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Heath Long

Business and Integration Technology Architect, Senior Manager

Chicago, Illinois


"Technology Architects operate in the space between IT and the business. You can exist in either place and feel quite at home."

What I do

Many of the largest businesses and governments on the planet work with Accenture to help them solve their current technical and strategic challenges, or to help them understand the tools they will need to function in tomorrow’s world.

As a Business and Integration Architect, I listen to our customers, challenge them to strike at the root of problems, provide high-level solutions as sketches, drill into detail as ideas evolve and propose solutions. And at the end of all of that, I’m responsible for leading the technical team that will brings it all to life.

Technology Architects operate in the space between IT and the business. The expectation is that you can exist in either place and feel quite at home. This means that on any given day, you can be head down writing code with the developers or in a conference room with the CEO. It’s important to provide leadership to your project team in setting standards and expectations, managing personalities and skillsets, bringing solutions from previous experience and being open to innovation that comes from within the team.

A day in my life

My favorite implementation was on an agri-business engagement, where I learned how to operate the following equipment: a giant semi, a John Deere 670G excavator and a massive John Deere combine. Those are some mighty fine perks, but it was not just for my bucket list. The goal was to create a series of apps that were used in the field via a native iOS interface.

I could honestly talk about cool projects for longer than you are willing to read. I have been lucky enough to work in a diverse set of industries. In my career, I get to literally step into the shoes of my clients—I’ve been a pilot, a lawyer, a nurse, a farmer, a trucker, a chemist, a machinist, a salesperson, a cashier, a food and beverage server, a banker, a field service technician, an architect, a customer service representative, an accountant and a commodities trader. Who gets to do that?

At my core, I’m a family man—it’s where I like to be, whatever the activity. In the summer, I like to get out on the boat with my wife, daughter, friends and family. Other activities might include playing ping pong, basketball, getting some gym time, reading the occasional book, watching unnatural amounts of YouTube, Iowa football and basketball games, going to the occasional concert and taking the occasional family road trip. Last summer, I cleared out about an acre of woods behind my house, but I soon realized that I had just created another yard to mow. So that was a bad idea.

“In this role, I’ve been everything from a pilot to a commodities trader.
Who gets to do that? ”

My advice

Poke your head out into the world beyond your workspace as often as possible. Be curious and empathetic. Take the time to live a day in the life of your customer. I’ve had customers in the field get out of their chair to give me a big hug because I had just made a daily frustration go away.

Jobs like mine

Multiple Locations

Accenture Flex - Functional Tester -Norfolk, VA

Accenture Flexoffers you the flexibility of fixed duration project-based work powered by Accenture, a leading global professional services company. Accenture is consistently recognized onFORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work ForandDiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversitylists. As anAccenture Flexemployee, you will apply your skills and experience to help drive business transformation for leading organizations and communities. In addition to delivering innovative solutions for Accenture’s clients, you will work with a highly skilled, diverse network of people across Accenture businesses who are using the latest emerging technologies to address today’s biggest business challenges. You will receive competitive rewards and access to benefits programs and world-class learning resources.

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USA VA - Arlington

Federal - Digital Transformation Consultant ++

Organization: Accenture Federal Services Location: Metro DC Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture's federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations. We believe that great outcomes are everything. It’s what drives us to turn bold ideas into breakthrough solutions. By combining digital technologies with what works across the world’s leading businesses, we use agile approaches to help clients solve their toughest problems fast—the first time. So you can deliver what matters most. Count on us to help you embrace new ways of working, building for change and put customers at the core. A wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture, we bring over 30 years of experience serving the federal government, including every cabinet-level department. Our 7,200 dedicated colleagues and change makers work with our clients at the heart of the nation’s priorities in defense, intel, public safety, health and civilian to help you make a difference for the people you employ, serve and protect. At Accenture Federal Services, we do much more than sell technology. We deliver game changing solutions that enhance the agility and productivity to deliver meaningful outcomes. We create innovative solutions that deliver outcomes by connecting people, improving processes, and deliver technology that transforms the way businesses, government, and communities live, work and play. The Role: As an Accenture Federal Digital Management Consultant, you will help clients address priority enterprise-wide challenges with strategies and solutions to execute with speed and at scale. We are looking for future leaders who will build out a broad set of core management consulting skills across several functional domains including digital, strategy, operations, and human capital. What You’ll do:Have meaningful conversations to understand client challenges, near-term goals, and long-term vision.Work collaboratively in an iterative way to reimagine challenges and think out-of-the-boxResearch, analyze, and distill meaningful insights that are focused on valueThink creatively and analytically to solve problems and find new and better solutionsRemain focused on client needs and experiences to expand and strengthen solutions, coming up with new ideas and opportunities to innovateUse considerable judgment to determine solutions and seek guidance on complex problems.Adapt existing methods and procedures to create possible alternative solutions to moderately complex problems.Understand the strategic direction set by senior management as it relates to team goals.Manage small teams and/or work efforts (if in an individual contributor role) at a client or within Accenture.Typically, Consultants work at client sites, with significant client exposure.

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Multiple Locations

Accenture DayNine - Workday Certified Integrations/BIRT Associate Manager

Wanted: Workday Innovators Ready to innovate at the forefront of Workday? As a member of one of the world’s largest Workday-certified teams, you’ll be part of a team of advisory professionals who deliver more than just technology. You’ll deliver HR and financial management solutions that help organizations realize the Workday promise of integrated, cloud-based capabilities that put them on the fast track to a better way to work. Grow your career with leading-edge technologies, continuous learning opportunities and a global community with deep industry expertise that help to solve clients’ biggest challenges. Now is the perfect time for you to join the Accenture DayNine Workday team, where you’ll: Assess, strategize and manage Workday deployments for organizations across the globe. Accenture has worked with more than 600 clients to deliver Workday deployments to unlock the potential of their organizations. Design and deliver future-ready Workday solutions to help organizations optimize their HR and Finance functions and enhance their employees’ experiences. Join more than 1,200 professionals certified in Workday, collaborating to drive enterprise-wide transformational projects on a global scale. Expand your Workday skills and advance your career with unparalleled training and professional development opportunities. Key Responsibilities As a Workday Integration Associate Manager, you should expect to lead a Workday Integration effort and have the following responsibilities: Lead the design of integrations from point to point systems as well as holistic interchange services rendering effective data quality and dependable exchanges of digital information Identify, assess, and solvecomplex business problemsfor integrating the Workday cloud application with external applications across a wide array of Human Capital Management and Financial functional areas, where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors Design, build, and support testing of Workday integration code base including Studio, EIB and supporting 3rd party coding Oversees integration delivery Manage integration development process (may require interaction with global resources across multiple geographic locations) Lead Discovery session with client for each domain specific integration Deliver requirements and design documents to developers Ensures timelines and quality of integration is met Engages with 3rd party vendors as required Closelyfollow the strategic directionset by leadership when establishing Workday project goals Collaborate with client counterpart to successfully deliver shared objectives Responsible for timely identification and escalation of risks and development of alternative technical and functional approaches when necessary Help identify process improvements and changes to our methodology based on project experience Individuals in this role may be expected to either: Manage and guide a team a small team of individuals as well as to take on a lead role within any project in which they may serve as an active participant OR Become the lead Subject Matter Expert within the Integration area of Workday.

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