I can hardly believe what happened yesterday… I was doing a Sanity Check with Decision-Makers on Grade Submission from Bb Vista to SunGard Banner and they totally reversed their thinking on a decision made 4 years ago which had actually been gaining momentum for this past year. Whoa …
The decision to work with Blackboard on customizations now for the long-awaited Midterm and Final grade submission directly from Bb Vista was nixed in favor of customizing SunGard Banner’s Self-Service form to pull grade data (if any) from Bb Vista -or import directly from .csv.
The following reasons were cited:
1) Longevity of solution: SunGard Banner will be keeping its current SSB architecture with only minor tweaks for nearly 5 years. It is unknown whether Blackboard’s NG line will even have a grade submission to SunGard.
2) Useability for Faculty: Our request for an SOW on customizing the current Bb Vista 8 could not include, said the developers, changes to the UI (which is the sucky part of the whole experience).
3) Burden for Support: Basically if we’re going to have to customize anyway, we might as well have more control over the interface. If NG X doesn’t include SIS integration in 2011, we’ll still present faculty with “our” interface, and switch CMS’s under the covers.