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SOU makes tech switch for some services

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One could say it’s been a “banner year” — or few years — for Southern Oregon University, owing to the challenges it has faced with the pandemic and the fact that the institution has a new president.

But “Banner” could also refer to the name of the software vendor that SOU announced it has replaced with another. It is called “Workday,” which the school will begin transitioning to this summer.

Full implementation, however, will take several years. SOU will hire a firm to “help manage and guide” it “through the lengthy and complex process,” according to a news release.

The change from Banner to Workday is needed, SOU stated, because the school’s contract for Banner’s Enterprise Resource Planning and Student Information System will expire in late 2024.

Workday will help students register and plan for classes and manage financial aid, among many other services. For school employees, it will become the main application for managing information and benefits, along with institutional functions such as accounting, budgeting and finance.

In addition to the traditional desktop version, Workday is available via smartphone app.

Workday also seeks be more efficient and secure than Banner, SOU noted.