In their January 2008 meeting, the Stonehill College Board of Trustees approved the recommendation to search for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to replace the disparate information systems in use at the college. An ERP entails a software solution that integrates information and business processes into a single database enabling sharing throughout the college community.
A committee was formed to conduct the selection process that would include broad based participation from across the college. The committee worked with the help of a consultant to develop an RFP, evaluate responses, and recommend a system to Division Heads. In June 2008, Fr. Mark Cregan announced his approval of the selection of Sungard Higher Education and their Banner system as the College's new ERP.
A Steering Committee was formed to oversee the implementation of Banner, which is planned to take 3 years. The Vice President for Finance and the Provost are executive sponsors of the project. The Stonehill Project Manager is responsible for the implementation project. The project manager oversees the core module teams (Finance, Student, Human Resources, and Advancement) as well as the ancillary teams (Portal, Technical, Data Standards, and Communications). Each team is lead by a team leader, who manages the progress of the team and the module specific work groups. Sungard Higher Education provides a project manager, consultants, and additional resources as scheduled by the Stonehill project manager.
The vision of the project is to deliver state of the art, online services and information resources through a single web portal that enables student-centered interactions, provides information targeted by role, and enhances community and collaboration.