You hear the word Oracle and it can sound standalone to some, but the many different versions linked to it are vast. Oracle is the second biggest technology company in the world. The top tier of Oracle is its E-Business Suite (also known as Applications/Apps or EB-Suite/EBS) and consists of a collection of enterprise resource planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Supply-Chain Management (SCM) computer applications either developed or acquired by Oracle.
The software utilizes Oracle's core Oracle relational database management system technology. The E-Business Suite contains several product lines often known by short acronyms, an example of this is the 12C.
Jack Carter, who specialises in recruiting professionals with Oracle experience in Belgium, gives his views on the Oracle suite and what the current trends are in the Oracle jobs market.
Are there many different platforms to Oracle?
Oracle acts as a database system, but it has come much further than just that. Many different areas can make up an oracle database that cover the different functions of a business. Some companies can get a bit “lost” in the entire Oracle suite so it is essential that decision makers do their due diligence on business needs and whether the various Oracle products can meet them.
Which skills and experience are most in demand in relation to Oracle jobs?
We have noticed an influx of requests from top tier management requiring professionals who can work Oracle 12c. Companies want people who can fully understand the integration and how they can leverage the results and maximise return on investment. There is also a high demand for Oracle DBAs with a variety of scripting skills e.g. shell pearl python.
What is the Oracle Database 12c?
Oracle Database 12c is the world's first database designed for the cloud and was launched in 2013. The system has been upgraded and tweaked over the years meeting the needs of businesses in various industries across the world.
Which skills and expertise are essential to have when looking to work with this technology?
People who score a passing grade on the Oracle Database 12c Essentials (1Z0-497) exam are ideal candidates for these roles. This certification qualifies as a competency criteria for the Oracle Database 12c specialization.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to work with Oracle technology?
It’s always important to keep up with the latest trends and updates with in Oracle but whilst also retaining a competency with older versions. Experience is key in this field and if you can supplement your Oracle knowledge with other technologies then you will stand out from a very crowded marketplace.
Where do you see Oracle in ten years’ time?
Oracle is a highly innovative company and is one of the best in its space. It will need to continuously innovate over the company years to stay top of pile. I fully expect to see more user friendly and customisable versions of Oracle products to be released over the next decade.
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