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, 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:

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Celebrate Java's 20th Anniversary!    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.

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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


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      


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 (

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.

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Just Released in March - New Oracle University Courses

Here's a list of some newly released courses that we believe will be popular with customers like you.

Courses are typically available in a classroom at an Oracle Learning center, as a Live Virtual Class that is delivered online or as a private training event for your organization.

  1. PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management/Update Manager Accelerated Rel 8.54
  2. R12.x Oracle Production Scheduling
  3. Oracle CPQ Cloud Yellow Belt for the Business Users
  4. Oracle Communications ECB Configuration and Administration
  5. Oracle Identity Governance 11g R2: Develop Identity Provisioning
  6. Oracle Identity Governance 11g R2: Essentials
  7. Perl Programming
  8. Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview
  9. Oracle Linux 7: System Administration

Monday Mar 16, 2015

Taleo Enterprise Edition: Continuing Education

Written by Jim Vonick and Kristine Kukich

System Administrators have a continuous need to understand the new tools and functionality released within Taleo Recruiting, Taleo Onboarding (Transitions) and Taleo Performance, as well as the need to report on these activities.

Oracle University provides many ways for your team to keep their skills current, check their knowledge and become the system advocate within your organization.

Learn More About the Tools and Functions

Oracle University provides over 150 instructional videos in the new Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream. Topics covered go beyond those covered in our traditional courses. With new videos added continuously, this subscription-based learning service is designed to help you regularly broaden and deepen your knowledge.

Watch for some of the more complex topics, including Taleo Connect Client (TCC) and Dynamic Approval Routing (DAR). Upcoming topics include integration techniques and best practices.

In addition, each subscription lets you request specific videos that interest you. You will also have access to a Taleo product expert to help answer your questions.

Preview the Oracle HCM Cloud Learning Stream.

Learn and Test Your Skills through the Taleo ACE Program

Meet with one of our experts and test your knowledge be enrolling in the courses list below.

Designed for business users and system administrators, these courses are packed full of items you may already know, combined with topics with which you may be less familiar. At the end of your session, test your abilities via practical examples and quiz questions to see if you're a Taleo ACE.

  • Taleo (TEE): Taleo ACE Recruiter (TAR) - helps you develop additional knowledge and skills around business user recruiting functionality. Check in using real world examples and expand your knowledge in this 3-day session.
  • Taleo (TEE): Taleo ACE System Administrator - recruiting expands your skill set to include DAR, eOffers and evaluations, in addition to exploring more details around best practices optimizing your environment. This course is 5 days of intensive activities built around real world scenarios taken from our experiences with various global clients.

Training Courses Beyond the Fundamentals

So you know the fundamentals and you're ready to either tackle advanced topics. Or possibly you're upgrading from legacy Onboarding to Onboarding (Transitions). Here are a few courses to consider.

See all available Taleo Enterprise Edition Training Courses.

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Just Released - New Oracle University Courses for February 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 February

  1. Using Oracle Database Vault with Oracle Database 12c
  2. Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall: Install & Configure
  3. Oracle Commerce: Implementing Guided Search Rel 11.1
  4. PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Rel 8.54
  5. PeopleSoft Pivot Grids Rel 8.54
  6. PeopleSoft Update Manager Rel 8.54
  7. JavaScript and HTML5: Develop Web Applications
  8. Oracle Data Integrator 12c: Advanced Integration and Development

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Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Just Released - New Oracle University Courses for January 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 January

  1. Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Build Composite Applications
  2. Oracle Identity Governance 11g R2: Develop Identity Provisioning
  3. Parallel Processing in Oracle Database 12c
  4. Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database for Exalytics
  5. Oracle Commerce: Platform Fundamentals for Developers Rel 11.1
  6. Taleo (TEE): Native Reporting with BIP for Taleo Enterprise
  7. UPK Content Development Rel 12.1
  8. Primavera P6 Advanced Rel 8.4

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at

Thursday Dec 11, 2014

New Oracle University Courses for December 2014 - Just Released!

Written by the Oracle University Marketing Team At Oracle University - we work hard to ensure our training and certification portfolio is current.

Here is a summary of what we expect to be popular new releases. Courses can be taken in the classroom or online.

Top New Courses for December:

  1. Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrator
  2. Parallel Processing in Oracle Database 12c
  3. Oracle Data Integrator 12c: Integration and Administration
  4. Oracle Commerce: Customizing the Commerce Platform Rel 11.1
  5. Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow) Administration
  6. PeopleSoft Integration Tools I Rel 8.53
  7. PeopleSoft Integration Tools II Rel 8.53

Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

New Online Training for November

By Amit Kumar, Senior Director for Oracle University Digital Training

Here's a look at the latest online video training titles now available from Oracle University.

Develop the skills you need anytime with Oracle Training On Demand and Oracle Learning Streams subscription services.

New Training On Demand Courses

Oracle Database 12c: Fundamentals for Developers and System Administrators

Fusion Applications: HCM Payroll Implementation (US)

Oracle Coherence 12c: Administer and Troubleshoot Clusters

Year-End Payroll
- U.S.

New Videos Available with an Online Learning Subscription

Oracle Database Learning Stream

What's New and Best Practices for Oracle Data Masking and Subsetting

In-Database MapReduce: Near Real-Time Analytics with Hadoop and SQL

Best Practices for Application Performance, Scalability, and Availability

Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance: A New Era in Data Protection

Preview all Database Videos

Oracle Middleware Learning Stream

Working with SOA Suite - Episode 1: Build, Deploy and Test a SOA Composite Application

New EM Error Hospital in SOA Suite 12c: Highlights

Components of a Continuous Delivery System

Oracle Automated Testing Suite with Enterprise Taxation and Policy Management: Discussion & Demo Part 2 of 2

Preview all Middleware Videos

Oracle E-Business Suite Learning Stream

Oracle E-Business Suite CRM Service 12.2 Update

R12: IBY: Understanding What the Oracle EBS Payments (IBY) Module Is and What It Does

Understanding Work Order Closure Process

Manage Your Project Acquisition Plan with Oracle Project Procurement

Preview all E-Business Suite Videos

Oracle HCM Learning Stream

Creating a Custom Line Manager Role

Understanding Global Transfers

Fusion HCM - Understanding Lookups

Fusion HCM - Understanding Checklists

Preview all HCM Videos

Monday Nov 10, 2014

Which Oracle Training Solution is Right for My Organization?

Oracle University now offers even more training options for customers like you to choose from.

We understand that every organization has unique needs. Our goal is to partner with you to help you get the right solution for your staff and budget to maximize the benefits of Oracle technology.

Our expert instructors and consultants are dedicated to helping Oracle customers prepare technical teams and business users.

Here’s a summary to help you get a better idea of which training solution is right for you:

Take Advantage of Dedicated Education Support

Contact your dedicated Oracle University Education Account Manager today to learn more about our training options. 

If you're not sure who your Oracle University Account Manager is, contact our Customer Service team to get connected. 


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