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Wednesday Jul 22, 2015
By Adriana Garjoaba-Oracle on Jul 22, 2015
Thursday Jul 16, 2015
By Jim Vonick-Oracle on Jul 16, 2015
Tuesday Jul 14, 2015
Make the Most of Your Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne Experience with Preconference Training by Oracle Experts
By Jstiles-Oracle on Jul 14, 2015
Will you be in San Francisco for Oracle OpenWorld or JavaOne? If so, you'll want to take this opportunity to turbo-charge your knowledge and get trained by Oracle experts such as Craig A. Shallahamer, Cary Millsap, Steven Feuerstein, Simon Roberts and more.
Sessions run from 9am to 4pm, with a one-hour lunch break, at Golden Gate University (just a few blocks from the Moscone Center).
When you add Oracle University or Java University to your conference pass during registration, you can choose one of the following full-day sessions to attend:
Oracle University Sessions
- Go Faster: Make Oracle Work for You, with Craig A. Shallahamer
- Thinking Clearly About Performance, with Cary Millsap
- The Best of Oracle PL/SQL, with Steven Feuerstein
- API Gateway: Overview
- Building Private Cloud Solutions with Oracle Exalogic 12c
- The Best of Both Worlds: Enterprise Content Management Meets the Cloud
- Business Intelligence 11g Analytics Overview
- Certification Exam Cram: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c Oracle Certified Professional
- How to Implement Mobile Security with Oracle Mobile Security Suite
- How to Set Up and Use a NoSQL Database Cluster to Store and Retrieve Big Data
- Managing Oracle Coherence 12c Clusters with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
- Oracle Big Data: Acquire, Organize, and Analyze Data Sets with Engineered Systems
- Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Deploy Secure, High-Availability Management Systems
- Oracle Exadata Database Machine: One-Day Overview
- Oracle Identity Manager: Governance Workshop
- Oracle Cloud: Introduction to Database as a Service
- Oracle WebCenter Portal 11g: Administration
- Using Data Mining Techniques for Predictive Analysis
Java University Sessions
- Architect and Design Secure Robust Enterprise Java Applications for the Cloud and Beyond
- Creating Engaging Games with Java FX 8: A Case Study
- Recommended Practices for Java Performance Tuning
- Stay Current with Java SE 8: Java Oracle Certified Professional Exam Cram
- The Latest and the Greatest of RESTful Web Services
- Using the Power of JSF 2.X, HTML5, WebSocket, and JSON
- Using the Power of Java 8 Lambda Expressions and Streams
What's More? Receive a free 30-day Oracle Learning Streams subscription trial when you attend the Oracle University Preconference Training event. Terms and Conditions apply.
Thursday Jul 09, 2015
By Jim Vonick-Oracle on Jul 09, 2015
At Oracle University, our goal is to offer training on Oracle's most recent product releases. Each month we release new courses to make sure our training portfolio is current. Courses can typically be taken in the classroom or online.
Here's a sample of some courses that we anticipate will be popular.
Top New Courses for July
- Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications (18.104.22.168)
- Oracle CPQ Cloud Blue Belt
- Oracle HCM Cloud: Time & Labor
- Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud: Project Financial Management Implementation
- Oracle SCM Cloud: Product Information Management Implementation
- Oracle API Gateway 11gR2: Manage and Control Security
- Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Administration
- Oracle Big Data Fundamentals
- Oracle GoldenGate 12c: Management Pack Overview
- Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager and QFS 6.0 Admin
View recent lists of top new course releases for
Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com
Friday Jul 03, 2015
By Breanne Cooley on Jul 03, 2015
Written by Ekta Siva
We all live in a fast paced world where business and life happens at a record pace.
Balancing work, family and having a social life all fight for our time and energy, leaving even less time for upgrading our professional skill set.
Logically, this would mean online learning makes the most sense, as it can be experienced from the comfort of your home and/or office.
Online learning gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace.
Educational institutions and training organizations have all identified this need for flexible learning in our modern, fast-paced and digitally connected world. There are various ways to take training courses online to meet this need, but many still hesitate to learn this way.
Why is this?
Let's take a look at the top 5 reasons people avoid digital learning.
1. Online learning makes me feel disconnected.
Many feel that learning from your home or office can make you feel isolated or disconnected in an online course. The view is that the comfort of a classroom environment is missing. In reality, this isn't the case, as learning platforms used today can be highly interactive. You can easily connect with other students, faculty and other support resources. As long as you're committed to attending online sessions and participating in the discussions, you can have a very connected learning experience, from the comfort of anywhere with an internet connection.
2. It doesn't fit my learning style.
This mindset is common, as people expect the learning environment to feel a certain way and conform to a set of rules. Many online training courses are not static; they are fluid and combine many different opportunities to learn. Interactive lectures, case studies and hands-on demonstrations are incorporated into many online courses to work with various learning styles.
3. Instructors are not available for help.
This can apply during a class if you don't feel confident to "raise your hand" or engage in hands-on practice labs. It's important to remember that online courses tend to be smaller than the average university lecture hall, inviting more interactivity. Interactive online tools give you access to student support groups, experts and information; in reality, you have tons of expert support that's available whenever you need it!
4. It's difficult to stay motivated.
How do you stay motivated to keep learning? The key is picking the right course and the right learning platform. Pick a relevant course which teaches you the skills you're looking to develop and can immediately utilize in your daily job. Being able to see the real-world applications right away will keep you motivated.
5. I don't have the right technology and connections to learn online.
There are system and bandwidth requirements that will help you get the most out of an online course. The best way to tackle this is working with your chosen learning provider before beginning the course. Getting the right infrastructure will help you get the most out of your courses.
Now that we've identified some of the common reasons people avoid digital learning to grow their skill set, let's take a look at some of the key benefits you can experience by learning online.
- Easy access from your home or office
- No geographic restrictions
- 24/7 access to technology experts
- Learn on your own time, at your own pace
- Eliminate costly and time-consuming travel to learning centers
Those in the IT industry know that without constant skills upgrading, the rapid pace of development in the industry will leave them behind.
Give online learning a try - you just may be surprised at the results!
Digital learning from Oracle University provides an excellent venue for continuous online learning - at your own pace!
Wednesday Jul 01, 2015
By Jim Vonick-Oracle on Jul 01, 2015
A recent Gartner survey revealed that Software as a Service (SaaS) deployments are becoming "mission critical" for organizations around the world.
One rationale for migrating to SaaS is the reduction in deployment time. This allows an organization to quickly realize the benefits of the transition. When implementing a cloud application, however, businesses can easily overlook the skills staff need to execute a successful migration.
Technical professionals responsible for configuring, integrating and administering an Oracle Cloud application need to get up to speed quickly to ensure that business requirements are met.
As with any new application, business users, who will be regularly working with a cloud application, need to learn how to access and use the application to perform their jobs.
And when product updates are made to your cloud application your team needs access to the latest product information, so they can readily leverage the new features and functionality.
Introducing Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions
To help your organization address these real-world challenges that teams face, Oracle University has designed a specialized method of learning: Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions.
These subscriptions are comprehensive online learning solutions that provide relevant and timely content about your Oracle Cloud applications for all job roles in your organization that interact with your applications.
SaaS Learning Simplified
Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions provide the training you need, when you need it, all in one place. This makes it easier for your entire organization to learn about your Oracle Cloud applications.
With each subscription you get:
Two Editions for All Job Roles in Your Organization
| Complete Editions
||know|| End User Editions
With each 'Complete Edition' subscription you'll learn all about your Oracle Cloud applications throughout their entire life cycle - from implementing and managing your applications to getting the most out of new features in the latest release.
Who it's designed for:
implementers, functional configurators, application administrators, system administrators, developers and technical consultants
With each 'End User Edition' subscription, you'll develop an understanding of your applications, while learning how to access them to perform your job. This training is entirely role based with all key tasks recorded in short, easy to digest videos.
Who it's designed for:
business users who use Oracle Cloud applications while performing their jobs
| Learn To
|| Complete Edition
|| End User Edition
|- get started using your Oracle Cloud applications||*||*|
| - implement and configure your applications
|- administer and manage your applications||*||
|- complete tasks and perform business transactions using the application||*||*|
|- create and publish reports||*||*|
|- develop hybrid cloud and on-premises solutions||*||
|- collaborate effectively with team members using Oracle Social Network||*||
|- learn about new features as they become available||*||*|
Subscriptions are available for the following Oracle Cloud SaaS offerings:
| Oracle Cloud Application
|| Complete Edition
|| End User Edition
| Human Capital Management Cloud
| Global HR
| Talent Management
| Customer Experience Cloud
| Sales Cloud
| Service Cloud
| Enterprise Resource Planning
| Financials Cloud
| Procurement Cloud
| Project Portfolio Management Cloud
Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions here.
Tuesday Jun 30, 2015
By dananicula-Oracle on Jun 30, 2015
Written by Phil Franklin, Principal Instructor, Oracle University
This article is intended to give Oracle Commerce platform users information about the Forge-less pipeline design for indexing and configuring data for the Endeca Guided Search MDEX engine.
The Content Acquisition System (CAS) is a key component in the indexing architecture, whether you're a full Oracle Commerce platform user or you're using Endeca Guided Search as a stand-alone product.
First, let’s take a look at the history of data ingest into the Endeca MDEX engine.
NOTE: RS=record store, LMC=last-mile-crawl, ECR=Endeca Config Repository
Blue arrow= pull operation Green arrow=push operation
Referring to the numbering on the diagram above:
1. Forge/Dgidx pipeline (Information Transformation Layer) - this is the ‘traditional’ way data and config for the MDEX index was done. Forge data design was done with Developer Studio. This tool allowed visual modification of the configuration files contained within the config\pipeline folder for the indexing project. Forge is a 32-bit process which can only pull data from data sources for transformation.
It is also single-threaded so there can be challenges in processing large data sets. This sometimes meant using multiple instances of forge or writing multithreaded Java manipulators. Forge does have the capability of joining data from multiple data sources and generating Endeca record structures as a result of the join.
2. CAS-Forge-Dgidx - the Content Acquisition System was originally created to acquire data from ‘unstructured’ data sources like file systems and various third party CMS systems where large text fields or documents could be found. Document conversion can be plugged in to convert documents into metadata source fields and text for indexing. First uses of CAS pulled data into the Forge process via a custom adapter which could connect to the CAS service recordstores.
CAS was later extended to cover data sources that originally could only be imported directly into Forge while retaining its unstructured data capabilities. After the Oracle acquisition the Third Party CMS adapters were removed and CAS became the recommended method to ingest data. It managed dimension-value configuration items for indexing.
The most sophisticated usage of this data ingest design in Oracle Commerce is represented by the Product Catalog integration template used to integrate the core platform (ATG) with Endeca up to the release of version 11-1 (see diagram above).
The latter indexing project template uses two instances of Forge: one to generate configuration files and a second to use the generated files (and some manually managed files) to generate the information for Dgidx. Usage of Developer Studio became difficult in the latter design, as most configuration information was now stored elsewhere.
For both (1) and (2), Forge can still be a bottleneck and dimension values (classification values) require careful management, as there is no central place of record for them. They are generated to data\state and to forge_output; moving them between environments (staging and production) requires care.
3. CAS-Dgidx - this now the recommended design from release Oracle Commerce 11.1 and completely removes Forge (and the use of Developer Studio for configuration).
- Data can both be pushed (via command line, scripts or API) into CAS record store, or can be acquired via a pull mechanism (CAS Crawl).
- CAS is a 64 bit multi-threaded server; can carry out these operations on demand and in parallel.
- CAS recordstores support both full and incremental updates, which can take place asynchronously to the indexing process.
- Document conversion and data manipulation in CAS prior to indexing is also supported.
- Via the ‘last-mile-crawl’ component dedicated to each indexing project, data and configuration is integrated. Configuration is obtained from three main places: managed dimension values from a CAS recordstore, schema and precedence rules from the Endeca Configuration Repository (ECR), along with the indexing project’s config\mdex folder. The ECR also has a programmatic API, so it can be populated automatically. The ‘last-mile-crawl’ writes out all the information required for Dgidx to index the project.
- The project also has a centralised dimension ID manager, which provides a central place of record for managing dimension values for the indexing project – a big improvement over the Forge-based approach.
The diagram above shows the essential elements of a Forgeless pipeline. Note that for the 11-1 Catalog integration project, that data and dimvals are pushed into record stores via the APIs. Only the last-mile-crawl is executed as a crawl via the baseline and partial update scripts.
Note that the CAS design can be extended to include other inputs which may be from Third Party inputs and which need not necessarily be extracted or pushed from a core platform repository.
The 11-1 release represents the first time the forge-less design became the default approach for data and config integration for indexing. Currently the CAS design cannot join data natively in the CAS system itself, so any data joining must be achieved externally before loading recordstores. We can perhaps expect further developments in this area in future (please note: the opinions are solely those of the author).
What can be said is that the forge-less approach is the product direction, so for any new projects or major updates to existing projects using Endeca Guided Search, we recommend you take a good look at it.
Note that the Oracle University “Oracle Commerce: Implementing Guided Search 11-1 (3 days)” class covers this area in detail.
About the Author
Phil Franklin has over 25 years experience building, delivering and managing consulting and education services in privately owned and publicly quoted companies, with emphasis on software development and process improvement. He has successfully held CTO and service director management positions over the course of his career. Over the last 10 years, Phil has specialized in technical development education for ecommerce and search solutions, coming to Oracle via the Endeca acquisition. He teaches Oracle Commerce (Endeca/ATG) and Oracle Knowledge, as well as development classes for Cloud and the Java language.
Tuesday Jun 23, 2015
By Breanne Cooley on Jun 23, 2015
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
By Diana.H. Gray-Oracle on Jun 18, 2015
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
By Diana.H. Gray-Oracle on Jun 10, 2015
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:
- Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions - Complete Edition
- Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions – End-User Edition: for end-users who need to get up-to speed with accomplishing their daily tasks as they acclimate to the changing cloud environment.
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.
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Monday Jun 08, 2015
By laurengelfound-Oracle on Jun 08, 2015
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
By Jim Vonick-Oracle on Jun 02, 2015
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
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
Monday Jun 01, 2015
By Diana.H. Gray-Oracle on Jun 01, 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
- Oracle Linux 7: System Administration
- Oracle Solaris 11 Security Administration
- Managing Oracle Database on Oracle Solaris 11
- Java SE 8 Programming
- Java SE 8 Fundamentals
- Oracle Identity Governance 11g R2: Essentials
- Oracle HCM Cloud: Security
- Oracle HCM Cloud: Talent Management
- Oracle HCM Cloud: Benefits
- Oracle Financials Cloud: Financial Reporting
- Oracle Procurement Cloud: Procurement Implementation
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