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Banner 9 project continues on course to success

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 upgrade scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend

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.

Change to Oracle PROD database password expiration policy

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.

UPDATE: BDM upgrade postponed

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 johnsoda@miamioh.edu.

Thank you!

BDM upgrade scheduled for Friday, October 27

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 johnsoda@miamioh.edu with any concerns.

First Banner 9 Modules to Go PROD on 9/1

The word milestone in large red lettersAfter 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.