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Banner 8 Upgrade

NOTE: This announcment is no longer current and has been maintained only for archival purposes.

WHAT TO EXPECT - March 11th - 15th Banner 8 Transition

The Banner enterprise software is being upgraded from version 7 to version 8 which will provide functional and technology enhancements. The upgrade requires Banner and associated applications to be UNAVAILABLE from Thursday, March 11, 2010 through Monday, March 15, 2010. Normal services have resumed Monday morning, March 15, 2010. Raiderlink Portal is operational in a limited capacity with links to sites that are available.

Cognos reports are operational with static data as of Wednesday, March 10. Refreshed (current) data will be available Wednesday, March 17, after normal nightly processing on Tuesday, March 16.

Please note that Blackboard (WebCT) and Cognos are also available.

For additional details on the transition, please see the related information below. If you have questions please contact the Texas Tech System, Office of the CIO, (806) 742-5170.

SCHEDULE

Date

Time/Status

March 10 3:00 p.m. - Stop all Gateway feeds
4:00 p.m. - Finance/AR Check Chains Process
6:00 p.m. - SBS/AP Process Checks, Direct Deposit, Higher One Files
6:00 p.m. - Initiate disable all non-functioning Portal links for Banner Upgrade
6:00 p.m. - Put Xtender into read-only mode
6:00 p.m. - Nightly AppWorx processes continue as scheduled (may start earlier)
March 11 Banner will be brought down when the nightly batch process is complete. (See Available Applications and Available Portal Channels)
March 12 Banner Down (See Available Applications and Available Portal Channels)
Banner 8 Production Upgrade Update - Ahead of Schedule
March 13 Banner Down (See Available Applications and Available Portal Channels)
Banner 8 Production Upgrade Update - User Verification 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
March 14 Banner Down (See Available Applications and Available Portal Channels)
Banner 8 Production Upgrade Update - Tasks Complete
March 15 Banner Down (See Available Applications and Available Portal Channels)
Verification of Banner 8 environment by IT staff
Verification of Banner 8 environment by appointed verification team
Following verification, resume normal Appworx schedule
Resume Normal Banner

CONTACTS

WHAT'S AVAILABLE

COMMUNICATIONS

General

The Banner enterprise software will be upgraded from version 7 to version 8 in March. This upgrade will provide functional and technology enhancements but will require Banner and associated applications to be UNAVAILABLE from Thursday, March 11, 2010 through Monday, March 15, 2010.
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HR

With the Banner 8 GO LIVE in March, you will be able to submit multiple job ePAFs that have been separate ePAFs in the current system.
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Finance

Due to the Banner 8 upgrade, finance systems and associated applications will be unavailable from Thursday March 11, 2010 through Monday March 15, 2010. Finance transactions such as invoices, purchase orders, budgets, cost transfers, FOP establishments and financial manager changes cannot be processed during this time.
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For addtional communications, please visit AFISM's website

Student

For important Banner 8 upgrade information, please visit the Student Business Services website or read more on the following PDF.  Additionally, a 2 hour workshop covering changes within the implementation of the Banner 8 student system that affect staff and faculty. Minimal changes have occurred that will affect the end-user.
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TRAINING

To sign up for Banner 8 training please visit AFISM's website.  Some classes available are:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS IT? A software upgrade involves a process to replace all or part of a current system with improved functionality and performance. The current Banner Enterprise environment is version 7 and will be upgraded to version 8.x where “x” is a current version available from SunGard Higher Education at the time of our upgrade. Banner 8 contains significant enhancements along with functionality and performance improvements.
WHAT IT IS NOT? It is not a full implementation like we just completed.
It is not a change from old legacy systems to a new environment.
It will not require full campus re-training for each module.
WHAT DOES THE “x” MEAN IN 8.x? The “x” is the point release for Banner 8. Point releases are numbered beginning with 0. Texas Tech will implement the most current point release available for each module that is possible. Each module may be on a different point release as releases are numbered separately for each module. Example: Finance may be 8.3, HR may be 8.2, Financial Aid may be 8.8.
WHY UPGRADE IN FY2010? SunGard originally announced support for Banner 7 will come to an end on August 31, 2010. This has been extended to April 30, 2011. However, in order for Texas Tech to take advantage of needed enhancements for international address capabilities and financial aid summer packaging needs Banner must be upgraded to Banner 8 before summer 2010. Upgrades providing additional enhancements is a normal process for vendor software.
CAN THE UPGRADE BE PHASED OVER TIME? No. Banner 8 introduces the international character set which is needed by Texas Tech so all Banner environments must be upgraded at the same time.
WILL THERE BE DOWNTIME? Yes. Most of the Banner environment will be down for a maximum period of 5 days as the upgrade occurs. Cognos and Operational Data Store (ODS) will be available in a static mode so all reporting can continue. Students will still be able to apply during this time through the Texas Common App.
WHO WILL LEAD THE PROJECT? The Enterprise Application Council along with the Enterprise Application Work Group will lead this project and provide communication to all campuses involved.
WHEN WILL IT OCCUR? The upgrade will occur Thursday, March 11, 2010 through Monday, March 15, 2010.
TEST ENVIRONMENT: The Banner 8 test environment will be available October 2009 for functional user testing.
LIST OF PRODUCTS TO BE UPGRADED: Banner General, Student, Financial Aid, Finance, Human Resources and all related 3rd party products and in-house written applications. Example of a 3rd party product is eProcurement/SciQuest.