Tambellini Group Spotlight
Ellucian announced Banner 8 Administrative applications will enter Ellucian’s Sustaining Support stage on December 31, 2018. After this date, Ellucian has stated the company will no longer provide development, patches, fixes, or regulatory updates to Banner 8. Ellucian recommends that all Banner customers upgrade to Banner 9 Administrative applications prior to December 31, 2018.
With a firm de-support date of less than 22 months away, this announcement from Ellucian takes the “stay where we are” option off the table for hundreds of Banner institutions. Without regulatory updates for financial aid and tax updates for payroll, the risk to continue to run Banner 8 after December 31, 2018 is too great for any Banner institution.
There is now significant pressure on institutions to make a decision and secure funding for either a Banner 9 upgrade or a replacement solution.
Ellucian states that Banner 9 offers broader and more effective use of foundational systems as well as being intuitive, efficient, and mobile. Even so, a significant number of institutions are finding this to be the prudent time to evaluate modern options the market now has to offer.
With the investment that Ellucian has made in Banner 9, and the costs to support multiple software offerings, The Tambellini Group acknowledges that Ellucian has to end support for Banner 8. Ellucian has created programs and services to help their customers through the upgrade process.
However, The Tambellini Group also understands the impact that this places on hundreds of institutions that are already struggling with tight budgets and limited resources. The timing of the announcement in February 2017 leaves nearly 1,000 institutions with less than 22 months to either upgrade to Banner 9 or migrate to a new solution. Only a fraction of the Banner by Ellucian customer base has started the migration to Banner 9, and the announcement is a surprise to many.
The Tambellini Group has been providing in-depth research and custom analysis to Banner 8 institutions to help them assess the best decision for their institution to either upgrade to Banner 9 or to migrate to a new solution. In working with institutions, The Tambellini Group finds that institutions that have very few customizations, may be more apt to upgrade to Banner 9 as the upgrade is more streamlined. Institutions with extremely limited budgets are also likely to follow an upgrade path versus replacing their systems.
However, institutions that are running Banner 8 on-premises and have invested in customizations in their Banner solutions report that an upgrade to Banner 9 requires significant additional investment and therefore opens the door to replacing Banner. The timing of the Ellucian announcement will require most, if not all Ellucian Banner Student customers to upgrade to Banner 9. There is simply not enough time to replace Banner Student with another solution prior to December 2018. Some institutions will have time to replace Banner Finance and/or Banner Human Resource with an alternative solution.
As The Tambellini Group engages with more clients that are making these decisions, a number of realities are coming to light, including:
The Tambellini Group recommends that institutions that are at this crossroads with their Banner solution:
The Tambellini Group has closely monitored this event and is highly involved in offering research, analysis, reports, and consulting to institutions in the higher education SIS/Student and Finance/ERP, HCM/Payroll market that are facing these decisions.
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