A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Certification Program now available

Oracle has just released the details of their new certification programme. According to their certification page:

Based on version 11i of Oracle’s applications and Oracle University E-Business Suite curriculum, application certification requires the successful completion of a series of rigorous online and proctored exams that include real world scenario based questions. The program enables Applications professionals to pursue three certification paths: Oracle 11i Financials Certified Professional Consultant, Oracle 11i Supply Chain Certified Professional Consultant, and Oracle 11i Applications Technology Certified Professional Administrator.

Each path validates and recognizes specific areas of competency within Oracle E-Business Suite 11i applications, usage, and concepts. Application Professionals who earn an E-Business certification credential have the proven skills and training that helps keep projects on time and on budget and leads to a quicker return on investment for customers ultimately improving likelihood of successful product implementations.

I’ve just ordered and received the first CD in the certification series, namely 11i E-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers and will be providing you with some insights into what’s in the training kit shortly.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

AUSOUG/OAUG 2006 Conference Series - Call for Papers

The Australian Oracle User Group (AUSOUG) and the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) invites all Users and Suppliers of Oracle related products and services to submit papers for presentation at AUSOUG/ OAUG’s National Conference Series for 2006.

We are continuing our acclaimed National Conference Series known as “Oracle with 20:20 Foresight” with a Theme of “Fusing IT with Business Strategies”.  The dates and venues are Melbourne 2 - 3/11/06 at the Melbourne Convention Centre and Perth 8 - 9/11/06 at the Hyatt.  The number of attendees is anticipated to be in excess of 1,000 Oracle Users and the capability of reaching an audience of in excess of 4,000 Oracle users.

The AUSOUG & OAUG Events committee are now calling for outlines from interested users, business and IT professionals to present relevant papers, training and demonstrations along the lines of our conference theme. Presentations should provide topical, engaging information relevant to the Oracle influenced professional Business and IT community. If you are interested in presenting at one or more of the conferences, please select the “Call for Presentations and Training”
link at, submit as much detail as required to describe your paper, and we will work with you to bring this presentation to market. Submitted papers will be judged on the basis of significance, relevance, correctness, originality, and clarity.

Please feel free to submit papers on any Oracle interest areas.
Topics we are particularly interested in hearing from this year:

  • Database
  • Developer; Forms, JDeveloper, J2EE, JSF, XML, Web Services, BPEL, SOA, Hubs, .Net, and Fusion Middleware
  • App’s; all incl GL, AR, AP, HR, Payroll, CRM,
  • Higher Education
  • Spatial
  • Oracle eBusiness suite, Seibel and Retek, HR
  • Management
  • Tools & Security

The deadline for the call for papers is Monday 14th August. Papers submitted before this date will receive favourable attention from the committee. Any papers submitted after this date may not be included in the conference series. Accept or decline notification will be sent on Friday 1st September.

If you have any questions regards the 2006 Conference Series, AUSOUG committee members are happy to assist.  Please send queries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Some time ago when I visited the UKOUG web site I noticed that they had RSS feeds that one could subscribe to. When I subscribed to them, however, the feeds weren’t working. A recent visit to their site revealed that the feeds have now been fixed. You can subscribe to their news feed or upcoming events feed.

What’s in the NEWS feed?

What’s in the UPCOMING EVENTS feed?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Blog Links - Google Photos & Spreadsheets, EBS testing with Winrunner, Hyperion selects Callidus

Google begins to takes on Microsoft Office and looks like it might be ready to take on Flickr as well with the release of Google Spreadsheets and potential release of Google Photos. Top IT industry people lists (consultants and CTO’s/CIO’s) and the ERP software graveyard. Oracle looks like it’s going to have a good quarter, they’re also setting up a solution centre for SAP R/3 customers. Larry Ellison selling his house? Steven Chan talks about using Mercury WinRunner to create automated regression tests for each 11.5.x release. A story on the use of SAP at F1 company McLaren Mercedes. Lastly, Hyperion selects Callidus’ On-Demand solution to reduce operations costs and IT infrastructure complexity, as well as increase sales performance.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Oracle 11i E-Business Applications Certification now available

I just mentioned that the blog has now been in existence for two years. Well even before I started this blog I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the new Oracle Financials and Supply Chain Certification track. Yesterday I got a mail from the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) which suggests that the new certification programme is now close to completion (or maybe it’s just getting started??).

The first exam in the certification track, Oracle 11i E-Business Suite Essentials, is now available and you can attend a course for it or utilise CD based training to cover the exam content. Personally, I’d rather learn off a CD so I think I’ll be going that route. I couldn’t find much more on the Oracle site about these certification tracks and what other exams are going to be included so if you know something I don’t, please add your comments.

The mail from the OPN reads as follows:

Oracle University is announcing the availability of the first 11i eBusiness Applications Certified Professional Consultant programme including:

  • Oracle 11i Financials Certified Professional Consultant
  • Oracle 11i Supply Chain Certified Professional Consultant
  • Oracle 11i Applications Technology Certified Professional Administrator

As a valued OPN Certified partner, Oracle is pleased to invite you to participate in the pre-launch beta exam process!

Special price
During the beta period, all of the exams are available at a special price of US $50. Once the introductory period expires, all online exams will be available at US $90 and testing center based exams will be priced at US $200 (partner and internal discounts apply).

No training required
Typically Oracle requires in-class training as a part of the certification track. However, for this period of time, candidates will receive a waiver for the course attendance requirement. Those candidates who can pass the exams and finish the exam requirements without taking a training course are eligible to do so during this waiver period.
Note: All exams for a track must be completed during the waiver period.

Please be aware that not all of the exams are currently available.
The first exam, 1Z0-200: Oracle 11i E-Business Essentials, is available now! This pre-requisite exam is part of the Oracle 11i Financials and Oracle 11i Supply Chain certification tracks, and is the first step in getting certified.
Expect to see a notification as the other exams become available too.

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