Division of Information Technology

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Purpose and use of the Banner System

What is Banner?

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has chosen to use SunGard’s Banner Information System for its ERP infrastructure.  ERP is defined as a solution providing Enterprise Resource Planning by integrating multiple business processes into one common system.  According to Gartner, an ERP system is one that has a module architecture serving a variety of needs while maintaining accountability for essential services such as personnel, student and financial systems. The integration functionality of the ERP system ensures that information entry in one area appropriately modifies the information and functionality of other modules.

Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee

The Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee shall advise the Division of Information Technology and subsequently the Executive Committee regarding the collection, maintenance, and utilization of administrative information along with related systems, procedures, and policies.

Data Standards Committee

The Data Standards Committee shall advise the Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee regarding the collection, maintenance, and utilization of administrative information along with related systems, procedures, and policies.  The Data Standards Committee shall be responsible for recommending Data Standards modifications to the Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee.  Upon receiving approval, the Data Standards Committee will maintain the Data Standards manual.   The Data Standards Committee may approve and make changes of a non-substantive nature to the Data Standards Manual.  For example, grammatical changes, changes providing clarity, or other informative additions or deletions that do not modify the core specifics or meaning of a standard or standards. The committee voted for Tammy Locklear to be the chair of the committee.

Request for changes in Banner System

Requests for changes in the Banner ERP system are guided by multiple process documents and all requests for cross-functional changes must be acted upon by the Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT). Functional areas are owners of their module and define functional processes without the need for review by the Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee or DoIT. Changes impacting single functional areas may be brought to the Administrative Systems and Banner Advisory Committee for review and possible impact on other areas.

The following concepts should guide the decision process for cross-module changes or expansion or changes in Banner functionality:

  • How will the request support institutional goals and objectives?
  • Is the request consistent with applicable laws, policies, and processes?
  • Is the request consistent with the integrated services purpose of Banner?
  • Will the request enhance the integrated services provided by Banner?
  • How will the request impact the efficient use of the Banner system?
  • Will the request limit or negatively impact mission critical functionality in support of the primary functional offices?
  • How will effectiveness of the change be measured?
  • What is the financial impact of the requested change?
  • What is the impact on technical support for Banner in both the functional offices and Information Technology?
  • Will the change promote the efficient dissemination of accurate and consistent information to faculty, staff, and students

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