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.

Friday Mar 07, 2014

Equip Yourself with Oracle Database 12c Security Training


By Diana Gray, Snr. Product Marketing Manager

With more than 500 new features, Oracle Database 12c is designed to give Oracle customers exactly what they’ve told us they need for cloud computing, big data, security and availability.

Why Oracle Database Security?

With Oracle, customers can deploy reliable data security solutions that require no changes to existing applications, saving time and money.  

From the outset, Oracle has delivered the industry's most advanced technology to safeguard data at the source - the database. Oracle provides a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions to ensure data privacy, protect against insider threats and enable regulatory compliance for both Oracle and non-Oracle databases.

Oracle's powerful preventative and detective security controls include database activity monitoring and blocking, privileged user and multi-factor access control, data classification and discovery, transparent data encryption, consolidated auditing and reporting, secure configuration management and data masking.

Enroll in Oracle Database 12c: Security Training

In this NEW Oracle Database 12c: Security training course, discover how you can use Oracle Database features to meet the security, privacy and compliance requirements of your organization as you learn to:

  • Configure strong authentication for database users using PKI and Kerberos.
  • Control data access using virtual private database and Oracle Label Security.
  • Analyze application privileges and reduce the attack surface using Oracle Database Vault Privilege Analysis.
  • Reduce risk of data exposure using Oracle Advanced Security Data Redaction, Transparent Data Encryption and Oracle Data Masking,
  • Audit activity inside the database using policy and condition based unified auditing.
  • Configure network encryption to protect information in transit.
  • Audit activity inside the database using policy and condition based unified auditing.
  • Protect against application bypass using Oracle Database Vault Realms.

Questions or comments about Oracle Database 12c Security Training? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section below. 

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

December 2013 Oracle University Round-up: New Courses and Certifications

As 2013 draws to a close, Oracle University is pleased to offer new training courses and certifications to help you gain an edge in a competitive marketplace.

Sign Up for Linux Certification Now

The Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration exam (1Z1-100) is now in beta testing. This is a limited-time opportunity to take the exam at a greatly discount rate of only US$50.

Register now to take the exam at one of Pearson VUE's worldwide testing centers. 

Oracle Database 12c Courses - What's New?

Oracle Database 12c introduces a new architecture, featuring Oracle Multitenant. This simplifies the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud. Explore the following courses to learn more:

Validate your expertise by earning an Oracle Database 12c Certification.

Featured Solaris 11 Training

Middleware Course Updates

Explore our new and updated courses for Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle WebCenter. 

New Training for Oracle Applications

E-Business Suite 12.2 - Learn about the changes in architecture, how to use the new patching utility and how to make configuration changes.

JD Edwards 9.1

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.53

PeopleSoft 9.2

New Training for Oracle Communications

The following courses have been updated to Order and Service Management (OSM) Rel. 7.2.2:

Your comments and questions are always welcome. We look forward to hearing from you now and in 2014! 

- The Marketing Team, Oracle University 

Tuesday Nov 19, 2013

November 2013 Oracle University Round-Up: New Courses & Certifications

What's new this month at Oracle University? Here are some highlights.

New Training and Certification for Oracle Applications

PeopleSoft 9.2 Training

JD Edwards 9.1 Training

RightNow Training

We now offer this course in our Training On Demand format.

Primavera Unifier Training

Taleo Training

Training has been updated for the latest release of Taleo Enterprise Edition (TEE). 

New Training and Certification for Oracle Industry Solutions

Oracle Utilities Training

Oracle Retail Training

New - Oracle Big Data Appliance Courses

The Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administration exam (1Z1-100) is now in beta testing, giving you the opportunity to take the exam at a discounted rate of only $50 USD. Take the exam at one of Pearson VUE's many testing centers worldwide.

Oracle Database 12c Courses – Learn What’s New

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

New Oracle 12c Courses:  ODI, WebLogic Server, and Coherence

Check out the Oracle University website to learn more. 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

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