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
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