Gary Boyle

Industry X - Technical Architect

Belfast, Northern Ireland

"In our daily work life, we all want to achieve something that will make the world a better place—in this project, I feel like we’re helping protect the planet."

How I put change in motion

As a Technical Architect, I lead asset development within the Energy Transition Services group for Industry X, covering renewables, connected energy services and network of the future. In this role, I lead the developing of assets to help position Accenture at the forefront of energy transition. We’re using leading-edge technologies—such as Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, cloud and closed-loop technologies—to help clients accelerate the transition toward zero emissions and industrialized energy solutions.

We recently collaborated with Swiss eco-tech company Climeworks to help fight global warming. We developed a technical solution to enable Climeworks to better understand plant operations and forecast carbon capture in different conditions.

As the Technical Lead for this project, I ensured the digital plant solution created for Climeworks addressed their needs—whether that was having an intuitive user interface in which to interact with the solution or executing analytical models developed by the analytics team.

Our work helped Climeworks expand their unique direct carbon-capture technology and made it scalable. This is an invaluable technology in the fight against climate change. We all want to feel like the work we’re doing is making a difference, and with this project, I helped protect the planet.

The Climeworks team included Sales Lead Stéphane Piqué, who served as project lead; Managing Director Andrew Smith, who helped champion the project; Managing Director René Wiedemann, who helped ensure Accenture’s sponsorship of the project; and Project Analytics Lead Xiang Zhao, who translated requirements for the analytics team.

Read more about how we helped Climeworks apply leading-edge technology to filter global CO2 emissions.

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A day in my life

I love the variety of my role working with numerous clients and internal teams. The scope of the role across so many areas means that I will be engaged with several different teams at any one time, potentially covering topics as diverse as electric vehicle (EV) charging, electrical grid stability, optimizing output from windfarms and determining the health of different assets.

My teams are spread across multiple time zones and we rely on various daily scrum calls and regular catch-ups to work smoothly together, no matter the location and circumstances. My days are filled with communicating with clients, partner companies and external industry groups to see how we can leverage our wider ecosystem partners to address difficult questions regarding energy transition.

I also try to fit in daily exercise and helping home-school my children—which can sometimes be the biggest challenge of my working day.

“We developed a technical solution to understand plant operations and forecast carbon capture.”

My advice

Never stop learning about topics that interest you and are related to your field of work. Technology changes at such a pace that no matter your expertise, it will be out of date unless you stay relevant.

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