Introducing Banner 9

Memorial has kicked off the upgrade to Banner 9! This new release delivers a number of important enhancements, including a modern user interface, enhanced navigation and process management tools, and new functionality across the student, HR and finance functions. It will also give us greater flexibility as we’ll be able to run Banner on any browser and on tablets. Some of its many new advantages include:

  • Eliminates users’ browser compatibility problems
  • Ends dependency on Internet Explorer and allow for full browser support (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, MS Edge)
  • Greatly simplifies the upgrade process for administrators

How Can I Access Banner 9 for HR?

How Can I Access Banner 9 Test?

Banner 9 Upgrade Approach

This upgrade will be executed in a phased approach.  The focus of the inital projects are building the new technical architecture to support Banner 9 and upgrade Banner HR to support running of payroll processes for Janaury 2019. 

  • Project 1 Banner 9 Architecture and Design – July 2018
  • Project 2 HR – October 2018
  • Project 3 Finance – Anticipated June 2019
  • Project 4 Student – Anticipated Oct 2019
  • Project 5 Self Service upgrade – 2020

What Banner users should expect

With any system upgrade, we know that people often grow concerned over what will change, and we have been working closely with our partner, Ellucian, to understand and anticipate those changes. To date, most of the feedback that other institutions have provided indicates that getting used to the new interface and navigation takes minimal effort. To date, hundreds of Banner customers have already upgraded or are in the process of upgrading, and we will be able to share experiences across the Banner community as we roll out Banner 9 here.

Single Sign-on for all Banner 9 Modules

Ethos Identity will enable Memorial to avoid the fragmented approach to access Banner 9 Administrative modules.

Ethos Sign in

Common Menus for All Banner 9 Modules
  • Application Navigator welcome screen offers a “google like” experience for navigating throughout Banner Admin pages, offering four ways to search.

Branded Banner 9 Pages

Modernized user interface/customized branding and improved navigation including:

  • Filtering
  • Lookups/Searching
  • Multiple record views
  • Favorites and Recently viewed items
  • Collapsing of sections within a page 

FAQs

What is Banner 9?

Banner 9 is a campus-wide initiative to upgrade our Banner environment from Banner 8 to Banner 9. Banner 9 delivers a fresh user experience, all-new tools, and significantly improved capabilities across Banner, driving new efficiencies so you can focus on student success. Banner 9 is easily compatible with all mobile devices and eliminates browser compatibility issues (you're no longer tied to Internet Explorer).

When are we upgrading to Banner 9?

This upgrade will be done in phased approach.

      • Project 1 Banner 9 Architecture and Design – July 2018
      • Project 2 HR – October 2018
      • Project 3 Finance – Anticipated June 2019
      • Project 4 Student – Anticipated Oct 2019
      • Project 5 Self Service upgrade – 2020

Why are we upgrading to Banner 9?

Ellucian, the provider of Banner, is moving away from using the Banner 8 forms (built from a technology called Oracle forms). The Banner forms have been rebuilt using modern web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the Banner 9 forms. Also, the new Banner 9 forms eliminate the need to have Java run inside the web browser.

How many users will be affected by this upgrade?

Students, faculty, and staff who currently use Banner in their respective areas will be affected by this upgrade.  Overall, there are approximately 1000 staff and faculty users of Banner. There are several thousand student users.

How long does it take to learn the new interface?

Banner 9 introduces changes affecting user navigation. The forms and processes remain the same, but have a different layout and design. 

Will there be training on Banner 9?

Yes. The different offices will be offering area specific training for the different functional areas across campus. You will be notified when your area will be having training.

Will I use the same credentials to log into Banner 9?

You will use the same ID to log into Banner 9 as you use in Banner 8. However, because they are two different systems, they require two different passwords.

Banner 9 Login Screen

Banner 8 Login Screen

Who do I call with questions about Banner 9 prior to go-live?

Speak with your team/area leads about questions concerning your business processes. Send your general questions to banner9@mun.ca.

What is the preferred browser for using Banner 9?

The preferred browser for using Banner 9 is Chrome or Firefox, both of whom perform better with Banner 9 than Internet Explorer. If, however, you still want to access Banner 8 forms, continue to use Internet Explorer. If you are using Banner functions in both Banner 8 and Banner 9:

Use Internet Explorer with Banner 8; and Use Chrome or Firefox with Banner 9.

Can users change the color scheme on their Banner pages?

Ellucian (Banner’s parent company) has stated the following as of 8/16/17:

“Individual users cannot choose a personal color in the Banner 9 applications at this time. Personal color (theme) choices is on the backlog, but not yet scheduled for a particular release.”

How can I see what the keyboard shortcut is for a given function?

If you hover over the function (e.g. Go) Banner will display the shortcut keys to use for that function.

Some of the shortcut keys have changed in Banner 9. You can find a list of the updated shortcut keys on page 16 of the attached doucment Banner Tranformed - Getting Started With Your Administrative Applications

Where can I find the list of “related forms” that was under “Options” on the menu bar in Banner 8?

You can find this list by clicking on “Related” in Banner 9.

How do I resize a page in Banner 9?

You can use the CTL+ to increase the size and CTL- to decrease the size.

Can you have two Banner 9 pages open at same time?

No. Two pages cannot be open at the same time.  The navigation between two pages is made simpler by the Application Navigator recently visited pages feature.

Contact

Information Technology Services

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000