Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

A New Training Strategy for Your SaaS Applications

A recent Gartner survey revealed that Software as a Service (SaaS) deployments are becoming "mission critical" for organizations around the world.

One rationale for migrating to SaaS is the reduction in deployment time. This allows an organization to quickly realize the benefits of the transition. When implementing a cloud application, however, businesses can easily overlook the skills staff need to execute a successful migration.

Technical professionals responsible for configuring, integrating and administering an Oracle Cloud application need to get up to speed quickly to ensure that business requirements are met.

As with any new application, business users, who will be regularly working with a cloud application, need to learn how to access and use the application to perform their jobs.

And when product updates are made to your cloud application your team needs access to the latest product information, so they can readily leverage the new features and functionality.

Introducing Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

To help your organization address these real-world challenges that teams face, Oracle University has designed a specialized method of learning: Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions.

These subscriptions are comprehensive online learning solutions that provide relevant and timely content about your Oracle Cloud applications for all job roles in your organization that interact with your applications.

SaaS Learning Simplified

Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions provide the training you need, when you need it, all in one place. This makes it easier for your entire organization to learn about your Oracle Cloud applications.

With each subscription you get:

  • 12 months of 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of training videos and product demonstrations delivered by Oracle product experts.
  • End-to-end training that spans the entire life cycle of your Oracle Cloud applications.
  • Practice labs with all 'Complete Edition' subscriptions.
  • Continuous updates for product enhancement and new product releases.

Two Editions for All Job Roles in Your Organization

Complete Editions
know End User Editions

With each 'Complete Edition' subscription you'll learn all about your Oracle Cloud applications throughout their entire life cycle - from implementing and managing your applications to getting the most out of new features in the latest release.

Who it's designed for:

implementers, functional configurators, application administrators, system administrators, developers and technical consultants


With each  'End User Edition' subscription, you'll develop an understanding of your applications, while learning how to access them to perform your job. This training is entirely role based with all key tasks recorded in short, easy to digest videos.

Who it's designed for:

business users who use Oracle Cloud applications while performing their jobs

 Learn To
 Complete Edition
 End User Edition
  - get started using your Oracle Cloud applications * *
  - implement and configure your applications
  - administer and manage your applications *
  - complete tasks and perform business transactions using the application * *
  - create and publish reports * *
  - develop hybrid cloud and on-premises solutions *
  - collaborate effectively with team members using Oracle Social Network *
  - learn about new features as they become available * *

Subscriptions are available for the following Oracle Cloud SaaS offerings:

 Oracle Cloud Application
 Complete Edition
 End User Edition
Human Capital Management Cloud

 Global HR
* *
 Talent Management
* *
Customer Experience Cloud

 Sales Cloud
* *
 Service Cloud
* *
Enterprise Resource Planning

 Financials Cloud
* *
 Procurement Cloud
* *
 Project Portfolio Management Cloud
* *

Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions here.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Taleo (TEE): Fields, Forms and Files – Unraveling the Mystery

Written by Nigel Wiltshire

As a recruiter (or, in some cases, a hiring manager), you will be responsible for managing requisition and candidate files. This involves creating and maintaining those files.

This ongoing task is not extremely difficult; however, it's important to consider system administrators who have to create the files that ensure you're presented with the correct fields to complete and/or maintain. These files could be different, depending on the type of user you are or the type of requisition you're creating.

This document aims to unravel and explain which components are needed, as well as how it all links together to ensure recruiters and hiring managers can effectively do their jobs.

The Components

There are six elements that need to come together:

  • Fields – the actual fields used to hold the information about the requisition or candidate.
  • Forms – groups of related fields that help identify the type of data being maintained (Personal Info, Contact Info, Profile Details, etc.).
  • Files – these are the pages presented to the end user to help maintain relevant records; these pages are typically broken down into several sections fed by the Forms.
  • Information Blocks – a series of placeholders grouped together on the file that represent sub sections on the page. These indicate which form is being used in that sub section, as well as other properties relevant to the type of information being maintained.
  • File Setup – settings that allow you to set various scenarios that determine when specific files are used.
  • Configuration Profiles – hold the settings that specify which file setup is to be used by the users associated with the profile in order to present the correct files to the right users. These are attached to the users via their user account information.
Generally speaking, understanding how these components link together is quite simple.


Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

There are several ways to utilize this framework, depending on several factors:

  • Your Users
    1. Do multiple user types (e.g. recruiter, hiring manager, HRBP) get involved with the creation and maintenance of requisitions and/or candidates?
    2. Do they all need to access the same information?
  • Your Recruiting Process
    1. How complex does the process need to be?
    2. Can you get away with just one file for everyone, and for every situation?

    Possible Scenarios

    As well as considering the questions above regarding users and processes, there are several scenarios to consider – here are just three of the most common:

  • Scenario 1: This is the most simple, where every user receives the same files to create and maintain the requisitions and/or candidate records:

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  • Scenario 2: Different users need to receive different files to create and maintain the requisitions and/or candidate records:

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  • Scenario 3: Using different files for different types of record (e.g. professional vs executive requisitions). This can apply to both of the previous scenarios:

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    In Conclusion

    You should now be fully armed with the important information you need to make the right decisions and create/present the right files to the right users, for the purpose of requisition and/or candidate maintenance.

    What’s Next

    If you'd like to learn more about this and other similar features, I suggest you attend the Taleo (TEE): Essentials of Recruiting Configuration training.

    Explore Oracle University's Taleo curriculum >

    About the Author

    Nigel Wiltshire

    Nigel Wiltshire has over 19 years of experience in software and training, with a specialization in the Taleo product suites. He has been involved in training all levels of staff in most industries, from government bodies to large corporations and charitable organizations. Along with the goal of thoroughly explaining the systems he is training on, Nigel also strives to bring a little bit of fun into the training environment by sprinkling in humor and commonly relateable stories from his experiences as a trainer.

    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:

    Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

    Instructor Insight: Introduction to Oracle BI Applications with ODI

    By Laura Garza, Principal Instructor for Oracle University

    Often when teaching Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) with Oracle Data Integrator (ODI), I get many questions concerning:

    1) The different OBIA repositories

    2) Selecting an OBIA offering and Functional Area

    3) ODI terminology and how it relates to OBIA

    The Different OBIA Repositories:

    • The Oracle BI Application Oracle Data Integrator repository contains the OBIA specific prebuilt ETL logic.
    • The Oracle BI Application Components repository contains the repository for the Configuration Manager and Functional Setup Manager. It also contains the load plan definitions, setup objects and domain mapping to name a few.

    Read the rest of this blog post > 

    Friday May 17, 2013

    Need a Smooth Implementation? Try Oracle Fusion Applications Training

    Oracle Fusion Applications Training

    There’s quite a bit of discussion about when and why you should migrate business applications to the cloud or select applications that are available via the cloud. The business case for doing so is quite compelling, as you have the potential to increase business agility, save money and deliver enhanced value. 

    Forrester's James Staten cautions, however, that “Apps in the cloud need to be adapted to the cloud – not the other way around.” 

    In other words, don’t just migrate an application to the cloud, as performance and availability may suffer. 

    Oracle Fusion Cloud Application Implementation Training

    This is where Oracle’s Fusion Applications fit nicely. This is the first enterprise applications suite that supports on-premise, “private cloud” (dedicated hosted environment) and “public cloud” (shared software as a service) implementations, allowing you to choose where to deploy your applications.

    When it comes time to enable your Fusion Applications in either a ‘private’ or ‘public’ cloud, Oracle's Fusion Applications Implementation Training helps to ensure a smooth and rapid implementation. This hands-on, interactive training will help you understand the foundation and configuration options to make informed decisions during your Fusion Applications setup.

    Who Should be Trained on Fusion Cloud Application Implementation?

    Super users and security managers are certainly candidates for Fusion Applications cloud implementation training; however, Configuration or Functional Implementers are the primary candidates for implementation training for a specific application. Ideally, configuration implementers are dedicated business users who will manage the implementation project for a specific application. These dedicated business users need to understand the business requirements associated with setting-up the application.

    Implementation Consultants, who are often employed by Oracle partners that provide implementation services, are also prime candidates for training.

    Which Cloud Implementation Training is Available?

    Implementation training is available for the key applications across the entire Oracle Fusion Applications suite, including:

    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Financials
    • Human Capital Management
    • Procurement
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Project Portfolio Management

    View available Fusion Applications implementation training by product area now to learn more. 

    You can also watch a short video that provides an overview of Oracle Fusion Applications training.

    Questions or comments? We'd love to hear from you in the comment section below.

    -Jim Vonick, Oracle University Market Development Manager


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