers, architects, analysts and technical specialists, especially if they know Apache HBase, NoSQL or prescriptive tools and analytics.”

Cloud Architects, Solution Architects, Administrators & Integrators in High Demand

No surprise that demand continues to rise for cloud architects, solution architects, administrators and integrators.  And the growth of mobile devices continues to generate demand for experienced and certified mobile developers.

Salary trends in the US also support good growth for these hot jobs:

Take a closer look at what’s hot in some of these recent industry reports:

•    2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half International
•    8 hot IT skills for 2014
•    Which Tech Jobs Will Win, Which Will Lose in 2014
•    Increasing Demand for Oracle DBAs
•    8 Hot IT Jobs for 2014
• December 2013: Special Edition, Hiring Survey

•    Hot IT Job Skills in 2014: Mobile, Web Development and Big Data 

Oracle University Offers Flexible Training & Certification Options

If you're thinking about making a career change, now may be the time. Brush up your skills with Oracle training.

Short on time? Take advantage of the flexibility of Training On Demand or Self-Study Courses. To gain an edge in the job market, validate your expertise by studying to earn an Oracle Certification in Oracle Database, PL/SQL, SQL or Java.


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