Archive for January, 2017

Major Banner Updates Coming

0 Commentsby   |  01.26.17  |  Banner, Ellucian

We are excited to announce that the first phase of major improvements to administrative Banner are coming in February.  Most know “administrative Banner” by one or more of the following names: Big Banner, Internet Native Banner, INB, Banner-Banner and Oracle Banner.  The next generation of the Banner platform, known as Banner Extensible Ecosystem or simply Banner XE, will significantly improve your ability to use Banner.  Once all phases of the project are completed, Banner will be completely web-based with no Java requirement. The Phase 1 update will include:

  1. Application Navigator – This new navigation component will help users navigate between INB and the new Banner XE forms.
  2. Banner General – Forms that begin with the letter G will move to the new web-based interface with Banner XE.

We intend to upgrade all of the Banner modules to XE by the end of 2017, which will require significant work in the coming months.

UPDATE on 2/9/2017: Ellucian has started rebranding the next release of Banner as “Banner 9” rather than Banner XE.  We may use Banner 9 and Banner XE interchangeably for some period of time since this is a recent development after calling it “Banner XE” for the last few years.

 

 

 

December 2016

0 Commentsby   |  01.05.17  |  Banner

December 2016 by the numbers:

  • 107 end-user support requests resolved
  • 55 development and administration issues resolved
  • 57 development and administration issues created
  • projects in-progress
  • project completed
  • 3 projects requested
  • 99.92% average uptime

2016 by the numbers:

  • 1,803 end-user support requests resolved (84 more than 2015)
  • 950 development and administration issues resolved (96 more than 2015)
  • 1,144 development and administration issues created
  • 51 project completed
  • 99.9% average uptime

Keep What’s Private, Private

You exist in digital form all over the Internet. It is thus important to ensure that the digital you matches what you are intending to share. It is also critical to guard your privacy — not only to avoid embarrassment, but also to protect your identity and finances!  Here are specific steps you can take to protect your online information, identity, and privacy.

What is going on?

  • New Systems Analyst –  We are excited to announce the hiring of a new Systems Analyst, Titus Vesel, who started on January 3rd.  We look forward to training and on-boarding Titus in the coming weeks.
  • Student Life communication – Student Life is introducing a new event communication site that will be integrated with myACU.  The new site will replace and enhance the “On the Hill” area in myACU (aka login ads). The new site and functionality will go live soon.
  • Spring 2017 term preparation – We are busy preparing for the start of the Spring 2017 term, which includes installing ACU Blogs updates, configuring meal plans, and setting up ID card access for campus buildings.
  • Banner updates – We are working to upgrade the administrative side of Banner (aka Big Banner, Internet Native Banner and INB) to the new Banner XE web interface.  The first update, targeted for February, will provide an enhanced interface to Banner General forms that is completely web-based.  Use and support of Banner will improve significantly as a result of the removal of the Java client requirement. We intend to upgrade all of the Banner modules to XE by the end of 2017, which will require significant work in the coming months.

 

Keep What’s Private, Private

0 Commentsby   |  01.03.17  |  Security

You exist in digital form all over the Internet. It is thus important to ensure that the digital you matches what you are intending to share. It is also critical to guard your privacy — not only to avoid embarrassment, but also to protect your identity and finances!

Following are specific steps you can take to protect your online information, identity, and privacy.

  • Use a unique password for each site. Hackers often use previously compromised information to access other sites. Choosing unique passwords keeps that risk to a minimum.
  • Use a password manager. Using an encrypted password manager to store your passwords makes it easy to access and use a unique password for each site.
  • Know what you are sharing. Check the privacy settings on all of your social media accounts; some even include a wizard to walk you through the settings. Always be cautious about what you post publicly.
  • Guard your date of birth and telephone number. These are key pieces of information used for verification, and you should not share them publicly. If an online service or site asks you to share this critical information, consider whether it is important enough to warrant it.
  • Keep your work and personal presences separate. Your employer has the right to access your e-mail account, so you should use an outside service for private e-mails. This also helps you ensure uninterrupted access to your private e-mail and other services if you switch employers.
  • There are no true secrets online. Use the postcard or billboard test: Would you be comfortable with everyone reading a message or post? If not, don’t share it.

(This content was provided by Educause.)