Month: May 2013

Featured Certification: Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Certified Implementation Specialist

The “Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Certified Implementation Specialist” certification is designed for implementation consultants who possess a strong foundation and expertise implementing and configuring the Fusion General Ledger application. This certification measures key knowledge and skills in areas such as General Set Up, Journal Processing, Sub Ledger Accounting, Intercompany Settlements, Other Accounting Activities, Reporting & Dashboards, and Business Intelligence in Fusion Financials. This certification differentiates candidates in the marketplace by providing a competitive edge through proven expertise. Up-to-date training and field experience are recommended. 


This certification is available to all candidates but is geared toward members of the Oracle Partner Network. OPN members earning this certification will be recognized as OPN Certified Specialists, helping OPN partner companies qualify for their “Oracle Fusion Financials 11g” Specialization


Earning this certification requires passing a single exam – “Oracle Fusion Financials 11g General Ledger Essentials” (exam 1Z0-508). This exam has 69 questions, requires a passing score of 67%, has a time limit of 2 hours, and is available now for registration at Pearson VUE with its more than 3,100 testing centers available worldwide.


Although training is not required for this certification, Oracle University offers the “Fusion Applications: Introduction to Financials Implementation” and “Fusion Applications: Accounting Hub Fundamentals” training courses to help ensure success on the certification exam. Additionally, OPN members have access to further training resources in the Guided Learning Path for this certification (Oracle web account login required).

“The Specialization exams are meant to be challenging. The exam covers all of the product’s features, not just what is implemented most. In addition to hands-on experience, training is recommended (see the Study Guides). The exams are a “stake in the ground” to indicate to the marketplace that the Implementation Specialist possesses a specific level of knowledge. The Specialist may then differentiate themselves further through deep implementation experience.

“The Oracle PartnerNetwork provides a number of resources to help in preparation for the Specialization Exam:

-Kim Miller, Senior Manager, Applications Partner Enablement at Oracle

To get started, register now for the certification exam.


Oracle Database Replay for your Workload Test

Database replay was introduced in Oracle 11g R1, and it allows you to capture workloads on a Production system and replay them in your Development or test environments while maintaining the unique characteristics of the workload. This enables the user to test a variety of system changes such as hardware/software migration, operating system/ database upgrade, patches, database config changes etc…. Continue Reading →

BGOUG Spring 2013 : Photos

I was a little bit rubbish and forgot to get photos of the recent BGOUG event. Fortunately, the conference photos have arrived. You can check them out here. There are a number of photos of an old fat guy that looks a little like me. I don’t remember meeting him though. Weird… I think he needs […]

BGOUG Spring 2013 : Photos was first posted on May 29, 2013 at 7:55 pm.
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Forcing Smart Scans on Exadata – is the _serial_direct_read parameter safe to use in production?

One of the most common Exadata performance problems I see is that the direct path reads (and thus also Smart Scans) don’t sometimes kick in when running full scans in serial sessions. This is because in Oracle 11g onwards, the serial full segment scan IO path decision is done dynamically, at runtime, for every SQL […]

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