Accenture cloud lead: ‘Systems resilience is being tested like never before’

With more than 20 years working in Ireland and around the world on many large technology change programmes, Donal Óg McCarthy has extensive experience in digital transformation.
Having worked in the public sector, healthcare, insurance and telecommunications, McCarthy has worked his way up from beginning his career in software engineering to his current role leading the cloud team at Accenture.
Tell me about your own role and your responsibilities in driving tech strategy.
Technology advancements across the digital landscape are completely transforming how our clients do business; disrupting traditional business models and markets and creating new revenue opportunities. At Accenture, we embarked on our own migration to cloud several years ago and as a company with more than 509,000 employees around the world, we are 95pc in the public cloud.
As a leader in our technology business, I am focused on supporting our clients in realising the value cloud can bring to their business. For many organisations, this can be a complex challenge and my role in Accenture is to bring our experience in delivering cloud projects globally to our clients here in Ireland, supporting them on their own cloud journey.
Are you spearheading any major IT initiatives you can tell us about?
Over the past few months we have been very focused on helping our clients out-manoeuvre uncertainty by quickly supporting them in addressing the stability of critical business processes and underlying systems within their organisation. This has meant very different things for each client and we have used our breadth of capability and services within our teams to really make long-term transformational changes to these businesses in a very short time.
Many clients are seeing this current period as an opportunity to build the competencies they need to become more digital, data-driven and to leverage all of the opportunities presented by the cloud.
This transformation is being done in a much faster pace and we are leveraging cloud platforms such as Accenture’s myNav , which allows us to perform an accurate assessment of our client’s technology infrastructure, applications, data, operational model and business outcomes. We use these outcomes to identify the right cloud solution for them, then simulate it at scale. This ability to simulate and test the scaled-up model for our clients is something that is unique in the marketplace and really provides clarity to business and technology leaders on the impact cloud can have on their business.
Deploying these accelerators is key to ensuring that we build a strong business case for cloud that directly addresses the challenges our clients are seeing today and into the future.
How big is your team?
Accenture has been operating in Ireland for 50 years and employs 4,000 people. A large number of our people are delivering really innovative technology...