Thursday Apr 10, 2014

New Oracle University Certification Web Store - Now Live!

Oracle University is excited to announce the launch of the redesigned Oracle Certification Web Store!

Take a few of our new pages for a test drive to see what you think:

What can you expect to see?

With the global launch of this new and improved certification web store, enjoy a simplified user experience that helps you find certification vouchers and training courses quickly and easily.

Get validation that certifications are a good investment by viewing our new salary survey page with feedback from real students who have become Oracle Certified.

You'll also have access to new, in depth information about the benefits of adding an Oracle Certification to your skill set within a more modern, interactive design. Below, you'll find a few samples of what our new store offers: 

Search for certifications using our new exam finder


Access quick links that make it easier to find what you need

Learn more about how certifications can elevate your career

Browse all of our certifications in just a few clicks

Get easy access to tools that help you prepare to pass your exam

These are just a few examples of the new features we've launched. As always, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Get started today by exploring what our new Oracle certification web store has to offer! 

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Top 10 Oracle Certifications and How to Earn Them

As 2014 swings into full gear, we're continuing to see a rising demand for skilled Oracle professionals in the job market. 

Whether you're an Oracle DBA or a Java developer, you should know that your skills are highly sought after! Certification is one proven way for professionals like you to validate your knowledge and gain credibility that will lead to better opportunities. 

And with the increasing demand for Oracle DBAs and Java Developers, we're also seeing a rise in the related Oracle Certifications. See for yourself in our top 10 certification list below.


Top 10 Oracle Certifications Worldwide*

1.    Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Associate
2.    Java SE 7 Programmer Certified Professional
3.    Java SE 6 Programmer Certified Professional
4.    Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert
5.    Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate
6.    Oracle Database 11g: Administrator Certified Associate
7.    Oracle Database 11g: Administrator Certified Professional
8.    Oracle Database 10g: Administrator Certified Associate
9.    Oracle Database 10g: Administrator Certified Professional
10.  Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional – One of our fastest growing!

Recommended Resources to Prepare for an Oracle Certification Exam

  • Test your knowledge with Kaplan SelfTest Practice Exams: empower yourself to put your best foot forward on exam day. 
  • Take the Recommended Training: ensure you have the knowledge you need, along with hands-on experience.  
  • Refresh Your Skills with our Exam Prep Seminar: take our exam prep seminars to refresh your existing knowledge prior to taking the exam.

If you would benefit from training, consider a Certification Discount Package and save up to 20%.

  • Includes the training course, plus a certification exam voucher that you have up to 12 months to use.  ePractice exams are also included in many of our packages.
  • If you need a refresher on the exam topics, choose from standard training packages or Exam Prep Seminar packages.
  • Available in Classroom, Live Virtual Class, Training On Demand and Self-Study formats.
  • New packages have just been released for Oracle Database 12c, MySQL 5.6, Exadata Administration, Oracle Database Cloud.

View all resources, a list of available testing centers, FAQs and more at certification.oracle.com.

*Data based on exams delivered in past 6 months. Credentials not listed in order.

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Oracle University Learning Paths Help You Get Where You’re Going


-Written by the Oracle University Marketing Team

Does figuring out which training course to take sometimes feel like walking through a maze? Any journey goes more smoothly when you know where you're headed.

Oracle University offers learning paths that map to different job roles. These easy-to-follow roadmaps help you decide which training makes the most sense for you now, and for your where you're aiming to go. 

Learning Paths Recommend Specific Courses to Build Your Skill Set

These learning paths help you select a recommended sequence of training courses designed to maximize your skills. As you become more and more proficient and progress down the learning path, you'll acquire a skill set that not only helps you more effectively complete tasks in your daily job; you'll also become more marketable when interviewing for new opportunities

  • Courses early in the learning path cover fundamental concepts and baseline skills.
  • Later courses deep dive into more advanced, expert-level topics.
  • By keeping a learning path in mind as you plan your educational activities, you can easily determine which courses will best meet your requirements based on your current skill level.

Develop Advanced Skills & Create New Career Opportunities

Ready to accelerate your career growth?

Invest time elevating your skill set through training with expert Oracle University instructors. Earn well-respected credentials of expertise through our certification program to stand out to current and future employers.

Explore Oracle University's training and certification offerings today to see which learning path is right for you.

Thursday Jan 30, 2014

PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training Now Available

By Jim Vonick, Senior Product Manager, Oracle University

Who Should Consider PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training?

If you’re performing an upgrade or a new rollout, proper training should be incorporated into every PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management implementation plan.

Are you part of a project team in charge of implementing PeopleSoft 9.2 Financials for your company? Or perhaps you're a partner implementing for your customer. In either case, investing in focused, hands-on training will maximize the impact of this financial management solution.

Courses vary based on your role in the implementation and ongoing use of the application.

PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial training is designed for these job roles:

  • Configuration or functional implementers -  dedicated business users who will manage the implementation project. They need to understand the business requirements associated with setting up the application.
  • Implementation consultants (Oracle partners)
  • Super users
  • Business analysts
  • Financial reporting apecialists
  • Administrators

When Should You Enroll in PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training?

Training is critical at the start of a new implementation. Oracle University courses deep dive into configuration training on the core application modules being implemented. Training should be considered during the planning stages of a project so you can begin to align the expertise within your company, as well as that of any consultants who may be assisting you.

How Will PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management Training Help You?

Enrolling in PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management training courses will help you understand the functionality most relevant to complete your end-to-end business processes; you'll also walk away with the ability to identify any additional development work that may be necessary to customize applications. Furthermore, you'll develop the skills to ensure proper integration between different modules within the overall business process.

Watch this short video to get an overview of all PeopleSoft training. Courses are available for more PeopleSoft Financial Management applications. Accelerated courses, which include content from two courses, are ideal for more experienced team members.

New Features Course:

Functional Training Courses:

 Accelerated Courses:

Ready to ensure a smooth, rapid and successful implementation of your PeopleSoft applications in support of your organization’s financial management processes?

Invest in courses that will teach you step-by-step how to implement, use and maintain your applications. You'll develop a deeper understanding of the application and configuration options to help you make the right implementation decisions for your organization.

Want to Learn More? 

Browse Oracle University's selection of PeopleSoft 9.2 Financial Management training courses today.

Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

New Performance Tools for Java 7

By Michael Williams, Principal Curriculum Developer

Have you ever wished for an easy way to monitor your application's performance and analyze the application's performance over time? With the release of Java 7 u40, your wish has just come true. 

Two tools are are now bundled with the Java JDK. Both tools have been around for a while as part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, but now have been ported to the Hotspot JVM.

Java Mission Control

Java Mission Control is a live monitoring and analysis tool for Java 7. This tool lets you monitor live data coming from a running JVM. Mission Control has a modern, customizable user interface which allows you to chart only the data you're interested in. In addition, the triggers feature lets you notify specific personnel about key events that occur in your application. Finally, Mission Control can load recordings from Java Flight Recorder for detailed analysis.

Oracle Java Flight Recorder

Oracle Java Flight Recorder is a tool for recording key information about your application over time. Much like an airline flight recorder, Java Flight Recorder stores key telemetry from your application as it runs; it then loads recordings into Mission Control for detailed analysis. Recordings can be run continuously on your applications with minimal impact on performance.

Java Performance Tuning with Mission Control and Flight Recorder Training

Interested in learning more about these tools?

Oracle University has released the new Java Performance Tuning with Mission Control and Flight Recorder course. This course deep dives into Oracle Mission Control and Flight Recorder, along with other interesting performance-related information, including:

  • Details about how garbage collection works in the JVM.
  • A detailed review of the garbage collectors available in Hotspot, including the new G1 garbage collector.
  • Profiling your application using NetBeans and other tools.
  • Detecting and troubleshooting common performance issues like memory leaks and contention issues.
  • Tuning guidelines for each of the Java garbage collectors.

Sound interesting? If so, sign up today! 

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

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

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

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

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Ensure Payroll Success with PeopleSoft Year-End Training for U.S. and Canada

Year-end payroll processing and reporting is a requirement for your business. If you're responsible for completing these processes in either Canada or the United States using the PeopleSoft Payroll application, and if you're new to PeopleSoft Payroll or to performing these processes, consider enrolling in Oracle University's expert training.

Our PeopleSoft Payroll specialists will guide you through the necessary steps to ensure you can smoothly and successfully perform your job. Training is specific to the country for which you are performing the processing and reporting.

Training lasts one day and is delivered in our Live Virtual Class Format, which helps you avoid travel during this busy season. Here's the training we recommend:

PeopleSoft Year-End Payroll - U.S.

This course teaches you how to complete U.S. year-end processing and reporting using PeopleSoft Payroll for North America, step-by-step.

  • Update tax reporting setup tables and update employees' income and tax records.
  • Load each employee's year-end data into a single year-end record for processing and reporting. 
  • Identify reports needed to reconcile the year-end data.
  • Correct tax balances and other data as necessary.
  • Generate final print and online W-2 forms and prepare the electronic file for the Social Security Administration. 
  • Enter corrected W-2 information and print a W-2c form.
  • Report periodic retirement distributions and related tax withholding amounts on form 1099-R.  
Please Note: this course is intended for organizations using PeopleSoft release 8.81 or higher.

PeopleSoft Year-End Payroll – Canada

This course covers the steps necessary to perform Canadian year-end processing using Oracle's PeopleSoft Payroll for North America.

  • Explore adjustments, balances, year-end slip processing, common pitfalls and errors and balancing reports. 
  • Produce accurate year-end reporting results such as T4, T4A, RL-1 and RL-2. 
Please Note: this course is intended for organizations using PeopleSoft release 8.81 or higher.

See you in class!

-Oracle University Marketing Team 

Tuesday Oct 29, 2013

Instructor Insight: Using the Container Database in Oracle Database 12c


The first time I examined the Oracle Database 12c architecture, I wasn’t quite sure what I thought about the Container Database (CDB). In the current release of the Oracle RDBMS, the administrator now has a choice of whether or not to employ a CDB.

Bundling Databases Inside One Container

In today’s IT industry, consolidation is a common challenge. With potentially hundreds of databases to manage and maintain, an administrator will require a great deal of time and resources to upgrade and patch software. Why not consider deploying a container database to streamline this activity? By “bundling” several databases together inside one container, in the form of a pluggable database, we can save on overhead process resources and CPU time. Furthermore, we can reduce the human effort required for periodically patching and maintaining the software.

Minimizing Storage

Most IT professionals understand the concept of storage, as in solid state or non-rotating. Let’s take one-to-many databases and “plug” them into ONE designated container database. We can minimize many redundant pieces that would otherwise require separate storage and architecture, as was the case in previous releases of the Oracle RDBMS. The data dictionary can be housed and shared in one CDB, with individual metadata content for each pluggable database. We also won’t need as many background processes either, thus reducing the overhead cost of the CPU resource.

Improve Security Levels within Each Pluggable Database 

We can now segregate the CDB-administrator role from that of the pluggable-database administrator as well, achieving improved security levels within each pluggable database and within the CDB. And if the administrator chooses to use the non-CDB architecture, everything is backwards compatible, too.

 The bottom line: it's a good idea to at least consider using a CDB.

-Christopher Andrews, Senior Principal Instructor, Oracle University

Thursday Oct 24, 2013

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

Here are the highlights of what is happening this month at Oracle University. 

New Technology Overview Courses: Cloud, Big Data and Security

Learn about the latest technology solutions that can transform your business. These three Training On Demand courses are taught by industry experts. These courses help you develop an understanding of how Oracle technologies can make a positive impact on your organization. 

New Cloud Application Foundation Courses

Check out our brand new 12c courses for WebLogic Server administrators and Coherence developers: 

Oracle Database 12c Courses

Our Oracle Database 12c training is becoming very popular. Here are this month's featured courses: 

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

New Certifications for MySQL

Watch our two new videos to find out what's new with Oracle MySQL Certifications.

1) Oracle MySQL 5.6 Certification: What's New for Database Administrators 

Recommended training: 

Recommended training: 

New Training & Certification for Oracle Applications

JD Edwards 9.1 Training

Additional JD Edwards Enterprise One 9.1 training is now available for administrators, developers and implementation team members.

Cross Application Training 

Human Capital Management Training 

Financial  Management Training 

Knowledge Management 8.5 Training

Oracle Knowledge 8.5 training is now available for analysts interested in learning how to quickly spot trends in content processing and system usage with analytics dashboards.

Taleo Training

Updated Taleo training is now available. Taleo Business Edition (TEE) business users can learn how to create more efficient reports. Recruiters will learn how to efficiently and effectively use Taleo Business Edition (TBE) Recruit. 

New Training for Oracle Retail 13.4.1

Updated training for Retail Predictive Application Server and Retail Demand Forecasting is now available. 

View all available training courses, learning paths and certifications at education.oracle.com, or contact your local education representative to learn more about Oracle University's education solutions. See you in class! 

-Oracle University Marketing Team 

Thursday Oct 17, 2013

What’s New in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.1

Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 offers customers significant updates to usability and business processes to improve productivity and bolster business value. This release addresses critical user needs, while delivering key enhancements in several areas, including: 

New User Experience

Release 9.1 offers significant enhancements to the user experience. New Web 2.0 features reduce task time and enable you to access meaningful information.

Enhanced Reporting

Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting is a breakthrough solution that allows business users to create interactive reports - without IT support.

Industry Specific Functionality

This new release delivers key enhancements for the consumer goods, real estate management and manufacturing and distribution industries.

Enhanced Support for Global Operations

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 supports global operations with several new features, including enhancements that consider the entire ERP business process associated with managing country of origin requirements.

Productivity Features

This new release offers new more tightly integrated business processes and other productivity advancements like improved data access and enhanced financial controls.

Want to find out more?

ü Bookmark the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne web page

ü Listen to the Podcast: Announcing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 

ü Watch the Demo: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 Features Demo

ü Watch the Demo: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting Demo 

ü Review the Data Sheet: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 

New Training

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 training through Oracle University is designed to help you leverage these usability and productivity enhancements. The curriculum is aligned to the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne products and will teach your team how to efficiently and effectively implement and use your applications.

Get started today! View available training and schedules

 -Jim Vonick, Oracle University Market Development Manager 

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