Between a rock and a hard place: How does Oracle bug 28793062 affect Banner schools’ plans to upgrade to 18c?

Ellucian rescinded support for 12.2.0.2, AKA 18c due to a severe defect.

12.2.0.2 was renamed 18c following Oracle’s new naming convention. “18” for its 2018 release (cloud: 18.1.0 in 2/18 and on-premises: 18.3.0 on 7/18). In October of 2018, Ellucian rescinded support for 12.2.0.2, AKA 18c due to a severe defect. Some PL/SQL procedures in Banner including arguments based on table%rowtypes would no longer compile, complaining that a “PL/SQL package with user-defined type is throwing PLS-00801: [Unexpected Fragile External Reference.])”… and there was no workaround. Ellucian’s rescission of support for 18c with Banner came at a tricky time for schools. IT departments were already feeling pressure to stay on top of upgrades … Read More

Visit Us at Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group, 2018

M&S is proud to be a MABUG (Mid-Atlantic Banner User Group), 2018 sponsor! In addition to helping sponsor the event, we will be presenting on a framework M&S Consulting’s Higher Ed practice has been working to perfect: Using a Common Data Model (CDM) intermediary to integrate diverse campus systems leveraging APIs. Our team that will be attending MABUG, Kate and Tak, have decades of experience in Higher Ed tech and are excited to be in the middle of all the excitement October 14-16 in Fredericksburg, VA. If you’re going to be there we would love for you to come and say hi … Read More

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More