Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Top 5 Live Virtual Class Myths Busted

Oracle University has been offering Live Virtual Training Classes since 2008.  The primary goal of Oracle’s Live Virtual Training is to give our students around the world more options when taking Oracle training - without the need for travel or waiting on locally scheduled courses.

Many students have shared with us that they are reluctant to take a Live Virtual Class because they feel like they won’t get access to everything they would get in a traditional course. So we thought it would be a good idea to bust the top 5 myths about Live Virtual Training right here and now.

Myth #1: Live Virtual Classes do not cover same content covered in a traditional classroom course.

Our Live Virtual Classes use the same exact content used in our traditional classroom courses.  Every lesson is fully covered and you get access to the complete course eKit.  

Myth #2: Live Virtual Classes do not include Labs.

Every class includes access to labs for hands-on practice. These are the same labs used in our traditional classroom courses.  Live Virtual Class students actually benefit because they can access labs after class hours.  Labs are available 24 hours a day for the duration of the course.

Myth #3: Live Virtual Classes are not delivered by Oracle’s top instructors.

Every Oracle University Instructor is responsible for delivering courses via Classroom Training, as well as online, via Live Virtual Classes.  

Myth #4: Every class runs the risk of technical issues that will negatively influence my classroom experience.

As with all training – even in a traditional classroom – technical issues can arise.  However, this shouldn’t prohibit you from taking a Live Virtual Class.  We have a team of Live Virtual Class producers who are available 24x7 to help you before the class starts and throughout the class. Producers respond to any issues instantly to ensure every student has a superior training experience.

Myth #5: Live Virtual Classes are not interactive.

The Virtual Environment delivery platform we use provides many tools to assure interactivity. All LVC Instructors are trained to use the interactivity features in the virtual environment.

Features include:  

  • Presentation annotations
  • Desktop sharing
  • Quizzes
  • Live chat
  • Question and answer tool
  • Whiteboard
  • Emoticons - these are icons that communicate to the instructor if a student has a question or if the student is ready to move on.
Most importantly, because instructors are not physically in the classroom, they are motivated to use these tools and make the class as interactive as a regular class.

Benefits of Live Virtual Classes

Interested in learning more? Take a closer look at the benefits of taking Live Virtual Classes by watching the video below.



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Learn more about Live Virtual Class technical requirements before enrolling.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

Friday Apr 19, 2013

Stand Out from the Crowd: Become an Oracle Solaris System Administrator

If you're like many people in the modern day workplace, you're looking for ways to grow your knowledge, challenge yourself, become a greater asset to your company, make yourself more marketable and improve your job satisfaction. Many people are looking for ways to stand out from the crowd by possessing a unique set of valuable skills that will warrant higher pay.

In the IT world, possessing Oracle Solaris System Administration skills can be that key differentiator to increase your earning potential.

Oracle Solaris System Administration Skills in High Demand

IT Managers often tell me that they have a hard time finding qualified Oracle Solaris System Administrators. These managers need people with a depth of knowledge to manage their infrastructure, but there aren’t enough highly qualified people to fill those roles. Since the most business critical operations are running on Oracle Solaris, it's important to employ people who are experts in administering those systems. Furthermore, these in demand technologists tend to be engaged in a more comprehensive part of the IT story within their businesses. And their advanced skills are rewarded with higher pay.

Oracle Solaris System Administrator Salary

Oracle Solaris System Administrators, on average, are on a substantially higher pay scale than other System Administration positions. They also tend to have a high job satisfaction rate. As the technologies available in Oracle Solaris continue to advance, their skills allow them to work on challenging projects that expand well beyond the common daily system administration tasks.

How to Become an Oracle Solaris System Administrator

Whether you're new to Solaris and want to work your way to become a senior level administrator, or you're an experienced System Administrator looking to move into Oracle Solaris, Oracle University offers courses to get you there. You can also invest in earning an Oracle Solaris System Administrator Certification to validate your skills and prove to employers you have the knowledge and skills they need.

If you're interested in exploring Oracle Solaris Training courses, the sooner you start, the more competitive you'll be in the job market.

Get a preview of offerings available in the Oracle Operating Systems curriculum video below.


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Have questions about Oracle Solaris Training or Certification? The team at Oracle University would love to hear from you. Drop us a note in the feedback section below.

- John Hathaway, Principal Curriculum Product Manager

Friday Apr 12, 2013

April 2013 Oracle University Round-Up: New Training & Certifications

April brings new and updated training for Java EE on WebLogic 12c, Taleo EE, Business Intelligence and Exalytics, plus a new Oracle Database SQL Tuning Certification.  

Additionally, Oracle University was just recognized as a leader according to the latest IDC Marketscape for IT Education and Training. Some observations from the report include:

•    “With an ever-expanding portfolio of tools and applications, Oracle University is strongly oriented toward the individual learner.”

•    “Oracle has been part of the early wave of vendors that have adopted a full range of training technologies — including simulations, labs and employee performance support tools. This variety is well leveraged through Oracle's training portfolio to provide both relevant training experiences and a varied instructional experience.”

•    “Oracle University's curricula is developed by the product groups. This decentralized control helps maximize the relevance of the training offering to the elements that are most useful to end users.”

And now for this month’s round-up:

Featured Training and Certification for Database & Systems

Oracle Linux brings critical time and cost savings to the Oracle DBA with its advanced feature-set.  Learn how you can optimize Oracle Linux for your enterprise workloads with our popular training courses.  DBAs can also now pursue our new SQL Tuning Certification.

Training Courses:

•    UNIX and Linux Essentials
•    Oracle Linux System Administration

Certifications:

•    Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 SQL Tuning (OCE) certification.

Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers several courses that will teach you the concepts you need to know  to help you pass this certification exam:

•    Oracle Database 11g : SQL Tuning Workshop
•    Oracle SQL Tuning for Developers Workshop
•    Oracle Database 11g: Administer a Data Warehouse
•    Parallel Processing in Oracle Database 11g
•    Oracle SQL Tuning for Developers Workshop

For more information about some of the upcoming Oracle9i Database exam retirements, take a few minutes to read our Oracle Certification blog.

Featured Training for Java & Fusion Middleware

Many of our top courses have recently been updated. This update includes four Java EE 6 Development courses. WebLogic 12c, our top Oracle BI course, has been updated to run on Oracle Exalytics. We're also offering a new Oracle Exalytics Administration Seminar.

Training Courses:

•    Developing  Applications with Java EE 6 on WebLogicServer 12c
•    Java EE 6: Develop Database Applications with JPA
•    Java EE 6: Develop Web Components with Servlets & JSPs
•    Java EE 6: Develop Business Components with JMS & EJBs
•    Oracle Exalytics: Administration Seminar
•    Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards Starting April 15th - scheduled to run on Oracle Exalytics

Featured Training for Oracle Applications

Our Taleo Enterprise Edition courses have been updated to incorporate the latest enhancements for Taleo EE version 12c. Learn how to meet the talent management needs of your enterprise with global consistency and local flexibility.

Training Courses:

•    Taleo (TEE): Introduction to Configuration
•    Taleo (TEE): Performance System Administration
•    Taleo (TEE): Onboarding Administration
•    Taleo: Learn Prepare and Distribute Content
•    Taleo: Learn System and User Configuration

Looking for training or certification on another topic? Let us know what you're interested in hearing about by leaving a comment below.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

Java Certification: Your Burning Questions Answered

We get a ton of questions from many of you who already hold a Java certification, or have considered one in the past. So, we thought it would be helpful to share some of the answers to our most frequently asked Java questions.

Q: I’ve been a Java Developer for years.  Why should I get Java Certified?

A:  Certifications hold much more value when combined with solid experience - so you're actually a perfect candidate for certification. Certification doesn't just validate what you know, it demonstrates your commitment to skill development. Check out our "Wanted: Java Certified Experts" post for more on this topic.

Q: I am a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP). Does that make me an OCPJP now?

A: When you passed your exam, you achieved a “Sun Certified Java Programmer” certification. It's still completely valid and is the equivalent of the Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer certification, but your credential is still Sun branded. If you're interested in getting an Oracle Certified credential, you can upgrade your certification to the latest version. You can also select another Oracle certification in Java to pursue.

Q: I am certified on Java SE 1.4. Is my certification even still valid?

A: If you were certified on Java 1.4, your certifications are still valid for the version of Java that you are certified in. Upgrade exams are available for the OCP, Java Programmer exams and OCE, Java EE 6 exams to demonstrate your ability to work with the latest versions.

Q: Do I need to buy training classes from Oracle University in order to earn my Java certification?

A: Training is not currently a requirement for the OCA, OCP or OCE level Java certifications. Training is only a requirement for the Oracle Certified Master level certifications, which includes the OCM, Java SE 6 Developer and Java Enterprise Architect certifications. Master certifications are the most advanced credentials so we require training to help prepare candidates for the hands on nature of the exam and to ensure candidates have an in-depth expertise of the technology area.

Q: How different are the Java SE 7 certifications compared to the Java SE 6 certifications?

A: There are significant differences. We saw an opportunity to improve the Java SE 7 OCA and OCP exams to test a broader range of features and skills so they're more relevant to real-world job functions.  Both exams include more advanced content, which gives the credentials more value in the marketplace. We’ve also revised the path to require individuals to achieve their OCA certification before pursuing their OCP exam.  For those who already hold a SCJP or OCP credential, upgrade exams are available to the OCP, Java SE 7 Programmer certification without having to take the OCA exam first.

Q: For the Java SE 7 Certifications, why is OCA now a prerequisite for OCP?

A: With the release of Java SE 7, we saw an opportunity to improve both the OCA and OCP Certifications. In the past, the OCA exam covered more introductory and fundamental concepts so it was not highly sought-after or valued by hiring managers. The Java SE 7 OCA exam now covers more advanced content, content that was previously covered on the OCP exam. We also added additional objectives to the OCP exam to give it more value.  The result is that we now have two improved exams that will test you on a greater breadth of skills and position you for greater success.

What other questions do you have? Let us know in the comments below.

-Kate, Oracle University Market Development Manager

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