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
•    Dice.com 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.

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Get Trained & Certified to Become an Oracle Solaris System Administrator

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

Your network is secure, your computer is up and running and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome system administrator (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running.

Oracle Solaris 11 Training and Certification Programs

If you're interested in exploring this role, Oracle Solaris 11 training and certification programs help Oracle Solaris system administrators quickly embrace what is new with Oracle Solaris.

By taking Oracle Solaris 11 training, you'll be able to gain the skills you need. Oracle University offers a complete range of options to choose from, with expert instructors who can answer your questions.


Complete Oracle Solaris 11 Curriculum Now Available

Oracle Solaris Certifications

Oracle Solaris system administrators are highly valued. Several independent salary surveys have shown that the average annual salary for engineers with Oracle Solaris knowledge and experience is more than US$80,000. (Sources: Dice.com Salary survey, Simply Hired Salary Calculator).

Through enrolling in training courses and studying to pass certification exams, administrators and developers can quickly obtain the skills needed to manage mission-critical cloud deployments.

View the Oracle certifications below to learn more.

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Just Released! New Courses for March 2014

-Written by the Oracle University Curriculum Team


At Oracle University, we work hard to make sure our training and certification portfolio is current. Our goal is to offer training on our latest product releases, with new courses rolling out every week.

With our all-new monthly round-up of course releases, you'll get a quick summary of our newest courses, along with our hottest upcoming course releases.

Top New Course Releases for March

1.    Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administration
2.    Oracle Database 12c: Clusterware Administration
3.    Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Enterprise Manager Management Pack 
4.    Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Performance Tuning Workshop 
5.    Oracle Coherence 12c: Administer and Troubleshoot Clusters 
6.    Oracle BI Applications 11g: Implementation using ODI 
7.    Oracle Linux System Administration
8.    Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration for Experienced UNIX/Linux Administrators
9.    Taleo (TEE): Foundation of Oracle Business Intelligence for Taleo Enterprise
10.  Fusion Applications: HCM Payroll Implementation (US)
11.  Fusion Applications: HCM Security
12.  Fusion Applications: Project Financial Management Implementation
13.  Oracle Policy Modeling Essentials Rel 10.4

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

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com.  Every course we offer can be taken in the classroom or online. Choose your learning method based on your schedule.

View the past round-ups for other recent course releases: February, January

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Top 10 Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them

As 2014 swings into full gear, we're continuing to see a rising demand for skilled Oracle professionals in the job market. 

Whether you're an Oracle DBA or a Java developer, you should know that your skills are highly sought after! Certification is one proven way for professionals like you to validate your knowledge and gain credibility that will lead to better opportunities. 

And with the increasing demand for Oracle DBAs and Java Developers, we're also seeing a rise in the related Oracle Certifications. See for yourself in our top 10 certification list below.


Top 10 Oracle Certifications Worldwide*

1.    Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Associate
2.    Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Professional
3.    Java SE 6 Programmer Certified Professional
4.    Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert
5.    Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate
6.    Oracle Database 11g: Administrator Certified Associate
7.    Oracle Database 11g: Administrator Certified Professional
8.    Oracle Database 10g: Administrator Certified Associate
9.    Oracle Database 10g: Administrator Certified Professional
10.  Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional – One of our fastest growing!

Recommended Resources to Prepare for an Oracle Certification Exam

  • Test your knowledge with Kaplan SelfTest Practice Exams: empower yourself to put your best foot forward on exam day. 
  • Take the Recommended Training: ensure you have the knowledge you need, along with hands-on experience.  
  • Refresh Your Skills with our Exam Prep Seminar: take our exam prep seminars to refresh your existing knowledge prior to taking the exam.

If you would benefit from training, consider a Certification Discount Package and save up to 20%.

  • Includes the training course, plus a certification exam voucher that you have up to 12 months to use.  ePractice exams are also included in many of our packages.
  • If you need a refresher on the exam topics, choose from standard training packages or Exam Prep Seminar packages.
  • Available in Classroom, Live Virtual Class, Training On Demand and Self-Study formats.
  • New packages have just been released for Oracle Database 12c, MySQL 5.6, Exadata Administration, Oracle Database Cloud.

View all resources, a list of available testing centers, FAQs and more at certification.oracle.com.

*Data based on exams delivered in past 6 months. Credentials not listed in order.

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Equip Yourself with Oracle Database 12c Security Training


By Diana Gray, Snr. Product Marketing Manager

With more than 500 new features, Oracle Database 12c is designed to give Oracle customers exactly what they’ve told us they need for cloud computing, big data, security and availability.

Why Oracle Database Security?

With Oracle, customers can deploy reliable data security solutions that require no changes to existing applications, saving time and money.  

From the outset, Oracle has delivered the industry's most advanced technology to safeguard data at the source - the database. Oracle provides a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions to ensure data privacy, protect against insider threats and enable regulatory compliance for both Oracle and non-Oracle databases.

Oracle's powerful preventative and detective security controls include database activity monitoring and blocking, privileged user and multi-factor access control, data classification and discovery, transparent data encryption, consolidated auditing and reporting, secure configuration management and data masking.

Enroll in Oracle Database 12c: Security Training

In this NEW Oracle Database 12c: Security training course, discover how you can use Oracle Database features to meet the security, privacy and compliance requirements of your organization as you learn to:

  • Configure strong authentication for database users using PKI and Kerberos.
  • Control data access using virtual private database and Oracle Label Security.
  • Analyze application privileges and reduce the attack surface using Oracle Database Vault Privilege Analysis.
  • Reduce risk of data exposure using Oracle Advanced Security Data Redaction, Transparent Data Encryption and Oracle Data Masking,
  • Audit activity inside the database using policy and condition based unified auditing.
  • Configure network encryption to protect information in transit.
  • Audit activity inside the database using policy and condition based unified auditing.
  • Protect against application bypass using Oracle Database Vault Realms.

Questions or comments about Oracle Database 12c Security Training? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below. 

Friday Feb 21, 2014

February 2014 Oracle University Round-Up


If you’re like most of us, you’re interested in finding ways to save money. This month we have released new Oracle Training and Certification packages that can save you up to 20%.

These discount packages are new this month:

We also have many new training courses. Here’s a sampling.

PeopleSoft 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.53 - More Training

We continue to release PeopleSoft and PeopleTools courses to meet your business needs.

Oracle Sales Cloud - New Training Now Available

Prepare your team to implement, customize and reap the benefits of Oracle Sales Cloud applications.

Primavera Unifier (Skire) - New Training On Demand Courses

The following Primavera Unifier (Skire) courses are now available in our Training On Demand format. Get access to courses taught by top Oracle instructors when it fits your schedule - whenever you want, wherever you want.

Siebel - New Open UI Training

Learn how to use the new browser-independent framework to customize Siebel client-side application logic and rendering using standard web development techniques.

New Oracle GoldenGate 12c and Oracle Hyperion Training

Oracle Database 12c New Releases

The list of courses for Oracle Database 12c continues to grow. Here are some new courses and an update on certification.

Oracle Database 12c: Data Guard Administration - learn to use Oracle Data Guard to protect the database against planned and unplanned down times.

Oracle Database 12c Certification

Oracle Database Administrator Certified Professionals (OCP) can upgrade to the new Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional certification by taking a single exam, "Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c" (1Z1-060). This is an opportunity for candidates certified on earlier versions of the databases to upgrade to the latest version with only one exam.

We look forward to hearing from you in the comments section and hope to see you in class!

Thursday Feb 20, 2014

Developing Java Apps for Embedded Devices

By Tom McGinn, Java Curriculum Developer 

The buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow.

It's not hard to see how the proliferation of intelligent devices has become a natural part of our digital world. Nearly everyone carries an intelligent device in the form of a smart of feature phone, but did you know by the year 2020, there will be more than six connected devices per person?

These devices will:

  • Make our cars more efficient and reliable.
  • Monitor our homes and work places.
  • Keep track of shipments and other assets.
  • Remotely manage utilities and infrastructure and more.

Oracle Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) Embedded 

Oracle Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) Embedded is the proven platform for these devices, allowing developers to leverage their existing skills, while creating applications that take advantage of micro controllers and sensors.

By enrolling in Java ME Embedded: Develop Applications for Embedded Devices, a new Oracle University course, you can learn how to write embedded applications that read and write to peripheral devices, including: analog sensor devices, switches, LEDs, pulse sensors, inter-integrated circuits and much more.

This focused, two-day course also helps you develop the skills to manage data collection and distribution, including the Application Management System (AMS), Generic Connection Framework, logging, network and file I/O and record management storage.

Jump into the Internet of Things today!

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Capital Management Training for Success

By Jim Vonick, Senior Product Manager, Oracle University

Training should be a part of your PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Capital Management implementation plan. This holds true for both upgrades and new implementations.

Why Enroll in PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Capital Management Training?

  • Training helps you develop the skills and knowledge needed to ensure a smooth, rapid and successful implementation of your PeopleSoft applications in support of your organization's HCM processes.
  • Hands-on courses offer you step-by-step instruction for implementing, using and maintaining your applications.
  • You'll develop an understanding of the application and configuration options so you can make better decisions during your implementation.
  • Training can also help you identify any additional development work that may be necessary to customize your applications. 
  • You'll know how to ensure integration between different modules within your overall business process.

Who Needs PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Capital Management Training?

Project team training is critical at the start of a new implementation, including configuration training on the core application modules being implemented. Courses vary based on your role in the implementation and ongoing use of the application.

Oracle University's PeopleSoft 9.2 training is designed for these job roles:

· Configuration or functional implementers

· Implementation consultants (including Oracle partners)

· Super users

· Business analysts

· Financial reporting specialists

· Administrators

PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Capital Management - Available Training 

Oracle University offers over 20 courses for PeopleSoft Human Capital Management applications. Accelerated courses, which include content from two courses, are recommended for more experienced team members. 

Watch this short video to see an overview of all available PeopleSoft training. 

Some of the available courses include: 

New Features and Delta Courses

·   PeopleSoft HCM Solutions Rel 9.2 New Features

·   PeopleSoft HCM Rel 8.9 to 9.2 Delta

·   PeopleSoft HCM Rel 9.0 to 9.2 Delta 

Core Training Courses

·   Introduction to PeopleSoft for HCM Rel 9.2

Functional Training Courses

·   PeopleSoft Human Resources Rel 9.2 

·   PeopleSoft Benefits Administration Rel 9.2

·   PeopleSoft Recruiting Solutions Rel 9.2

·   PeopleSoft ePerformance Rel 9.2

·   PeopleSoft Absence Management Rel 9.2 

·   PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management Rel 9.2

North America Specific Courses

·   PeopleSoft Payroll – Canada Rel 9.2 

·   PeopleSoft Payroll – US Rel 9.2 

·   PeopleSoft Base Benefits – Canada Rel 9.2 

·   PeopleSoft Base Benefits – U.S. Rel 9.2 

·   PeopleSoft Time and Labor – North America Rel 9.2

North America Accelerated Courses

·   Intro to PeopleSoft/HR/Benefits Accelerated – Canada Rel 9.2 

·   Intro to PeopleSoft/HR/Benefits Accelerated – US Rel 9.2 

Browse Oracle University’s entire selection of PeopleSoft 9.2 Human Capital Management training courses to learn more.

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Oracle University Learning Paths Help You Get Where You’re Going


-Written by the Oracle University Marketing Team

Does figuring out which training course to take sometimes feel like walking through a maze? Any journey goes more smoothly when you know where you're headed.

Oracle University offers learning paths that map to different job roles. These easy-to-follow roadmaps help you decide which training makes the most sense for you now, and for your where you're aiming to go. 

Learning Paths Recommend Specific Courses to Build Your Skill Set

These learning paths help you select a recommended sequence of training courses designed to maximize your skills. As you become more and more proficient and progress down the learning path, you'll acquire a skill set that not only helps you more effectively complete tasks in your daily job; you'll also become more marketable when interviewing for new opportunities

  • Courses early in the learning path cover fundamental concepts and baseline skills.
  • Later courses deep dive into more advanced, expert-level topics.
  • By keeping a learning path in mind as you plan your educational activities, you can easily determine which courses will best meet your requirements based on your current skill level.

Develop Advanced Skills & Create New Career Opportunities

Ready to accelerate your career growth?

Invest time elevating your skill set through training with expert Oracle University instructors. Earn well-respected credentials of expertise through our certification program to stand out to current and future employers.

Explore Oracle University's training and certification offerings today to see which learning path is right for you.

Thursday Jan 30, 2014

PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training Now Available

By Jim Vonick, Senior Product Manager, Oracle University

Who Should Consider PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training?

If you’re performing an upgrade or a new rollout, proper training should be incorporated into every PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management implementation plan.

Are you part of a project team in charge of implementing PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials for your company? Or perhaps you're a partner implementing for your customer. In either case, investing in focused, hands-on training will maximize the impact of this financial management solution.

Courses vary based on your role in the implementation and ongoing use of the application.

PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial training is designed for these job roles:

  • Configuration or functional implementers -  dedicated business users who will manage the implementation project. They need to understand the business requirements associated with setting up the application.
  • Implementation consultants (Oracle partners)
  • Super users
  • Business analysts
  • Financial reporting apecialists
  • Administrators

When Should You Enroll in PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training?

Training is critical at the start of a new implementation. Oracle University courses deep dive into configuration training on the core application modules being implemented. Training should be considered during the planning stages of a project so you can begin to align the expertise within your company, as well as that of any consultants who may be assisting you.

How Will PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training Help You?

Enrolling in PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management training courses will help you understand the functionality most relevant to complete your end-to-end business processes; you'll also walk away with the ability to identify any additional development work that may be necessary to customize applications. Furthermore, you'll develop the skills to ensure proper integration between different modules within the overall business process.

Watch this short video to get an overview of all PeopleSoft training. Courses are available for more PeopleSoft Financial Management applications. Accelerated courses, which include content from two courses, are ideal for more experienced team members.

New Features Course:

Functional Training Courses:

 Accelerated Courses:

Ready to ensure a smooth, rapid and successful implementation of your PeopleSoft applications in support of your organization’s financial management processes?

Invest in courses that will teach you step-by-step how to implement, use and maintain your applications. You'll develop a deeper understanding of the application and configuration options to help you make the right implementation decisions for your organization.

Want to Learn More? 

Browse Oracle University's selection of PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management training courses today.

Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

New Performance Tools for Java 7

By Michael Williams, Principal Curriculum Developer

Have you ever wished for an easy way to monitor your application's performance and analyze the application's performance over time? With the release of Java 7 u40, your wish has just come true. 

Two tools are are now bundled with the Java JDK. Both tools have been around for a while as part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, but now have been ported to the Hotspot JVM.

Java Mission Control

Java Mission Control is a live monitoring and analysis tool for Java 7. This tool lets you monitor live data coming from a running JVM. Mission Control has a modern, customizable user interface which allows you to chart only the data you're interested in. In addition, the triggers feature lets you notify specific personnel about key events that occur in your application. Finally, Mission Control can load recordings from Java Flight Recorder for detailed analysis.

Oracle Java Flight Recorder

Oracle Java Flight Recorder is a tool for recording key information about your application over time. Much like an airline flight recorder, Java Flight Recorder stores key telemetry from your application as it runs; it then loads recordings into Mission Control for detailed analysis. Recordings can be run continuously on your applications with minimal impact on performance.

Java Performance Tuning with Mission Control and Flight Recorder Training

Interested in learning more about these tools?

Oracle University has released the new Java Performance Tuning with Mission Control and Flight Recorder course. This course deep dives into Oracle Mission Control and Flight Recorder, along with other interesting performance-related information, including:

  • Details about how garbage collection works in the JVM.
  • A detailed review of the garbage collectors available in Hotspot, including the new G1 garbage collector.
  • Profiling your application using NetBeans and other tools.
  • Detecting and troubleshooting common performance issues like memory leaks and contention issues.
  • Tuning guidelines for each of the Java garbage collectors.

Sound interesting? If so, sign up today! 

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