At Miami we have 99 “mods” or modifications to Banner. In conversation with other Banner schools, we have learned that our mod count is really very modest. A number of schools we talked to have thousands of mods!
Over the past 18 years, we have generated lots of ways to make Banner give us the information we want in the format we want. Some of those have been created via Banner mods (modifications – see Glossary) and some via Oracle forms. Because Banner 9 is so different, we need to be sure any needed mods or forms will work the way we expect – and that may mean rewriting.
The project team tackled the mods first – business office team members leading the discussions. Here is what we found:
|Keep: Will Require Project Resources||Keep: No Update Needed||Other||Retire||Totals|
Currently, the teams are looking at the 130 plus Oracle forms that will need attention. Like the mods, the approach will be first to determine who owns or uses the form, is it still needed, and, if needed, what is the estimated cost of rewriting. Watch for more info on Banner forms soon!
- Business analysts and client subject matter experts are in the final stages of reviewing mods to determine the appropriate disposition: retire, rewrite, keep with no change.
- Preparing a presentation of the mods recommendations for the IT governance group, the CCIC (Continuous Improvement and Change Committee). This group owns the final decisions regarding the direction each mod will take
- Began scheduling process for Mods Review with Ellucian
- Received a statement of work (SOW) from a potential vendor (SIG) for Extension Training.
- Received and applied feedback from committee and staff feedback on Charter
- Continued breakdown of high-level timelines
- Continued work on draft Communication Plan
- Interviewed Application Architect candidates
- Placed Action Item Log on Google for all team members to review/update
During this adventure, you will hear reports about Banner “mods” and Banner “modules”. These are not the same thing.
“Mods” is short for modifications. Many Miami-specific customizations have been written over the years. IT Services uses the term “mods” to refer to customizations that have been created by rewriting pieces of baseline Banner code.
“Modules” is how Ellucian/Banner refers to the various parts of Banner. There are Banner Financial, Banner Student, Banner Workflow, and many more Banner modules that are or could be part of Miami’s Banner environment.