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Updating MSU Denver’s technology foundation

Banner is upgrading to a modern solution that streamlines various processes across the University.

May 22, 2018

MSU Denver computer labMetropolitan State University of Denver is excited to announce that Banner – our enterprise resource-planning system – is upgrading from version 8 to Banner 9.

Banner 9 will provide a modernized, mobile-responsive interface with improved navigation and accessibility features as well as a vastly improved technical infrastructure to help streamline critical business processes.

While substantial behind-the-scenes work has been ongoing for the past year, the MSU Denver community will soon see Banner 9 in a dedicated test environment. Beginning on June 15, module testing will kick off, while upgrades to various Banner modules and auxiliary systems will take place in a series of overlapping project phases. All project work is scheduled for completion no later than Dec. 15, prior to the end of support for the Banner 8 platform.

All current Banner 8 services will remain available until they have been successfully implemented in the Banner 9 environment, and any Banner 8 feature upgrades that are already in progress will be completed as planned. Banner 8 “break/fix” support will remain available until Banner 8 is decommissioned. However, due to the staff commitment required to complete this upgrade, new Banner 8 feature requests can no longer be accepted. 

To meet the project deadline, simplify future upgrades and system management and offer future platform flexibility, Banner 9 module customizations will be minimized. ITS will work closely with module owners to ensure that required functionality is available in Banner 9.

Large-scale technology projects such as this can succeed only with the support of campus users, working closely with Banner module owners and power users throughout this effort. ITS thanks the Banner user community in advance for all of their support and patience throughout this critical initiative.

Additional information and an initial project timeline are available on the Banner 9 Upgrade Initiative webpage. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 303-352-7548 or

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