Banner 9

Banner 9

The Banner 9 project is a major upgrade to UFV’s ERP system, Banner. The project is now in Phase III, and making great progress. For more information on Phases I and II, or the objectives of the project, click here.


What’s happening in Phase III currently:

Blueprinting:

Phase III started with project blueprinting – a collaborative process that examined our current processes, dissected “pain points” and kick-started the reimagining of our future state.

A total of 51 blueprinting sessions were held with over 120 stakeholders and subject matter experts from 25 departments across UFV. The information gathered during the blueprinting will inform the next steps for the Banner 9 Upgrade Project.

Environment migration:

Our current technologies and environments that support Banner 8 are reaching end-of-life and are under-powered for the upgrade to Banner 9. The current goal of the environment migration is to set up the future state environments that will provide the platform to implement and configure Banner 9.

The migration of Banner 9’s environments will occur in waves. Please read below for some information about Banner 9 migration and the development cycle.


Banner environment migration overview

One objective of the Banner 9 upgrade project is to set up a robust infrastructure system to support Banner 9. Phase II of the project focused on setting up the structure of the system, and now in phase III, we are migrating from the old structure, and then validating and testing the application and data in the new infrastructure. 

The structure of Banner is made up of a number of “environments”. Currently, Banner 8 has four environments and these environments are mirrored, like-for-like, in Banner 9; two of these environments have been migrated to the new system already. Banner 9 will also include two new environments (DEV and TRN).

Currently, UFV is using parts of Banner 9 in alongside Banner 8 – for example, payroll is done using Banner 9. Until we set up all of the Banner 9 environments, move over the information and validate the new system, UFV will continue to use Banner 8 and will begin to use more parts of Banner 9 as they become available.

Below is a high level breakdown of the Banner 9 environment migration. For more information about the purpose of the environments, click here.

Environment Migration


Development cycle

The two new Banner 9 environments – DEV and TRN – will enable UFV to apply industry best-practice to the development cycle.

The addition of DEV will enable the development team to make changes in the development environment, and then promote the changes to TST where Functional Analysts will be able to validate the changes. Once approved, the changes can be then moved on to STG. In STG, the business will test and accept the changes before the changes are moved to production.

The second new environment, TRN, will be used to provide training to business users prior to the changes moving to production.

All of Banner 9’s environments will be used for production support and project work and will follow clear release and change control protocols.

Below is a high level diagram of the development cycle. As you can see, planning and designing a change is done outside of Banner, and then the various Banner environments are used to construct, test, accept and implement the desired changes.

Development cycle

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