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UMBUG - June 2017 UMBUG - June 2017

News from the UMBUG Summer Conference

Thanks again to all who made the Summer Conference a success: our hosts at Waukesha County Technical College, UMBUG members who presented and shared experiences, Strata Information Group who sponsored our conference and presented several sessions on Banner 9, our keynote speaker, the guest security consultant who presented two concurrent sessions, and all those who participated either on-site or through the various remote sessions.

Two primary themes framed the Summer Conference: Banner 9 and Security. Banner 9 topics presentations included: 1) the new Banner Communication Management tool, which will become a key component of messaging features coming across Banner modules 2) updates on the Banner Extensibility Tools 3) a Banner 9 technical drop-in room with a technical consultant from Strata, 4) Best Practices, Timelines, and Tips for Banner 9 implementations, and 5) Cloud Strategy development and implementation around Banner. Security topics addressed the latest threats and news headlines and how they relate to Higher Education institutions, and steps that IT at Higher Education institutions should take to mitigate risks for students, faculty, and staff. There was also a open forum to address specific security concerns.

The Summer Conference also presented case studies and experience on implementing tools to help extend information collected through Banner. These included: Ellucian CRM Recruit used by several of our member schools, mostly in Wisconsin; Managing Admissions Letters with FormsFusion and Automic; building dashboards using Cognos Work Space; and Power BI from Microsoft that is being used by several institutional research departments in our member schools.

You can find copies of the slides and presentation materials for these sessions on the Member Resources page - use your UMBUG member ID and password to access these.

One of the sessions on implementing Student Educational Planner with Degree Works needed to be cancelled due to illness of the presenter. We are looking at presenting this session as a post conference remote presentation - watch for updates through your Planning Team members if you are interested in this topic.