Monday Jan 26, 2015

IT Skills in Demand for 2015; Salaries Rise

A recent review of industry articles about in demand skills and salaries for IT professionals revealed some refreshing news!

Show Me the Money

IT salaries are on the rise. The staffing firm Robert Half recently completed a survey showing an anticipated 5.7% overall increase in the average starting salary for newly hired IT workers, versus a 3.8% average increase for other workers.

As salaries increase, so does the number of available IT jobs. CareerBuilder reports that 54 percent of companies surveyed expect to hire new IT employees, specifically those who are versant with cloud, mobile technology, security and big data.

Other publications are enthusiastic about opportunities in IT.

InfoWorld published an article claiming that "IT job growth is expected to outpace the overall economy, and those with the right skills stand to benefit handsomely."

The article pays special attention to the growth in demand for Java skills, and notes that a recent search on the job site Dice revealed 443 Java-related jobs in the San Francisco area alone!

InfoWorld's list of hot IT jobs for the year includes Java programmers, security experts, enterprise architects and data architects.

Top 10 IT Skills for 2015

If you're going for a promotion or a new job this year, you might as well brush up on the skills in highest demand.

Computerworld published a list of the 10 hottest IT skills for 2015, and the leader in IT certification learning solutions - Pearson IT Certification - also published a similar list.

Here's what 194 IT executives said they are looking for in 2015:

1. Programming/app development: 48% plan to fill slots in this area in 2015. The highest demand will be for programmers versed in the Java programming language.

2. Project management: 35% plan to hire project managers in the coming year who can work with solutions, such as Oracle Agile, that help them successfully manage projects.

3. Help desk/technical support: 30% of respondents will be looking to fill help desk or tech support positions to keep systems and applications running smoothly in 2015.

4. Security/compliance governance: 28% of IT execs plan to hire staff who able to keep data and systems safe - and to reduce vulnerabilities - in an increasingly complex world.

5. Web development: 28% want to hire web development professionals to support the growth in e-commerce and the ongoing need for businesses of all sizes to have a web presence.

6. Database administration: 26% of respondents hope to add more database professionals; those who are certified in Oracle Database or MySQL will have an edge.

7. Business intelligence/analytics: 24% are aiming to hire specialists in business intelligence and/or analytics for 2015. In a separate survey by Talent International, over 95% of respondents said that business intelligence is gaining importance.

8. Mobile apps/device management: 24% of the responding IT execs plan to hire specialists in this category and report having difficulty finding enough people with these skills.

9. Networking: 22% hope to hire additional networking professionals this year, especially those who can work on wireless networks.

10. Big data: 20% of execs, in a wide range of industries, will be filling positions in this category.

What's Your Training Plan?

Whether you're hoping to progress in your current position or move into a new one, we think that 2015 is a great year to be an IT professional.

Maybe it's time to explore Oracle University's training courses in high-growth areas including Java , Oracle Database,Business Intelligence and more.

Let us know if you agree that this year is a fine time to be in IT. We'd love to hear from you!

Thursday Jan 22, 2015

Oracle Open World, 2014 – Free Behind the Scenes Videos

Written by Diana Gray, Senior Principal Curriculum Product Manager

Each year Oracle hosts the Oracle OpenWorld Conference .

This year, attendees were introduced to more than 2,500 sessions, including keynotes and general sessions covering diverse business and technology topics.

But you might not be aware of what happened behind the scenes and what you can access for free.

Oracle University asked Oracle professionals from around the world if we could tape their technical sessions to be used as part of our new Oracle Learning Streams product line.

This product line gives customers hundreds of titles related to a particular technology area for an annual subscription fee.

We want to give customers like you free access to the Oracle Open World Sessions to show you the type of information you can enjoy with your subscription.

Go here to view the following technology Streams that have launched:

Access over 75 titles for free. More free titles to follow soon!

Here is a sneak peak of a few topics:

Featured Database Sessions

Featured Middleware Sessions

Featured E-Business Suite Sessions

Friday Jan 16, 2015

New Implementation Training for Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Sales Cloud

With the deployment of your Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Fusion Applications, the ultimate goal is to accelerate implementation and adoption so your business can realize the benefits these rich solutions offer.

Implementation team members need the skills and knowledge to ensure a smooth, rapid and successful implementation of your applications.

By better understanding the foundation and configuration options of your applications, team members can make better decisions during setup that best align with your business requirements.

To help you achieve these objectives, implementation training is strongly recommended.

Implementation Training

New and updated training is now available for Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Sales Cloud

These courses have been highly anticipated by Oracle customers.  The following is a list of the new course releases. Most courses are applicable for both cloud and on-premises deployments.

Core Implementation Training for On-Premises Deployments

For those performing installation and administration tasks for an on-premises deployment we recommend:

To learn how to customize your applications, consider taking:

Core Implementation Training for Cloud and On-Premises Deployments

The following courses will teach you about the common procedures involved with setting up, configuring and securing your applications.  Since these are application level courses, they apply to both cloud and on-premises deployments.

Product Level Implementations Training

Fusion Financials Training

Fusion Procurement Training

Fusion Project Portfolio Management Training

Fusion Supply Chain Management Training

Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) Training

Oracle Sales Cloud Training

Explore our extensive list of courses available in our Training On Demand format:

Training On Demand courses are high quality recorded classroom sessions taught by top Oracle instructors. Each course comes with a dedicated lab environment to give you hands-on experience. Access your course at any time during your subscription, making this format ideal for those with a busy work schedule.         

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

SPOTLIGHT ON: In-Memory Training as part of Oracle Database 12c New Features Course

Written by Dominique Jeunot, Oracle Database Curriculum Developer

Why wait?

Develop the additional skills you need and benefit from all that Oracle Database 12c has to offer.

In-Memory Database Logo

"With Oracle Database In-Memory, you decide what data goes into memory - with no limits or restraints from software. The rest of your data is stored in less-expensive Flash or on disk. Oracle Database In-Memory works seamlessly with them all,"Jeff Erickson, Oracle Product Management.

Database-In Memory Training: What Will I Learn?

Dominique Jeunot, Oracle University Curriculum Developer, elaborates on the New Oracle Database In-Memory feature:

"The Oracle Database In-Memory option is a solution for accelerated database-driven business decision-making to real-time speeds. Unlike specialized approaches that are restricted to particular workloads or applications, the unique approach of Oracle Database In-Memory leverages a new in-memory column store format to speed up analytic, data warehousing, and reporting, while also accelerating transaction processing (OLTP) workloads."

Dominique was instrumental in helping develop our recently launched Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Ed 2 course.

In this course, you'll learn about the new and enhanced features and options of Oracle Database 12c. Expert instructors will teach you how these features and options strengthen security, manageability and overall performance.

Learn To:

  • Manage the Oracle multi-tenant container database and pluggable databases. 
  • Configure Heat Map and use Automatic Data Optimization.
  • Benefit from Online Datafile Move.
  • Understand the new temporal capabilities, as well as in-Database Archiving with Row-archival.
  • Enforce security with the Unified Auditing, the new administrative privileges, Privilege memory Caching and the automatic Big Table caching features.
  • Benefit from optimizer enhancements, including Adaptive Execution Plans and SQL Plan Directives, Real-Time ADDM and Compare Period ADDM.
  • Use enhanced features of Resource Manager in multi-tenant container databases and pluggable databases.

Additional Oracle Database 12c Training can be found at education.oracle.com/database12c.

Tuesday Dec 23, 2014

New Online Training - Over 50 Titles Released in November and December

Here's a look at a few of our popular online video training titles that have recently been released.

Develop the skills you need anytime with Oracle Training On Demand and Oracle Learning Streams subscription services.

Top Training On Demand Titles

Hands-On Technical Training You Can Take Anytime, Anywhere

Oracle Database 12c: Fundamentals for Developers and System Administrators

Primavera P6 Advanced Rel 8.3

Top Oracle Learning Streams Titles

Continuous learning direct from Oracle’s Experts covering product enhancements, tips and tricks, best practices and more.

Database Learning Stream:

Database Patching Best Practices II with Eleanor Meritt and David Price

Database Learning Stream:

Running 11g and 12c on Exadata with Barb Lundhild, Exadata X-Team Manager

Middleware Learning Stream:

SOA Suite Enterprise Scheduler Service (ESS) with Jay Kasi, Product Manager

Middleware Learning Stream:

Oracle Exalogic Runbook with Albert Leigh, Director Product Management

E-Business Suite Stream:

How to Create a Workflow Without Using the Quick Start Wizard with Philip Canon, Senior Principal Instructor

E-Business Suite Stream:

Testing Oracle E-Business Suite: Best Practices from Oracle Development with Prashanti Madiredd, Senior Director Quality Assurance

Oracle HCM Cloud Stream:

Commonly Used Fast Formulas Broken Down with Yasmine Hill,
Associate Consultant

Oracle HCM Cloud Stream:

Oracle Fusion Applications Security Management Directions with Nigel King, Vice President Applications Functional Architect

Monday Dec 22, 2014

New Oracle Commerce Rel 11.1 Training

With the recent availability of Oracle Commerce 11.1, Oracle continues to make strides in unifying and enhancing the leading web commerce, content and experience technologies on the market.

Courses built on Oracle Commerce 11.1 will continue to become available over the coming months. 

Given that Oracle Commerce combines ATG Web Commerce and Endeca Commerce Technologies, specific courses from the existing ATG and Endeca Commerce curriculum also apply to Oracle Commerce Release 11.1 customers. 

The following is a summary of the recommended training.  At the bottom are learning paths to further guide you.

Oracle Commerce Business User Training

Oracle Commerce Developer Training

The following courses are designed for developers focused on Guided Search and Experience Manager in cases where ATG Commerce may not be implemented.

Oracle Commerce System Administrator Training

Training on Prior Releases of the Oracle Commerce, ATG, or Endeca Commerce

We recommend that customers who are following a learning path on a previous release of the curriculum and intend to take another course or are implementing a prior release of the products, should contact their Oracle University representative to get specific recommendations on how best to meet your training needs.

Oracle Commerce Service Center Training

Due to the highly customized nature of the Oracle Commerce Service Center product, no formal training courses are currently available.  Custom training, however, is available through Oracle University as a private event. Contact your Oracle University representative for details.

See all available Oracle Commerce training.


Thursday Dec 18, 2014

Oracle HCM Cloud Applications - A New Continuous Learning Solution

Free Instructional Videos

Explore the following free instructional videos covering Oracle HCM Cloud applications.

These videos are part of the new Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream.

What is the Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream?

The Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream is a new subscription-based learning service designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your knowledge of your Oracle HCM Cloud applications, including Global HR, Talent Management and Workforce Management.

As your business needs change and your Oracle applications evolve, your team will benefit from instant access to critical knowledge that helps you to stay up-to-date.  Oracle Learning Streams are available for individual users or teams.

Each subscription provides one year of unlimited access to:

  • Hundreds of instructional videos delivered by Oracle subject matter experts.  This is an ever growing collection with new and refreshed video titles continuously added.  
  • Topics covered:
    • Best practices
    • How-to's
    • User transactions
    • Tips and tricks
    • Product overviews
    • Product enhancements
    • Advanced topics
  • Live monthly webinars on hot topics
  • Opportunities to connect live with instructors online in 'Meet the Expert' sessions or over email; get answers to your questions
  • Key features and functionality to enhance your learning experience:
    • Robust video search capabilities
    • Ability to request new videos on topics of interest
    • Ability to build your own learning queue

Who Will Benefit?

The Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream is ideal for HR professionals and technical team members of all experience levels.  HR professionals will appreciate the user transaction videos. 

For technical professionals, access implementation, configuration, administration, integration and security videos.

Sample Titles

You can preview two minutes from any title in the Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream

Here are some titles to give you a flavor:


Find Out More

- Check out the Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream

- Find out how to subscribe to an Oracle Learning Stream by visiting: education.oracle.com/streams

Thursday Dec 11, 2014

New Oracle University Courses for December 2014 - Just Released!

Written by the Oracle University Marketing Team At Oracle University - we work hard to ensure our training and certification portfolio is current.

Here is a summary of what we expect to be popular new releases. Courses can be taken in the classroom or online.

Top New Courses for December:

  1. Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrator
  2. Parallel Processing in Oracle Database 12c
  3. Oracle Data Integrator 12c: Integration and Administration
  4. Oracle Commerce: Customizing the Commerce Platform Rel 11.1
  5. Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow) Administration
  6. PeopleSoft Integration Tools I Rel 8.53
  7. PeopleSoft Integration Tools II Rel 8.53

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

Friday Dec 05, 2014

Free Oracle E-Business Suite Video Series

Explore the latest features, strategies & roadmaps for Oracle E-Business Suite with the following series of free instructional videos. 

Over 20 FREE videos covering key E-Business Suite products are now available.

Take a look!

Examples of Free Titles

  • What's New in Logistics - Oracle Yard Management
  • Oracle E-Business Suite: Operational Efficiency
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Technology: Latest Features and Roadmap
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Financials: Strategy and Roadmap
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Order Management and Warehouse Management: Update and Roadmap

Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream

These videos are a part of the new subscription-based learning service called the Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream

This innovative continuous leaning solution is designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your technical and functional skills working with your E-Business Suite applications.

Find Out More

- Learn more about the Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream

- Find out how to subscribe to an Oracle Learning Stream by visiting education.oracle.com/streams

Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler – A Perfect Tool to Data Modeling

Written by Priya Shridhar, Senior Curriculum Developer, Oracle Database Application Development Curriculum Development Team

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler is a graphical data modeling tool that aids and enhances communication between data architects, database administrators, application developers and users.

It simplifies the data modeling development process.

In today's development environments, designers use an existing data model as a beginning point to enhance the database design. To ensure the database design follows the rules of a relational database design, it's important to check and enforce the integrity and consistency of the design.

All this and more can be achieved using Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler.


Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler offers a wide range of data modeling capabilities:

  • Captures business rules and information.
  • Creates process, logical, relational, physical and multidimensional models.
  • Imports data models from a variety of sources, including Oracle Designer, VAR files, Erwin and more.
  • Applies design rules to check and enforce integrity and consistency of designs.
  • Stores metadata information in XML files.
  • Synchronizes the relational model with the data dictionary.
  • Engineers from a logical model to a relational model and vice versa.

Explore related data modeling training offerings here.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

New Online Training for November

By Amit Kumar, Senior Director for Oracle University Digital Training

Here's a look at the latest online video training titles now available from Oracle University.

Develop the skills you need anytime with Oracle Training On Demand and Oracle Learning Streams subscription services.

New Training On Demand Courses

Oracle Database 12c: Fundamentals for Developers and System Administrators

Fusion Applications: HCM Payroll Implementation (US)

Oracle Coherence 12c: Administer and Troubleshoot Clusters

PeopleSoft
Year-End Payroll
- U.S.

New Videos Available with an Online Learning Subscription

Oracle Database Learning Stream




What's New and Best Practices for Oracle Data Masking and Subsetting

In-Database MapReduce: Near Real-Time Analytics with Hadoop and SQL

Best Practices for Application Performance, Scalability, and Availability

Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance: A New Era in Data Protection

Preview all Database Videos


Oracle Middleware Learning Stream


Working with SOA Suite - Episode 1: Build, Deploy and Test a SOA Composite Application

New EM Error Hospital in SOA Suite 12c: Highlights

Components of a Continuous Delivery System

Oracle Automated Testing Suite with Enterprise Taxation and Policy Management: Discussion & Demo Part 2 of 2

Preview all Middleware Videos


Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream


Oracle E-Business Suite CRM Service 12.2 Update

R12: IBY: Understanding What the Oracle EBS Payments (IBY) Module Is and What It Does

Understanding Work Order Closure Process

Manage Your Project Acquisition Plan with Oracle Project Procurement

Preview all E-Business Suite Videos


Oracle HCM Learning Stream


Creating a Custom Line Manager Role

Understanding Global Transfers

Fusion HCM - Understanding Lookups

Fusion HCM - Understanding Checklists

Preview all HCM Videos

Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Top Oracle Training and Certifications for Developers

From PL/SQL tuning and SQL development, to Java, to Oracle application and BI report development, all of these skills are being sought after right now in the job marketplace.

Taking the time to get formal training will help you become a better developer and will validate your skill set among the competition.

Oracle University has many training and certification options to choose from. Here is a list of what’s popular for developers right now:

Top 10 Training Courses for Oracle Developers

  1. Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards
  2. Oracle Database 12c: Program with PL/SQL
  3. Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL
  4. Oracle BI 11g R1: Build Repositories
  5. Java SE 7 Fundamentals (Java SE 8 version just released)
  6. Java SE 7 Programming (Java SE 8 version just released)
  7. PeopleSoft PeopleTools I / II Rel 8.53 Accelerated
  8. Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g: Build Applications with ADF I
  9. PeopleSoft PeopleTools I Rel 8.53
  10. Oracle Database 12c: SQL and PL/SQL Fundamentals

Top 5 Certifications for Developers

  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

Save When You Train and Certify with Oracle

It’s a no brainer.

If you're going to get Oracle trained and certified, take advantage of lower prices by purchasing courses and exam vouchers together in one Certification Discount Package.

Monday Nov 10, 2014

Which Oracle Training Solution is Right for My Organization?

Oracle University now offers even more training options for customers like you to choose from.

We understand that every organization has unique needs. Our goal is to partner with you to help you get the right solution for your staff and budget to maximize the benefits of Oracle technology.

Our expert instructors and consultants are dedicated to helping Oracle customers prepare technical teams and business users.

Here’s a summary to help you get a better idea of which training solution is right for you:


Take Advantage of Dedicated Education Support

Contact your dedicated Oracle University Education Account Manager today to learn more about our training options. 

If you're not sure who your Oracle University Account Manager is, contact our Customer Service team to get connected. 

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