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Is The Cloud The Answer Yet?

Update: State of Cloud for SIS I thought I would take a look back at a post I wrote in 2012, SaaS Changes to Higher ERP market.  The purpose of the post was to look at the speed of change in the educational technology area with the use of SaaS solutions and if this speed of change would be applied to the administrative systems.  Some of the key points were: …Read More

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

Governance and Outsourcing

As we work with institutions and businesses of all sizes we come across many different models of IT Governance. In many cases, organizations address IT Governance as an IT initiative with reporting out to the business. We believe there are two components to IT Governance. The first is the demand for IT services coming from the organization. The second is the management of the technology, including starts control, within IT. …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

Banner 8 Support

Ellucian has announced that Banner 8 administrative modules will be moving into sustaining support on December 31, 2018. Ellucian is recommending organizations move to Banner 9 by the end of 2018. The announcement is not a surprise due to its link to the support of Oracle forms. From what I hear, the surprise is that it includes all administrative modules. Many people expected this would only impact the Financial Aid …Read More