December 31, 2006

Oracle EBS R12 Blog Launched

Oracle would be launching EBS Release 12 early next year. It is indeed an opportune moment to launch a Release 12 related blog. Please visit the Oracle EBS R12 Blog. The blog promises to be a forum for discussing features, findings, functionalities, fundamentals, favorites, fun facts, fads, fairy tales and fan reviews of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12: The Global Business Release.

December 30, 2006

First 11i Certification Production Exam Released

Oracle has released the first 11i production certification exam - 1Z0-221: Oracle Inventory Management 11i Fundamentals. The approximate number of questions for the test would be 75 and duration for the test is 90 minutes. The passing score is 64% which means one has to get at least 48 of the 75 questions correct. The exam fee is a prohibitive $195. So be well prepared and then take the test!

December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas to all OCP Aspirants!

A very, merry, joyous Christmas to OCP aspirants all across the world!

Greetings to all who celebrate Hanukkah this time of the year!

For Seinfield fans who need "a celebration for rest of us", enjoy Festivus !! (The Roman comic poet Plautus from the 3rd century B.C. originally used the term Festivus to refer to "wild celebrations attended by average citizens cutting lose on religious holidays")

I'm sure many of you are preparing for the beta exams before they expire on January 31, 2007 (unless Oracle extends the beta testing period yet again). Please do share your exam preparation experiences. I recently got a favorable review from someone who runs a test prep site. The comment reads, "This article has very useful information, it will be helpful for many certification exam aspirants. Actually one of my friends first read this article and asked me to visit this page.It’s really amazing to read (this description of) this article, Thanks for your efforts". Indeed, positive feedback like this encourages one to spend time on creating more entries on this blog!

The certification preparation sites are yet to launch any offerings for the 11i OCP exams. I am planning to write to a short list of 20 sites that I have visited asking them to share their plans. I don't mind sharing my question bank with the sites. It is indeed surprising that no sites are offering courses and/or practice tests for the certification exams.

Over the next one month, I would be sharing my experience on preparing for two 11i OCP exams - 1Z1-222 Oracle Purchasing 11i Fundamentals and 1Z1-233 Oracle 11i Install, Patch and Maintain Applications as well as analysis of the test questions. With Oracle Purchasing, I have nearly a decade of implementation and support experience and a quarter of my 32 whitepapers are in the Procurement space. For 1Z1-222, one expects the exam to be a review and revision of the core concepts and its application. For install, patch and maintain applications 11i, I have been more of a superuser to my DBA friends. It would be a learning experience of knowing the concepts and what goes on under the covers as I prepare for the 1Z1-233 beta exam.

December 5, 2006

Oracle Extends Last Date for Beta Testing

Oracle has extended the last date for Beta Testing to January 31, 2007.

The extended testing period is available for the following certification exams:
1Z1-212 Oracle Payables 11i Fundamentals

1Z1-213 Oracle Receivables 11i Fundamentals
1Z1-222 Oracle Purchasing 11i Fundamentals
1Z1-223 Oracle Order Management 11i Fundamentals
1Z1-232 Oracle 11i Systems Administrator
1Z1-233 Oracle 11i Install, Patch and Maintain Applications

Complete any of the beta exams for only $50 as compared to the release price of $ 195!!