Project Overview

On January 1, 2019, Ellucian will cease support for the current Banner 8 environment. Because of this, it is essential that Lourdes make the change from Banner 8 to Banner 9.

ITS has begun the process to upgrade our current Banner environment to the latest release, Banner 9. This new release comes with a many new features, but also a radically new user interface. The project is slated to take approximately three months to complete. We have provided a detailed project milestone list below. It has been carefully planned as to not interfere with the academic calendar.

Please bear in mind that to be successful, proper user training is required to ensure that the new upgrade functions appropriately and that the data and reports are displaying as expected.

If you have any questions about the project or need any additional information, please contact the Information Technology Services department at 419-824-3807 or lourdesits@lourdes.edu.

Acronym Definitions

  • CAS: Central Authentication Service (single-sign-on protocol)
  • DEV: Development (server or database)
  • ESM: Ellucian Solutions Manager
  • INB: Internet Native Banner
  • PROD: Production (server or database)
  • SSB: Banner Self-Service (Web Self-Service)
  • SSO: Single-Sign-On
  • TEST: Test (server or database)

Project Timeline and Milestones

The project is broken up into three phases: Oracle database upgrades, server migrations and upgrades, and finally the Banner software upgrade. Each phase will require extensive user testing to ensure that functionality remains intact. It is essential that users adhere to the testing schedule and make time to perform adequate testing. Failure to test the product thoroughly may result in bad data, unexpected results, and delays in the overall project.

User Testing Sign-Off

When users have finished their testing, they are to complete the Banner 9 upgrade testing sign-off form. This form confirms that testing was completed and that the data and functionality are available and functioning as expected.

Green – Complete

Yellow – Behind schedule

Red – Failed

Technical Work User Testing Implementation
Event   Start End Start End Start End
Setup Linux and install Oracle 12c (DEV) 8/27 8/30 N/A N/A
Install Oracle WebLogic and Fusion Middleware (DEV) 9/10 9/10 N/A N/A
Install Oracle WebLogic and Fusion Middleware (TEST) 9/10 9/10 N/A N/A
Install Oracle 11g on Linux (DEV) 9/16 9/16 9/20 9/28
Install Oracle 11g on Linux (TEST) 9/16 9/16 N/A N/A
Migrate Banner database from Windows to Linux Oracle 11g (DEV) 9/17 9/17 N/A N/A
Setup Banner 8 Job Submission server (DEV) 9/17 9/18 N/A N/A
Setup Banner 8 Job Submission server (TEST) 9/17 9/18 N/A N/A
Banner database on Linux integration setup (DEV) 9/18 9/18 N/A N/A
Setup Linux and install Oracle 12c (PROD) 9/22 9/22 N/A N/A
Upgrade to Oracle 12c on Linux (DEV) 10/1 10/1 10/2 10/10
Migrate Banner database to Linux and upgrade to Oracle 12c (TEST) 10/8 10/8 10/15 10/18
Migrate Banner to Linux and upgrade Oracle to 12c (PROD) 10/20 10/21
Install Oracle WebLogic and Fusion middleware (PROD) 10/15 10/15 N/A N/A
Compile Banner 8 INB and setup INB/SSB (DEV) 10/15 10/18 10/19 10/26
Compile Banner 8 INB and setup INB/SSB (TEST) 10/15 10/18 10/29 11/2
Setup Banner 8 Job Submission server (PROD) 10/23 10/23 N/A N/A
Setup Banner 8 Job Submission environment (DEV) 10/23 10/26 11/5 11/9
Setup Banner 8 Job Submission environment (TEST) 10/23 10/26 11/12 11/15
Setup Banner 8 Job Submission environment (PROD) 10/23 10/26 N/A N/A
Migrate Banner 8 Job Submission server to Linux (PROD) 11/17 11/19
Setup CAS server for SSO (DEV) 10/29 10/30 N/A N/A
Setup CAS server for SSO (TEST) 10/29 10/30 N/A N/A
Setup CAS server for SSO (PROD) 10/29 10/30 N/A N/A
Setup SSO Manager for Banner 8 INB and SSB (DEV) 10/30 11/1 N/A N/A
Setup SSO Manager for Banner 8 INB and SSB (TEST) 10/30 11/1 N/A N/A
Setup SSO Manager for Banner 8 INB and SSB (PROD) 10/30 11/1 N/A N/A
Configure ESM 11/1 11/3 N/A N/A
Setup Application Navigator (DEV, TEST, PROD) 11/5 11/9 N/A N/A
Setup Tomcat server (DEV, TEST, PROD) 11/12 11/14 N/A N/A
Install Banner 9 upgrade (DEV) 11/14 11/16 11/26 11/30
Install Banner 9 upgrade (TEST) 11/14 11/16 12/3 12/7
Install Banner 9 upgrade (PROD) 11/14 11/16 N/A N/A
Banner 9 available to Lourdes 12/10 12/10
Install Jasper Reports servers (DEV) 11/19 11/27 12/11 12/14
Install Jasper Reports servers (TEST) 11/19 11/27 12/14 12/20
Install Jasper Reports servers (PROD) 11/19 11/27 N/A N/A
Banner 9 reports available to Lourdes 12/21 12/21