Banner 9 FAQs

Banner 9 is coming and we are sure you have questions. Here are answers to questions that we have received thus far.    

Have a question?  W&M Faculty and Staff can use this Banner 9 Upgrade Questions form to submit a question.  Answers will be posted on this FAQ page. The page will be updated periodically.

Why are we upgrading to Banner 9

Vendor support for Banner 8 (our current version of Banner) will be terminated at the end of the 2018 calendar year.  This mean all schools, William & Mary included, must move to Banner 9.

How many people at W&M are impacted by the change?

W&M currently has 480 Banner Admin users, all of which will be impacted by this change.

Does the change impact Banner Self-Service?

Banner Self-Service will not be impacted at this time.  Only users of Banner Admin (aka Banner INB) will see a change.  Banner Self-Service will be upgraded at a later date.

Does data have to be migrated between Banner 8 and 9?

No.  There are no changes to the Banner database.  Both Banner 8 and Banner 9 access the same database, and the forms will have the same data points on them.  However, the form fields may be laid-out differently in Banner 9.

What functionality will be lost in Banner 9?

None. There will be cosmetic changes and some processes may be different, but no functionality will be lost.  

When will the change take place?  

Changes will take place form by form.  Each form has to be thoroughly tested before it is put into Banner 9's production environment (aka making it "live").  During the next few months, you may find some forms in Banner 8 and other forms in Banner 9.  

Banner 8 will lose vendor support at the end of the 2018 calendar year.  We intend to have all forms migrated to Banner 9 by the end of October of 2018.

How do I access Banner 9?

You will be informed of how to access Banner 9 when forms become available in modules you have been granted access to.  For example, if you have access to the Human Resources module, once forms for Human Resources start being released in Banner 9, you will be emailed instructions on how to access it.

What browsers can be used with Banner 9?

Any modern browser can be used for Banner 9 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, etc)

Ironically, Internet Explorer (the preferred browser for Banner 8) does not handle Banner 9 very well. If you are a PC user, you may want to try Microsoft Edge instead.

Can the Banner 9 color scheme be changed?

No, unfortunately not at this time.  

Ellucian (Banner’s parent company) has stated the following as of 8/16/17: “Individual users cannot choose a personal color in the Banner 9 applications at this time. Personal color (theme) choices is on the backlog, but not yet scheduled for a particular release.”

Will Banner 9 work on mobile devices?

Yes!  Banner 9 works well on large-screen mobile devices like tablets and iPads.  

Note:  Although Banner 9 is accessible from a phone, the user experience is not ideal.  

Compare & Contrast

Below is Banner Admin's SPAIDEN form in both Banner 9 and Banner 8 for comparison.

Banner 9SPAIDEN form in Banner 9

Banner 8SPAIDEN form in Banner 8