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.

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.

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