Oracle Education has upgraded its Internet training scheme to encourage users worldwide to gain the Oracle Certified Professional certificate.
Version 2.0 of the Oracle Learning Architecture (OLA) Online Service, which delivers training associated with the OCP qualification via the Net, is designed to make it more cost effective to distribute course material globally.
Oracle is the application skill most in demand in corporate sites, according to a survey on the skills shortage conducted for training and recruitment company Delphi.
OLA2.0 has an improved user interface and three additional servers round the world. ?The added servers increased the Internet response time and the enhanced interfaces make it more intuitive for users,? said Phil Puddefoot, Oracle?s business development manager.
?The user interface has more information which is grouped together so users don?t have to wade through pages of stuff. It has its own search engine, which will ask questions about subject area, preferred vendor, the language you want and your role in the company. Basically it?s a good Web design page.?
Puddefoot compares the trend towards Internet-based training with changes in the music industry. ?The CD player came first and music companies were persuaded to convert from vinyl. We must convert existing courses to OLA2.0. Most of the computer based training (CBT) market is designed to play standalone and has now been converted to play over the Internet. CBT must start producing material to play on OLA 2.0?
At present Puddefoot says that the bigger customers are using OLA 2.0, but he believes that small and medium enterprises provide the growth market. ?The larger companies will use the Internet to see if they like online learning and whether they will move it to an Intranet. But the easy access and distribution channel will work with SMEs and we have a pilot scheme underway," he explained.
The OCP programme, which provides companies with a standard measure for establishing technical competence using Oracle technologies, has simplified the hiring process for managers. OLA will extend the preparation for Oracle DBA certification worldwide.
OLA2.0 offers online training programmes from a variety of partners such as NETg, NIIT, Gartner Group Learning and PTS Learning Systems.
?Oracle used to directly do its own training,? explains Puddefoot. "But as we grow to a partner model more people are involved in delivering Oracle training and so we must ensure quality and the need for the certificate programme to give employers a safety net.?
There are nearly 400 OLA titles in a variety of formats, including HTML Web-payable courses from which IT and training managers can choose at a cost of #65-#125 per title, per user.
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