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!

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
 Complete Edition
 End User Edition
  - get started using your Oracle Cloud applications * *
  - implement and configure your applications
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  - administer and manage your applications *
  - complete tasks and perform business transactions using the application * *
  - create and publish reports * *
  - develop hybrid cloud and on-premises solutions *
  - collaborate effectively with team members using Oracle Social Network *
  - learn about new features as they become available * *

Subscriptions are available for the following Oracle Cloud SaaS offerings:

 Oracle Cloud Application
 Complete Edition
 End User Edition
Human Capital Management Cloud


 Global HR
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 Talent Management
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Customer Experience Cloud


 Sales Cloud
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 Service Cloud
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Enterprise Resource Planning


 Financials Cloud
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 Project Portfolio Management Cloud
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Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions here.

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!

Thursday Jun 18, 2015

Oracle Database Certification - Find the Path to Your Successful Career

Written by Eva Chase, Senior Global Marketing Manager, Oracle Certification



The May 2015 edition of Certification Magazine describes the current climate for those with a career in database management. It explores how these professionals are expected to manage massive amounts of data.

“Database managers (often referred to as database administrators) are key in ensuring that the information is organized, stored and protected in secure database systems.” 

-Mary Kyle, freelance writer and certified Project Manager Professional

Mary goes into great detail about the job responsibilities and skills modern-day database administrators need to excel, as these jobs are evolving with the growing economy.

Projected job growth is expected to rise 15% from now until 2022, bringing numerous opportunities in the job market for the following positions:

  • Database architects
  • Database designers
  • Database analysts
  • Database developers
  • Database administrators (DBAs)
  • Data warehouse specialists (especially in the areas of data mining or business intelligence)

At Oracle, we know these roles and the skills required to fill them. We’re excited about what’s coming into play for DBAs and the associated roles.

We offer training and certification designed to prepare you for these types of database career paths. Securing an Oracle Database Certification prepares you with the skills and capabilities needed to get hired.

Oracle certifications are highly regarded in the tech industry. Oracle University has certified close to 2 million people to date!

View our Oracle Certification website and start by identifying your Oracle Database Certification career path.

Oracle Certified Professionals not only get hired; they also gain confidence that they can excel on the job.

Join our community of DBA certified professionals. We can help you prepare for your exams with Oracle Database training options.

Discount packages for Oracle certifications & training are also available.

Tuesday Jun 16, 2015

20 Years with MySQL - 20% Off Discount Packages Available


Written by Antoinette O'Sullivan, MySQL Curriculum Manager

MySQL's first release was 20 years ago. And now the most popular open source database is used by a huge number of individuals and companies across the globe.

Join Us - Celebrate 20 years of MySQL

If you're a MySQL expert, you can improve your knowledge by earning a MySQL Certification.

Purchase one of Oracle University's Discount Value Packages to get 20% off the price of a Live Virtual Class, plus a certification.

MySQL Database Administrator Certification Discount Package - MySQL for Database Administrators training course + Oracle Certified Professional MySQL 5.6 Database Administrator certification exam

MySQL Developer Certification Discount Package - MySQL for Developers training course + Oracle Certified Professional MySQL 5.6 Developer certification exam

Oracle certifications validate your knowledge to current and potential employers, while helping you stand out in a competitive job marketplace. MySQL certifications signify that you're an expert; to pass one of these certification exams, you must spend time preparing.

MySQL certifications have been created by MySQL engineers and technical consultants with 10 or more years of experience working with MySQL users.

By earning an Oracle MySQL certification, you are measuring and validating yourself against a serious bank of MySQL knowledge.

How to Prepare for a MySQL Certification Exam

1. Go to the web page for the certification you are preparing for:

2. Click on the "Exam Topics" tab to view subjects that will be covered on the exam. You can take a self-assessment to determine your knowledge gaps. These are the areas you need to concentrate on during your preparation.

3. Click on the "Exam Preparation" tab. You will see the recommended training and additional resources, including the MySQL Reference Manual.

4. In addition to the Recommended Training course(s), your exam preparation plan must include significant hands-on practice or on-the-job experience performing the tasks described on the Exam Topics tab. Oracle University courses may not cover all exam topics; an integrated exam preparation approach is recommended.

For more information about the authentic MySQL Curriculum, visit http://education.oracle.com/mysql.

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions - Complete & End-User Editions


Oracle University's New Offering - Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

Oracle Cloud promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies, especially for Java and database developers, architects and administrators.

Java and database developers, architects and administrators can leverage their existing skills and gain new knowledge to rapidly build and deploy rich applications.

Learn how to extend Oracle Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) applications using Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS), which is based on the industry’s #1 database and application server.

In other instances, IT professionals need to acquire new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.

Technical professionals, including implementers and application administrators who work with Oracle SaaS applications, need to learn all about the application throughout its entire lifecycle - from implementing and using their applications to learning how to take advantage of new features on the latest release.

Companies considering a move to cloud computing should educate their IT professionals about the potential opportunities as soon as possible. Doing so builds staff capabilities and skills ahead of migrating to the cloud platform.

Chief information officers who want to generate more business value from IT have to be on the front line of cloud skills education to build their own competence, as well as of the competence of their IT staff.

Oracle University offers simple solutions for technical professionals to build their cloud skill set:

The move to cloud solutions opens up new opportunities for both types of IT professionals. Key technical skill sets become more critical to career success.

Oracle University’s Cloud Learning Subscriptions help you transition to the Cloud while you develop the skills to take advantage of all the Oracle Cloud has to offer.

Learn to implement, develop, use and migrate to the Oracle Public Cloud using an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription. The Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription provides 24/7 access to learning assets delivered by Oracle product experts on demand. 

Get started with an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription today.

With an Oracle Cloud Learning subscription, IT professionals get 12 months of 24x7 access to end-to-end on demand, video based learning delivered by Oracle product experts.

Preview the Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions today and accelerate your journey to Oracle’s Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Monday Jun 08, 2015

The Impact of IT Training: Getting to the Finish Line

Oracle Training

It has been said before and it will always ring true: many factors can contribute to the success or failure of an IT project.

A popular misconception tells us that training is a luxury ill-afforded during lean economic times; but can you really afford not to train with technologies changing at a speed resembling that of a NASCAR race?

Another question: What does it take to get ahead of the pace car?

CIOs and IT managers understand that justification for every investment is needed at every turn. IDC research tells us projects that met a majority of their business objectives provided team members with 40% more training than those comparable projects that failed (IDC, 2012).

In fact, that same research tells us in IT security specifically, well-trained teams are 10% more productive (Impact of Training on Project Success, 2011).

Still not convinced?

View the essential IMPACT OF TRAINING infographic, compliments of Oracle University, to find out more about what learning can do.

With more than 500 expert instructors worldwide and more than 2,000 courses available, Oracle University couples best-in-class technology training with digital formats to make learning convenient and efficient.

The checkered flag awaits! Go for it.

Explore Oracle University's training courses today.

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Simplify Your Journey to Oracle Cloud

Written by Diana Gray and Jim Vonick

The transformation to public cloud computing can be a challenge for your entire organization, whether you're a technical professional figuring out how to implement and administer your cloud solution, or a business learning how to use a new cloud application. 

Introducing Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

Oracle University has just made it easier for your entire organization. Now you can get the Oracle Cloud training you need, when you need it, all in one place with an  Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription.

SaaS and PaaS Learning Subscriptions

Learning Subscriptions are available for the following Oracle Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.

Complete and End User Editions

There are two editions of Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions. Each edition makes timely and relevant content available for the appropriate job roles associated with your cloud application or platform service.


Complete Editions - for technical professionals, implementers, administrators, developers, architects and IT managers
End User Editions - for business users who use Oracle applications on a day-to-day basis

With an Oracle Cloud Learning 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 lifecycle of your Oracle Cloud application or platform service - from learning about and migrating to the cloud to using and optimizing your application service
  • Practice labs are available in the Complete Edition of the SaaS learning subscriptions
  • Continuous updates for product enhancements and new product releases, giving you access to the latest product information as soon as it's available

Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions Now >

Monday Jun 01, 2015

Just Released - New Oracle University Courses for June 2015

Each month Oracle University releases numerous new courses to make sure our training portfolio is current. 

Courses are typically available both in the classroom and online.  Here's a quick summary of some of the courses that we anticipate will be popular with customers.

Top New Courses for June

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

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