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:
- 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.
- 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
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