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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

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

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