Friday Oct 31, 2014

Needed! IT Security Skills

The need to safeguard data has become a hot topic lately.

Recent security breaches have companies taking extra steps to ensure their critical data is secure.

This has led to an increased demand for IT security experts.

According to a recent article on

“Demand for the skills necessary to secure networks and data continues to drive opportunities for security specialists. During April, job postings for security-related positions rose 20 percent year-on-year, according to business intelligence from Wanted Analytics.”

According to another study by Frost and Sullivan, “Demand for security professionals in the Americas is increasing by 12% annually, with 164,000 jobs forecast in the next year alone.” Source

Companies are  seeking security talent from the outside to address the talent gap; however, one alternative that's often overlooked is providing existing personnel with security-related training for product areas they already manage.

Training existing staff accelerates your timeline and reduces long-term costs associated with turnover and re-hiring.

Hands-on security training is available from Oracle University across the product stack. Benefit from training and best practices directly from the security experts at Oracle.

Learn more > 

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Instructor Insight: Oracle 12c High Availability New Features - Table Recovery in a GoldenGate Environment

By Randy Richeson, Senior Principal Oracle University Instructor

"Students often ask if a table can be recovered to a point in time and whether GoldenGate can capture this recovery. Oracle 12c enables you to recover one or more tables or table partitions to a specified point in time without affecting the remaining database objects.

This new RMAN functionality reduces the recovery scope and possibly the recovery time and disk space requirements when compared with Database point-in-time-recovery, tablespace point-in-time recovery, and various flashback features which were introduced prior to 12c."

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Friday Oct 24, 2014

Interact with Oracle Database Data Using the R Language in a Safe Environment

Written by Brian Pottle, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer, Oracle Curriculum Development Team

OracleEnterprise Essentials Training Now Available

Oracle has adopted R as a language and environment to support statisticians, data analysts and data scientists in performing statistical data analysis and advanced analytics, as well as generating sophisticated graphics.

Oracle R Enterprise (ORE) is a component of the Oracle Database Analytics Option. ORE makes the open source R statistical programming language and environment ready for the enterprise and big data.

Designed for problems involving large amounts of data - Oracle R Enterprise integrates R with Oracle Database

  • Using ORE, R users can run R commands and scripts for statistical and graphical analyses on data stored in Oracle Database or outside the database.
  • In both cases, users can leverage the power and scalability of Oracle Database to overcome the memory constraints of the base R environment.
  • R users can develop, refine and deploy R scripts that leverage parallelism in the database to automate and vastly improve performance of the analytic process.

Because it runs as an embedded component of Oracle Database, ORE can run any R package, either by function pushdown or via embedded R scripts, while the database automatically manages the spawned R engines that process the data.

Oracle R Enterprise Essentials Training will teach you how to access the power of Oracle Database for enhanced R programming and analysis for big data opportunities.

What You Will Learn

Expert Oracle University instructors will guide you through the process of adding the power of ORE to your existing R technical portfolio. As you will learn, ORE transparently leverages the massive scalability of the database for the big data analysis problems.

In this course, you learn how to interact with database data using the R language and R data using ORE functions. In addition, you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to use Oracle Database for predictive analysis.

Finally, you'll learn how to leverage the database server machine for executing R scripts from SQL and R, both individually and in a data-parallel and task-parallel manner.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Just Released - New Oracle University Courses for October

- 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 October

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

New Digital Training for October 2014

By Amit Kumar, Senior Director for Oracle University Digital Training

Don't have time to attend one of our live, in person training classes? Then consider one of our online training courses.

Here's a summary of what's new this month:

Training On Demand New Releases

Our Training On Demand courses give you hands-on product training that enables in-depth learning. Preview each course before you buy.

Oracle Learning Streams Video Content New Releases

Get one year of unlimited access to premium Oracle training videos with an Oracle Learning Streams subscription.

Oracle Database Learning Stream
Preview all Videos


Introduction to Performance Analysis Using AWR and ASH


Performance Analysis Using OS Watcher


Database as a Service: Creating a Database Cloud Service Catalog


Troubleshooting and Diagnosing ORA-4031 Error

Oracle Middleware Learning Stream
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Oracle Mobile Application Framework In Action


WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.3) New Features


ADF Development with Eclipse: Episode 1


Customizing Screens in Oracle Identity Manager 11g R2

Oracle HCM Learning Stream NEW!
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Fusion HCM - Understanding Profile Options


Profile Management Understanding the Content Library and Profiles


Taleo Recruiting: Employee Referrals Configuration


Work Structures: Manage Divisions

Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream NEW!
Preview all Videos


Oracle E-Business Suite CRM Service 12.2 Update


Oracle E-Business Suite: Operational Efficiency


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


Oracle Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures

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Contact your Oracle Education Account Manager today to learn more.

Monday Oct 13, 2014

Get the "Buzz" on Java SE 8

Written by Ravi Narasimhacharya, Product Specialist, Java and Middleware

The "Buzz" on Java SE 8

Oracle sees Java 8 as "the most significant upgrade" to the software since it acquired Sun Microsystems and its software portfolio in 2010. Java 8 is a revolutionary release of the world’s #1 development platform. It includes a huge upgrade to the Java programming model and a coordinated evolution of the JVM, Java language, and libraries.

Development Platform

Java is a major development platform helping to drive the M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) market. The appearance of Java 8 is set to consolidate its position. Java 8 is packed full of some really exciting features at both the JVM and language level.

Java Integration

The Standard Edition (SE) and Micro Edition (ME) of Java are now being converged, to make it easier for developers to share their code and applications. The merge of Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 will "provide a consistent experience for developers across desktop and mobile platforms."

Now, Java SE 8 provides common APIs across SE and ME with portability and common tooling across the editions. This approach gives developers a smooth development experience across small to large devices, encouraging server-side Java developers to build for the embedded space. It "improves developer productivity and application performance, along with the ability to ‘right-size' the platform for deployment across an ever wider range of use cases."

Always Connected

With the arrival of Java 8, we need to think big about connected, always-on devices, including smart appliances in the home, wearable devices, medical sensors, connected vehicles, smart meters, and industrial controllers. Java 8 promises to provide a scalable, flexible and secure development platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

More "Buzz" on Java 8

Java 8 brings several major enhancements:

  • Lambda Expressions - “less code means more productivity:" The support for lambda expressions and the related Streams API is the most dominant feature of Java 8. Lambdas (for short) allow developers to simplify the code they write, enabling them to write code that is more compact, simpler and easier to maintain and share with others.
  • New Date and Time API - The new date and time API reduces the complexity that developers are facing with current native Java library API, especially when dealing with internationalization and localization for different markets.
  • Integration with JavaScript - Java 8 has introduced a brand new JVM JavaScript engine – Nashorn. This engine allows Java applications to contain components written in JavaScript. When developers want to use both Java and JavaScript, Nashorn can deliver significant performance improvements and interoperability between Java and JavaScript code. 

Learn More about Java SE 8 and What the "Buzz" is all about

Check out these brand new Java SE 8 courses from Oracle University:

  • Java SE 8 New FeaturesGet an overview of the major changes and enhancements in Oracle Java SE 8 and learn about using streams and lambda expressions with collections.
  • Java SE 8 Fundamentals - Through hands-on exercises, you are introduced to object-oriented programming using the Java language.
  • Java SE 8 Programming - Learn the core language features and Application Programming Interfaces (API) you will use to design object-oriented applications with the Java SE 8 Platform.

 Access the entire Java training and certification curriculum at

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Administration Training Now Available

Written by Bob Eliasen, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer, Oracle Curriculum Development Team

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance delivers leading performance and superior efficiency in enterprise-class network-attached storage (NAS) environments, accelerating business functions, and reducing complexity.

This first application-engineered storage system provides unique integration points with Oracle Database which automates storage tuning and data lifecycle management, reduces capacity requirements, and lowers Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

The New Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Administration Class introduces you to Oracle's ZFS Storage ZS3-2 and ZS3-4 Appliances.

During this four day class, multiple lessons with hands-on practices teach you how to configure a ZS3-2, define storage to host systems utilizing many different protocols and observe analytics in action.

Learn To:

  • List the functions and features of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
  • Identify the components and architecture of Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
  • Install and configure the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
  • Upgrade the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance software and hardware.
  • Troubleshoot the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
  • Perform common tasks on the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Are You Using Siebel Open UI?

By Susan Korbey, Senior Manager, Oracle University Education Consulting

What is Siebel Open UI?

Siebel Open UI is Oracle's next-generation browser client for Siebel desktop and mobile applications. 

It uses the same back-end architecture as the traditional user interface (UI), but changes the way the user interface (UI) is rendered. 

It's a new approach to the graphical user interface (GUI) that helps you transform the look and feel of your current application to fit your interface requirements. 

There are many customizations and modifications that will benefit both your internal and external audiences. For example, Siebel Open UI can reference a third-party resource, incorporate it with Siebel CRM data, and then display this data in the client.

This is but one example of the many useful aspects of Siebel Open UI. 

The Siebel Open UI can co-exist with former, traditional Siebel clients, allowing customers to run both as needed. 

The Siebel Open UI:

•    Uses open, web standards to render the application.

•    Uses HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and JavaScript.

•    Is downloaded to the client as needed to render the page/view.

•    Does not use ActiveX.

•    Does not require Internet Explorer (IE).

•    Runs on any standards-compliant platform.

There are many benefits to using the Open UI interface, including native browser support, mobile device support, enhanced user experience and a large community of developer resources.

If you're new to Siebel Open UI, we recommend enrolling in the following training to help you understand the architecture. You'll also get the hands-on experience you need to address common customization requirements.

Take the following courses:

•    Siebel Open UI Advanced JavaScript API (3 Days)

•    Siebel Open UI Foundations (2 Days)

You can also take the Siebel Open UI Essentials (5 Days) course, which is a bundled course consisting of both the Siebel Open UI Foundations and Siebel Open UI Advanced JavaScript API.

Monday Oct 06, 2014

New Innovative Learning Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite

Free Video Series

Check out the following series of free instructional videos:

These videos are part of the new Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream, an innovative learning solution designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your skills.

Benefit from Continuous Learning, 24/7, 365

The Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream is changing how professionals stay up-to-date on both the technical and functional aspects of your E-Business Suite applications.

As your business needs change and your E-Business applications evolve, your team could benefit from ready access to knowledge and skills to help you get the most out of your applications. 

Attending a course helps you develop new skills, but it may not be the best solution if continuous learning is the goal.

What is the Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream?

Here's what you get with an Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream subscription:

  • Hundreds of instructional videos delivered by Oracle experts
  • Continuously refreshed content
  • Access to top Oracle instructors to get answers to your questions
  • Live monthly webinars on the hottest topics
  • Ability to request videos that interest you

Watch Instructional Videos at Your Convenience

You get hundreds of short instructional videos, including how-to's, tips and tricks, best practices, product overviews and release updates, all delivered by Oracle subject matter experts.

With fresh content added weekly, this innovative learning solution is designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your skills by learning  advanced topics that span the entire set of E-Business Suite applications.  And if you don't see a topic you're interested in, you can request that a new video be created.

Sample Titles

  • Oracle Advanced E-Business Suite Architectures
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 Online Patching
  • What's New in Service, Asset Management and Logistics?
  • General Ledger Entry Reconciliation
  • Oracle Receivables - Use of Balance Forward Billing Feature
  • Best Practices in Warehouse Management
  • R12 Functional Changes in Oracle Inventory Management
  • Oracle Product Data Hub - Role Based Security
  • Analytics Driven Manufacturing
  • Budgetary Control in Purchasing

Find Out More

- Check out the Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream

- Find out how to subscribe to an Oracle Learning Stream by visiting

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Instructor Insight: Oracle SOA Suite 12c New Features: Creating SOA Project Templates for Reusing SOA Composite Designs

Written by Joe Greenwald, Principal Oracle University Instructor

"In SOA Suite 12c, we create application integrations and business processes designed as services composed of processing logic, data transformation and routing, dynamic business rules and human tasks in the form of XML-based metadata.

The graphical representations of these services are created in JDeveloper using its graphical editors.

  • Since these services are composed of individual, separately configurable components, we call this a composite service.
  • Once deployed to and hosted by Oracle SOA Suite, this service looks and acts like any other web service to its clients.
  • It would be highly productive and desirable to be able to easily create templates for service designs that could be reused across teams and projects.

Using quality designs and tested patterns as the starting point for new services speeds up development, while supporting widespread adoption of quality and standards in service design.

SOA Suite 12c automates creation and management of templates of service composites, as well as individual service components.

The service project templates we create will be stored and managed in the file-based MDS, so they can easily be shared with other developers. 

We have an existing service composite we would like to clone or use as the basis of new service composite. Once we create the new service based on the template, we’ll be able to make modifications to it as needed."

Read full entry on the "Insights from an Oracle University Classroom" Blog >

Friday Sep 19, 2014

Expand Your Mind and Expand Your Cluster with High Availability Training

Written by Peter Fusek, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer, Oracle Curriculum Development Team

Flex Clusters, a new feature of Oracle Clusterware 12c, blows away the previous cluster size limits and lets you:

  • Manage large pools of application resources, with high-availability and fail-over protection. 
  • Efficiently support multiple highly available databases and applications running in a single cluster. 

You will see how when you attend Oracle Database 12c: High Availability New Features Training.

Take control with no surprises....learn about policy-based cluster management and what-if command evaluation. These new features of Oracle Clusterware 12c make cluster management easier, more flexible and more reliable.

Consolidate more databases on each cluster...if you use ASM, Flex ASM is a game changer. If you don't then you should use.... 

Flex ASM, a new feature of Oracle Grid Infrastructure 12c. It removes the requirement to run ASM on every cluster node. Users are transparently protected from ASM failures; organizations can consolidate more databases (or do more work) on each cluster.

You can boost application availability and transact with certainty, without re-engineering your applications. 

Application continuity, a new feature of Oracle Database 12c, makes recoverable outages (node failures, process failures, instance failures, transient network failures, transient storage failures, etc.) from applications and end users.

It replays the transactional and non-transactional work that constitutes a database request, while guaranteeing transactions are executed once and only once. 

Best of all, application continuity can be leveraged by many existing applications, without changing a line of code.

Get started with Oracle Database 12c: High Availability New Feature training today.

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

MySQL Cluster - What You Need To Know

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

Did You Know?

MySQL Cluster automatically shards data across data nodes on separate hosts which means that your database performance scales naturally as you add more nodes.

Data nodes belong to node groups that replicate data internally so that if one data node fails, another data node carries on working with a copy of the failed node's data. This ensures high availability as well as scalability.

Data nodes can run on commodity hardware, and have very few requirements.

This means that it is possible to create large-scale clusters on relatively inexpensive computers, and it is simple to extend a running cluster by adding data nodes while the cluster is operational.

For example, in a simple cluster you can add a new data node to the cluster by copying a single binary to the new host and executing it with an option that refers to the cluster's management node. You can redistribute data among the new node groups with a single command, and from that point on the cluster automatically distributes data among all of the data nodes.

If your clustered database becomes too large to be contained in the memory of a single node group, you can add additional nodes (and therefore node groups).

MySQL Cluster distributes data between node groups, so that each node group contains a fraction of the overall database. This means that if you have four node groups in your cluster, each node group holds approximately one quarter of the cluster's data and responds to roughly one quarter of the cluster's row requests.

As your requirements grow (data or throughput), you can add more node groups to scale the database without making any changes to your existing applications.

You can back up the entire cluster's data on all data nodes with a single START BACKUP command issued on the management node. MySQL Cluster Manager makes it easy to start and stop an entire cluster.

You can reconfigure all data nodes in the cluster with a single command that not only changes the setting but also restarts each node in turn without bringing down the cluster.

To find out more about MySQL Cluster, take the new MySQL Cluster training course.

This MySQL Cluster training teaches you how to install and configure a real-time database cluster at the core of your application. Expert instructors will teach you how to design and maintain your clusters for high availability and scalability by using MySQL Cluster's open-source and enterprise components.

This 4-day training course is a must for those who want to learn about MySQL Cluster. You'll not only learn about the concepts and features; you'll also get extensive hands-on experience. You can follow this training course from your own desk via a Live Virtual Class or by attending class at an education center. 

Get more information about the MySQL curriculum

Thursday Sep 11, 2014

Just Released - New Oracle University Courses for September

- 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 September

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Oracle Certification Discount Package Enhancements and New Releases

Written by Kate Jones, Senior Marketing Manager

Oracle training goes hand-in-hand with Oracle Certification to help students validate their newly acquired skills and for that reason, we offer Oracle Certification Discount Packages that bring them both together so it is easier for you to order.

What is a Certification Discount Package?

Our Certification Discount Packages provide you with the recommended preparation training and the certification exam voucher(s) at a discounted price. We also include the e-Practice exams where we have them available. Here is a summary of some recent package enhancements:

  • All Upgrade Edition packages which are intended to help you upgrade your certification to the latest version or release now include a 20% discount.
  • Several new packages for Oracle Database 12c have been recently released
  • We offer even more Training On Demand, Self-Study and Exam Prep Seminar packages for maximum flexibility. These packages tend to be our most popular too.

Other New Package Releases:

View all of our packages >

Have a question about our Certification Discount Packages? Ask it here.


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