Banner 9 – How does it affect me?
If you've heard about Banner 9, you likely thought it was just another routine upgrade to Banner. According to vendor Ellucian, however, it is no ordinary upgrade: "It delivers a fresh user experience, all new tools, and significantly improved capabilities across Banner, driving new efficiencies so you can focus on student success," the company stated.
Banner 9's new user interface, known as Application Navigator (or App Nav), replaces underlying Banner 8 technology being phased out - including Oracle Forms - and eliminates the need to run Java in the browser. Oracle Forms and Java are the technologies that you are using when you log in to the current Banner 8 INB system. On Banner 9, what used to be referred to as INB instead will be referred to as the Admin Pages, which are like web pages of the old INB forms.
Some of Banner 9's advantages include:
- Eliminating users' browser compatibility problems
- Ending dependency on Internet Explorer and allowing for full browser support (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, MS Edge)
- Greatly simplifying the upgrade process for administrators
- Offering a "Google-like" experience for navigating throughout Banner Admin pages, with multiple ways to search