Episode 67

May 16, 2024

Beyond Billable Hours: Rethinking IT Consulting Practices w/ Doug Baxter

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In this episode of the Professional Services Pursuit podcast, Banoo is joined by Doug Baxter, founder of Consultant Academy. The conversation explores the critical importance of talent development and systematic training within IT services companies, the pitfalls of current industry practices, and the powerful role of strategic methodologies in enhancing service delivery and achieving business growth.

Other topics covered include:

  • Compelling industry data from the SPI Maturity Benchmark
  • Common mistakes made by IT consulting firms
  • Actionable strategies for building a more robust and resilient consulting practice
  • The evolving landscape of professional services
  • The role of AI and automation in refining service delivery and client relationships
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Banoo Behboodi

Vice President, Success Engineering

Banoo Behboodi is a 20+ year software and services leader with extensive experience executing change initiatives with oversight of Customer Success, Professional Services and Delivery and Consulting functions. Banoo’s earlier experiences with AT&T Mobility, Coca-Cola Company and Ernst & Young leading key transformational and compliance projects, provided the foundation needed to be an effective leader and a change agent with a customer first mindset. Banoo is passionate about driving continuous improvement through sharing best practices and empowering resources through technology and analytics to optimize performance and job satisfaction while driving business outcomes.


Brent Trimble

Vice President, Value Engineering

Brent brings more than 15+ year’s of leadership experience in Management Consulting, Strategic Delivery, Marketing services and product development firms to his technology role at Kantata. As the VP of Value Engineering and the Managing Director of Marketing Service & Agency Vertical, he specializes in identifying process improvement potential, business optimization and key health metrics for alignment and orientation.

With deep business understanding through an operator lens - Brent works with Kantata partner firms to refine intrinsic and extrinsic value drivers - giving firm principals the focus required for adoption, mobilization, value realization and ultimately - success.

Prior to joining Kantata, Brent was a client of the platform and held positions at Interpublic Group, Accenture, WPP, and independent marketing consulting firms.