3 Ways JAMS + Banner® by Ellucian Strengthen Key Departments in Higher Education

Fortra is leading the pack when it comes to the digital transformation of higher education. That was made even more apparent at Ellucian Live 2019. Our JAMS team caught up with three groups of higher education professionals – those who are looking to centralize Banner processes, those who are looking for an alternative to their existing scheduler, and those who are already leveraging JAMS workload automation to streamline Banner processes. Centralized workload automation is a key strategy to improving staff efficiency – and maintaining levels of service to students and administrators.

JAMS, Fortra’ flagship workload automation solution, offers Banner users job management, job monitoring, and cross-platform capabilities for integrating Banner with other critical platforms and applications. By standardizing properties of scheduled IT processes and centrally monitoring batch processes, JAMS streamlines the management of systems such as student information, financial aid, finance, and HR. Together, Banner and JAMS are strengthening key departments in higher ed in three crucial ways.

Advantage Over Competition

Financial aid departments depend upon many Banner jobs to make quick and accurate decisions related to awards. Workload automation gives financial aid teams an edge by running critical Banner jobs reliably and quickly. Schools leveraging JAMS have automated reports, financial aid calculations, award letters, and more. As a result of these workflows, they can save 8-10 hours a week – time that many schools spend handling those same processes manually.

JAMS at University of Mary Washington
By automating Banner processing at University of Mary Washington in Virginia (Read the Case Study), JAMS has reduced the time it takes to import information and process financial aid packages from 10 hours a day to 8 hours a week.

Confidence, Even When Processes Change

JAMS gives institutions the confidence that Banner jobs and workflows will continue to run even when a new business process or regulatory requirement makes it necessary to make modifications to those jobs. Institutions leveraging JAMS can make changes to Banner jobs with minimal downtime – easily testing them in a dev environment and promoting them to production after sufficient testing.

The JAMS Team meet Banner schools at Ellucian Live
Jonathon Spencer of the JAMS Team meets with Banner users at Ellucian Live


Increased Staff Efficiency

Centralizing Banner processing frees up IT resources to focus on higher value tasks. For many customers, JAMS has enabled small teams to achieve big results — easily completing Banner processes, as well as other workloads, without increasing staff. Reducing reliance on IT to complete departmental tasks adds yet another level of efficiency.

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