Welcome to David Kent Consulting!

Our focus is empowering you to take the lead. Consider this journey a comprehensive experience where you receive information, expertise, and the confidence to navigate your institution strategically.

When we emphasize “our team is your team,” it’s not a mere catchphrase but a commitment. We provide the expertise to address current challenges and position you for enduring success. Let’s not just complete tasks; let’s collaborate to craft a roadmap for your sustained success.

In everything we do. . .
we believe in challenging ourselves, our clients, and the status quo.

Our Story

Some 25 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.

Our Mission

David Kent Consulting is a team of seasoned professionals in Higher Education, providing comprehensive functional and technical services to colleges and universities globally. Our mission is to collaborate with you to optimize the return on your technology investment.

Our Values

Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our unwavering availability to our higher education partners, fostering a culture of collaboration that enhances the collective experience, and promoting active engagement to create meaningful and lasting relationships.


Unlock continuous support. With our teams always available, you’re only charged for actual productive time. Experience a dynamic collaboration where we empower your organization’s staff to seamlessly work alongside our team, fostering innovation whether it’s in-person or remote. Your efficiency and success are our priorities.


We are dedicated to optimizing your technology portfolio, driven by an Agile culture that fosters persistent cross-functional collaboration. Our focus is on enhancing processes and methods to elevate standards for both student and institutional success. Above all, we are fervent about sharing our collective experience and contributing to the development of organizational expertise within the broader higher education community.


Experience the difference. Elevate your experience with us. Unlike others, we seamlessly integrate a team of seasoned practitioners, providing continuous access to a broad spectrum of expertise. Partner with us for on-demand access to skilled practitioners, precisely when you need them, enhancing the flexibility and effectiveness of your consulting experience.


Experience assurance at its finest! Our “no-rookie guarantee” ensures that every consultant on our team is a seasoned professional with over 10 years of expertise in one or more specialty areas of Banner or equivalent domains. Trust in a wealth of experience as we bring seasoned professionals to exceed your expectations.

Our Promise

Experience a transformative engagement tailored for you – providing seamless, immediate access to any facet of our specialized team whenever the need arises. Your engagement level with us is flexible, adjusting to your needs. Whether you require a few hours sporadically or a comprehensive managed services arrangement where our team handles it all, we’re here to elevate your experience. It’s collaboration on your terms, delivering unparalleled support whenever and however you need it.

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Why Partner with us?

We deliver a collaborative team engagement, designed to give you persistent and immediate access to any part of our specialized team whenever you need it. The degree of engagement with us can wax and wane as needs dictate, and the level of service can range from a few hours here and there, to a full managed services arrangement where our team takes care of everything.

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.

Our teams are always available, yet we only charge for actual productive hands on keyboard time. Moreover, we provide the technology and tools to enable staff from your organization to work hand-in-hand with our team either remotely or in person.

David Kent Consulting is committed to providing an agile team of experienced practitioners who provide meaningful engagements to our clients resulting in product sustainability and institutional 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 technology portfolio investment.