Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

Staying Relevant in India’s IT Industry

Written by Ekta Siva

As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with a GDP growth of 7.4% in 2014, India's rapidly expanding IT market continues to be a great place for graduates and IT professionals alike.

Nasscom research predicts nearly a quarter of a million jobs will be added to the IT industry this year in India.


Companies are continuing to gear up their resources to meet the local and export demands.

India's Job Prediction by PeopleStrong, published as a part of the India Skills Report 2015, captures the hiring trends based on data shared by top employers in the industry. It predicts an increase of almost 18% in the hiring numbers compared to 2014.

  • So which are the hottest areas?
  • What can you do to place yourself to reap the benefits of this sector? 
  • What are employers looking for?
  • How can you make yourself more marketable? 

The large number of graduates flowing into the job market has heightened competition for employment.

While the good news is that the industry is still expanding, IT professionals need to continuously upgrade their skills and expand their expertise to climb the corporate ladder.

Earning Oracle Certifications has proven to be one way professionals are doing this.

Research suggests that the certification process demonstrates a level of expertise that potentially allows you to command a higher salary and more senior level positions.

For example, research conducted by PayScale shows the salary range DBAs can expect after earning the OCP certification. 

In addition to job availability and salary scale, IT professionals need to explore the support infrastructure available to them. The AIOUG, India's Oracle User Group, is a strong and active organization that brings Oracle professionals together for continuous learning, problem solving and education. 

Such support is important for those new to the marketplace as well as industry veterans, as it provides a backbone for support for your entire career!

As the IT industry continues to witness rapid expansion, IT professionals need to keep up with industry developments and align themselves with the direction of growth.

Investing in hands-on, continuous training is critical to stay relevant in an ever-changing and dynamic industry.

Selecting a career partner like Oracle is a smart choice for IT professionals. Oracle stays at the forefront of technology both through internal development, R&D and acquisitions. 

Being Oracle certified will not only give you credibility; it also gives you the earning and staying power in India's highly competitive market.

Visit the Oracle Certification website to explore available certifications. Get started today!

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.

Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions - Complete & End-User Editions


Oracle University's New Offering - Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

Oracle Cloud promises new career opportunities for IT professionals. In many cases, existing core skill sets transfer directly to cloud technologies, especially for Java and database developers, architects and administrators.

Java and database developers, architects and administrators can leverage their existing skills and gain new knowledge to rapidly build and deploy rich applications.

Learn how to extend Oracle Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) applications using Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS), which is based on the industry’s #1 database and application server.

In other instances, IT professionals need to acquire new skill sets that meet the demand of emerging cloud job roles.

Technical professionals, including implementers and application administrators who work with Oracle SaaS applications, need to learn all about the application throughout its entire lifecycle - from implementing and using their applications to learning how to take advantage of new features on the latest release.

Companies considering a move to cloud computing should educate their IT professionals about the potential opportunities as soon as possible. Doing so builds staff capabilities and skills ahead of migrating to the cloud platform.

Chief information officers who want to generate more business value from IT have to be on the front line of cloud skills education to build their own competence, as well as of the competence of their IT staff.

Oracle University offers simple solutions for technical professionals to build their cloud skill set:

The move to cloud solutions opens up new opportunities for both types of IT professionals. Key technical skill sets become more critical to career success.

Oracle University’s Cloud Learning Subscriptions help you transition to the Cloud while you develop the skills to take advantage of all the Oracle Cloud has to offer.

Learn to implement, develop, use and migrate to the Oracle Public Cloud using an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription. The Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription provides 24/7 access to learning assets delivered by Oracle product experts on demand. 

Get started with an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription today.

With an Oracle Cloud Learning subscription, IT professionals get 12 months of 24x7 access to end-to-end on demand, video based learning delivered by Oracle product experts.

Preview the Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions today and accelerate your journey to Oracle’s Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

Monday Jun 08, 2015

The Impact of IT Training: Getting to the Finish Line

It has been said before and it will always ring true: many factors can contribute to the success or failure of an IT project.

A popular misconception tells us that training is a luxury ill-afforded during lean economic times; but can you really afford not to train with technologies changing at a speed resembling that of a NASCAR race?

Another question: What does it take to get ahead of the pace car?

CIOs and IT managers understand that justification for every investment is needed at every turn. IDC research tells us projects that met a majority of their business objectives provided team members with 40% more training than those comparable projects that failed (IDC, 2012).

In fact, that same research tells us in IT security specifically, well-trained teams are 10% more productive (Impact of Training on Project Success, 2011).

Still not convinced?

View the essential IMPACT OF TRAINING infographic, compliments of Oracle University, to find out more about what learning can do.

With more than 500 expert instructors worldwide and more than 2,000 courses available, Oracle University couples best-in-class technology training with digital formats to make learning convenient and efficient.

The checkered flag awaits! Go for it.

Explore Oracle University's training courses today.

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Simplify Your Journey to Oracle Cloud

Written by Diana Gray and Jim Vonick

The transformation to public cloud computing can be a challenge for your entire organization, whether you're a technical professional figuring out how to implement and administer your cloud solution, or a business learning how to use a new cloud application. 

Introducing Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

Oracle University has just made it easier for your entire organization. Now you can get the Oracle Cloud training you need, when you need it, all in one place with an  Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription.

SaaS and PaaS Learning Subscriptions

Learning Subscriptions are available for the following Oracle Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings.

Complete and End User Editions

There are two editions of Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions. Each edition makes timely and relevant content available for the appropriate job roles associated with your cloud application or platform service.


Complete Editions - for technical professionals, implementers, administrators, developers, architects and IT managers
End User Editions - for business users who use Oracle applications on a day-to-day basis

With an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription You Get

  • 12 months of 24/7 access to a comprehensive set of training videos and product demonstrations delivered by Oracle product experts
  • End-to-end training that spans the entire lifecycle of your Oracle Cloud application or platform service - from learning about and migrating to the cloud to using and optimizing your application service
  • Practice labs are available in the Complete Edition of the SaaS learning subscriptions
  • Continuous updates for product enhancements and new product releases, giving you access to the latest product information as soon as it's available

Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions Now >

Monday Jun 01, 2015

Just Released - New Oracle University Courses for June 2015

Each month Oracle University releases numerous new courses to make sure our training portfolio is current. 

Courses are typically available both in the classroom and online.  Here's a quick summary of some of the courses that we anticipate will be popular with customers.

Top New Courses for June

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com.

Wednesday May 20, 2015

New Oracle ERP Cloud Training

Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud applications incorporate rich financial and operational features to help you streamline and manage your business.

The Oracle ERP Cloud team created the following training to help you accelerate implementation and adoption of your applications.


Oracle Financials Cloud Implementation

The goal of the Oracle Financials Cloud implementation training is to equip you with the knowledge and skills so you can perform a smooth and rapid implementation of your financial applications. This training will help you better understand the configuration options so you can make improved decisions during your implementation. You'll walk away with the skills to optimize the setup and effectively manage your financial processes in General Ledger, Payables and Receivables.

Recommended Training

Oracle Financials Cloud - Financial Reporting

With training, business analysts and reporting specialists can develop a deep understanding of how to best use Financial Reporting to run the finance side of your business. You'll learn how to create financial reports, use Business Intelligence Publisher templates and data models, create dashboards and reports, and analyze data.

Recommended Training

Oracle Procurement Cloud Implementation

Oracle Procurement Cloud training covers the key options and tasks you need to understand to successfully configure your application in a way that maps to your business needs.  You'll also learn how to administer your application and perform key transactional tasks.

Recommended Training

Oracle Project Portfolio Management

Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud training focuses on setting up the Project Financial Management and the Project Execution Management offerings. Learn how to optimize the configuration to enable necessary collaboration between team members and give the business insight to efficiently plan, create and manage projects, tasks and resource within your organization.

Recommended Training

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

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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Thursday May 07, 2015

Absorb the Ocean: Updated Oracle Communications Training

For communications administrators and architects, leveraging the many advantages of Oracle’s Communications solutions may seem like an exercise similar to trying to absorb the earth’s oceans with just one small sponge.

For small or mid-sized enterprises, that sponge may be smaller and used in a variety of different functions, yet the investment to optimize business processes and control enterprise voice, video, VOIP, and unified communications networks is just as real.

To fully recognize the investment and leverage all that these solutions have to offer, how can minimal resources do it all?

Oracle University, the industry’s largest and leading technology education provider, is meeting the needs of both large and small enterprise system, with new formats, added course dates, and updated curriculum.

Following suit, Oracle Communications courses have been updated to provide comprehensive training for service and network equipment providers to optimize business processes, networks, IT systems, and supply chains; launch innovative services and business models; and build world-class customer experiences and brands.

Popular Oracle Communications courses include:

- Oracle SBC Configuration and Administration
- Oracle Communications ECB Configuration and Administration
- Network Charging and Control (NCC): Administering and Troubleshooting

As part of the training offered through Oracle University, these courses showcase how to optimize service and network providers, perform initial and setup procedures, configure and troubleshoot, as well as design and re-redesign your systems to facilitate Oracle solutions.

With interactive instruction and hands-on exercises, Oracle University is delivering the best-in-class technical training for your needs.

Explore Oracle Communications training >

Browse other training offered by Oracle University >

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Using Oracle Key Vault


Written by Maria Billings, Senior Principal Curriculum Developer

Security is an ongoing concern in the IT world. It's important to prove that reasonable precautions have been taken to secure data against potential attackers.

Encryption is a common way to do that, resulting in a proliferation of encryption keys, wallets, Java keystores, certificates and so on. To manage this multitude, Oracle Key Vault (OKV) provides a central software appliance. You can check YouTube for videos about which problems are being solved with this appliance.

In the Training On Demand course Using Oracle Key Vault, you'll dive into all the "How to" questions.

Learn To:

• Install and configure the central OKV software.
• Enroll database servers as "endpoints."
• Upload encryption keys for long-term retention.
• Rotate keys.
• Download keys.
• Use the direct connection between OKV and an Oracle Database 12c for TDE master keys.
• Back-up and restore OKV.

You learn this, and more, with the separation of administrative duties in place. Furthermore, you can provide positive proof of your adherence to security requirements with predefined reports and an automatic audit trail.

Preview Course
"Using Oracle Key Vault" TOD Course Description

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Understanding the Shared Pool for Tuning

Written by Ira Singer, Oracle DBA

Understanding the Shared Pool for Tuning, a recent webinar, I talked about parsing the library cache of the shared pool, how to cut down on hard parses, and AWR (Automatic Workload Repository) findings to help tune the library cache.

The main purpose of the shared pool is to share your SQL statements -- your execution plans, especially for online transaction processing. There are other areas in the shared pool that can be used, but there are some important areas of the shared pool that are helpful to understand.

The major components of the shared pool are:

The library cache, which stores shared SQL and PL/SQL code and object metadata in areas distinguished by namespaces. You're aiming to have most of your code, in an OLTP operation, in the library cache. But, if it isn't in the library cache, you then have to do a hard parse.

The data dictionary cache, which holds row images from the data dictionary tables -- also called the row cache.

The results cache holds query result sets and query fragments, so subsequent queries can retrieve the result directly from the cache. If you have large SQL statements that are going to give you a smaller set of results, that will go into the results cache.

If we do the hard parse, we tend to slow down the overall performance. Instead, we’ll want to tune the library cache.

SQL Statement Processing Phases

SQL statements are in four phases: a parse, a bind, an execute, and a fetch.


The aspects that deal particularly with the shared pool are parse and bind:

  • Parse phase is one of the stages in the processing of a SQL statement. When an application issues a SQL statement, the application makes a parse call to the Oracle Database. During the parse call, the Oracle Database checks the statement for syntactic and semantic validity, determines whether the process issuing the statement has privileges to run it, searches for an sharable match of the statement in the shared pool, and allocates a private SQL area for the statement.

  • Bind phase checks the statements for the bind variable and assigns/reassigns a value to the bind variable. When bind variables are used properly, more soft parses are possible, thereby reducing hard parses and keeping parsed statements in the library cache for a longer period.

Now it’s good to look at the Automatic Workload Repository, or the Statspack indicators that you might be having problems with in your shared pool.

Please watch my webinar, because in it I show you these AWR reports in detail and how to use them for hints of problems. Specifically, we look at a load profile, instance efficiencies, top wait events, and the time model. I also provide several examples for how shared pools work. I hope you can join me for the full session.

Check out other webinars available through Oracle Learning Streams.

Thursday Apr 23, 2015

Oracle Commerce: Guide to Selecting the Right Training

With the recent availability of Oracle Commerce Release 11.1, Oracle continues to unify and enhance the leading commerce, content and experience technologies on the market.

Given that Oracle Commerce combines ATG Web Commerce and Oracle Endeca Commerce technologies, select courses from the existing ATG and Endeca Commerce curriculum also apply to Oracle Commerce Rel 11.1 customers. For those looking for training, your training needs will vary depending upon your particular situation. 

At Oracle University, we recognize this can be confusing to you. Therefore, we created a Guide to Help You Select the Right Oracle Commerce Training.


This guide addresses multiple customer scenarios, including:
  • New Oracle Commerce customers
  • Customers upgrading from and earlier release of ATG or Endeca Commerce
  • Customers only implementing 'Guided Search' within an existing ATG, Oracle Commerce or other commerce platform environment
  • Customers in need of training to support an existing ATG or Endeca Commerce implementation

View the Oracle Commerce Training Selection Guide now.

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