News of Note:
One of the things that is being considered is to have a cut-off date for using Banner 8 once a Banner 9 administrative module goes live.
The HR consultant will be on-site the week of Feb. 27.
Both Advancement and Financial Aid administrative modules have successfully transitioned to Banner 9.
University Registrar will provide Student module training for staff who have access to modify course schedule and student schedule. This will occur near or post migration. Again reminding all that this is to be accomplished through sharing of SOPs and will NOT include general Banner 9 navigation training.
- Consultant for Finance module has been working with the team both on-site and remotely.
- Navigation training of Student module for Registrar’s office was completed in January.
Plans for next reporting period (approximately two weeks):
- Continue to review usability concerns with two Financial Aid forms.
- The Finance training plan is being finalized with training scheduled to begin on Feb. 12.
- Working with Ellucian on accessibility issues of SSB module.
- HR testing is scheduled to begin Feb. 1 and continue into April. Training is scheduled for the final week of Feb.
- Testing and updating documentation for Student module is ongoing and scheduled to last through the end of April 2018.
- Student module for Admissions, Graduate School and Regionals is currently developing testing/training plans with help of an on-site consultant.
Upcoming Banner 9 Implementations:
- The HR go-live date is now scheduled for May 18, 2018.
- AR implementation will continue with testing and training of users through early April, with a go-live date scheduled for the week of April 10.
- Finance module scheduled to go live in April 2018.
- Student module scheduled to go live June 2018. (u.achieve users go live in Nov.)
The Banner 9 implementation project is continuing on schedule and under budget. There have been a few manageable hiccups along the way, but the project remains on track.
That progress can be seen in some of the milestones on the Administrative portions of Banner 9 that have been completed over the past few months. These include:
- University Advancement has successfully transitioned to Banner 9.
- Financial Aid briefly transitioned to Banner 9. As Financial Aid was going live, a major bug was discovered that had not been uncovered during testing. Miami is working with the vendor to implement a fix and Financial Aid plans to complete their transition to Banner 9 in January.
- A major upgrade to our imaging solution (BDM Xtender) was completed at the end of October. This upgrade was required for the Banner 9 project but affected all users of the imaging system (including those still using Banner 8).
- High-level Bursar staff completed Accounts Receivable (AR) training the first week of November, and testing has begun. The remainder of the Bursar staff will be trained in March and will transition to Banner 9 shortly thereafter.
- HR has completed their testing and training plans and will resume work in February (after the end of year processing is complete).
- From a technical perspective, all Banner 9 administrative modules have now been installed in Production and are waiting for their testing, training, and transition plans to be executed.
Looking forward, Finance will begin developing their testing and training plans in December. Plus, discussions are also beginning for testing and training planning for Registrar and Admissions.
We are also beginning to develop timelines and plans for implementing the Self-Service pieces of Banner 9 (formerly known as BannerWeb). These are the pieces used by the majority of staff, faculty, and students at Miami. Finance Self-Service will be the first of these components to be installed in Spring, 2018. The remaining Self-Service modules will be installed later in 2018 and into 2019.
Banner and BannerWeb will be unavailable from 8:00 am Friday, November 24 through 8:00 am on Sunday, November 26. During this time IT Services will be upgrading the Banner PROD database and making API changes. This upgrade is necessary to maintain the Banner 9 modules and provide the latest APIs for data integration between Miami, Ellucian (Banner), and third-party vendor applications.
This outage will not impact the availability of the Canvas learning management system or myMiami; however, Banner data normally displayed in myMiami will not be available, and faculty will not be able to submit grades through Canvas during the outage. Also, because of this upgrade, EM jobs (Control M-Scheduler) will not run November 23-25 but will resume on Sunday, November 26.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this Banner upgrade, please contact the IT Services Support Desk at 513 529-7900 or ITHelp@MiamiOH.edu.
On Friday, November 17 at 10:00 am, a change will be made to the CLIENTS profile in Banner that will affect how it handles password expiration. The main part of the change is that going forward, passwords will now expire in 90 days with no grace period, and no locking of the account. Previously, passwords would expire in 75 days, with a 15 day grace period before the account would be locked.
This change is necessary because Banner 9 does not currently handle the grace period or the account lock. With this change Banner 9 CAS logins will continue to work even if the person’s database password is expired. When using Banner 8 or other tools (e.g. SQL Developer) the user will get a change password notice on their next login attempt after the password expiration time has been reached.
This change has been tested in the test and development environments.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact Kent Covert.
The Banner Data Management production deployment originally scheduled for Friday, October 27 at 1 p.m. has been pushed back to a later date.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Dan Johnson at email@example.com.
Last week, access was granted to the new version of Banner Document Management (BDM 8.7). Here are some updates regarding the testing environment and deployment schedule:
- The Banner team in IT Services is still working on getting the Print and Export processes up and running. Until these processes are fully functional, you will not be able to print entire documents; instead, you have to do screen prints of the documents. We’re working on getting these processes functional, but we believe that everything else is working in the BDM test environment.
- Deploying the upgrade into the production environment is the next step. This upgrade will take place on Friday, October 27, at 1 p.m., meaning that BDM will be unavailable from 1 p.m. to around 6 p.m. on Friday.
Please contact Dan Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns.
Following on the heels of a successful implementation for Advancement, Financial Aid is the next office scheduled to go live with Production Banner 9. Tentatively, that is scheduled for early November.
During the implementation for Advancement, an issue was discovered with the way Banner 9 works in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). The project team is working on finalizing a new schedule that moves up the installation of BDM Xtender V8 to help with the IE issue.
On time, on budget. The Advancement and IT Services team working on Miami’s Banner 9 project can claim success on both!
The Advancement office staff are now actively using the four Banner 9 modules (Advancement, Banner Document Management System (BDMS), General, and Student) moved to the production server earlier this month.
This milestone is critical to the Banner 9 project in two ways. The BDMS, General, and baseline Student modules support each of the implementations to follow. This engagement also serves as a “proof of concept” of the project core team’s testing and training process.
So kudos to the Advancement implementation team. You hit it out of the park!
After many long months of planning and many long hours of behind-the-scenes work, the Banner 9 project is ready to hit its big first milestone. Four major Banner modules will be installed on their production server on Sept. 1.
The Banner 9 Advancement, Banner Document Management System (BDMS), General, and Student modules have been tested in the development and test environments and it’s time to make the big step to production status.
Once the modules are installed, Advancement will spend the next ten-day period training and testing. Advancement staff has been working with a consultant chosen for his specific expertise in this part of the Banner 9 environment. The training and testing will follow plans developed as part of that consultancy, marrying the Banner 9 knowledge with the insight into Miami business processes. This cooperative relationship was designed to result in the best use of the new system and to enable the Advancement staff to be as productive as possible.
The official “go live” date for the Advancement Banner 9 module is Sept. 11 and the team is looking forward to having that first major achievement under their belt. The successes and challenges of this engagement will inform the remaining work.
Next up is Financial Aid. Their consultant is already working with the Miami team, developing training and testing.