A secret treasure house of Oracle books

One of the most prolific publishers of Oracle technology and application books - Packt Publishing just published its 1000 cover. Packt books are written by experts, many of whom are Oracle certified professionals. The books full of tips and how-to about new features and functionality that are not covered in-depth in user manuals.

A treasure house of Oracle books is the online library of every Packt publication. To celebrate the 1000th title, Packt is offering free access to the library for a peek at the gems for a 7 day period. Also, one can download one free e-book.

Packt supports (more...)

Meet The Experts: Matthew Morris

OCP Advisor interviewed Matthew Morris, one of the earliest Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and now a popular author of OCP study guides. Matthew was among the first hundred to be OCP DBA certified on Oracle 7.3 and has since upgraded his certification to releases 8i, 9i, 10g and 11g. 

OCP Advisor: Hello Matt, on behalf of OCP blog readers we are delighted to have you as our featured Oracle Expert. Please tell us something about your professional experience.

Matthew Morris: In early 1996, I started working for Oracle Support as part of the RDBMS Server (more...)

Thanks Google Adsense! Sponsors Wanted!

Hundreds of clicks every week on this blog adds pennies to the dollar. The generous folks at Google Adsense check the meter reading and send in a small check once in a few months (actually when the total crosses a hundred dollars).
This blog is a not-for-profit exercise and I hope to pay back the amount I received from Google in the form of Oracle Certification Exam Vouchers for a lucky reader or two. Greatly appreciate the Pay Per Click (PPC) spend of Google advertisers on my blog.

On a related note, the blog author invites sponsors to display their (more...)

OUM Certified Implementation Specialist Certification

Oracle is shortly launching the production release of Oracle Unified Method (OUM) Certified Implementation Specialist Certification. OUM certified professionals would be skilled in Oracle’s all inclusive methodology. The certification covers the core features the Oracle Unified Method suite including Focus Areas, Uses Cases, and Requirements Gathering. The certification proves a baseline of the consultant’s knowledge and allows the implementation team to work as a cohesive team from day one.

This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) who are focused on selling and implementing this technology. OPN Members earning this (more...)

OCP Advisor To Present At COLLABORATE12

Your blog author will be presenting at COLLABORATE12 - The Annual Oracle User Group jointly hosted by OAUG, IOUG and Quest. This will be OCP Advisor's 55th presentation at an Oracle conference. Since the conference is being hosted at Las Vegas, the presentation title is appropriately named: Show Me The Money!

The session abstract and objectives are reproduced below:
Equinix implemented Oracle Credit and Collections Suite to automate credit review and improve cash flow through automated collection strategies. This implementation case study describes rolling out Oracle Credit Management, Oracle Advanced Collections, Dun & Bradstreet Toolkit and integration with Oracle Order (more...)

Oracle OpenWorld 2011: OCP Advisor Presents

Robert Bungenstock from Kaplan Learning Technologies wins The Audience Prize!
One OCP Exam Voucher will be reaching Robert's inbox shortly ! Congratulations!

View the presentation and find one more way you can win an OCP Exam Voucher!

Oracle Openworld 2011 Schedule Builder is Now Live

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Content Management team announced today that the conference Schedule Builder is now online. Registered attendees can log in to search through hundreds of sessions, partner exhibits, and Oracle demos and find content of interest to enroll in sessions and build your conference agenda.

A recommendation engine powered by Oracle Data Mining provides a list of sessions, demos and exhibits that are most relevant to you. Once a session is added to the personal agenda, any session change information or communication is automatically sent. It also provides the conference organizers an idea about the popularity of a session. (more...)

Plagiarism: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

As the saying goes, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Copying published articles with acknowledging the author is called plagiarism. There are several sites on the world wide web that have copied blog posts from this blog and posted it in its entirety without any mention of the author or even a link to the original post. Some of the sites are selling illegal 'brain dump' question banks and that devalues the intent of this blog author to provide a forum for hard working certification candidates to prepare for exams and pass them with proper preparation and (more...)

163 ACEs In This Deck

If Oracle OpenWorld 2011 content catalog was a deck of cards, there would be 163 Aces in the deck. The Oralce Technology Network (OTN) Blog lists the Oracle ACE holders presenting at Oracle OpenWorld in a blog post appropriately titled: Are You Kidding Me? 163 Oracle ACE Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

The Who's Who of the Oracle Universe is presenting and it is a very humble feeling to be included in the list. I hope to feature some of the illustrious names in the 'Meet The Experts' section of this blog. If you are attending Oracle OpenWorld 2011, add the (more...)

Oracle Certified Specialist – Time To Get Specialized

About 2 years ago, Oracle Partner Network (OPN) launched the OPN Specialized program. Specialization achievement has a key component of competency development. Partners who earn specialization in at least one area (and up to four areas) are eligible for entry to the Gold level. Those partners who obtain five or more specializations qualify for the elite Platinum partner program level, which is the highest partner program level offered by Oracle.

Oracle Certification Program team has launched Oracle Certified Specialist credentials to certify Oracle Partners for their specialization level. OPN Certified Specialist credential identifies those Oracle Partners who have completed specified requirements for select Oracle (more...)

6 Degrees of Separation

Oracle Certification Program (OCP) Team has become social-media savvy over the years. Today, there are less than six degrees of separation between you and the tirelessly working Oracle Certification Team who have launched more than 100 new certification exams in the last 3 years. Gone are the days where you e-mailed the OCP Team and waited weeks for an answer. Now there are 6 social media channels to reach them.

They are as follows:

  1. Facebook - Like their Facebook page and get status updates on latest announcements
  2. Twitter - Follow @oraclecert
  3. YouTube - Subscribe to the Oracle Certification channel
  4. Blog - (more...)

Certification Preparation Showcase: uCertify PrepKit

Oracle Certified Professionals Blog is introducing a new feature called Certification Preparation Showcase to introduce blog readers to certification preparation education providers and their products. These independent review will highlight the features available in the offerings so that blog readers are aware of the vendors. This blog does not endorse or recommend any specific vendor. Certification candidates should use their best judgement before buying any products or services reviewed on this blog. OCP Advisor hopes that Certification Preparation Showcase will assist blog readers in the evaluation of certification related products or services.

The first product which is being reviewed in (more...)

Inviting Oracle Certified Professionals to Be Featured in OOW 2011 presentation

OCP Advisor is presenting at Oracle OpenWorld on Monday, October 3, 2011 at Moscone West Room 3000 from 5.00-6.00pm. The presentation topic is 'OCP Advisor Tips on How to Become an Oracle Certified Professional'.

If you are Oracle certified, you are invited to get in touch with me at ocp.advisor@gmail.com to be featured as one of the case studies in the presentation. As a token of appreciation, I will send Amazon gift certificates for $25 if you are selected for the case study. A special shout out to Oracle ACE and Oracle ACE Directors to participate in (more...)

Oracle University Full Day Sessions at Oracle Open World 2011

Oracle University is offering a one-day training event on October 2, 2011. There are eight deep-dive training sessions to choose on the first day of Oracle OpenWorld 2011. The sessions will be held at Hotel Nikko San Francisco. The registration fee for the Oracle University event is $800 for a full day of training.

The 8 training sessions are as follows:
  1. Oracle and Exadata. The Perfect Fit!
  2. OpenWorld Certification Exam Cram: Oracle Database 11g: New Features for Administrators
  3. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Overview
  4. Making the Most of Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK)
  5. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g: Administration Essentials
  6. Oracle Business Intelligence (more...)

Oracle Certification Discussion Forum

Oracle Technology Network hosts dozens of discussion forums online.

One of the Technology Network Community forum that every Oracle certification candidate should visit is the Certification forum.
One can post questions and answers on this forum for certification related topics. All discussions are threaded so it is easy to find a discussion topic.

Participation on the forum is encouraged with points awarded for postings, helpful answers and correct answers. As one adds points, there are recognition levels of Pro, Expert and Guru that are awarded.
You are not alone when you are preparing for certification. There are hundreds all over (more...)

OCP Support Form – Help Is Just A Click Away

Certification candidates have questions for the certification program team. These used to be answered via e-mail. The volume of e-mails was difficult to manage and tracking requests were quite a daunting task for the OCP Program Team. The OCP Support Form has made correspondence through e-mail redundant.

For any issues or questions about an OCP exam, please complete and submit the form below. An OCP customer service representative will contact you via email within 5 business days. It is always worthwhile to visit the OCP FAQ page before submitting the form. The answer may be already posted there.

Oracle Learning Library – A Hidden Treasure Trove

The Oracle Learning Library is a hidden treasure trove of free online learning waiting for you to discover.  The content originates from a variety of sources including Oracle Technology Network and Oracle Blogs.

There are Oracle by Example (OBE) tutorials that provide hands-on, step-by-step instructions on how to implement various technology solutions to business problems. There are automated demonstration  of product features are also available. There are tutorials also available with explanation of concepts and and step-by-step instructions for a particular product or topic. Blog posts and white papers from Oracle Development and Oracle Product Managers complete the portfolio.

One (more...)

Oracle Unified Method (OUM) Certification – Beta Exam Available

Oracle Unified Method (OUM) is now the standard implementation and support methodology for all products. I had posted about OUM Training in a posting earlier this year. The training covered Level 3 instructor-led training and training material was provided for all levels.

Oracle Certification Program team has launched Oracle Unified Method 5 Certified Implementation Specialist certification. The exam content covers the following:
  • Level 1 - Oracle Unified Method Overview and Awareness
  • Level 2 - 3 Focus Area Specific Overview: Manage, Envision and Implement
  • Level 2 - Use Case Overview
  • Level 3 - Gathering Requirements

A beta exam is now available (more...)

Oracle EBS 11i Certification: Time for Retirement

Oracle Certification program team announced on their blog that several certificaton tracks and exams will be retired on November 1, 2011.
All the certification tracks and exams have the next release already available.
For Oracle EBS 11i certificaions launched more than 5 years ago, this signifies an end of an era where EBS certification resarted again after R11.

The EBS 11i Certification Paths being retired are as follows:
Oracle 11i Financials Certified Professional Consultant, Payables
Oracle 11i Financials Certified Professional Consultant, Receivables
Oracle 11i Supply Chain Certified Professional Consultant, Purchasing
Oracle 11i Supply Chain Certified Professional Consultant, Order Management

OCP Advisor To Present At Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 conference will be held in San Francisco, CA from October 2-6, 2011. The session catalog is already available online here.  Once again, Oracle Certification blog author, OCP Advisor, has been invited to present at the conference. If you are attending the conference, please visit Moscone West Room 3000 on Monday, October 3, 2011 from 5.00-6.00pm to hear: "OCP Advisor Tips on How to Become an Oracle Certified Professional".
This is one of the 1785 sessions being presented at the mega event.  One lucky member of the audience will win a FREE certification (more...)