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Coming December 2018 Oracle will be ending support for Oracle Forms 11gR2, which is utilized by our current Banner 8 system. The upgrade delivers a number of important enhancements, including a modern user interface, enhanced navigation and process management tools, and new functionality across the student platform. It will also allow us to run Banner on any browser and on mobile devices. There is no need to learn a new application, just the new interface.
With any system upgrade, we understand that users may be concerned over what will change. We have been working closely with our partner, Ellucian, to understand and anticipate these changes. The administrative modules have already been upgraded. You may use the upgraded Banner 9 pages or continue to use Banner 8 forms. We do encourage you to try out Banner 9 as the Banner 8 forms will no longer be supported in the future. We will be upgrading Banner Self-Service (also known as S.A.I.L.) in Summer 2018.
Banner 9 pages (formerly known as INB forms) are in production as of November 2017. Users now have the option to use Banner 9 or Banner 8 until a to be determined date – think of them as different doors to the same house. You can update data in Banner 9 and see the update in Banner 8 or vice versa.
Banner Self-Service (S.A.I.L.) will be reviewed and tested throughout Spring 2018 with a target go-live date of Summer 2018.
If you have questions or feedback, please feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at ITRequests@tamucc.edu. Keep an eye out for further information regarding the update at bannerupgrade.tamucc.edu.