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Banner 9 Upgrade Plan

It has been a few months since Ellucian announced Banner 8 would move to sustained support after 12/31/2018. Have you started your planning process? If not, the end of 2018 is approaching quickly and already Banner 9 resources are difficult to find. Having a good plan will assist you in minimizing the required outside services and maximize the value of the resources when they are needed. In many cases, we …Read More

Will Customizations Kill Your Cloud?

I got a tweet from a Higher Education vendor this morning (I get lots of them, so that wasn’t a surprise). This one was reminding me of how many days remain before the deadline to upgrade to Banner 9. They have this nifty countdown clock and everything. It’s a good reminder. The days until December 31st, 2018 will go by pretty fast. It’s not as if Banner 8 will cease …Read More

Technology Must be the Answer?

Higher education organizations today are focusing on being more effective and efficient, while dealing with reduced funding, declining enrollments, and increasing expectations from students. These are all challenges and bring back the memory of that wonderful goal “do more with less.” I always found it interesting that the people that provided this wisdom never seemed to provide information on how to accomplish this goal. In the search for improved effectiveness …Read More

Transforming the Student Experience

I have to admit that “Transforming the Student Experience” has eclipsed “Student Success” as the phrase that is most likely to send shivers up my spine – although the two concepts, as they are generally understood, are related. Vendors, in particular like to throw these terms around. After all, they claim to have the add-on products, the services, and the subscription fees or license and maintenance fees to address these …Read More

What are Student Outcomes?

It must be nice to be able to comment on findings that no one else has apparently seen except the people who wrote it and the company that will distribute it. Makes one wonder (or not) on the reason for commenting. In any case, I cannot determine what, if any, results were cherry picked from the “advanced look” at the report and if the author has some agenda in doing …Read More

Getting the Most Value

The Maintenance Conundrum We all tend to believe that technology gets better and cheaper over time. Maybe you are not paying less in some cases (whether adjusted for inflation or not), but you are getting more value with each iteration of a given technology. And there is plenty of evidence for this – today’s smart phones would have been multi-million dollar super computers a few technology generations ago; today’s laptops …Read More