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Banner Deployments to AWS

IT Services will be doing some prep work for having Banner 9 in Amazon Web Services (AWS) this weekend during our Banner upgrade defined window. If you are working in Banner 9 between 12:01 am – 10 am Sunday morning, June 23, you may experience a brief outage. This won’t affect any automated jobs running in the background.

March 28 Banner Upgrade

To finish the move to the new Banner 9 Admin servers and make Banner 9 Admin work from MU-WIRELESS, IT Services needs re-point the on-campus DNS. This change will occur on Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 am. The change will take about 10 minutes to take effect, and can be backed out in 10 minutes as well.

We are asking users to please test the change at about 7:15 am on Thursday and post in #banner on Slack (or email Jeff Toaddy, if you don’t use Slack). If anything goes wrong with the update we will try to fix it until about 7:40 am, at which time we will decide to revert and it should be back to normal by 8:00 am.

January 11, 2019 Update

Here is the latest update from the Banner 9 project.

The majority of Banner 8 Admin was disabled on December 21, 2018. Banner General Admin and a few select forms continue to be available to work around specific bugs in the Banner 9 versions of those components. Those remaining components will be disabled as those bugs are resolved in Banner 9.

For the Self-Service modules, work is continuing on the pieces that are available from Ellucian.

  • General Event Management – Is installed and configured in DEVL and TEST, but a couple of bugs are preventing it from being moved to PROD.
  • Journal Voucher – Betta kickoff began on August 21 and testing continues in DEVL and TEST.
  • FinAid and A/R – Due from Ellucian in 2019 Q3.

The work on disaster recovery is continuing, with the Go Live date more than likely occurring sometime in January or February 2019.

November 14 Update

Here is the latest update from the Banner 9 project.

All seven of the Admin modules have been completed and are in Production. Only two of those modules are also running Banner 8 (General and Student). EMSS has agreed to disable access to the Student and General modules (with the exception of one or two forms) on the weekend of December 8/9.

The Application Navigator was upgraded to version 3 in PROD on November 11. This relocates the menus and makes other light interface changes.

For the Self-Service modules, work is continuing on the pieces that are available from Ellucian.

  • General Event Management – Is installed and configured in DEVL and TEST, but a couple of bugs are preventing it from being moved to PROD.
  • Journal Voucher – Betta kickoff began on August 21 and testing continues in DEVL and TEST.

The work on disaster recovery is continuing, with the Go Live date more than likely occurring sometime in January 2019.

 

Menu Changes in Banner 9

IT Services will be applying a routine upgrade to Banner’s Admin interface on Sunday morning, November 11. The upgrade introduces some new navigation menus and moves buttons from the top to the left side of the page. We expect no changes to the pages themselves.

The list of Banner modules and pages will now be located under the “Application” button in the menu.

If you have any questions, please contact your normal Banner support person.

October 31 Update

Here is the latest update from the Banner 9 project.

All seven of the Admin modules have been completed and are in Production. Only two of those modules are also running Banner 8 (General and Student). The cut-off date for Banner 8 for those two modules is December 31.

The Application Navigator has been upgraded to version 3 in DEVL and TEST. This relocates the menus and makes other light interface changes. This is planned for PROD on November 11.

For the Self-Service modules, work is continuing on the pieces that are available from Ellucian.

  • General Event Management – Is installed and configured in DEVL and TEST, but a couple of bugs are preventing it from being moved to PROD.
  • Journal Voucher – Betta kickoff began on August 21 and testing continues in DEVL and TEST.

The work on disaster recovery is continuing, with the Go Live date more than likely occurring later this month.

Banner Workflow Upgrade

As part of our migration off of Oracle Enterprise Linux, we have migrated Test Banner Workflow to our new Banner 9 Weblogic infrastructure. The new URL is:

https://bansstest.miamioh.edu/wftest

The old URL should also redirect to the new location.

We went ahead and upgraded to version 8.6 from 8.5 and also enabled Single Sign-On to more seamlessly fit into our standard operating model.

If you have any issues with the new version, please contact your Banner support representative.

Banner 9 Finance Update

Attention! Attention! Banner 9 Finance is waiting for you.

September 30, 2018, will be the final date for you to use Banner 8 Finance.  Beginning on October 1, you will be required to use the upgraded version of Banner Finance as all access to Banner 8 Finance will be closed down.

Have you taken training yet? If not, there are new classes being scheduled weekly through September. The sessions are an hour long and cover basic navigation in the new Banner 9 Finance system. Sessions are scheduled for Oxford, Hamilton, Middletown, and VOA so you don’t have to travel off-campus to attend training.

Banner 9 Finance training sessions

This workshop is now available to be scheduled in the TRAIN system with multiple sessions planned between now and September for all campus locations. You are encouraged to sign up for training well in advance of the October 1 conversion date so that you have time to learn the new look and feel of Banner 9 Finance and get accustomed to the navigation changes.

Workshop: Banner 9 Finance Basic Navigation
Workshop Code: BAN9FINNAV

Finance Navigation training is also available through Canvas.

We hope to see you there!

Banner 9 Project Reaches Key Milestone

As of June 14, all of the Banner 9 Admin modules were being used in production. The last to go live was Student. So, even though the project has slowed down a bit, progress is continuing to be made both within IT Services and the various administrative offices.

Cake with white frosting and the words Miami Charts a Course for Banner 9

HR Banner 9 Celebration Cake

On June 1, Human Resources joined Finance (internal use) as the first two modules to move to exclusively using Banner 9. Banner 8 Finance for external users will be going away on Sept. 30. The cutoff dates for the rest of the Banner 8 modules are as follows:

  • Advancement: August 1
  • Financial Aid: September 15
  • Accounts Receivable: September 15
  • Student: December 31

As can be expected from the fact that Banner 8 is beginning to be eliminated, the Banner 9 adoption rate is growing rapidly. As of July 25, Finance (internal) and Human Resources were at 100%. The rest of the adoption rates can be seen below:

  • Financial Aid: 95%
  • Advancement: 93%
  • Accounts Receivable: 86%
  • Finance (external): 78%
  • Student: 47%

    Banner 9 Finance team including Priya Kodeboina, Mike Beck, Soundar Rajendran, David Shaefer and Quang Do

    Some of the Banner 9 Finance implementation team

 

The next major focus for the project team is the Self-Service modules. One area, Finance, is complete, but the others have a lot of work yet to go. For example, IT Services is currently working with Advancement on configuring and installing the General Event Management module.

 

Progress on the other Self-Service modules is mostly in a holding pattern.

  • Advancement: No Self-Service module available
  • Finance: To be installed in production sometime in October
  • Human Resources: Currently on hold
  • Student Registration: If accepted after testing, would go into production February, 2019
  • Accounts Receivable: Not available until 2019
  • Financial Aid: Not available until 2019
  • Attendance Tracking: Will be tested, but no plan to implement
  • Faculty Grade Entry: If accepted after testing, would go into production February, 2019
  • Student: If accepted after testing, would go into production February, 2019
  • Banner Student Advising: If accepted after testing, would go into production February, 2019

Please check MiamiOH.edu/Banner9 for project updates when they become available.