Tuesday May 27, 2014

Experience Oracle Database 12c

Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

Developing your skills with Oracle Database 12c may not be as hard as you think. Oracle’s expert curriculum developers designed curriculum offerings that can help you determine where you are and where you want to go.

By looking at our Oracle Database 12c Solution page, you can quickly identify what you’ve taken in the past and what you still might require.

Getting up to speed on this new technology is key to being able to access a platform that totally embraces the cloud. These new enhancements will make your job easier as you begin to understand how the new features work together.

Get started with Oracle Database 12c by taking the newly released  Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators Self-Study Course

After you download the software, see which training and certifications are available. Add well-respected credentials of expertise to your portfolio of learning through Oracle University.

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Oracle Commerce, ATG and Endeca - Which Training Should I Take?

 by Jim Vonick, Oracle University Market Development Manager

Oracle Commerce Release 11 makes strategic headway in unifying and enhancing ATG and Endeca Commerce technologies. ATG and Endeca Commerce are the leading commerce, content and experience technologies on the market.

But what about available training? 

Does it matter which courses you take if you're an Oracle Commerce 11, ATG Web Commerce or Endeca Commerce customer? 

Take Oracle 11 Commerce Training

There is currently one course that's specifically developed for Oracle Commerce Release 11.

This course, Oracle Commerce: Managing Your Site Using Business Tools Rel 11, is ideal for business users. Training built specifically for Oracle Commerce 11 will continue to become available over the coming months.

Since Oracle Commerce combines ATG Web Commerce and Oracle Endeca Commerce, specific courses from the existing ATG and Endeca Commerce do apply to Oracle Commerce Rel 11 customers. 

Oracle University has created a guide to help you select the best courses so you can simplify your Oracle Commerce 11 implementation or upgrade. 

View the Oracle Commerce: A Guide to Select the Right Training. 

Enroll in ATG and Endeca Training

If you're an ATG or Endeca customer, please note that all of the existing curriculum will maintain its current course titles. Since each course either includes "ATG" or "Endeca" in the title, this will give you some assurance that you're looking at the right courses. 

ATG Web Commerce Courses

If you're implementing or upgrading to ATG Web Commerce Rel 10.1 or 10.2 (or even prior releases), we recommend that you attend the current ATG training. Please visit the ATG training page on the Oracle University website. From there, you'll see three job role categories from which you can select.

Select the job role that best identifies what you need to learn. 

  • ATG Business Users
  • ATG Developers
  • ATG System Administrators 

Endeca Commerce Courses

If you're implementing Endeca Commerce 3.1 or 3.1.2 and are interested in training, consider taking one of the existing Oracle Endeca Commerce courses. Training is available for:

  • Implementation Team Members
  • Developers
  • Business Users 
Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions about any of these courses below. We welcome your feedback!

Friday May 16, 2014

Why Learn Oracle from Oracle

By Kate Jones, Oracle University Market Development Manager

Oracle University has been in the Oracle training business for over 30 years. We're committed to delivering a superior training experience to all of our students.

We emphasize hands-on learning to ensure our customers are as successful as they can be using Oracle technology.

Monday May 12, 2014

Oracle University: Top 10 Hot Products Sold Online in April

By Justin Collins, Oracle University Global Web Marketing Director

April proved to be a very busy month for Oracle University (OU) sales online.

More and more customers are experiencing the ease and benefit of purchasing OU products online, anytime, through our portfolio of country training websites (or as I prefer to call them, "Oracle Training Stores").

As a result, for last month supported by some new product releases, a broad set of products made it into the top 10 hottest products sold list. Many of these courses are available through traditional classroom, Live Virtual Class and also Training On Demand formats, so they lend themselves perfectly to any learning situation.

1. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop 1
2. Oracle Database 12c: Program with PL/SQL
3. Oracle Database 12C: New Features for Administrators.
4. Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop.
5. Oracle Database 12c: Introduction to SQL
6. Java SE7 Programming
7. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Administration Essentials
8. Oracle Database 12c: Administration Workshop
9. Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.12: Create & Manager
10. Oracle Hyperion Financial Mgmt 11.1.2: Create & Manage apps

At Oracle University, we are so confident in the quality of our training and believe you will be too. All course titles are backed by our unique Oracle University 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Lastly, If you haven't tried purchasing an Oracle University product online, give it a try - it's quick and easy!

If you have any comments, ideas or feedback on how we can make the online purchasing experience even better, please email me directly at justin.collins@oracle.com.

Happy training! 

Friday May 09, 2014

Oracle University Instructor Insight Preview: Oracle Solaris 11 Training Courses

What can you expect to learn when you enroll in one of Oracle University's top Solaris 11 training courses?

Mike Lanker, an experienced Oracle University instructor with over 30 years of experience, gives you an in depth preview in this Instructor Insights blog post.

Friday May 02, 2014

The Coolest Features Available with Oracle Hyperion – Are You Using Them?

Oracle Hyperion EPM brought many new enhancements that make it even easier to use.

We spoke to some of our Oracle University instructors to get their thoughts on which enhancements you’ll find most beneficial.  If you're not currently using these enhancements, now's the time to reap the benefits!

Hyperion Planning

    • Flexible Custom Dimensions allow you to manage members in dimensions distinctly by Plan Type if you desire; so the properties of Account “X” in Plan1 do not have to be the same as in Plan2. The Dimension Editor provides a drop-down to manage members by “All” Plan Types, or one specific plan at a time.
    • New Task List Types, such as Copy Version and Job Console, allow for easier navigation through the system.
    • Task List Dashboard and Report Page allow you to generate Gantt Charts, pie charts and other graphical representations and reports of the Task Lists based on more robust features like Task List Type, Assigned User and Due Dates.
    Financial Data Quality Management Enterprise Edition
    • FDMEE integration with other source systems.
    • “Fish” icon retained – option to replace with custom icon now available.
    • You can have non-contiguous periods in multi-load files.
    • Custom Scripts are now an option; Custom Scripts are mainly used to perform tasks like importing data into auxiliary tables, copying files, sending an email from FDMEE, etc.
    • FDMEE now supports loading ICP transactions into ICT Module.
    • Ability to validate target members from mapping tables.
    Data Relationship Management
    • The Data Governance functionality, now covered in this course, allows a broad group of people to "propose" changes to hierarchies and go through a process of reviewing, checking and approving changes.  
    • Dynamic Scripting - you can now choose between traditional formula expressions using DRM native functions, or developing java script formulas for derived properties and validation rules in DRM. 
    Financial Reporting
    • The new print engine that does not require a 3rd party PDF generator product like Adobe or GhostScript.
    • Users now have the ability to format annotation text.
    Hyperion Financial Management
    • Select members from drop-down list in Data Forms.
    • Open data grids in Smart View.
    • Improvements to the POV: POV settings are now “sticky.” Reorder and hide dimensions in the POV bar for grids and forms. Define which dimension follow user POV in grids.

    Oracle University now offers courses for Oracle Hyperion EPM to help you make the most of these new features:

    •    Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications (
    •    Oracle Hyperion Financial Mgmt 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications (
    •    Oracle Hyperion Financial Mgmt 11.1.2: Create Rules Using Calc Mgr( – Coming Soon!
    •    Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management EE Administration (
    •    Oracle Data Relationship Management 11.1.2 Administration (
    •    Oracle Hyperion Planning 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (
    •    Oracle Essbase 11.1.2: Calculate Block Storage Databases (
    •    Oracle Hyperion Smart View 11.1.2 for Planning (
    •    Oracle Hyperion Financial Management 11.1.2 for Interactive Users (
    •    Oracle Hyperion PSPB 11.1.2: Create & Manage Applications ( – Coming Soon!

    -Oracle University Enterprise Performance Management Training Delivery Team

    Wednesday Apr 30, 2014

    Best of Oracle University in April

    Another busy month has passed!

    Here at Oracle University, we're working to deliver the information you need to make the best investment in your education. We hope this content will help you select the most relevant training courses and certifications to advance your skill set and open new doors for your career.

    Curious to see what our community of students is reading and sharing? Check out our most popular links below:

    Here are a few other links to explore: 

    Join our communities to stay plugged into the newest Oracle University releases.

    -Kate Jones, Oracle University Marketing Manager

    Tuesday Apr 29, 2014

    DBA and Developer Guide to MySQL

    Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

    MySQL is the most trusted and depended-on open source database platform in use today. 9 out of the 10 most popular and highly-trafficked websites in the world rely on MySQL, primarily due to its ubiquity across heterogeneous platform and application stacks.

    MySQL is well-known for its performance, reliability and ease of use. MySQL 5.6 builds on the momentum by delivering across the board improvements that enable innovative DBA and developers to create and deploy the next generation of web, embedded and Cloud/SaaS/DaaS applications on the latest generation of development frameworks and hardware platforms. 

    Building the Next Generation of Web Applications and Services

    At a glance, MySQL 5.6 is simply a better MySQL, with improvements that enhance every functional area of the database kernel, including:

    • Improved InnoDB storage engine for better transactional throughput.
    • Improved Optimizer for better query execution times and diagnostics.
    • Better application availability with online DDL/schema changes.
    • Better developer agility with NoSQL Access, with Memcached API to InnoDB.
    • Improved replication for high performance, self-healing distributed deployments.
    • Improved security for worry-free application deployments.
    • Improved performance schema for better instrumentation.
    MySQL Course and Certification Exam Releases

    The MySQL for Database Administrator and MySQL for Developers course releases are aligned with newly GA release of MySQL 5.6 Developer and MySQL 5.6 Database Administrator OCP certification exams.

    Invest in hands-on training and study to pass certification exams that will validate your expertise.

    Monday Apr 28, 2014

    New Oracle University Courses for April 2014 - Just Released!

    -Written by the Oracle University Marketing team 

    At Oracle University, we work hard to make sure our training and certification portfolio is current. Here's a quick summary of our hottest new courses. 

    Top Course Releases for April

    This is just a sample of what we expect to be popular new releases.

    Explore all of Oracle's training and certifications at education.oracle.com.  Courses can be taken in the classroom or online. Choose your learning method based on your schedule. 

    View past blog entries for other recent courses releases:  March, February, January 

    Friday Apr 25, 2014

    Top 20 Training on Demand Courses - Enroll Now!

    Oracle Training On Demand is continuing to grow in popularity. If you haven’t considered exploring this flexible training format yet, now's the time!

    We now offer over 150 titles available in our Oracle Training On Demand format. Students from all over the world are loving the flexibility that it provides. It lets you take courses any time, from anywhere with an internet connection. It's the perfect way to learn at your own pace, as your schedule allows.

    Here are the top 20 Oracle Training On Demand courses that people have taken so far in 2014.  
    Click on any of the course titles to preview the course content:

    20. Implementing Endeca Commerce Core Technologies Rel 3.1
    19. Oracle BI 11g R1: Create Analyses and Dashboards
    18. Oracle Database 11g: Data Guard Administration
    17. Java SE 7 Fundamentals
    16. MySQL for Database Administrators
    15. Architect Enterprise Applications with Java EE
    14. Exadata Database Machine Administration Workshop
    13. Oracle Grid Infrastructure 11g: Manage Clusterware and ASM
    12. Oracle SOA Suite 11g: Build Composite Applications
    11. Oracle Data Integrator 11g: Integration and Administration
    10. Oracle Database 11g: Performance Tuning 
    9. Using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
    8. Oracle Database: Introduction to SQL
    7. Oracle Database 11g: RAC Administration
    6. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop I
    5. R12.x Oracle E-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers 
    4. Java SE 7 Programming
    3. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Administration Essentials
    2. Oracle Database 11g: Administration Workshop II
    1. Oracle Database 12c: New Features for Administrators

    Get started today!

    Thursday Apr 17, 2014

    Utilize Oracle Linux – A High Performance Operating System

    Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

    Oracle Linux is a high-performance operating system.  It is free to download and distribute, and includes source code, binaries, patches and updates.

    The code has been optimized for database servers and is used in the following Oracle systems:

    Enroll in Oracle Linux System Administration Training

    Oracle University provides industry-leading training courses and certification exams to help you develop and validate the skills that hiring managers are seeking.

    Through hands-on training with expert Oracle University instructors, you'll gain the knowledge to deliver extreme performance, advanced scalability and reliability for enterprise applications and systems.

    • UNIX and Linux Essentials training designed for users and administrators who are new to the Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Linux operating systems. This course will help you develop the basic UNIX skills to interact comfortably and confidently with the operating system.
    • Oracle Linux System Administration training comes in multiple modalities. This course covers a range of skills including installation, using the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, configuring Linux services, preparing the system for the Oracle Database, monitoring and troubleshooting.
    • Oracle Linux Advanced Administration training  helps you become more knowledgeable about many of Oracle Linux’s advanced features and functionally.

    Preview New Oracle Linux System Administration TOD Training

    Looking to gain an edge over your peers in a competitive job market?

    Pursuing Oracle Linux Certifications will help you stand out in the crowd. Not only will you learn how to implement and administer the Oracle Linux Operating System; you'll also demonstrate your commitment to continuous learning and increase your chances of being hired.

    Get started today!

    Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

    How Do I Identify which Virtualization Technologies I Need?

    Written by Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Product Manager, Oracle University

    At Oracle, the answer to this question really depends on what your goals are.  Each virtualization technology provides key components to build a complete cloud infrastructure and help you deploy your business applications to the cloud.

    So how do you identify which virtualization technologies you need?

    Get Started:

    1. Identify what your most demanding needs are for creating a dynamic data center.
    2. Then review our list of courses to see how you can develop expertise in Server, Network and Desktop Virtualization technologies.

    Enrolling in training courses through Oracle University will expand your understanding of these technologies. Our expert instructors not only review the course material; they also help answer questions you might have about your own environment.

    Featured Training: Server Virtualization

    Oracle Virtualization Certification

    Passing the Oracle VM 2.0 for x86 Certified Implementation Specialist Certification exam signifies that you're a professional who is skilled in implementing solutions based on Oracle VM technologies. Studying to earn this certification will help you develop the following skills, which are highly valued in the job marketplace:

    -Installing and Configuring Oracle VM Server

    -Understanding the Oracle VM Agent and Oracle VM Manager

    -Leveraging Oracle VM Templates

    This Oracle certification exam targets the intermediate-level implementation team member. Up-to-date training and field experience are highly recommended.

    For more information about the Oracle certification program, visit our newly redesigned Oracle Certification website.

    Thursday Apr 10, 2014

    New Oracle University Certification Web Store - Now Live!

    Oracle University is excited to announce the launch of the redesigned Oracle Certification Web Store!

    Take a few of our new pages for a test drive to see what you think:

    What can you expect to see?

    With the global launch of this new and improved certification web store, enjoy a simplified user experience that helps you find certification vouchers and training courses quickly and easily.

    Get validation that certifications are a good investment by viewing our new salary survey page with feedback from real students who have become Oracle Certified.

    You'll also have access to new, in depth information about the benefits of adding an Oracle Certification to your skill set within a more modern, interactive design. Below, you'll find a few samples of what our new store offers: 

    Search for certifications using our new exam finder

    Access quick links that make it easier to find what you need

    Learn more about how certifications can elevate your career

    Browse all of our certifications in just a few clicks

    Get easy access to tools that help you prepare to pass your exam

    These are just a few examples of the new features we've launched. As always, we welcome your feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

    Get started today by exploring what our new Oracle certification web store has to offer! 

    Friday Apr 04, 2014

    2014 Looks Bright for Oracle DBAs, Developers and Analysts

    We know it.  You know it.  The IT landscape is going through a lot of change. As a result, hiring managers are on the hunt for new talent who can support this transformation.

    According to a recent survey by Robert Half International, CIOs are more optimistic about hiring in 2014 than they were in 2013.

    Source: Robert Half International

    This is good news, especially for individuals who have the skills that hiring managers are seeking.  

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for DBAs to grow 15 percent between 2012 and 2022; Oracle DBAs in particular appear to be well positioned. 

    John Reed of Robert Half International observed that “the market for Oracle DBAs is strong right now and I would anticipate it would at least maintain that level if not increase in values over the next 12 to 18 months.”

    Research from Foote Partners also supports the growth for DBAs as well as developers and analysts. David Foote stated that in 2014 “the winners will be database developers, architects, analysts and technical specialists, especially if they know Apache HBase, NoSQL or prescriptive tools and analytics.”

    Cloud Architects, Solution Architects, Administrators & Integrators in High Demand

    No surprise that demand continues to rise for cloud architects, solution architects, administrators and integrators.  And the growth of mobile devices continues to generate demand for experienced and certified mobile developers.

    Salary trends in the US also support good growth for these hot jobs:

    Take a closer look at what’s hot in some of these recent industry reports:

    •    2014 Salary Guide from Robert Half International
    •    8 hot IT skills for 2014
    •    Which Tech Jobs Will Win, Which Will Lose in 2014
    •    Increasing Demand for Oracle DBAs
    •    8 Hot IT Jobs for 2014
    •    Dice.com December 2013: Special Edition, Hiring Survey

    •    Hot IT Job Skills in 2014: Mobile, Web Development and Big Data 

    Oracle University Offers Flexible Training & Certification Options

    If you're thinking about making a career change, now may be the time. Brush up your skills with Oracle training.

    Short on time? Take advantage of the flexibility of Training On Demand or Self-Study Courses. To gain an edge in the job market, validate your expertise by studying to earn an Oracle Certification in Oracle Database, PL/SQL, SQL or Java.


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