Thursday Jun 18, 2015

Oracle Database Certification - Find the Path to Your Successful Career

Written by Eva Chase, Senior Global Marketing Manager, Oracle Certification



The May 2015 edition of Certification Magazine describes the current climate for those with a career in database management. It explores how these professionals are expected to manage massive amounts of data.

“Database managers (often referred to as database administrators) are key in ensuring that the information is organized, stored and protected in secure database systems.” 

-Mary Kyle, freelance writer and certified Project Manager Professional

Mary goes into great detail about the job responsibilities and skills modern-day database administrators need to excel, as these jobs are evolving with the growing economy.

Projected job growth is expected to rise 15% from now until 2022, bringing numerous opportunities in the job market for the following positions:

  • Database architects
  • Database designers
  • Database analysts
  • Database developers
  • Database administrators (DBAs)
  • Data warehouse specialists (especially in the areas of data mining or business intelligence)

At Oracle, we know these roles and the skills required to fill them. We’re excited about what’s coming into play for DBAs and the associated roles.

We offer training and certification designed to prepare you for these types of database career paths. Securing an Oracle Database Certification prepares you with the skills and capabilities needed to get hired.

Oracle certifications are highly regarded in the tech industry. Oracle University has certified close to 2 million people to date!

View our Oracle Certification website and start by identifying your Oracle Database Certification career path.

Oracle Certified Professionals not only get hired; they also gain confidence that they can excel on the job.

Join our community of DBA certified professionals. We can help you prepare for your exams with Oracle Database training options.

Discount packages for Oracle certifications & training are also available.

Monday May 18, 2015

It's the 20th Anniversary of Java - Are Your Java Skills Circa 1995?

Java has continued to evolve since launching in 1995, but have your skills kept up?

20 years, 592,000+ Certified Java Programmers and 9 Million Java Developers later, Java Developers have never been in more demand than they are today.

According to Dice.com, in January 2015,

“Java was named one of the top 10 skills hiring managers search for when in the market for cloud candidates, according to our November report.”

Do you have the latest Java skills hiring managers are seeking?

Today, job postings frequently call for developers to have experience with Java EE, JSON, XML, JavaScript, AJAX, Web Services, SOAP and HTML5, just to name a few.

If you don’t have these present-day skills, you should consider taking action to develop them. Oracle University offers a variety of instructor-led, online and self-paced courses to get you up to speed for 2015 and beyond.

Check out these popular Java courses you can take to advance your knowledge:

With the increasing demand for Java, Java certifications are also becoming a differentiator to highlight and validate your expertise working with the latest Java technologies. Our new Java SE 8 certification is now available:

Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer beta exam – Available at a Reduced Price!

Other popular certifications:

View the entire Java training curriculum - visit  education.oracle.com/java.

Celebrate Java's 20th Anniversary! oracle.com/java20    Twitter #Java20

Monday Mar 16, 2015

Taleo Enterprise Edition: Continuing Education

Written by Jim Vonick and Kristine Kukich

System Administrators have a continuous need to understand the new tools and functionality released within Taleo Recruiting, Taleo Onboarding (Transitions) and Taleo Performance, as well as the need to report on these activities.

Oracle University provides many ways for your team to keep their skills current, check their knowledge and become the system advocate within your organization.


Learn More About the Tools and Functions

Oracle University provides over 150 instructional videos in the new Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream. Topics covered go beyond those covered in our traditional courses. With new videos added continuously, this subscription-based learning service is designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your knowledge.

Watch for some of the more complex topics, including Taleo Connect Client (TCC) and Dynamic Approval Routing (DAR). Upcoming topics include integration techniques and best practices.

In addition, each subscription lets you request specific videos that interest you. You will also have access to a Taleo product expert to help answer your questions.

Preview the Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream.


Learn and Test Your Skills through the Taleo ACE Program

Meet with one of our experts and test your knowledge be enrolling in the courses list below.

Designed for business users and system administrators, these courses are packed full of items you may already know, combined with topics with which you may be less familiar. At the end of your session, test your abilities via practical examples and quiz questions to see if you're a Taleo ACE.

  • Taleo (TEE): Taleo ACE Recruiter (TAR) - helps you develop additional knowledge and skills around business user recruiting functionality. Check in using real world examples and expand your knowledge in this 3-day session.
  • Taleo (TEE): Taleo ACE System Administrator - recruiting expands your skill set to include DAR, eOffers and evaluations, in addition to exploring more details around best practices optimizing your environment. This course is 5 days of intensive activities built around real world scenarios taken from our experiences with various global clients.

Training Courses Beyond the Fundamentals

So you know the fundamentals and you're ready to either tackle advanced topics. Or possibly you're upgrading from legacy Onboarding to Onboarding (Transitions). Here are a few courses to consider.

See all available Taleo Enterprise Edition Training Courses.

Thursday Feb 19, 2015

How Oracle Certification Can Help Your Career

What can a certification do for you? And more importantly (as far as the writers here are concerned), what can Oracle Certification in Java or Oracle Database do for you? There are many opinions on this topic and, rightfully so, opinions vary so we’re happy to share some findings from recent studies that show the increasing value of certifications in a marketplace where demand for skilled Java and Oracle Database continues to rise. 

Learn more about Oracle’s certification exams and view the certification paths at certification.oracle.com.

Tuesday Nov 04, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Oracle Database Certification to Oracle Database 12c

Oracle Database 12c is on its way to becoming “the new black” of the Database world, but can you demonstrate your expertise with this groundbreaking database release?

Let's take a closer look.

Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Oracle Database Certification

5. Enterprises are adopting the latest release of the world’s #1 Database to manage critical and complex workloads. Release 12.1.0.2 includes the anticipated Oracle Database In-Memory feature,which accelerates the performance of Oracle Database applications.

4. Developing Oracle Database skills leads to higher average salaries for DBAs, according to the 2015 Robert Half International Salary Guide for North America.

3. There is now only ONE exam you need to pass to upgrade your OCP certification(s) to the latest release (no matter which release you're certified on). Yes, you heard us right! Only ONE exam.

2. Oracle recently announced new requirements for re-certification. Get ahead of your expiration date by upgrading your certification today.

1. Purchase an Upgrade Certification Discount Package to save 20% on the training, ePractice exams (where available) and exam vouchers to earn your Oracle Database 12c certification.

Upgrade Your Certification Today - Start by Viewing  Exam Details

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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.

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

New Oracle University Courses for July 2014 - Just Released!


Written by Jerilyn Stiles, Oracle University Curriculum Product Manager

At Oracle University, we work hard to make sure our training and certification portfolio is current.

Here's a quick summary of our hottest new courses.

Top Course Releases for July

1) Oracle Database 12c: RAC Administration

2) Shell Programming

3) Oracle Linux System Administration TOD

4) Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration for Experienced UNIX/Linux Administrators

5) Fusion Applications: HCM Compensation (Training On Demand)

6) JD Edwards EnterpriseOne System Administration Accelerated Rel 9.x

7) JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools Part 3 Rel 9.x

8) Taleo (LRN): Learn Configuration and Reporting Essentials

9) Java SE 8 New Features

10) Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.x: Cloud Management

This is just a sample of what we expect to be popular new releases.

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com.  Courses can be taken in the classroom or online. Choose your learning method based on your schedule.

Thursday Jun 05, 2014

New Oracle University Courses for June 2014 - Just Released!

-Written by the Oracle University Marketing team 

At Oracle University, we work hard to make sure our training and certification portfolio is current. Here's a quick summary of our hottest new courses. 

Top Course Releases for June


This is just a sample of what we expect to be popular new releases.

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com.  Courses can be taken in the classroom or online. Choose your learning method based on your schedule.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

Best of Oracle University in April

Another busy month has passed!

Here at Oracle University, we're working to deliver the information you need to make the best investment in your education. We hope this content will help you select the most relevant training courses and certifications to advance your skill set and open new doors for your career.

Curious to see what our community of students is reading and sharing? Check out our most popular links below:


Here are a few other links to explore: 

Join our communities to stay plugged into the newest Oracle University releases.

-Kate Jones, Oracle University Marketing Manager

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! 

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