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At David Kent Consulting, we believe the best client is a well-informed client. We want you to to have all of the information, expertise and confidence you need to make the right decisions for your institution.
When we say “our team is your team” we mean it – our goal is to provide you with the right expertise to not only meet your immediate needs, but set you up for long-term success.
David Kent Consulting is a group of experienced Oracle, Ellucian Banner and Cloud professionals who provide functional and technical services to institutions of higher education.
Our goal is to help you get the highest possible return on your investment in Ellucian Banner.
David Kent Consulting’s driving principle is bringing the right expertise directly to you. Although our work is in information technology, it is the relationships we build that create long-lasting partnerships – we encourage our clients to rely on our team as their team.
All of our clients have direct access to our flexible team, 24/7. We use the collaboration tools that fit best with your organization: video chat, private Slack channels, in-person or the trusty telephone. Working with our consultants feels like working with your own staff. From the moment a client reaches out to the David Kent Consulting team, they are met with high-quality service, timeliness, and a efficient engagement process.
Our network of consultants is made only of experienced Banner and Oracle professionals who know how to get the job done – not full-time professional consultants who best know how to rack up billable hours. Our network goes beyond the technical and includes expertise in higher-ed administration and integration, as well as subject matter expertise for all eight Banner systems–General, Student, Financial Aid, Student A/R, Finance, HR, Position Control, and Advancement. Clients have immediate access to our full compliment of functional and technical experts on an “as-needed” basis.
Knowledge is Power. And we believe that our best client is a well-informed client. Whether you are working with one of our technical consultants or one of our many subject matter functional experts, we strive to build tribal knowledge within the Banner user community. When we complete an engagement, we ensure that you have the skills, confidence and best practice know-how to best administer and best use your Banner system.
Some 20 years ago, David Kent, an Oracle DBA at Michigan Technological University, saw the need for real-world IT expertise, not full-time consultants, in the higher ed marketplace.
David was working full time at Michigan Tech, and having dabbled in freelance Banner and Oracle consulting work during the preceding 10 years, he was acutely aware that his skills were in high demand. He also noted that many of his most respected colleagues at other institutions had skills equally in high demand. They had the talent, drive, and flair to be top-notch freelance IT consultants. Unfortunately, there was little opportunity to package and market their collective talents in a way that answered the needs of the marketplace.
In August of 2000, David Kent Consulting (Originally known as David Kent Inc., or DKI) became the first consulting company to bring a highly skilled and experienced freelance IT team to the higher ed marketplace. For the next 16 years, this consortium consisted of David and a handful of his colleagues from various institutions across North America.
Coinciding with David’s retirement from Michigan Tech in the fall of 2016, many new freelance consultants came aboard, significantly increasing the company’s expertise and capacity.
David’s passion for IT consulting, his experience, and his desire to continue building upon his game- changing consulting model are the hallmarks which drive the company’s growth and development. The ultimate goal of David Kent Consulting is to forever change the way IT practitioners and consumers participate in the marketplace and work together to solve common problems.