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.

Tuesday May 12, 2015

FREE LIVE WEBINARS - Oracle Database Cloud: Use Case Webinar Series


Mark your calendars & REGISTER NOW for this exciting free offering.

Oracle Product Development will be presenting, in a dedicated webinar series, 4 NEW Use Case Scenarios that explore the Oracle Database Cloud. These webinars will highlight key Oracle Database Cloud topics, followed by Q&A opportunities from expert presenters.

Join these sessions starting on Wednesday, June 3rd and continuing every other Wednesday for 8 weeks. The Oracle Database Cloud: Use Cases Webinar Series will benefit customers transitioning to the cloud as well as those who are currently using the cloud.

See details below.

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Oracle Database Learning Stream: Using Oracle Public Cloud to Host Your Application

Presenters: Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, June 3rd, 11:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar 

Are you intrigued by the possibility of getting out of the business of “Managing All of Your IT Platforms” so you can focus on your core business?

Learn from Oracle development experts, Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh, as they provide useful insight about how to get started hosting an application in the Oracle Public Cloud.

This webinar will discuss considerations for hosting either a new or existing application in the cloud, and highlight important choices and tasks you'll encounter in the process. Bob and Sanjay will provide additional information, giving you the jump start you need to make Using the Public Cloud to Host Your Application a reality.

This is the first in a series of 4 webinars highlighting important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015


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Oracle Database Learning Stream: Quickly Deploy, Test & Develop in the Oracle Public Cloud

Presenters: Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, June 17th, 11:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar

One of the best ways to get started leveraging the benefits of the Oracle Public Cloud is to use it as an environment to easily deploy, test and develop your operations. This webinar will review “tips and tricks” to quickly get your developers and testers “up and running” and productive in the cloud environment. Find out which tools are available to help with your migration and get detailed information to help your transition process.

This is the second in a series of 4 webinars highlighting important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015

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Oracle Database Learning Stream: Backing Up Your Database to the Oracle Public Cloud

Presenters: Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, July 1st, 10:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar

Whether your production database is already in the cloud or on premises in your data center, backing up your data is key. Using the Oracle public cloud is an effective way to protect your data off-site and in the event of a complete site outage. Learn how to easily set up your backup using Oracle's simple tools. This session’s expert speakers, Bob Thome and Sanjay Singh, will help you gain insight into how this off-site backup can help you resume operations or restore your data in the event of a disruption.

This is the third in a series of 4 webinars highlighting important use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2015

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Oracle Stream: Evaluating New Oracle Database 12c Features Using the Oracle Public Cloud

Presenters: Sohan DeMel and Sanjay Singh
Time: Wednesday, July 15th, 10:00 AM PDT - Live Webinar

Oracle Database 12c provides hundreds of new features that  boost your application performance and employee productivity. You can quickly deploy the latest Oracle Database release in the Oracle Public Cloud. This session’s experts, Sohan DeMel and Sanjay Singh, will discuss how you can easily evaluate these new features and how they can benefit you. Listen to this webcast to explore evaluating and getting started in the Cloud.

This is the fourth in a series of 4 webinars highlighting use cases for running databases and applications in the Oracle Public Cloud.

Register Now > WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015


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Monday Apr 20, 2015

Training On Demand - Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c

Written by Maria Billings, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Do you want to advance your career, but never know beforehand when you might have time for training?

Try Oracle University’s Training On Demand or TOD curriculum. You can watch recorded classroom and hands-on sessions in smaller or larger increments as it fits into your schedule.

For Database Vault

  • Do you sometimes need to prove that you couldn't possibly have seen confidential information, although you are a highly privileged DBA?
  • Did you know that the Oracle Database 12c has a Database Vault option already installed, ready to be enabled, if your organization decides to use it?
  • What is Database Vault?

Database Vault TOD Training is composed of several components, including realms, rule sets, command rules, secure application roles and factors that can be highly customized or simply used out-of-the box.

A realm, for example, is a zone of protection for tables, roles, and packages. A realm protects the objects in it from users exercising system privileges, such as SELECT ANY TABLE. So, any such privileged user must be defined as a realm participant (or have a realm-participating role that is granted to him or her) to access the protected objects.

If you are not a realm participant or owner, you can show that a query of a realm-protected table will result in the "ORA-01031: insufficient privileges" error. In short, you can prove you couldn't have possibly seen the confidential content.

The course "Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c" TOD training goes into all the necessary details to show you:

  1. How to reduce the attack surface for potential security breaches through limiting privileges.
  2. How to perform security analysis and report security vulnerabilities.
  3. How to configure and maintain Database Vault elements.
  4. How to implement best practices, which begins by identifying YOUR security requirements.

You can then see samples of building and documenting security implementations, and you view or discuss sample use cases, such as the workflow of an application DBA, dual key security, dynamic auditing, and so on.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

New Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall "Training On Demand" Available


Written by James Spiller, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Time is at a premium and learning what you need to know has to fit into your busy schedule. Training On Demand courses can help you meet your requirements. You can watch recorded classroom and hands-on sessions in whatever increments fit your schedule.

Oracle Audit Value and Database Firewall (AVDF)

Monitor database activity. Block threats. Audit efficiently across the enterprise.

So I ask you:

  • How are you managing audit requirements?
  • Are you running reports that no one reviews?
  • Are you unsure if the reports actually provide the information required for regulatory compliance?
  • How would you know if you were a victim of an SQL injection attack?
  • Are the failed SQL harmless user errors, or attempts to retrieve data outside the authorized limits?

The AVDF product provides the tools to answer these and other compliance questions. Furthermore, the AVDF protects your databases from malicious SQL, whether it comes from SQL injection or by passing the application.

The new "Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall" is broken into two modules:

1. The Install and Configure module is for the administrators, network, database and system responsible for the installation, network, network configuration and maintenance.

2. The Policies and Reports module is for the auditors and security officers who create the policies, review the reports and respond to the alerts. The AVDF appliances are installed separately. The Audit Vault server may be deployed as a standalone, but the Database Firewall requires at least one Audit Vault server on the same management network.

Get Trained Now

The Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Install and Configure (AVDF) course explains how to install an Audit Vault appliance and Database Firewall appliance, configure these appliances in your network and perform administrative tasks. This course will help you learn how to set up backup targets, install agents, customize agents, configure high availability firewalls and determine where to place the firewall in the network, which depends on your requirement to monitor or block incoming SQL.

The Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Policies & Reports (AVDF) course describes the tasks usually expected of an auditor or security officer. In this course, learn how to create and deploy firewall policies, create and implement audit policies, generate, review and attest audit reports and create and review alerts.

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.

Thursday Jan 22, 2015

Oracle Open World, 2014 – Free Behind the Scenes Videos

Written by Diana Gray, Senior Principal Curriculum Product Manager

Each year Oracle hosts the Oracle OpenWorld Conference .

This year, attendees were introduced to more than 2,500 sessions, including keynotes and general sessions covering diverse business and technology topics.

But you might not be aware of what happened behind the scenes and what you can access for free.

Oracle University asked Oracle professionals from around the world if we could tape their technical sessions to be used as part of our new Oracle Learning Streams product line.

This product line gives customers hundreds of titles related to a particular technology area for an annual subscription fee.

We want to give customers like you free access to the Oracle Open World Sessions to show you the type of information you can enjoy with your subscription.

Go here to view the following technology Streams that have launched:

Access over 75 titles for free. More free titles to follow soon!

Here is a sneak peak of a few topics:

Featured Database Sessions

Featured Middleware Sessions

Featured E-Business Suite Sessions

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

SPOTLIGHT ON: In-Memory Training as part of Oracle Database 12c New Features Course

Written by Dominique Jeunot, Oracle Database Curriculum Developer

Why wait?

Develop the additional skills you need and benefit from all that Oracle Database 12c has to offer.

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"With Oracle Database In-Memory, you decide what data goes into memory - with no limits or restraints from software. The rest of your data is stored in less-expensive Flash or on disk. Oracle Database In-Memory works seamlessly with them all,"Jeff Erickson, Oracle Product Management.

Database-In Memory Training: What Will I Learn?

Dominique Jeunot, Oracle University Curriculum Developer, elaborates on the New Oracle Database In-Memory feature:

"The Oracle Database In-Memory option is a solution for accelerated database-driven business decision-making to real-time speeds. Unlike specialized approaches that are restricted to particular workloads or applications, the unique approach of Oracle Database In-Memory leverages a new in-memory column store format to speed up analytic, data warehousing, and reporting, while also accelerating transaction processing (OLTP) workloads."

Dominique was instrumental in helping develop our recently launched Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Ed 2 course.

In this course, you'll learn about the new and enhanced features and options of Oracle Database 12c. Expert instructors will teach you how these features and options strengthen security, manageability and overall performance.

Learn To:

  • Manage the Oracle multi-tenant container database and pluggable databases. 
  • Configure Heat Map and use Automatic Data Optimization.
  • Benefit from Online Datafile Move.
  • Understand the new temporal capabilities, as well as in-Database Archiving with Row-archival.
  • Enforce security with the Unified Auditing, the new administrative privileges, Privilege memory Caching and the automatic Big Table caching features.
  • Benefit from optimizer enhancements, including Adaptive Execution Plans and SQL Plan Directives, Real-Time ADDM and Compare Period ADDM.
  • Use enhanced features of Resource Manager in multi-tenant container databases and pluggable databases.

Additional Oracle Database 12c Training can be found at education.oracle.com/database12c.

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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Thursday Sep 18, 2014

MySQL Cluster - What You Need To Know

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Did You Know?

MySQL Cluster automatically shards data across data nodes on separate hosts which means that your database performance scales naturally as you add more nodes.

Data nodes belong to node groups that replicate data internally so that if one data node fails, another data node carries on working with a copy of the failed node's data. This ensures high availability as well as scalability.

Data nodes can run on commodity hardware, and have very few requirements.

This means that it is possible to create large-scale clusters on relatively inexpensive computers, and it is simple to extend a running cluster by adding data nodes while the cluster is operational.

For example, in a simple cluster you can add a new data node to the cluster by copying a single binary to the new host and executing it with an option that refers to the cluster's management node. You can redistribute data among the new node groups with a single command, and from that point on the cluster automatically distributes data among all of the data nodes.

If your clustered database becomes too large to be contained in the memory of a single node group, you can add additional nodes (and therefore node groups).

MySQL Cluster distributes data between node groups, so that each node group contains a fraction of the overall database. This means that if you have four node groups in your cluster, each node group holds approximately one quarter of the cluster's data and responds to roughly one quarter of the cluster's row requests.

As your requirements grow (data or throughput), you can add more node groups to scale the database without making any changes to your existing applications.

You can back up the entire cluster's data on all data nodes with a single START BACKUP command issued on the management node. MySQL Cluster Manager makes it easy to start and stop an entire cluster.

You can reconfigure all data nodes in the cluster with a single command that not only changes the setting but also restarts each node in turn without bringing down the cluster.

To find out more about MySQL Cluster, take the new MySQL Cluster training course.

This MySQL Cluster training teaches you how to install and configure a real-time database cluster at the core of your application. Expert instructors will teach you how to design and maintain your clusters for high availability and scalability by using MySQL Cluster's open-source and enterprise components.

This 4-day training course is a must for those who want to learn about MySQL Cluster. You'll not only learn about the concepts and features; you'll also get extensive hands-on experience. You can follow this training course from your own desk via a Live Virtual Class or by attending class at an education center. 

Get more information about the MySQL curriculum

Friday Aug 29, 2014

Rely on MySQL as your Embedded Database

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University


MySQL is an excellent choice for a low cost embedded database. 

Over 3,000 ISVs, OEMs and VARs choose MySQL for this purpose and benefit from significant cost savings when compared to using a competing database product. MySQL enables the cost-effective delivery of reliable, high-performance and scalable web-based and embedded database applications.

Now you can benefit from targeted training that will cover advanced features, management tools and technical knowledge needed to develop, deploy and manage your MySQL applications.

Experience the following benefits: 

  • Low-cost, with features that ensure costs of goods sold remains low throughout and application's lifecycle.
  • Cross platform flexibility, with support for over 20 platforms. This provides the freedom to ship products on multiple hardware and operating system combinations in more markets.
  • High performance, reliability and scalability to meet the requirements of the most demanding applications, including Telco and Network Management. Includes a full-featured RDBMS to make products more competitive as customers' data needs inevitably increase.
  • Ease-of-use, with fast installation, configuration and integration so developers can focus on application development, reducing costs and time to market.
The MySQL for Developers training course teaches you how to plan, design and implement applications using MySQL. Expert Oracle University instructors teach you through realistic examples, interactive instruction and hands-on exercises.

  • This course teaches you how the "libmysqld" library is effectively a MySQL server in its own right. It is shipped as part of the standard MySQL installation. Developers with C/C++ ability can embed this library easily within their applications. It can do most of what a standard client/server installation can do, with notable exceptions being the lack of replication capability and a limit on the number of simultaneous client connections. 
Find out more about using embedded database in MySQL by downloading this white paper: "Guide to MySQL as an Embedded Database."

Tuesday Aug 05, 2014

Try a New Approach to Learning - Purchase the Oracle Database Learning Stream

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Training that provides you with continuous learning for the Oracle Database

Have you ever....

  • ... wanted to learn about a particular topic just in time to complete a task?
  • ... considered listening to an industry expert speak about a recent release, best practice or particular subject for an hour or less, since you don't have time for a deep dive?
  • ... wished you had a resource to refresh your memory about a particular topic after completing a training class? 

I know that in my line of work, I tend to learn on the fly so I get the most current information.

With so many new technologies to learn, I often go back and make sure my information is accurate. I utilize a portion of my time to learn about something new.

Oracle University knows that learning needs vary for different individuals. Sometimes you need a solution that offers a vast array of topics, speakers and subjects to get the latest and greatest information for a particular technology area.

Oracle Database Learning Streams 

That's why I’m excited that Oracle University created the Oracle Database Learning Stream to help us stay up-to-date with the world's # 1 database and related topics.

FOR A LIMITED TIME: ADD THE ORACLE DATABASE LEARNING STREAM TO YOUR ORDER AND SAVE 50%

....when you purchase together with any Oracle University Classroom, Live Virtual Class or Training On Demand training.

Get started and save 50% today!

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Experience Pays for Oracle Database Administrators

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

In these economic times, it's important to know where you stand in your occupation and where new opportunities might avail themselves to you.

From time to time, it's wise to review industry data to see how your profession is trending when it comes to salary and job requirements. Doing so will help you ensure that you're on the right path to making the most of your career.

According to a recent study featured on Salary.comsalaries for Oracle database administrators depend on a number of factors:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Location
  • Industry
Overall, the data indicates that becoming an Oracle database administrator can be very lucrative for professionals.

While Oracle Database administrators skills change depending on your job and expertise, many are responsible for administering, maintaining, developing and implementing policies and procedures. They're also responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of the company’s Oracle Database. They implement data models and database designs, data access and table maintenance codes, resolve Oracle Database performance issues, database capacity issues, replication and other distributed data issues.

If you're in this field and looking to make the most of it, explore the robust training and certification offerings Oracle now has developed for Oracle Database 12c.

Oracle University wants to help you make the most of your career by providing you with up-to-date information from our leading experts.

It’s up to you to seize training opportunities that will help you gain the skills you need to accelerate your career – so take advantage of our new offerings!

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Experience Oracle Database 12c

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Developing your skills with Oracle Database 12c may not be as hard as you think. Oracle’s expert curriculum developers designed curriculum offerings that can help you determine where you are and where you want to go.

By looking at our Oracle Database 12c Solution page, you can quickly identify what you’ve taken in the past and what you still might require.

Getting up to speed on this new technology is key to being able to access a platform that totally embraces the cloud. These new enhancements will make your job easier as you begin to understand how the new features work together.

Get started with Oracle Database 12c by taking the newly released  Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Self-Study Course

After you download the software, see which training and certifications are available. Add well-respected credentials of expertise to your portfolio of learning through Oracle University.

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