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Oracle User Productivity Kit 3.5-Dirk Manuel
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by Dirk Manuel (Author)
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Publisher : Packt Publishing
Publish date : 01-Dec-2009
Category : Oracle
Mediatype : Books
Binding : Paperback
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List Price :   Rs. 1399
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ISBN : 9781849680165 / Indian ISBN 13: 9788184048629
Pages : 540
Book Summary : Oracle User Productivity Kit 3.5
Build high-quality training simulations using Oracle UPK 3.5
  • Create engaging, high-quality training simulations for any Windows-based application leading to reduced training time, increased knowledge retention, and improved user acceptance.
  • Harness the full functionality of UPK 3.5 to add value to your documentation and training materials.
  • Re-purpose your simulations to create multiple document types, including business procedures, test documents, and job aids, and learn how to extend UPK by defining your own output types.
  • A practical, results-oriented guide, written in an easy-to-follow style, and incorporating plenty of screen shots, examples, and numerous hints and tips.
In Detail
As the complexity of software applications increases and the length of the implementation life cycles decreases, companies are looking for effective ways of training users in new applications, and the new releases of existing applications. Oracle's User Productivity Kit solves these problems by enabling the rapid creation of software application simulations, which are used for training purposes or to generate business documents. Although UPK provides such advanced features, nothing has been written about this application yet.

This book provides a guided approach to building high-quality, re-functional simulations of tasks performed in software applications. With this book in hand, it is easy for organizations that are implementing or upgrading software to meet their full training and documentation requirements. This book explains how to harness all of the functionality provided by Oracle's User Productivity Kit, formerly known as OnDemand, to develop better quality training. It also covers the advanced topics of customizing UPK's built-in delivery formats, and defining new ones to extend the capabilities of UPK.

This book explains how to make the most of Oracle User Productivity Kit's available functionality to create high-quality simulations. These simulations can be used during instructor-led training, self-directed learning, or refresher training. By following the approach described in this book, you will create world-class training material that your trainees will find useful, engaging, and informative. As a result, they will remember more of what they are taught, and will be better equipped to use the application on which you are training them. In turn, they will become more productive sooner, make fewer mistakes, and require less support. To ensure effective knowledge transfer through training simulations, it is necessary to add a business context to recordings, and to provide additional explanations. This book will teach you more than simple mouse-clicks and keystrokes.

What you will learn from this book?
You will:
  • Master the functionality of Oracle UPK 3.5/OnDemand 9.1 and generate outputs in multiple formats
  • Organize recordings into a functional library for a single developer, or a team of distributed developers, and implement version management and workflow
  • Edit recordings to correct or enhance them, and to provide custom texts tagged for different output formats
  • Increase the realism of simulations by providing alternative actions, and extend and enhance simulations by providing alternative paths and branches
  • Build an Outline for end-user presentation, and enhance this by providing concept information, images, and links to external documents
  • Use simulations to create a variety of on-line and documentation-based formats, and integrate these into training presentations, web sites, Learning Management Systems, and application help
  • Improve usability by providing a glossary, role filtering, jump-in points, and keyword searches
  • Extend UPK by creating a custom template, defining new object types, and creating new document formats
  • Provide simulations in multiple languages by leveraging UPK's built-in localization capabilities
Approach
This book provides a practical tutorial on UPK's functionality, with the aim of teaching developers how to best leverage this functionality to develop high-quality training material. The book guides readers from the basics of recording through to adding value through Web Pages Packages (Infoblocks), Role filters, Glossaries, and more. The book starts with the recording of a simple simulation, and builds on this recording throughout, by introducing new UPK features and incorporating the lessons learned into this recording. Interwoven into this, the key tasks (how-tos) are formatted in such a way that they can be quickly identified and referred to, making this book useful as an ongoing reference to UPK functionality.

Who this book is written for?
This book has been written primarily for new or intermediate training developers who will be using Oracle UPK or OnDemand to create their training material. If you are an experienced UPK developer who wants to tailor UPK to meet your own, specific requirements, you will love this book.

About the Author
Dirk Manuel is a freelance training and documentation consultant, who has spent the past 20 years specializing in the development of training materials for large-scale ERP projects. He has been using UPK (and its predecessor, OnDemand) for five years, and has developed several hundred high-quality training simulations using UPK. Dirk has taught UPK and OnDemand to training developers in England, the United States, Japan, and Guatemala, both for his own clients and for other consulting companies. Dirk is also a proofreader for Packt Publishing, having proofread over 25 books to date.
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