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    Now we have even tighter integration between PCS and ICS. Together they provide us with an unbeatable process and integration platform.
    Let's start with a simple example -
    Here is my ICS process - all it does is create an organization in Service Cloud.

    Now to PCS - I can "register" my ICS environment in Workspace (Administration - Services).

    Now to my process - this is a simple order process. The order comes from an organization.
    A confirmation email is sent to the Org email address, once the order has been approved. Read the complete article here.

    SOA & BPM Partner Community

    For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa (OPN account required) If you need support with your account please contact the Oracle Partner Business Center.

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    Oracle Partner RapidValue Solutions just released a whitepaper that discusses how to create a “unified mobile app,” integrating Oracle E-Business Suite, Taleo, Salesforce, Microsoft Outlook, and Kofax applications into one mobile solution.  In this sample integration, RapidValue used Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) to build, connect, and deploy a unified mobile app for Oracle customer Brocade.

    Brocade, a data storage and networking products company, was running a customized version of Oracle's E-Business Suite, making it difficult and untimely to run out-of-the-box EBS apps, and the company needed an integrated solution for its sales force, who relied on both Oracle and non-Oracle applications to perform in both the office and in the field.

    RapidValue built this "unified mobile app" using MAF, and then used MCS to both integrate the app with Brocade's backend systems, including non-Oracle applications, and to support the app with MCS' Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) features. Some of these features included creating custom REST APIs for webservice orchestration within MCS, using engagement features like push notifications to reach employees more effectively, and authenticating users through MCS' SSO feature.

    In the whitepaper, RapidValue states that it can implement a unified app like that within six to eight weeks, as opposed to the estimated 22-24 weeks it would take if the work was completed using a native approach!  Once Brocade's solution was up and running, the company saw expense approval time cut dramatically, and transaction cycle time was reduced considerably.  Using an app like this not only helps to improve company productivity, but it also can be rolled out very quickly, saving companies valuable resources and development time.

    Read the full whitepaper here, don't forget to follow us @OracleMobile, and to join the conversation on LinkedIn.


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    In my last projects I faced different challenges in the area of how to manage environment-specific artefact configurations that need to be adjusted during rollout of a particular service component. As a result from that, I decided to write down my experiences and solution approaches regarding the corresponding topics. This article is the starting point for a short blog series dealing with different challenges in this area, where the following topics will be covered:

    • General: Using configuration files for customizing service deployments
    • Adjust environment-specific configurations at deployment time
    • Evaluating environment-specific configurations at runtime
    • Security: Approaches for credentials management

    Configuration files in Servicebus

    During its lifecycle a specific service component needs to pass different quality gates to ensure quality, correctness and stability before it will be approved for production rollout. For that reason deployments to different environments have to be done. This usually means changes in configurations like service endpoints or timeout parameters, which must be possible without changing a components implementation and rebuilding the component. In Oracle Servicebus this can be achieved by using so called configuration files (aka customization files in OSB 11g). With those it is possible to consistently change service properties and configurations for implementation artefacts like proxy services, service pipelines and business services. Within a configuration file you define actions like replace or search and replace to adjust the corresponding configurations.

    Generating a basic configuration file can be done using Servicebus console.

    As it can be seen in the screenshot above the services that should be adjusted by the configuration file can be selected. Doing so, a file is generated containing replace rules for all configurations that are adjustable. Read the complete article here.

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    I don’t do enough video. I’ve been cheating with animated GIFs – they’re ‘nice’ because I don’t have to worry about the ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ as I talk, or even about putting on a clean shirt. But, I have a bunch of videos I need to record for v4.2, so I... [Read More]

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    The Oracle Linux operating system is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.

    Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) is the first public release of Oracle Linux on the SPARC platform. It was built from the same source packages as the corresponding Oracle Linux distribution for the x86 architecture, plus any required patches and modifications to support the SPARC platform.

    Support

    Oracle makes Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) available as a developer release for the benefit of developers and partners. Oracle does not offer support for Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) except where it has been installed on Oracle Exadata Database Machine SL6 hardware and is using the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (UEK R2).

    Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) is a pure 64-bit operating system and can only work on a 64-bit SPARC CPU. The software has only been built and tested on the following platforms:

    • SPARC T5 server (Minimum firmware version: Sun System Firmware 9.6.6.a 2016/09/09)
    • SPARC T7 series server (Minimum firmware version: Sun System Firmware 9.7.4 2016/12/08)

    Always update to the latest firmware for your hardware, if possible, before installing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC). The latest firmware for these systems can be downloaded from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/systems/patches/firmware/release-history-jsp-138416.html.

    Availability and Installation

    Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC is available as ISO installation media from the Oracle Technology Network (https://www.oracle.com/linux/products.html) and as individual RPM packages from the Unbreakable Linux Network (http://linux.oracle.com) and the Oracle Yum Server (http://yum.oracle.com).

    The distribution can be installed either as an Oracle VM Server for SPARC guest domain (also known as a logical domain), or on a bare metal server. If you have questions regarding configuring or using yum to install updates, refer to the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37670_01/index.html.

    The kernel's source code is available from a public git source code repository at http://oss.oracle.com/git/.

    Notable Changes and Differences from Oracle Linux 6 on x86_64

    Oracle Linux 6 for SPARC is built from the same source files as the Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 release for the x86 platform. A number of packages were amended to compile on the SPARC platform. These portability changes were applied on top of the existing source archives. In many cases, the changes only related to the RPM specification files that define how to compile the source code and package the resulting binaries. In some cases, changes to the actual source code were necessary. All of these patches are available in the source RPM packages or have been contributed back to the upstream project.

    Due to the fundamental differences between the SPARC and Intel architectures, some additional changes were necessary, such as the removal of some packages. Some packages that better facilitated Oracle Linux on the SPARC platform or specifically required by Oracle Exadata were added to the distribution. The complete list of package additions and modifications is available at: https://linux.oracle.com/OL6u7_SPARC_pkgs.html.

    Oracle Software in Silicon

    The microprocessors for the SPARC T7 series servers offer new co-engineered hardware and software capabilities that enable applications to run with the highest levels of security, reliability and speed. This functionality is called Oracle Software in Silicon.

    Software in Silicon features are offered as a technology preview in the UEK R2. They include:

    Silicon Secured Memory

    • This feature enhances application data integrity (ADI) by enabling the detection of memory corruption issues. When the feature is enabled, software can mark buffers with special version information that is checked by the hardware. If there is a version mismatch on a load or store, an exception is raised and the application is not allowed to access that region of memory. Silicon Secured Memory helps prevent buffer overflow or other external attacks. An application that uses its own custom memory allocator can take advantage of this feature.

    Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX)

    • Co-processors in the SPARC chip perform query-related operations directly in the hardware and significantly improve Oracle Database performance. The DAX can also be leveraged by Oracle Database 12c In-Memory operations. The DAX is supported in Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 and later.

    The APIs to these features are subject to change.

    For more information about Oracle Software in Silicon functionality, refer to: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/softwareinsilicon/index.html.


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    Oracle HCM Development has delivered the new Form 24Q file format, mandated by the Income tax department.

    As a part of the changes introduced in the new version (5.9), additional information needs to be reported in the Salary details record of the Form 24Q output file generated by Employer Quarterly Tax Returns program.

    The new form includes changes to the following areas:

    • Salary Detail record of the output file
    • House Rent Information
    • House Loan Information
    • Superannuation Fund Information

    The following patches have been released

    Release 12.1 :  Patch 25588037:R12.PER.B INDIA FORM24Q CHANGES FOR FY 2016-17 Q4
    Release 12.2 :  Patch 25588037:R12.PER.C INDIA FORM24Q CHANGES FOR FY 2016-17 Q4

    Please note that R12.1.HRMS RUP 8 and R12.2.HRMS RUP 6 are the respective prerequisites for this patch.

    Please review the README of the patch is available in the following document:
    Note 2250221.1 - India Form24Q Q4 changes for FY 2016-17
    For any issues regarding this patch, please log a service request via My Oracle Support, product Oracle HRMS (IN) or post a question to our EBS Payroll Community

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    It seems that testing of the Oracle Service Bus (OSB) Maven functionality in the new 12.2.1 release failed to catch a few issues that make the OSB Maven plugin unusable out of the box.  Oracle is aware of the issue and working to create a patch for this.  In the meantime, users can work around the problem with a few simple changes.  This blog documents those changes.

    Fixing the com.oracle.servicebus:client POM

    The first change we need to make is to edit the com.oracle.servicebus:client POM.  This POM can be found at ${ORACLE_HOME}/osb/plugins/maven/com/oracle/servicebus/client/12.2.1/client-12.2.1.pom.  Open this file in a text editor and make the following changes.

    1. Delete the <dependency> stanza for the com.oracle.weblogic:wlthint3client.  This artifact does not exist.  Fortunately, it is is not needed since the weblogic-server-pom dependency provides all of the connectivity to WebLogic Server that is required.
    2. In the weblogic-server-pom dependency, change the <version> element’s value from “LATEST” to “[12.2.1,12.2.2)” (without the double quotes).
    3. In the com-bea-core-xml-xmlbeans dependency, change the <artifactId> element’s value from “com-bea-core-xml-xmlbeans” to “com.bea.core.xml.xmlbeans” (without the double quotes).
    4. In the com-bea-core-xml-xmlbeans dependency, change the <version> element’s value from “LATEST” to “[12.2.1,12.2.2)” (without the double quotes).

    After making these changes, the relevant section of the file should look like the one shown here. Read the complete article here.

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    Oracle support created an enhanced framework for our Analyzers to provide new features and improved usability. This framework has a different look and feel for the Analyzer output and is more aligned with the 12.2.6+version of the Cloud applications.


    We have grouped all messages by type (Errors, Warnings, Passed Checks, and Informational) on the Home page so that you can quickly review the messages that need attention.


    The new UI provides the same information you have come to rely on in our Analyzers.In addition, you now have the capability to:

    • Export information to Notepad
    • Export information to Excel
    • Conduct a search within the output
    • Sort and sub-sort within any column

    We also added two new views to the Analyzer output:

    • Analysis View: Displays all information in a single page, without the Errors/Warnings/Passed Checks/Informational messages
    • Print View: Displays all information in a single page, including the Errors/Warnings/Passed Checks/Informational messages

    More information on the functions and features of the new Analyzer UI can be reviewed here.To see a full list of Analyzers currently available, please see DOC ID 1545562.1.

    As always, your feedback is very important to us.Share your thoughts and your visions for future enhancements.


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    Dutch Legislation – Reporting of SI changes for 2017 Patches have been released !

    The following My Oracle Support notes have been updated:

    •         Netherlands : Legislative Updates for 2017 (Doc ID 2218259.1)
    •         Netherlands Payroll Mandatory Patches Release 12.1 (Doc ID 863866.1)
    •         Netherlands Payroll Mandatory Patches Release 12.2 (Doc ID 1626273.1)

    If you encounter any issues with these patches, please raise a Service Request via My Oracle Support.


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    With a growing number of cloud implementations across Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), a re-engineered cloud learning platform with new functionalities is essential.

    A new platform makes the student's learning experience more intuitive.

    The key characteristics of these new cloud learning platforms include:

    • Adaptive learning

    • Incremental learning

    • An intuitive platform

    • Measurable and objective-based learning

    • Instrumentation 

    • Video-based courses

    Customers and organizations are exploring platforms that provide seamless employee learning, with just-in-time integration.

    They're looking for an integrated, continuous learning platform that keeps up with constantly changing cloud product lines. Below, we'll explore the top 10 desired functionalities of a cloud platform and how Oracle University is meeting the modern cloud learner's needs.

    Top 10 desired functionalities of a CLOUD platform:

      1. A unified platform for learning across multiple product versions: most cloud deployments need learning across multiple product versions of cloud products, such as Fusion versions 10,11 and12. Based on the project, the platform should let the learner switch product versions and build competency.

      2. Instructional learning based on specific topics and skillsthe content needs to be re-purposed and architected based on application, skills and topics to ensure the learning is objective-based. The platform should help the student develop certain skills and topics required for specific projects. Learning can be measured to ensure all team members achieve a high level of competency.


      3. Gamification to measure modern learning and drive adoption: the learning platform should provide basic incentives for learners to measure skills, like points, which can enhance the learning experience. The platform can undergo future enhancements, but having a basic point-based and skill-based learning system will encourage quantitative learning.


      4. Taxonomy of role-based learning based on product implementation: the platform should provide role-based learning based on actual taxonomies in a typical implementation project. Within a cloud implementation project, roles like functional implementers, technical implementers, service administrators and end users would exist. The content is organized based on role and job description to provide a tailored, focused learning experience. If the functional team needs to develop a basic understanding of technical information, the platform should not restrict content and should provide access to all the information.


      5. Assessment and certifications: the platform should provide a continuous assessment cycle based on specific topics. This helps the learner evaluate his or her progress. Assessments can test current knowledge and then design learning plans based on the results. The platform should also provide certifications embedded within the platform. Context-sensitive clicks can connect to the testing platform. Assessment and certification are a valuable combination that provide a "quantitative platform” to empower employees, L&D and practice managers to not only learn, but measure their progress.


      6. Hands-on, interactive lab sessions to apply new knowledge: it's essential to practice new concepts learned through interactive video content. Through live labs or software, the platform should provide both schedule and on-the-fly labs. Learners can practice the same skills for a week, then relearn as needed through rescheduling. It's important that the platform enables self-management of labs and the flexibility to repeat the same labs to further enforce new learning.


      7. Instrumentation and reporting on platform: that platform must effectively generate reports for the learn and also for management. These helpful reports provide insight about learning patterns, newly-developed skills, points earned, numbers of videos watched and how many certifications have been granted. This report is essential to enable proactive decisions and learning interventions, as they help managers create corrective action plan for improvement.


      8. Collaborative learning: the platform must be able to connect with multiple customer best practices. Enabling collaborative learning between experts, customers and the support team is essential.


      9. End user learning: cloud has a large set of end users to address and needs a separate intervention to ensure user adoption. An integrated platform must provide content to train the end users, while providing the platform capabilities to make the content easily consumable. With a Guided Learning Platform, students can learn with ease as they interact with new cloud applications.


      10. Comprehensive platform for multiple user levels: large numbers of users will migrate from on-premise, while other users will come from previous versions of the products. It's important that the platform provides multiple learning paths based on the type of user so the content is applicable and just-in-time to meet their needs. The navigation must support various types of users, while enhancing the learning experience.

        Oracle University's NEW Cloud Learning Subscriptions 3.0 platform (CLS) empowers users to learn Oracle Cloud. It has all the functionalities and platform capabilities mentioned above.

        This is a must have subscription platform for organizations!

        Contact your nearest education sales rep for a free demo.

          About the Author

          Sudhir Menon is a seasoned and experienced techno-management professional with 22+ years of diverse experience across consulting, industry solutions, architecture, and technology management. He is very passionate about architecture and has diverse experience managing customers and building solutions specific to industry mapping to the business needs.

          He has strong consulting experience in building IOT, Analytics, Cloud and Middleware Solutions for large customers. He is currently doing research around IOT and Analytics and building next generation solutions. He works as principal consultant at Oracle University.

          You can reach him at sudhir.g.menon@oracle.com.


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        • 04/04/17--20:49: Oracle MAF 2.4.0 released
        • I'm pleased to announce the release of version 2.4.0 of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF).  This is a major release containing significant enhancements, such as improved Android builds, shared data controls, shared libraries and iOS 3D touch support, to name a few.

          Please refer to the What's New section of the developer guide for detailed information about the changes and how they may affect you.

          Please refer to the Migrating Your App section of the install guide for steps required when migrating your Oracle MAF application to v2.4.0.

          For additional release information, such as release notes and certification matrix, please refer to the MAF documentation on OTN

          This release of MAF requires JDeveloper 12.2.1 and you can upgrade via the JDeveloper update centre.  

          We encourage you to upgrade to this latest MAF release as soon as possible.


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          Hello everyone! Let me share a story about how to build an enterprise service bus (ESB), which connects together a number of legacy application and a new-born centralized information system, and how Oracle Service Bus (OSB) can help handle up to 5.000.000 messages in a day ensuring guaranteed delivery.

          Challenge

          Every data change from a one application (a source) must be synchronized with another application (a destination) in the near real-time mode, batch processing is not a solution. So, the changes need to be captured and free to publish on a service bus. The following pattern works fine: when a user changes data in the source application, a trigger in an application database creates a record in an event table. Let's name a record in the event table as a "event". A event is specified by an id; a changed entity type; an operation, such as to create, update or delete; a state, such as new, in process, successful processed, unsuccessful processed. Actual data can be retrieved from the database using an id and a changed entity type because there is a database view for each type of entities, the bus has a concern in. The OSB instance polls the events using the database adapter and selects a corresponding record from a database view. The content of the retrieved record is transformed to the canonical data model of the service bus, from zero till five messages are generated for one database record. The messages are put in a JMS-queue, and the corresponding records in the database marked with the "in process" flag.
          In order to send messages into a destination application, there is the OSB proxy-service gets messages from the JMS-queue, transforms it from the canonical model to a destination format, and calls a web-service provided by the destination application. The proxy-service waits for a service response, retrieves a status of handling from this one and put the status into a statuses queue. The bus gets the status from the queue and updates a corresponding record in the event table of the source application database.
          Read the complete article here.

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          Oracle announced Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 3.0, based on upstream Mitaka yesterday. 

          Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is enterprise-grade management software for deploying and managing private and hybrid cloud infrastructure. Oracle OpenStack is the first commercially available set of OpenStack services completely packaged as a set of Docker containers. This streamlines installation, configuration and upgrades by eliminating the need to install components individually. Customers receive support for all Oracle components of their cloud deployment with one phone call to Oracle. 

          This video shows the deployment and management for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 3.


          Read more about the announcement.


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          PaaS Partner Community Forum special edition from Split includes:

          • PaaS best practices & success for digital transformation
          • PaaS free trial service chabot – simply send us a message via our Facebook page
          • SOA & BPM Partner Community Webcasts April 25th 2017

          For regular information please become a member in the free SOA & BPM Partner Community www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soaFor regular updates please subscribe to our YouTube channel here. Thanks for your likes and sharing the video on YouTube and LinkedIn. For the latest WebLogic & Developer Partner Community information please visit our Community update wiki here (Community membership required)

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          Oracle Linux is the only linux distribution recommended for Oracle products. Oracle Linux is:

          • Used by Oracle's engineered systems
          • Linux development standard at Oracle
          • Comprehensively tested across the Oracle stack
          • Pre-configured in Oracle VM templates for rapid deployment of Oracle applications

          For those using an earlier version, adopt Oracle Linux 7 by taking the Oracle Linux 7: What's New for Administrators course. You can take this course in one of the following formats:

          • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones. Events on the schedule include 31 May, 5 July, 6 September, 8 November and 29 November 2017 in English.
          • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-class events on the schedule include Milan, Italy on 18 April 2017 and Turin, Italy on 12 June 2017 in Italian.

          Resources:


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          Oracle University has new training and certification offerings for April, 2017.

          Search our recent releases and find the solution that is right for you.

          Get 24/7 Access to Constantly Updated Digital Courses for 1 Year!

          Oracle Learning Subscriptions provide a digital learning experience through hours of content that supports learning for targeted curriculum areas:

          Oracle Cloud Learning Subscriptions

          Unlimited Cloud Learning Subscription

          Product, Solution & Industry Learning Subscriptions

          New Training Courses

          New Oracle Certifications

          These new Oracle Certifications empower you with well-respected IT credentials to set you apart from your peers.

          Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Exadata X5 Administrator 

          Pass this exam:1Z0-070 Oracle Exadata X5 Administration

          New Beta Certifications

          Database 12cR2 Administration Certified Professional

          Pass this exam:Database 12cR2 Administration Certified Professional

          MySQL Cloud Service 2018 Certified Implementation Specialist

          Pass this exam:MySQL Cloud Service 2018 Certified Implementation Specialist

          Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2017 Certified Implementation Specialist

          Pass this exam:Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2017 Certified Implementation Specialist

          View recent training and certification releases for prior months:


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          Taking an IT certification has become a common practice in recent years for those who want to remain up-to-date with the constantly evolving IT industry. Whether it’s for getting hired, getting a promotion, re-skilling for a new line of work, or for keeping connected to the latest technology, many more IT professionals are seeking the value of certification.

          According to the latest Pearson VUE survey, 88% of IT professionals recommend certification to a colleague when discussing a career or advancement in IT. Given the fact that IT is a fast-paced industry, there is no surprise to see that more than half of respondents work in IT – 63.3%. The survey yielded nearly 28,000 completed responses from employees of 26 of the world’s leading IT organizations.

          There is a balanced regional response rate  26.7% North America, 22.2% Asia and 20.9% Europe. This means we can consider taking certifications a global habit among IT professionals.

          Oracle tech skills remain in-demand in the coming years in every industry. According to the Pearson VUE survey, Oracle is situated in the top 5 certification programs. One way that IT professionals can ensure they have the necessary skills and experience on existing and new technologies is through certification and training. Some of the best certifications available are those that focus on a very specific technology or subset of technologies. 

          • 74% of respondents would like to earn more specialized certifications. 
          This gives IT professionals the opportunity to find a niche and become skilled at one or two specific technologies, setting them apart from those who are seen as IT generalists. The most popular task areas are Networking, Servers, and Security.

          In preparing for an exam, many IT professionals choose to invest in their own study materials. Over half of respondents purchased their own study materials and only 26% noted that materials were funded by their employer. The metric for self-paid exams is up 3% over the prior year summing up 37.1% opposed to 49.6% paid by employers, indicating the increase in value IT professionals are gaining with certification.


          One thing is for certain: 74% said that using self-study materials increased their confidence, making them feel more prepared and relevant in such a competitive job-market, with nearly 4 out of 10 IT professionals saying certification helped them perform complex tasks more confidently. Positive impact on professional image and moving to a career in IT continue to be the predominant benefits of obtaining certification.


          There is a commitment to ongoing professional development among candidates. 

          • 93% likely or very likely to take a certification exam in the next 12 months.
          • 60% likely to undertake further instructor-led training.
          • 72% intend to take an online course. 

          Oracle is ranked #4 in both training categories.

          Among the motivations for pursuing a certification:

          • Re-certify (42.4%)
          • Required by the employer (41.1%)
          • Increase knowledge in a specific area (38.2%)
          • Improve professional profile (35.6%)

                The IT industry is looking for well trained professionals and with the right certification they will be looking for you.

                Oracle has more than 420,000 customers with distribution across a wide variety of industries in more than 145 countries. Developing the most in-demand Oracle skills offers exciting prospects for your future. Earning certification on the most in-demand skills can make a huge difference in staying relevant in the IT industry. Following trends and backing up skills with certifications can be a great career strategy for many technology professionals.

                Earn an Oracle Certification. Showcase your new skills and get the job you want.

                Check out the most popular Oracle Certifications and choose the one that will become a solid base of a successful career in IT.

                Source: 2016 Pearson VUE Value of IT Certification SurveyThe 2016 Pearson VUE survey Value of IT Certification. "Copyright © 2016 Pearson. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission."



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                This blog is being migrated to a new blogging platform (at last!). This is our fifth migration since 2006, so I expect a bit of reorganization of content.  We're going on hiatus for a bit until the dust settles.

                Heads up: all comments posted from now to the new blog's appearance will be lost. If you post a comment that's gotten lost in the transition, please re-post when the new blog is up and running.



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                Upgrade to Database 12.2 with confidence

                This release includes lots of new checks to help when upgrading the database to 12.2.

                These include both pre and post upgrade verification to prevent problems related to:

                • OS configuration
                • Grid Infrastructure & Database patch prerequisites
                • Database configuration
                • Cluster configuration

                See the ORAchk or EXAchk Health Check Catalog for more details of new checks.

                Improve performance of SQL queries

                Many new checks focus on known issues in 12c Optimizer as well as SQL Plan Management.

                These checks target problems such as:

                • Wrong results returned
                • High memory & CPU usage
                • Errors such as ORA-00600 or ORA-07445
                • Issues with cursor usage
                • Other general SQL plan management problems

                Tailor Collection Manager email notifications & control sample data

                Collection Manager email notification can now be customized based on one or more business units. Existing users which have notification already configured will receive notification for all business units by default.

                It is now possible to delete or reload the sample data which Collection Manager ships with.

                Prevent Clusterware related outages and corruptions

                The Oracle Cluster Registry subnet records can become stale due to configuration changes. This can lead to various startup problems.

                Additionally vulnerability to certain OS bugs can lead to corruption in clustered databases.

                This release has checks included to verify network configuration and OS patching.

                Guard against Exadata Critical Issues

                New checks detect Exadata critical issues.

                EXAchk also now verifies readiness to apply PSU on OJVM (Oracle Java Virtual Machine). In addition various other Exadata best practice recommendations have been added.

                Find more details in the EXAchk Health Check Catalog.

                Avoid a SuperCluster critical issue and storage problems

                New checks are now available for a critical issue and storage problems affecting SuperCluster.

                These detect vulnerability to a Critical Issue affecting SuperCluster. As well as checks to prevent storage related problems and verification of readiness to apply PSU on OJVM (Oracle Java Virtual Machine).


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