Friday Jul 03, 2015

Are These the Reasons You Avoid Digital Learning?

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!

Learn More >

Wednesday Jul 01, 2015

A New Training Strategy for Your SaaS Applications

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:

  • 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 life cycle of your Oracle Cloud applications.
  • Practice labs with all 'Complete Edition' subscriptions.
  • Continuous updates for product enhancement and new product releases.

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

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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
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  - 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
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 Talent Management
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Customer Experience Cloud


 Sales Cloud
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 Service Cloud
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Enterprise Resource Planning


 Financials Cloud
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 Procurement Cloud
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 Project Portfolio Management Cloud
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Preview Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions here.

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!

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.

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

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 >

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.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Join Us! Oracle University Expert Summit in Cancun Mexico - May 4-6

The Oracle Expert Summit is being held in Cancun, Mexico and provides the ideal opportunity to learn directly from top Oracle Database experts – including Tom Kyte, Pete Finnigan and Arup Nanda – and to interact with like-minded Oracle professionals.

Attend three days of training, choosing from six expert-led sessions.

Here are a few of the sessions you will not want to miss:

Optimizer Master Class with Tom Kyte

This workshop begins with an in-depth look at statistics and statistics maintenance, a challenge all DBAs must face  to prevent sub-optimal execution plan. This presentation includes information about the features introduced in Oracle Database 11g to improve the quality and efficiency of statistics gathering, as well as strategies for managing statistics in various database environments. These strategies include how to use dynamic sampling, as well as when and how to manually set statistics directly versus collecting them.

The workshop continues with a detailed walk-through of how to interpret an execution plan. Each aspect of an execution plan is examined, from cardinality estimates to parallel execution. You will learn which information you should be gleaning from the plan and how it affects the execution. 

Oracle Database Security Audit with Pete Finnigan

Learn from the renowned security assessment expert for Oracle Database. This seminar teaches you how to confidently perform a security audit of the Oracle Database. Pete will explain how to avoid the security risk of an improperly configured Oracle Database. He will show you how a security audit is planned, teaching you how to prepare yourself, your staff and your environment.

Explore the fundamentals of how to review a database, along with an explanation about why it's necessary. This will help you understand why something is an issue, how to verify that it's an issue and understand the implications on your own databases and applications before using pre-built or commercial tools. The seminar uses supported versions of Oracle from 9iR2 through Oracle 11g.

Performance Tuning in RAC with Arup Nanda

The foundation of any tuning depends heavily on the proper diagnosis -  therefore this seminar will start with building your knowledge about the RAC system with respect to performance. All concepts will be shown with live examples and real-life stories from Arup Nanda's experience.

You will learn how to assess the performance using various tools and techniques available in Oracle and how to use the output to develop a strategy to handle performance issues. The focal point is on the word "strategy", as the seminar helps you master the art of the strategy building based on evidence collected; not just a blind shot at the problem using various ad-hoc approaches.

Learn More and Register Now

 For registration inquiries and questions regarding this event, please contact the local regional office

via ou-direct-lad_co@oracle.com


Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

User Adoption: the Key to Successful Change Management

Oracle University offers comprehensive training services to help executives, managers, and end users make the most of new Oracle technology. With Oracle User Adoption Services, you can experience an easier transition, a quicker return on your technology investment, and a more successful Oracle product implementation.

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Monday Apr 06, 2015

Just Released - New “Training On Demand” Courses for April 2015

Written by Diana.H.Gray

What is Training on Demand?

Training On Demand offers expert training from Oracle's top instructors in a sophisticated streaming video recording available for 90 days, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Watch this demo to see how Training On Demand works.

What is included?

  • Online access to a comprehensive student eKit
  • White boarding and training labs for hands-on experience
  • Oracle University instructor Q&A
  • No travel required
  • A full-text search leads to the right video fragment in a matter of seconds.
  • Counts as a hands-on requirement for Oracle Certification

The Benefits of Training On Demand

  • Accessible for 90 days, 24x7. The ideal training solution to bridge the summer season
  • Access to Training On Demand is available within 24 hours from your booking
  • Start, stop, pause, jump or rewind sections of the course as needed
  • Save valuable time and money by taking advantage of unscheduled free time to develop your staff's skills at their own pace

Just Released - New Training on Demand Courses      

PREVIEW THE FOLLOWING COURSES NOW:

1. MySQL for Developers

2. Using Oracle Key Vault

3. Oracle Database 12c: Security

4. Oracle Database 12c: Performance Management and Tuning

5. Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Build Composite Applications

6. Oracle Data Integrator 12c: Integration and Administration

7. Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (11.1.2.3)

8. PeopleSoft Inventory Rel 9.2

9. PeopleSoft Purchasing Rel 9.2

10. Siebel 8.1.x BI Publisher Reports

11. R12.2 Oracle Subledger Accounting Fundamentals

For additional "Training On Demand" courses, go here.
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