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Why use an American Oracle Training Class?

Oracle Tips by Burleson Consulting
February 20,  2009


By Steve Karam and Donald Burleson

Overseas customers sometimes ask ?Why fly an instructor all the way from the USA?? After all, Oracle University has offices across the globe, but an American Oracle training expert from BC has major advantages over Oracle University:

  1. High Quality Experience - There is no substitute for experience, especially with Oracle trainers, and a "slide flipper" from Oracle University with no work experience using Oracle can often be worse than no training at all.  America is the home of Oracle and American Oracle consultants get a broader range of experience, indispensible for a great instructor.  BC experts support clients in every conceivable type of application, from web-based video gaming to microcode for enterprise storage arrays. While Oracle is used all over the world, it has its roots here in the USA, and it has the client list to prove it.
  2. High Dollar Value - International exchange rates make US consultant very appealing, and overseas customers can now get USA-quality Oracle support at less than the cost of local consultants and trainers. BC has conducted training classes in almost all major European countries, and people are discovering the benefits of an All-American Oracle training experience.

The combination of broad expertise and low cost make BC Oracle training a win-win for everyone, anywhere on the globe.

Whish is better, on-site or classroom training?

Burleson Consulting specializes in on-site training where you get an expert right in your shop, teaching in your environment. This is a far superior approach to Oracle training for several reasons:

  • Better Value - Whether you have four student or thirty, BC on-site Oracle training is a far better value.  Oracle instructors rarely have extensive real-world experience and at a fixed price per day, you enjoy superior courses at costs which can be half that of Oracle University.  For example, a 5 day Oracle University course costs $3,750. For four students you spend $15,000 plus expenses, and for ten students you?re paying over $40,000 in expenses.
  • Customized training - By having an Oracle expert at your shop, your class takes on a greater dimension.  The instructor can look at your schema, recommend best practices and enhance your classes with mentoring that you can only find with an American Consultant.  All BC classes can be customized according to your specific needs and many overseas clients choose supplemental mentoring to guarantee that their students internalize their lessons.

When you travel to Oracle University you get the authentic Oracle experience, the white wire-bound notebook, the Oracle Corporation slide deck, and an Oracle University Instructor who delivers the course and administers the training labs. The Oracle course you take will be written by dedicated courseware developers (who may or may not have any actual work experience with the product), and will cover all of the topics necessary to gain a foundation in your chosen topic. Labs will be pre-created and ready to go to let you try what you?ve learned. However, as with dining there are some negatives as well:

  • You don?t know who your waiter will be. Let?s face it, going to class is luck of the draw. You will get an instructor that has been chosen to teach the class, not chosen specifically for your needs.
  • You don?t know the crowd. The rest of the class may not care about the things you do. In a packed class of 20 or more it is very easy for the class to get side-tracked on something that doesn?t help you, or for your question to get lost in a flurry of other questions.
  • Custom requests may not be feasible. Sometimes it?s difficult getting questions answered in a mixed classroom environment. Your instructor, while knowledgeable, may not have seen the situations you have. As such, they may not be able to answer your questions. Additionally it is not possible to go into long drawn-out scenarios or problems in a class.

On-site Oracle Training

With an Oracle  class delivered to your company door, you get a class made just for you. Your BC instructor has been fully briefed and is there is there exclusively to maximize your learning experience.

Unlike Oracle University, your BC Oracle training course can shift and vary, going in the direction that is most important to you. No matter how large the question, no matter how drawn out the explanation, no matter what the scenario, you?re the one and only client and therefore you?ll get results.

One huge benefit of going with a company well known for both consulting and training is that you get an instructor who has been in the field. Many times when I?m asked a question in class, I can say ?You know, I saw that same thing just last week.? We show up to class with fresh war stories, a plethora of advice, and a broad perspective. I?d much rather hear an instructor say ?Oh, I had that problem and did this to fix it? than ?A student of mine had that problem. I wonder how he?s doing??




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