A higher education ERP system.
Ellucian Banner (formerly SCT Banner e-Education from SunGard) is an ERP system that helps strengthen the departments in your higher education organization. The solution works as a campus-wide option to manage all aspects of your educational institution, including student management, human resources, financials, and more.
Some of the most notable features of Ellucian Banner include:
The worst paid software I’ve ever dealt with.
I look forward to the day when our 9 year contract expires. That’s right folks, they’ll sell your exec’s a nine year contract! There is no way anyone knows what software their organization will require in 5 years much less 9 years.
Banner is a web version of late 80’s early 90’s software and it really shows. There is no user dashboard, no analytics, no attachments allowed; and all the pages have nonsensical names like SPRIDEN which mean absolutely nothing except that you and all of your staff will spend years learning an old, cryptic table and function lables conceived in the mind of a long-since retired oracle DBA. Data entry must be done anywhere from two to six times by your business users. Hardly any automation! I seriously believe that excel spreadsheets on a san would be more effective.
I like the plan your course feature. Before registration you can pick the courses you intend to take, and right when registration time hits, you can click submit your class schedule, and then you’re good to go. Classes fill up fast for the best teachers so it helps to make sure we can register on time for classes we need to take.
The registration system is really popular now with students because we can do scheduling that we couldn’t do before. I can plan my days schedule and don’t have to worry about it. The new registration system we can take advantage of contacting the professor directly as it’s more comprehensive. We can look at their time and schedule and I enjoy that more.
The first time I sorted my fields by the timesheet sequence, and I then went and reordered them and saved, it was great. I was able to do that so much quicker and easier than in the past.
One of my favorite features about Banner 9 for HR is the business analyst side. I am responsible for managing our rule form, such as web time entry and what we display to you in web time entry.
The form behind that has a list of our earn codes. Those earn codes have different columns. One is timesheet sequence so I know how to put what on the timesheet in what order. These columns are sortable by earn code, timesheet, sequence number. It saves me time and impacts payroll when updating salary tables.
I’m the business systems analyst at UNC Wilmington.
My staff can type in Banner Finance journal entries and find the form. They can type in just journal and it will bring a drop-down. I love that aspect.
Banner 9 will help our institution with the goals of integrating other systems with Banner. We currently use SciQuest and that implementation will be extended functionality with the fact that we have that extensibility in Banner 9.
When we looked at Banner 9 Finance I wanted to make sure my users were comfortable with the form.
I pulled in finance users on campus to help with data testing to find out what they would use. That got everyone to buy-in from every division before the final campus test. It’s going to make your life so much easier because it’s easily adoptable,
Instead of making modifications ourselves locally we’ve used partner development groups to get our needs in the product.
They have a strong community. When I have had a problem, I send a message to the community and to support. Often the community is back almost immediately. It’s a wealth of knowledge. Support is also there to follow up with answers.
Since they are primarily higher education, Ellucian has been a great partner. They have evolved their product offerings and I feel better about them because they understand the offerings we want.