Michael Niemann

Management Consultant

Fairbanks, Alaska

"I love the feeling that I’m helping clients discover new scientific insights."

How I put change in motion

As a Management Consultant, I work with clients to document the architecture and strategy involved with deploying information systems in their laboratories. I work across different kinds of businesses and industries and support client efforts to collect and manage scientific data. I love the feeling that I am helping discover new scientific insights.

DuPont recently became an independent entity from global chemical giant DowDuPont, and we helped them migrate to the Microsoft Azure Cloud. My role focused on strategy and documentation, including the data itself and the system that stores and processes the data. I also visited client sites that had complex systems and helped them install and support new software.

This project was very technical and involved a lot of understanding firewall rules, client/server architecture and network routing. Working on this successful venture increased my technical knowledge tenfold and taught me that I can excel at anything if I humble myself and admit when there’s something I don’t understand.

My team included Managing Director Adam Cooper, who enabled our team to bring their technical expertise and creativity to the tasks at hand; Software Developer Manager Robert Jones, who helped manage laboratory data; Managing Director Derek Ong, who led a team responsible for migrating 500 applications from Dow to DuPont; and Senior Manager Dixit Patel, who led the migration of manufacturing quality systems.

Read more about how we helped DuPont move quality systems to the cloud to drive independent operations, real-time monitoring, reduced costs and increased flexibility.

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A day in my life

My typical day is about half meetings and half working. Some days, the balance swings more one way than the other.

Here’s an example of a recent day:

  • Morning meetings with my project group about the week’s agenda.
  • Meeting with our technical group to discuss issues anyone has come across.
  • Status meeting with our management team.
  • After lunch, spend the rest of the day working on things that were discussed during morning meetings.
  • I also lead a talent-management team for our practice within Accenture. I work on this initiative throughout the day when I’m not working on a specific project.
“If you find yourself on the right team with great people, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.”

My advice

Humble yourself. Lean on your teammates. Listen to them. Laugh with them. Ask them about their personal lives. Engage with them like you would with friends. If you find yourself on the right team with great people, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

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