Monday Jan 20, 2014

January 2014 Oracle University Round-up

Ready to move forward with your career?

Start the new year by signing up for training, or get your first or second or third Oracle certification. Perhaps these highlights of what’s new at Oracle University will inspire you.

XML Training

XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a flexible way to create common information formats and share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and elsewhere. Get started today with Oracle University's training options:

New Oracle BI Applications 11g and Oracle Data Integrator 12c Training

Consider taking one of these new courses to give yourself a knowledge boost:

PeopleSoft 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.53 Training

Oracle University continues to make additional PeopleSoft 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.53 training available to meet your business needs:

New Acme Packet Training

Oracle recently acquired Acme Packet, and Oracle University now offers training for Network Session Delivery and Control Infrastructure solutions:

New Oracle Utilities Training for Smart Grid Gateway

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

- The Marketing Team, Oracle University

Friday Jan 17, 2014

Taleo Enterprise Edition: Training for System Administrators

By Jim Vonick, Senior Product Manager, Oracle University

System administrators for Oracle Taleo Enterprise Cloud Service hold a myriad of responsibilities to ensure your organization gets the most out of these services to recruit and leverage top talent. 

Oracle University offers a well defined progression of courses to help you leverage this solution. The knowledge gained from these hands-on courses helps system administrators acquire the knowledge and skills to configure and administer your cloud-based talent management platform.

The following guide presents the set of courses in the order recommended for new administrators. It will help you identify the right training that fits your needs. 

Getting Started

  • Taleo (TEE):  Getting Started With the Recruiting Centerthis course is for system administrators and end users who want to learn about the Recruiting Center. You'll learn how to perform the essential recruiting tasks, which include creating and managing requisitions, searching for candidates, moving candidates through the selection process, extending offers and hiring candidates. No prerequisites necessary.

  • Taleo (TEE):  Introduction to Configurationsystem administrators will learn how to create users and groups, apply security settings, set user password options and navigate configuration menus. No prerequisites necessary.

Oracle Taleo Recruiting Cloud Service

  • Taleo (TEE):  Essentials of Recruiting Configuration: this course is designed for system administrators who are new to Taleo Recruiting Configuration. Learn about the wide range of configurations that can be made in the system. Prerequisites: Taleo (TEE): Introduction to Configuration            

  • Taleo (TEE):  Advanced Recruiting Configuration: this course is designed for system administrators who are ready to learn about advanced features of the Recruiting Center. These features include how to configure skills assessments, how to configure the advanced search default form, how to create automated tasks and how to manage the offer process. Prerequisites: Taleo (TEE): Essentials of Recruiting Configuration; Taleo (TEE): Introduction to Configuration     

Oracle Taleo Performance Management Cloud Service

  • Taleo (TEE): Performance System Administration: learn how to configure Taleo Performance modules, including how to set up and use goals management, performance reviews, succession planning and development and career planning. Prerequisites: Taleo (TEE): Getting Started with the Recruiting Center; Taleo (TEE): Introduction to Configuration  

Oracle Taleo Learn Cloud Service

Taleo ACE Program

The Taleo ACE Program is designed to expand and validate your expertise. Complete required training and pass an assessment that measures your comprehension. Learn more about these programs by exploring the links below. 

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

The Benefits of Digital Training

As the world becomes more and more digital, technology is changing the face of IT education. In the past, students signed up for classes and went to education centers to learn. While today's students can still go to a classroom if they prefer, it's becoming more and more popular to take training on digital devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets. Plus, it's now possible to access lab environments and classroom materials on those same machines.

 “eLearning is considered the ‘primary’ delivery method of IT training for about 45% of enterprises.”

International Data Corporation (IDC)

Digital Learning Advantages

The move to digital training (or eLearning) has many advantages. Students have essentially grown up using computers, so going digital is a simple switch from the traditional classroom. Anytime, anywhere, training fits into a busy schedule and gives students the luxury of making progress at their own rate. Travel is no longer required, helping save time and money. When done right, the move to digital learning provides more people with greater access to the best instruction from top instructors, with content that is fresh, thorough and up to date. 

Three Ways to Go Digital

Oracle University offers our top classroom training courses in digital formats that you can access from your home, office or any convenient location. Choose from three delivery options, depending on your preference: Oracle Training On Demand, Live Virtual Class or Self-Study Courses.

Training On Demand gives you all the benefits of classroom training, including access to hands-on labs, without having to travel or be dependent on course schedules. 

  • Get the complete classroom experience in a streaming video format.
  • Access content as often as you want for 90 days.
  • Learn at your own pace with options to pause, fast forward and replay.
  • Take classes on your own schedule and remotely via mobile devices.
  • Select the lessons you want to view or search for topics to review. 
Live Virtual Class Training brings the best of Oracle University's traditional instructor-led training and labs directly to you via a highly interactive, online learning environment.
  • Delivered by live instructors with full access to lab environments.
  • Classes available in multiple time zones and languages.
  • Extended lab access for 24 hours a day for the duration of the class.
  • Live support available 24 hours a day, before and after class.
  • Can be customized for your business or delivered as one of Oracle University's Private Events.

Self-Study Courses include interactive, multimedia training that you can download.

  • You can access as many times as you wish for an unlimited time. 
  • These courses can also be purchased in multi-course bundles for maximum convenience. 
  • Learn and study anytime, anywhere.

Digital Training Can Help You Become Oracle Certified

Furthermore, qualifying courses taken in the Training On Demand and Live Virtual Class formats satisfy Oracle certification requirements, which makes preparing for your certification exams even easier. Oracle University also offers Certification Discount Packages in these formats.

To save money on high-quality digital training courses delivered to your laptop, phone or tablet, explore a wide variety of Oracle University discount packages today.

-Oracle University Marketing Team

Friday Dec 27, 2013

What Did We Learn this Year? Top 13 Courses of 2013

It was a good year for training at Oracle University.

Customers rallied to courses offered in the convenient, flexible and available-24/7 Training On Demand format. In fact, nearly all of the courses on this list of top sellers are offered via Training On Demand; these courses are also available in other training formats as well, including Classroom Training, Live Virtual Classes, Self-Study Courses and Private Events.

Here are the top 13 most popular courses, worldwide, of 2013: 

  1. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop I
  2. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop II
  3. Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning DBA
  4. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Administration Essentials
  5. Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards
  6. Oracle 11g: RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administration Accelerated
  7. Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop
  8. Oracle BI 11g R1: Build Repositories
  9. Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators
  10. Oracle Database 11g: RAC Administration
  11. Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL
  12. Oracle SOA Suite 11g: Build Composite Applications
  13. Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications

We wish you a 2014 filled with learning, job growth and personal success!

-Oracle University Marketing Team

Monday Dec 23, 2013

New Data Warehousing Top Trends and Featured Training

Most enterprises are overwhelmed with data.

Information is being generated faster than it can be consumed, yielding increasing demand for comprehensive data-management solutions.

  • Which data management issues are CIOs most eager to solve and what opportunities are at the top of their corporate agendas?
  • What are the most compelling developments in data warehousing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new initiatives?
  • How are industry leaders taking advantage of new software and hardware technologies to drive innovation in data management?  
Find out by downloading this white paper. By doing so, you'll gain access to:
  • Highlights of the major trends, problems and breakthroughs in data warehouse technology.
  • Best practices for getting more from a data warehouse in the era of big data.

Whether you're looking to drive more value from your data warehouse or to lower the operational costs of your data infrastructure in 2014, this white paper can help by summarizing the latest trends and innovations in data warehousing.

Featured Training: Oracle Database 12c: Analytic SQL for Data Warehousing

This Oracle Database 12c: Analytic SQL for Data Warehousing training teaches you how to interpret the concept of a hierarchical query, create a tree-structured report, format hierarchical data and exclude branches from the tree structure. Through interactive instruction and hands-on exercises, you'll also learn how to use regular expressions and sub-expressions to search for, match and replace strings.

Enroll today! 

-Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

December 2013 Oracle University Round-up: New Courses and Certifications

As 2013 draws to a close, Oracle University is pleased to offer new training courses and certifications to help you gain an edge in a competitive marketplace.

Sign Up for Linux Certification Now

The Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration exam (1Z1-100) is now in beta testing. This is a limited-time opportunity to take the exam at a greatly discount rate of only US$50.

Register now to take the exam at one of Pearson VUE's worldwide testing centers. 

Oracle Database 12c Courses - What's New?

Oracle Database 12c introduces a new architecture, featuring Oracle Multitenant. This simplifies the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud. Explore the following courses to learn more:

Validate your expertise by earning an Oracle Database 12c Certification.

Featured Solaris 11 Training

Middleware Course Updates

Explore our new and updated courses for Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebCenter. 

New Training for Oracle Applications

E-Business Suite 12.2 - Learn about the changes in architecture, how to use the new patching utility and how to make configuration changes.

JD Edwards 9.1

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.53

PeopleSoft 9.2

New Training for Oracle Communications

The following courses have been updated to Order and Service Management (OSM) Rel. 7.2.2:

Your comments and questions are always welcome. We look forward to hearing from you now and in 2014! 

- The Marketing Team, Oracle University 

Top Reasons to Learn Oracle from Oracle

How much do you know about Oracle University?

Oracle University delivers training and certification not only to Oracle customers, but also to our partners and employees. We're building Oracle expertise inside and outside of Oracle - worldwide.

Oracle University prides itself on delivering best-in-class training content that has been developed in close collaboration with the Oracle product experts, delivering it through expert instructors. Each instructor averages more than 12 years of experience teaching. Their primary goal is to help you become an Oracle expert within your organization. 

Regardless of where you and your teams are in the world, Oracle University can help you build expertise with our unmatched training portfolio. Learn when and where you need to - utilizing Classroom Training, Live Virtual Classes or Training On Demand.

-Kate Jones, Oracle University Marketing

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

What Does it Take to be a Great Data Scientist?

Welcome to the dawn of the Big Data age. Your organization may still be years away from implementing a big data strategy, but the groundwork is being laid now and big data skills are highly sought after. Organizations worldwide are looking for data experts who will help lead their organizations into the future.

According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, by 2018, there will be a shortage of 1.7 million workers with big data skills in the U.S. alone—140,000 to 190,000 workers with deep technical and analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers and analysts with the skills to work with big data outputs.


Which core skills should Data Scientists have?

  • Varied technical skills and experience with technologies like Hadoop, NoSQL, Java, C++, Python, ECL, SQL, Hbase, Hive, and Pig… to name a few
  • Data Modeling, Warehouse and Unstructured Data Skills
  • Business Skills and understanding of the Domain expertise
  • Experience with Visualization Tools
  • Communication and story telling skills – this is at the heart of what makes a true data scientist. Read this data scientist core skills article for more about how to tell a story with your data.

Data Science Needs Traditional Data Management Skills and Big Data Analytics Skills

Universities are expanding curriculums to train the next generation of data scientists.

But as Mary Shacklett's article  illustrates, ideal data scientists needs a combination of traditional data management skills and new big data analytics skills.

Even your organization’s big data revolution seems further out. IT developers and analysts everywhere should be building expertise now so you're on the front lines of your data revolution.

Build Big Data Skills with Oracle University Training Courses

As a leader in the world of data, Oracle is uniquely positioned to educate IT professionals about core big data technologies. Top Oracle University training courses to help you become a better data scientist include:

-Kate Jones, Senior Marketing Manager, Oracle University

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Use Oracle Application Express to Easily Develop or Run Applications

Did you know that Oracle Application Express is a standard component of the Oracle Database and is installed by default when you install Oracle Database 12c? Once the database is installed, you can then configure the Web Listener and provide an Application Express Environment within minutes.

What is Oracle Application Express?

Oracle Application Express is a "no-cost" option of the Oracle Database, which means you can have any number of developers creating any number of applications with any number of end-users - all without paying any additional licensing costs. Furthermore, your Oracle Database maintenance agreement also covers support for Application Express with the dedicated Oracle Support engineers.



Oracle Application Express Offers Very Low Barriers to Entry

With Oracle Application Express, you can build web and mobile applications quickly and easily. Start with Oracle Database XE, or even our free hosted development service and Application Express to develop applications with zero initial financial investment.

When ready to go to production, you can then pay a monthly subscription using a hosted solution. These hosted solutions include Oracle Database Cloud Service, or you can buy an Oracle Database license. There is no additional licensing cost associated with Application Express. 

Citizen developers have proven very capable of building their own "targeted" applications using Application Express. This allows you to develop your own solutions, rather than having to rely on your IT department. Avoid associated delays and costs of such development efforts.

The flexibility of Application Express caters to a vast range of applications, from the very simplest conversion of a spreadsheet, to a highly integrated solution, such as the Oracle Store. Therefore, even those humble, "targeted" applications developed with limited scope can readily be enhanced. These applications can then meet stringent business requirements once they are transformed into company-wide applications that are available to thousands.

Experience the Benefits of Using Oracle Application Express 

Oracle Application Express allows you to define and enhance database-centric applications using only a web browser, as no client-side software is required for developing or running applications. For the majority of applications, developers can simply use the built-in wizards and features, including Dynamic Actions to define rich, interactive web applications.

Enroll in New Oracle Application Express Workshop I & II Courses 

Check out our new Oracle Application Express Workshop courses below and see how Oracle University's extensive curriculum and hands-on tutorials prepare you to build any number of applications. These courses are designed and developed in very close cooperation with the Application Express Development Team to ensure the best quality training material. 

The above-mentioned workshops enable you to take full advantage of the extensive functionality available within Application Express. Through interacting with expert Oracle University instructors and participating in hands-on exercises, you'll learn how to readily convert any database-centric business requirements into fully featured applications that your users will love.

After completing these courses, you will be able to build higher quality applications even faster. Not only will you meet your business requirements; you'll also exceed your users' expectations.

So, what are you waiting for? Explore Oracle Application Express training courses today.

-Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Friday Dec 06, 2013

Oracle Exadata Machine Training and Resources

Curious about what Oracle Exadata can do for your business? 

In addition to reducing IT costs through consolidation, Oracle Exadata can help your company experience the following benefits:

  • Store up to ten times more data.
  • Improve performance of all applications.
  • Deliver a faster time-to-market by eliminating systems integration trial and error.
  • Make better business decisions in real-time.

Enroll in the Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop

Sign up for the newly released Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop. This workshop will help you discover how to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your Exadata Database Machines by understanding and implementing best practices taught in this course.

By enrolling in this workshop, you'll also get the chance to explore the various Exadata Database Machine features and configurations. Expert Oracle University instructors will emphasize the unique capabilities delivered by Exadata Storage Server through a combination of instruction and hands-on exercises.

Download the Consolidation to Private Cloud DBaaS Workbook

Looking for more information? Download the Consolidation to Private Cloud DBaaS workbook.

This workbook can help you achieve the following: 

  • Leverage the benefits of consolidation.
  • Manage your Oracle Exadata environment.
  • Avoid pitfalls and gain maximum efficiency. 

By investing in this workbook, you'll gain access to valuable knowledge and advice to help you enhance your operation. For example, by deploying your assets on a private database cloud, you can improve service levels and reduce capital and operating costs over conventional consolidation methods. You'll also learn how to identify implementation needs and avoid potential challenges. Discover the benefits and opportunities available to you with an Oracle Exadata System.

You can also access the video, Oracle Exadata: A Month in the Life - Garmin Deliver. Find out how Garmin uses Oracle Exadata to improve availability and reduce IT management of Garmin's mission-critical applications.

Register Now for the Exadata Planning and Development Workbook and Video

  • Wondering if it's easier to deploy and manage Oracle Exadata Database Machine than a custom-assembled database infrastructure? 
  • Want to know more about the trade-offs of selecting an engineered system like Oracle Exadata? 
  • How does Exadata affect daily data center operations?

To get answers to these questions and more, register now for the Exadata Planning and Development Workbook and Video.

-Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Transform Your Business with Big Data Training

Across all businesses, big data enables you to analyze more accurately, make more confident decisions and realize better operational efficiencies. Big data can also decrease costs and reduce risks. 

View Oracle Business Analytics and Big Data Video >

Today, companies use data to model and control processes and run their business. This torrent of new data offers an opportunity to gain unprecedented insight and quickly test new ideas. It also provides the power to fundamentally change business operations. 

Big data is revolutionizing the way government and businesses operate virtually overnight. As you explore how to leverage the power of big data in your business, let the experts at Oracle University help you develop the skills you need to let big data transform your world. 

Take Oracle University's Big Data Essentials training:

  • Explore the 4 Big Data characteristics are: volume, velocity, variety and value.
  • Define your big data goals
  • Convert big data into opportunities.
  • Take advantage of an integrated platform for Big Data.
  • Walk through the four-phase solution: acquire, organize, analyze and decide.
  • Explore your data acquisition options in Big Data Appliance.
  • Where does HDFS stand?
  • How about Flume?
  • Take advantage of the convenience of Oracle NoSQL Database.
  • Get introduced to Hive.
  • Use the big data connectors to analyze all your data for extreme performance.
  • With Oracle Loader for Hadoop, you can use Hadoop MapReduce processing to create optimized data sets for efficient loading and analysis.
  • With Oracle R Enterprise, Oracle's version of the widely used Project R statistical environment, you can use R on very large data sets without any modifications to the end user experience.
  • Examine Big Data use cases.

Learn more about Oracle Big Data Essentials

Why not sign up for the Oracle Big Data Essentials course..

-Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

November 2013 Oracle University Round-Up: New Courses & Certifications

What's new this month at Oracle University? Here are some highlights.

New Training and Certification for Oracle Applications

PeopleSoft 9.2 Training

JD Edwards 9.1 Training

RightNow Training

We now offer this course in our Training On Demand format.

Primavera Unifier Training

Taleo Training

Training has been updated for the latest release of Taleo Enterprise Edition (TEE). 

New Training and Certification for Oracle Industry Solutions

Oracle Utilities Training

Oracle Retail Training

New - Oracle Big Data Appliance Courses

The Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration exam (1Z1-100) is now in beta testing, giving you the opportunity to take the exam at a discounted rate of only $50 USD. Take the exam at one of Pearson VUE's many testing centers worldwide.

Oracle Database 12c Courses – Learn What’s New

Validate your expertise and add value by earning an Oracle Database 12c Certification

New Oracle 12c Courses:  ODI, WebLogic Server, and Coherence

Check out the Oracle University website to learn more. See you in class!

-Oracle University Marketing Team

Thursday Nov 14, 2013

Oracle Knowledge Training Update

Oracle University has been hard at work updating and improving the Oracle Knowledge Curriculum.

The curriculum development team routinely assesses the impact new product releases have on courses, prioritizing which courses should be updated first. This often results in courses with multiple release levels being listed on the Oracle University website.

This may lead you to wonder whether a particular course will be appropriate for the product release level you have installed. Furthermore, as the curriculum evolves, course names and learning paths may also change and generate some confusion about which training you should attend. 

We'll Help You Choose the Right Training Courses

The following guide is intended to help you choose the right training courses, whether you are new to Oracle Knowledge or have previously attended training and would like to continue on to the next course. The Oracle University Website contains complete course descriptions, learning paths and schedules. This post is designed to give you insight to help you make the right choices when registering for courses. 

Product Releases

Oracle Knowledge is currently on release 8.5.1. The majority of the Oracle Knowledge training curriculum has been updated based on release 8.5. With the exception of two courses, the entire 8.5 curriculum is appropriate for customers running release 8.2 or above. The two courses that should be aligned with the 8.2 product release are Interpreting Oracle Knowledge Analytics Rel 8.2 and Oracle Knowledge Technical Architecture and Config Rel. 8.2.

Interpreting Oracle Knowledge Analytics

The Oracle Knowledge 8.2 analytics product leveraged a third party tool to query the database. This tool was replaced by Oracle Business Intelligence in release 8.5, resulting in some major changes to the way data is accessed. A revised course, Oracle Knowledge Analytics Rel 8.5, was released in October 2013. This course is appropriate for customers running version 8.5 or later. All future public classes will cover the latest version of the course. Classes covering the older version of the product will be conducted on a per request basis or private event only.

Oracle Knowledge Technical Architecture and Configuration Rel 8.2

There were some significant changes to the underlying architecture of the Oracle Knowledge product in release 8.5. These changes are reflected in the new Technical Architecture class, which expanded from 3 days to 5.

Because customers typically attend this class early in their deployments, Oracle University will only be running the Oracle Knowledge Technical Architecture and Configuration Rel 8.5 class on its public schedule. Additional schedules can be found for both Classroom Training and Live Virtual Class training in other regions.

Please check your local schedule for locations and dates. Customers running earlier versions of the software and needing this training should consult with their Oracle University Sales Representative before registering for class.

If you have questions, please contact us.

-Keith Ackley, Senior Practice Manager, Oracle University 

Monday Nov 11, 2013

New MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification and Training

For those of you who work with MySQL, we've got some great news for you!

A wide range of Oracle MySQL teams, including training, engineering, sales consulting and members of MySQL Support, collected content for the new MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification exam. These team members assist developers and DBAs with MySQL questions on a daily basis. They understand what developers need to know to successfully develop applications against MySQL Server 5.6.

The MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification Exam details are listed here

Naturally, this certification process covers the same ground as Oracle's MySQL Training for Developers course, making it ideal for reviewing topics to help you pass the exam. More importantly, you will learn how to develop successful applications that use MySQL Server 5.6 as a data store. 

-Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Project Manager, Oracle University

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