UT’s Division of Technology is working in conjunction with academic and administrative departments to transition the University from Banner 8 to Banner 9.
Banner 9 delivers an improved user experience by offering new tools and expanded mobile capabilities.
“The University will greatly benefit from this upgrade because of Banner 9’s capacity to significantly improve functionality and user experience,” said Bill McCreary, vice president and chief information and technology officer. “Banner 9 is very intuitive and easy to use, plus this upgrade aligns with our overarching strategy to enhance daily operations with seamless communication across applications and processes, better connecting the University.”
“Among many useful features, you can use any type of modern web browser,” explained John Cavins, senior director of information technology. “Also, Banner 9 works on mobile devices, such as iPads and tablets, which may provide more convenience for many of our users.”
Over the past few months, implementation team members have been testing the administrative pages for Banner 9, primarily used by core office personnel. On March 26, the Banner 9 administrative application went live in parallel with Banner 8, and full implementation of Banner 9 — including all of the self-service functionality — will occur by the end of 2019.
What does this IT upgrade mean for the everyday user? Among myriad benefits, when fully implemented, Banner 9 will enable faculty to post grades via their smart phones; students to enroll for classes on mobile devices; and managers to quickly access information for each of their team members, such as contact information, profile pictures and leave balances, all on one landing page.
Additionally, departments that directly serve students should find Banner 9 better enables them to create and send registration reminders, financial aid notification, scholarship award letters, and other important messages. And Human Resources will have expanded functionality managing employment files, personnel actions and other operational duties.