Ellucian's Banner program is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software application that is designed specifically for use at higher education institutions. UNCG uses a database system called Oracle to store the data that Banner uses. Banner works as an interface that makes it easier to retrieve and add data that is stored in Oracle. As an interface, Banner has features and processing capabilities that allow the utilization of student information (admissions, registration, etc.), alumni information (sponsor identification, campaign management, etc.), human resources information (employee benefits, salary/deduction history, etc.), financial aid information (needs analysis, packaging, etc.) and finance information (general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.).
Because Banner uses one common database (Oracle), multiple departments can access and use the information. This keeps information current across the University; for example, a name change would be immediately reflected in the Student, Financial Aid, Human Resource, and Alumni modules.