Sunday, March 10, 2013

Great news!!! I cleared OBIEE 11g certification

This past Friday, I cleared OBIEE 11g certification (scored 86%). I was relieved at last. Well, as expected exam was not straight forward, and requires practical experience and good knowledge base of concepts including data warehousing concepts.

Don't be surprised, as there are non scoring questions in the exam, which Oracle specifies before the exam begins. So you may feel you have answered minimum passing questions correctly, yet, overall score may be less. In terms of time allowed, I felt there was plenty of time to attempt all questions, in fact I was done with the exam in under 75 min (out of 120 mins) which includes reviewing questions I marked for later.

My advise to any applicant would be to study basic concepts thoroughly, and read all 11g documents (installation, configuration, RPD and users guide etc).. pretty much everything, unless of course you are lucky enough to be sponsored by your employer for instructor led training meant for certification.

In the results, Oracle specified topic, where you incorrectly answered, so that we can go and pick up those topics later.

Hope this helps.. Good luck.

Update: For anyone interested in the link to Oracle's certification page or to knowing more about complementary Oracle certifications can look at my following blog post about certification paths:

http://kumar-oraclebi.blogspot.com/2013/05/achieved-obiee-11g-foundation-suite.html




~~Arun

30 comments:

  1. Dear Arun,

    Congratz for your certification, I am also planning to go for obiee11g certfication, is there material and dump available to go thru before taking up exam.

    Kindly help.

    Regards,
    Anwar.

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    1. Thank you. I only used material from oracle, check out my blog:

      http://obiee911.blogspot.com/2013/03/pdfs-for-obiee-certification-exam.html

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    2. Hi Arun,

      Big fan of your blog.
      Referred a lot from your blog and oracle docs as you had suggested in the above link.
      Sat for the exam today (1zo-591 obi 11g)...passed with 87%.
      Thanks a lot for you exhaustive blog.
      Please keep up the good work.
      Still learning from your blog everyday :)

      Sincerely,
      Mayukh.

      P.S. kinda confused right now. the score is shown in my certview profile. can you please suggest what i have to do next from my end to get the actual certification (preferably hard copy if any) from oracle.

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  2. Congrats on passing ur exam, was it 1Z0-591 - Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite 11g Essentials that you took?

    Now if it was 1Z0-591 will you say that the exam is more based on the repository or split through repository & Analysis & Dashboards ?

    Also do you have the Repository for SupplierSales and the database dump???

    could you please email them to me chuose@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you. Exam has questions from all areas, including data warehousing concepts. Now some questions will not earn score, but we dont know which questions are scoring and which are there just for the sake of it.

      Sorry, I dont have SupplierSales repository.

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  3. Can you please mail me all those study materials to satish.sarapuri@gmail.com ?

    Thanks.

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    1. I only used material from oracle, check out my blog:

      http://obiee911.blogspot.com/2013/03/pdfs-for-obiee-certification-exam.html

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  4. Hey do u have the data for SupplierSales 11G?

    if you do can u email it to chuose@gmail.com

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  5. Nice Post, congrats.
    How long did it take u to prepare for the examination?

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    1. I took two weeks. But that timeframe could be misleading, remember I also have 10 years of experience :)

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    2. We don't have that experience like u sir.

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  6. Hi Arun,

    Is this certification available for everybody or only for Oracle Partners? Are you an Oracle partner?

    - Das

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    1. It is available to everyone. However as a partner you can get discount on exam fees. Without the discount full exam fees is US $195.

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  7. First of all congrts for clearing the exam. I am interested in OBIEE and I am a beginner. I have been learning the works of Ralph Kimbball and Stephen Few for the past several months now which is the base for OBIEE. Can you suggest me how to start preparing for OBIEE 11g exam and is there any thing I have missed out or need to focus on for the exam as a beginner? you suggestions would be valuable. Once again congrts.

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  8. Ralph Kimball is a good book to start with. You also want to read the product documentation. You can download the pdf documentation by following the steps on my post below:

    http://obiee911.blogspot.com/2013/03/pdfs-for-obiee-certification-exam.html

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  9. Hi Arun,

    Kudos for passing the certification and I'm sure this is just the start. Your posts are very helpful for anyone about to fledge with OBIEE certification and hence, my post.

    I'm in the same boat as user "oraclr" (post right above) and wanted to know about some good reads on OBIEE preparation for getting certified. Hope you get a chance to reply. Could you be more specific about the Ralph Kimball book(since he's authored quite a few) and guide me better about Stephen Few's work(if you know the name of the book)?. Any help would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Rahul

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  10. Hi Arun
    irst of all congrts for clearing the exam. I am interested in OBIEE certification did u get hard copy of the cerificate or else just soft copy , heared some where that for 11g they are not providing the hard copy

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    1. I got a hard copy mailed to my house, not sure about others.

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  11. do we need any prior exp on obiee to get the certification or we can prepare and take the exam?

    thanks
    kumaran

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    1. no requirement on experience, it sure helps though.

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  12. Hi Arun,
    I am working in OBIEE 11g. I want to do OBIEE certification. Plz can u give me the complete details of the the certification(like amount, passing score, URL and duration).

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  13. read this article for details you are looking for: http://obiee911.blogspot.com/2013/01/obiee-11g-certification-exam.html

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  14. Hello ... I am planning to take the OBIEE 11g certification (1Z0-591). I have worked on Siebel Analytics and also the other versions of OBIEE. I do not have any prep material for this exam. Can someone help me with the prep material ?? PPT or PDF or any format that you may have.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Follow the link below to my post:
      http://obiee911.blogspot.com/2013/03/pdfs-for-obiee-certification-exam.html

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  15. hi arun,
    what was the exam code of the OBIEE 11g certification you gave?

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  16. As mentioned in my blog post http://obiee911.blogspot.com/2013/05/achieved-obiee-11g-foundation-suite.html , the exam code was 1Z0-591

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  17. Hi,
    I m planning to learn and do certification on OBIEE. Whether we need previous work experience in clearing the exam or self study might help?

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    1. Previous experience is recommended, although not mandatory. Without experience, it will be difficult to clear in my opinion.

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  18. Hi Arun,

    I was wondering if it is mandatory to take Oracle approved training to qualify to sit for an exam. Could one be qualified to take the exam after self study or by purchasing the self paced DVD training from Oracle? Any insight to this would be helpful.

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