Wednesday May 20, 2015

New Oracle ERP Cloud Training

Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud applications incorporate rich financial and operational features to help you streamline and manage your business.

The Oracle ERP Cloud team created the following training to help you accelerate implementation and adoption of your applications.


Oracle Financials Cloud Implementation

The goal of the Oracle Financials Cloud implementation training is to equip you with the knowledge and skills so you can perform a smooth and rapid implementation of your financial applications. This training will help you better understand the configuration options so you can make improved decisions during your implementation. You'll walk away with the skills to optimize the setup and effectively manage your financial processes in General Ledger, Payables and Receivables.

Recommended Training

Oracle Financials Cloud - Financial Reporting

With training, business analysts and reporting specialists can develop a deep understanding of how to best use Financial Reporting to run the finance side of your business. You'll learn how to create financial reports, use Business Intelligence Publisher templates and data models, create dashboards and reports, and analyze data.

Recommended Training

Oracle Procurement Cloud Implementation

Oracle Procurement Cloud training covers the key options and tasks you need to understand to successfully configure your application in a way that maps to your business needs.  You'll also learn how to administer your application and perform key transactional tasks.

Recommended Training

Oracle Project Portfolio Management

Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud training focuses on setting up the Project Financial Management and the Project Execution Management offerings. Learn how to optimize the configuration to enable necessary collaboration between team members and give the business insight to efficiently plan, create and manage projects, tasks and resource within your organization.

Recommended Training

Monday May 18, 2015

It's the 20th Anniversary of Java - Are Your Java Skills Circa 1995?

Java has continued to evolve since launching in 1995, but have your skills kept up?

20 years, 592,000+ Certified Java Programmers and 9 Million Java Developers later, Java Developers have never been in more demand than they are today.

According to Dice.com, in January 2015,

“Java was named one of the top 10 skills hiring managers search for when in the market for cloud candidates, according to our November report.”

Do you have the latest Java skills hiring managers are seeking?

Today, job postings frequently call for developers to have experience with Java EE, JSON, XML, JavaScript, AJAX, Web Services, SOAP and HTML5, just to name a few.

If you don’t have these present-day skills, you should consider taking action to develop them. Oracle University offers a variety of instructor-led, online and self-paced courses to get you up to speed for 2015 and beyond.

Check out these popular Java courses you can take to advance your knowledge:

With the increasing demand for Java, Java certifications are also becoming a differentiator to highlight and validate your expertise working with the latest Java technologies. Our new Java SE 8 certification is now available:

Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer beta exam – Available at a Reduced Price!

Other popular certifications:

View the entire Java training curriculum - visit  education.oracle.com/java.

Celebrate Java's 20th Anniversary! oracle.com/java20    Twitter #Java20

Tuesday May 12, 2015

FREE LIVE WEBINARS - Oracle Database Cloud: Use Case Webinar Series


Mark your calendars & REGISTER NOW for this exciting free offering.

Oracle Product Development will be presenting, in a dedicated webinar series, 4 NEW Use Case Scenarios that explore the Oracle Database Cloud. These webinars will highlight key Oracle Database Cloud topics, followed by Q&A opportunities from expert presenters.

Join these sessions starting on Wednesday, June 3rd and continuing every other Wednesday for 8 weeks. The Oracle Database Cloud: Use Cases Webinar Series will benefit customers transitioning to the cloud as well as those who are currently using the cloud.

See details below.

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Oracle Database Learning Stream: Using Oracle Public Cloud to Host Your Application

Presenters: Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, June 3rd, 11:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar 

Are you intrigued by the possibility of getting out of the business of “Managing All of Your IT Platforms” so you can focus on your core business?

Learn from Oracle development experts, Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh, as they provide useful insight about how to get started hosting an application in the Oracle Public Cloud.

This webinar will discuss considerations for hosting either a new or existing application in the cloud, and highlight important choices and tasks you'll encounter in the process. Bob and Sanjay will provide additional information, giving you the jump start you need to make Using the Public Cloud to Host Your Application a reality.

This is the first in a series of 4 webinars highlighting important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015


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Oracle Database Learning Stream: Quickly Deploy, Test & Develop in the Oracle Public Cloud

Presenters: Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, June 17th, 11:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar

One of the best ways to get started leveraging the benefits of the Oracle Public Cloud is to use it as an environment to easily deploy, test and develop your operations. This webinar will review “tips and tricks” to quickly get your developers and testers “up and running” and productive in the cloud environment. Find out which tools are available to help with your migration and get detailed information to help your transition process.

This is the second in a series of 4 webinars highlighting important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015

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Oracle Database Learning Stream: Backing Up Your Database to the Oracle Public Cloud

Presenters: Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, July 1st, 10:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar

Whether your production database is already in the cloud or on premises in your data center, backing up your data is key. Using the Oracle public cloud is an effective way to protect your data off-site and in the event of a complete site outage. Learn how to easily set up your backup using Oracle's simple tools. This session’s expert speakers, Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh, will help you gain insight into how this off-site backup can help you resume operations or restore your data in the event of a disruption.

This is the third in a series of 4 webinars highlighting important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015

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Oracle Stream: Evaluating New Oracle Database 12c Features Using the Oracle Public Cloud

Presenters: Sohan DeMel and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, July 15th, 10:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar

Oracle Database 12c provides hundreds of new features that  boost your application performance and employee productivity. You can quickly deploy the latest Oracle Database release in the Oracle Public Cloud. This session’s experts, Sohan DeMel and Sanjay Singh, will discuss how you can easily evaluate these new features and how they can benefit you. Listen to this webcast to explore evaluating and getting started in the Cloud.

This is the fourth in a series of 4 webinars highlighting use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015


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Friday May 08, 2015

What’s Happening to Salaries for IT Professionals?


A review of recent IT salary surveys reveals good news, although with some variation in specifics. Organizations conducting the surveys generally found that IT pros who specialize in Oracle-centric technologies and apps report receiving higher salaries than last year.

InfoWorld Salary Survey

InfoWorld says that competition for talent is on the rise, as are salaries. They report on a salary survey that lists the IT positions that are expected to see the largest percentage increase in salaries in 2015.

Job Title 2015 Salary Range Yr/Yr Change
Mobile applications developer $107,500 - $161,500 10.2%
Big data engineer $119,250 - $168,250 9.3%
Wireless network engineer $99,000 - $137,500 9.1%
Business intelligence analyst $108,500 - $153,000 7.4%
Data security analyst $106,250 - $149,000 7.4%
Data architect $119,750 - $164,750 7.2%
Lead applications developer $106,250 - $148,250 7.2%
Database developer $98,000 - $144,750 7.2%
Software engineer $96,000 - $147,250 7.2%
Chief security officer $134,250 - $204,750 7.1%

Robert Half Salary Guide

The Robert Half Technology 2015 Salary Guide has data gathered from observations of the firm’s staffing and recruiting professionals. The report is based on actual job placements as well as frequent surveys of CIOs and other IT professionals.

Job Title 2015 Salary Range Yr/Yr Change
Mobile App Developer $107,500 - $161,500 10.2%
Data Security Analyst $106,250 - $149,000 7.4%
Software Engineer $ 96,000 - $147,250 7.2%
IS Security Manager $122,250 - $171,250 6.6%
CTO $137,500 - $220,250 5.8%
DBA $ 91,000 - $134,750 5.7%
Business Continuity Analyst $ 92,500 - $132,250 5.6%
Systems Engineer $ 80,250 - $117,500 5.2%
CIO $157,000 - $262,500 4.9%
Project Manager $ 91,250 - $139,250 4.8%

Dice Tech Salary Survey

The Dice survey also shows increases in many positions, although at lower percentages than reported by InfoWorld and Robert Half. Over 23,000 technology professionals took the Dice online salary survey at the end of 2014. More than half (61%) of technology professionals reported salary increases. Here are the job titles with the highest salaries, plus the percent those salaries changed year over year.

Job Title Average Salary Yr/Yr Change
IT Management (CIO, CTO, VP) $135,454 1.9%
Systems architect $126,886 1.1%
Data architect $119,360 0.5%
IT strategist, architect $118,655 0.5%
Project manager $106,460 -2.9%
DBA $102,446 1.3%
Software Engineer $101,941 4.1%
MIS Manager $99,607 -2.4%
Security Engineer $99,367 -2.4%
UI/UX Engineer $95,498 0.0%

Some additional good news from the Dice survey: respondents with specific Oracle-related skills earned impressive salary hikes. We can speculate that some of the dramatic increases in compensation, for PeopleCode experts as example, are driven by the current supply and demand situation for specific skills.

Skill Average Salary Yr/Yr Change
NoSQL $118,587 21.7%
SOA $118,518 8.7%
Big Data $116,414 9.3%
PeopleCode $113,690 23.7%
WebLogic $112,698 10.9%
Solaris $106,468 1.7%
JD Edwards $104,586 12.2%
Business Intelligence $103,871 6.5%
Java/J2EE $102,889 6.1%
Siebel $101,987 8.4%
eBusiness Suite $101,587 2.6%
Oracle Database $101,189 2.0%

While we don’t have space here to cover reports from other publications, all of which also found positive salary growth for IT professionals, here are other surveys you can check out if you’re interested:

Do these surveys reflect what you’re seeing at work? Relative to salary, where do you stand? Do your Oracle skills make a difference in your compensation? We’d love to hear from you!

Thursday May 07, 2015

Absorb the Ocean: Updated Oracle Communications Training

For communications administrators and architects, leveraging the many advantages of Oracle’s Communications solutions may seem like an exercise similar to trying to absorb the earth’s oceans with just one small sponge.

For small or mid-sized enterprises, that sponge may be smaller and used in a variety of different functions, yet the investment to optimize business processes and control enterprise voice, video, VOIP, and unified communications networks is just as real.

To fully recognize the investment and leverage all that these solutions have to offer, how can minimal resources do it all?

Oracle University, the industry’s largest and leading technology education provider, is meeting the needs of both large and small enterprise system, with new formats, added course dates, and updated curriculum.

Following suit, Oracle Communications courses have been updated to provide comprehensive training for service and network equipment providers to optimize business processes, networks, IT systems, and supply chains; launch innovative services and business models; and build world-class customer experiences and brands.

Popular Oracle Communications courses include:

- Oracle SBC Configuration and Administration
- Oracle Communications ECB Configuration and Administration
- Network Charging and Control (NCC): Administering and Troubleshooting

As part of the training offered through Oracle University, these courses showcase how to optimize service and network providers, perform initial and setup procedures, configure and troubleshoot, as well as design and re-redesign your systems to facilitate Oracle solutions.

With interactive instruction and hands-on exercises, Oracle University is delivering the best-in-class technical training for your needs.

Explore Oracle Communications training >

Browse other training offered by Oracle University >

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Using Oracle Key Vault


Written by Maria Billings, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Security is an ongoing concern in the IT world. It's important to prove that reasonable precautions have been taken to secure data against potential attackers.

Encryption is a common way to do that, resulting in a proliferation of encryption keys, wallets, Java keystores, certificates and so on. To manage this multitude, Oracle Key Vault (OKV) provides a central software appliance. You can check YouTube for videos about which problems are being solved with this appliance.

In the Training On Demand course Using Oracle Key Vault, you'll dive into all the "How to" questions.

Learn To:

• Install and configure the central OKV software.
• Enroll database servers as "endpoints."
• Upload encryption keys for long-term retention.
• Rotate keys.
• Download keys.
• Use the direct connection between OKV and an Oracle Database 12c for TDE master keys.
• Back-up and restore OKV.

You learn this, and more, with the separation of administrative duties in place. Furthermore, you can provide positive proof of your adherence to security requirements with predefined reports and an automatic audit trail.

Preview Course
"Using Oracle Key Vault" TOD Course Description

Friday Apr 24, 2015

New PeopleSoft and Siebel Training On Demand Courses

Due to growing demand, many of our most popular PeopleSoft and Siebel courses are now available in our convenient Training On Demand (TOD) format.

With Training On Demand, you get access to a complete class taught by one of our top instructors in a high quality streaming video format.

You also get access to a dedicated lab environment for hands-on practice. 


New Siebel TOD Courses

See all of the available Siebel courses in our Training On Demand format.


New PeopleSoft TOD Courses

PeopleSoft Financial Management

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management

PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management

PeopleSoft Tools and Technology

Explore all of the available PeopleSoft courses in our Training On Demand format.

Thursday Apr 23, 2015

Oracle Commerce: Guide to Selecting the Right Training

With the recent availability of Oracle Commerce Release 11.1, Oracle continues to unify and enhance the leading commerce, content and experience technologies on the market.

Given that Oracle Commerce combines ATG Web Commerce and Oracle Endeca Commerce technologies, select courses from the existing ATG and Endeca Commerce curriculum also apply to Oracle Commerce Rel 11.1 customers. For those looking for training, your training needs will vary depending upon your particular situation. 

At Oracle University, we recognize this can be confusing to you. Therefore, we created a Guide to Help You Select the Right Oracle Commerce Training.


This guide addresses multiple customer scenarios, including:
  • New Oracle Commerce customers
  • Customers upgrading from and earlier release of ATG or Endeca Commerce
  • Customers only implementing 'Guided Search' within an existing ATG, Oracle Commerce or other commerce platform environment
  • Customers in need of training to support an existing ATG or Endeca Commerce implementation

View the Oracle Commerce Training Selection Guide now.

Monday Apr 20, 2015

Training On Demand - Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c

Written by Maria Billings, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Do you want to advance your career, but never know beforehand when you might have time for training?

Try Oracle University’s Training On Demand or TOD curriculum. You can watch recorded classroom and hands-on sessions in smaller or larger increments as it fits into your schedule.

For Database Vault

  • Do you sometimes need to prove that you couldn't possibly have seen confidential information, although you are a highly privileged DBA?
  • Did you know that the Oracle Database 12c has a Database Vault option already installed, ready to be enabled, if your organization decides to use it?
  • What is Database Vault?

Database Vault TOD Training is composed of several components, including realms, rule sets, command rules, secure application roles and factors that can be highly customized or simply used out-of-the box.

A realm, for example, is a zone of protection for tables, roles, and packages. A realm protects the objects in it from users exercising system privileges, such as SELECT ANY TABLE. So, any such privileged user must be defined as a realm participant (or have a realm-participating role that is granted to him or her) to access the protected objects.

If you are not a realm participant or owner, you can show that a query of a realm-protected table will result in the "ORA-01031: insufficient privileges" error. In short, you can prove you couldn't have possibly seen the confidential content.

The course "Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c" TOD training goes into all the necessary details to show you:

  1. How to reduce the attack surface for potential security breaches through limiting privileges.
  2. How to perform security analysis and report security vulnerabilities.
  3. How to configure and maintain Database Vault elements.
  4. How to implement best practices, which begins by identifying YOUR security requirements.

You can then see samples of building and documenting security implementations, and you view or discuss sample use cases, such as the workflow of an application DBA, dual key security, dynamic auditing, and so on.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

New Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall "Training On Demand" Available


Written by James Spiller, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Time is at a premium and learning what you need to know has to fit into your busy schedule. Training On Demand courses can help you meet your requirements. You can watch recorded classroom and hands-on sessions in whatever increments fit your schedule.

Oracle Audit Value and Database Firewall (AVDF)

Monitor database activity. Block threats. Audit efficiently across the enterprise.

So I ask you:

  • How are you managing audit requirements?
  • Are you running reports that no one reviews?
  • Are you unsure if the reports actually provide the information required for regulatory compliance?
  • How would you know if you were a victim of an SQL injection attack?
  • Are the failed SQL harmless user errors, or attempts to retrieve data outside the authorized limits?

The AVDF product provides the tools to answer these and other compliance questions. Furthermore, the AVDF protects your databases from malicious SQL, whether it comes from SQL injection or by passing the application.

The new "Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall" is broken into two modules:

1. The Install and Configure module is for the administrators, network, database and system responsible for the installation, network, network configuration and maintenance.

2. The Policies and Reports module is for the auditors and security officers who create the policies, review the reports and respond to the alerts. The AVDF appliances are installed separately. The Audit Vault server may be deployed as a standalone, but the Database Firewall requires at least one Audit Vault server on the same management network.

Get Trained Now

The Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Install and Configure (AVDF) course explains how to install an Audit Vault appliance and Database Firewall appliance, configure these appliances in your network and perform administrative tasks. This course will help you learn how to set up backup targets, install agents, customize agents, configure high availability firewalls and determine where to place the firewall in the network, which depends on your requirement to monitor or block incoming SQL.

The Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Policies & Reports (AVDF) course describes the tasks usually expected of an auditor or security officer. In this course, learn how to create and deploy firewall policies, create and implement audit policies, generate, review and attest audit reports and create and review alerts.

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

User Adoption: the Key to Successful Change Management

Oracle University offers comprehensive training services to help executives, managers, and end users make the most of new Oracle technology. With Oracle User Adoption Services, you can experience an easier transition, a quicker return on your technology investment, and a more successful Oracle product implementation.

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Monday Apr 06, 2015

Just Released - New “Training On Demand” Courses for April 2015

Written by Diana.H.Gray

What is Training on Demand?

Training On Demand offers expert training from Oracle's top instructors in a sophisticated streaming video recording available for 90 days, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Watch this demo to see how Training On Demand works.

What is included?

  • Online access to a comprehensive student eKit
  • White boarding and training labs for hands-on experience
  • Oracle University instructor Q&A
  • No travel required
  • A full-text search leads to the right video fragment in a matter of seconds.
  • Counts as a hands-on requirement for Oracle Certification

The Benefits of Training On Demand

  • Accessible for 90 days, 24x7. The ideal training solution to bridge the summer season
  • Access to Training On Demand is available within 24 hours from your booking
  • Start, stop, pause, jump or rewind sections of the course as needed
  • Save valuable time and money by taking advantage of unscheduled free time to develop your staff's skills at their own pace

Just Released - New Training on Demand Courses      

PREVIEW THE FOLLOWING COURSES NOW:

1. MySQL for Developers

2. Using Oracle Key Vault

3. Oracle Database 12c: Security

4. Oracle Database 12c: Performance Management and Tuning

5. Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Build Composite Applications

6. Oracle Data Integrator 12c: Integration and Administration

7. Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (11.1.2.3)

8. PeopleSoft Inventory Rel 9.2

9. PeopleSoft Purchasing Rel 9.2

10. Siebel 8.1.x BI Publisher Reports

11. R12.2 Oracle Subledger Accounting Fundamentals

For additional "Training On Demand" courses, go here.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Training for PeopleTools 8.54

The PeopleTools 8.54 release incorporates a number of compelling features for delivering, managing and maintaining PeopleSoft applications. Included among these are the introduction of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, as well as key enhancements to Update Manager and Pivot Grids.

The PeopleSoft team created the following training to help you learn about and gain experience with these technologies.


PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

The 8.54 release introduces the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Designed as a significant improvement over the PeopleSoft "classic" user interface, the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface moves away from pixel-perfect page layout and provides greater flexibility with the enhanced use of cascading style sheets, HTML5 and JavaScript. PeopleSoft application fluid pages scale from large screen devices, such as laptops and desktops, to the reduced viewing space of tablets and smartphones.

Recommended Training

  • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Rel 8.54 (2-day course): This course introduces you to the new PeopleSoft development paradigm for the Fluid User Interface. Explore conceptual information, tasks and techniques used to develop fluid applications.

PeopleSoft Update Manager

The PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) tool, which was introduced with the PeopleSoft 9.2 application releases, streamlined the process of applying updates to your PeopleSoft applications. PeopleTools 8.54 provides new features that provide the ability for the source and target PeopleSoft systems to be on different PeopleTools versions. With that capability, customers on an 8.53 release of PeopleTools can take full advantage of the new 8.54 Update Manager features without going through a tools upgrade.

Recommended Training

  • PeopleSoft Update Manager Rel 8.54 (2-day course): This course covers all of the tasks required to set up and use PeopleSoft Update Manager methodology for applying update maintenance to your PeopleSoft 9.2 and above applications.  Learn how to perform each task from installing the Oracle VirtualBox to applying updates to all of your PeopleSoft environments, as well as upgrading PeopleTools and applying PeopleTools patches.

  • PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management/Update Manager Accelerated Rel 8.54 (5-day course): Leverage the full set of PeopleSoft lifecycle support applications and utilities to help simplify the process of upgrading and maintaining your PeopleSoft databases. This course walks you through the entire process to get you up an running quickly.

Pivot Grids

Pivot Grids support operational dashboard reporting within the PeopleSoft framework to provide a pivot table and chart representation of data. Pivot Grids enable users to see different views of data. Within Peopletools 8.54 this important technology has been further enhanced to become an integral element of the PeopleSoft user experience.

Recommended Training

  • PeopleSoft Pivot Grid Rel 8.54 (2-day course): Learn how to create Pivot Grid models using PeopleSoft queries and components as the data sources. Also learn how to view and manipulate pivot grids and charts in the classic view and fluid view, add related actions to pivot grid models, incorporate pivot grid pagelets into your applications, such as a homepage or dashboard, and perform pivot grid administrative tasks.

Explore all available PeopleTools training >

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