Khalil Rehman reviews Packt's Oracle User Productivity Kit 3.5 book: "Four years ago, I was looking for Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) consultants. I approached a few reputable agencies, none of whom were able to deliver..."
Four years ago, I was looking for Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) consultants. I approached a few reputable agencies, none of whom were able to deliver. A search for books on the subject also drew a blank. In the end I went to an Oracle Partner, who organised a four day course at a pricey £1,000 a day. Within two hours of the course starting, I quickly realised that the consultant didn’t actually have any Oracle expertise, and wanted to deliver the course using examples from MS Office. I went through the roof.
Thankfully, we now have a book by Dirk Manuel called Oracle User Productivity Kit 3.5 released by Packt Publishing, which addresses this gaping hole in the enterprise market and from whose website supplementary code can be downloaded.
The book would certainly have saved me thousands of pounds, as it uses real-world ERP examples that we can all relate to. With it, we could have worked through the examples portrayed across the book’s 500 pages to create impressive training simulations. Without it, my team learned by trial and error on Oracle 11.5.10r2 at Sandwell MBC.
Furthermore, this is the first material I have seen that covers adding voice content to UPK training course materials. I have now been to Oracle partner events for the last three years, and have never been shown a demonstration of this function, despite asking numerous times. While the book is largely aimed at new users, therefore, there is also material which will be of use to experienced UPK content developers.
The only negative feedback that I can give about the book is that all the diagrams are in black and white, which sometimes fails to show the application at its best. However at £46.99 I believe it is really good value. I have recently seen job postings looking for UPK developers, which frequently pay upwards of £400 a day, so at a fraction of that cost it is well worth the investment.