Cognisess wins global award for AI in HR

We have been recognised as a global leader for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in HR by the CogX 2020 Awards. It celebrates the best emerging technologies in different sectors and industries, the CogX Awards handpicks winners from entrants from around the world. 

“We’ve experienced significant global expansion over the past year, both in terms of the number and scale of our clients, as well as the capabilities of our products. So it feels great to be recognised by the world-leading CogX awards, that especially focus on accelerating the ethical and safe adoption of AI.

AI is a rapidly evolving science with enormous potential, and our values are closely aligned with CogX when it comes to the responsible use of AI. Our goal is to democratise human capital and remove any bias from people management – helping businesses to identify, nurture and retain the best talent regardless of ethnicity, gender or social group”

Chris Butt, CEO of Cognisess

The CogX award is symbolic of the major successes and developments we have experienced over the past year:

  • A growing relationship with InterContinental Hotels – with 5,656 hotels in nearly 100 countries – where employees will use the Cognisess platform for performance and talent management.
  • The global roll out of the Cognisess recruitment platform by AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, supporting tens of thousands of candidates to apply for roles at all levels.
  • Increased use of Yondur, a free careers and talent assessment app for job seekers, students and career movers, into new markets including Australia, Singapore and The Netherlands.
  • The translation of Cognisess assessments into 11 languages.
  • Advances in video analytics that read facial micro-expressions, irrespective of culture, to help recruiters make better informed and more accurate recruitment decisions.

The CogX Awards are judged by a panel of tech and global innovation experts from the Office of AI, University of Cambridge, PwC, Sodexo and others. Cognisess is joined on the list of this year’s winners by The Gates Foundation, King’s College, The Alan Turing Institute and the BBC.

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Cognisess Pro is now available on Microsoft AppSource

Cognisess, the Bath based software company announced that their flagship enterprise product Cognisess Pro –  the Predictive Analytics Platform for People –  is now publicly available on the Microsoft AppSource.

AppSource is the business app marketplace created by the computer giant, Microsoft, and is rapidly becoming the go-to-destination globally forenterprise scale business customers featuring over 200 SaaS (software as a solution) products which can help customers’ businesses to perform, compete and operate more efficiently.

As an Independent Solution Vendor (ISV) Cognisess are now able to market their SaaS offering to the entire international Microsoft ecosystem which is used by potential end clients and third party partners worldwide.

“This takes our relationship with Microsoft to another level” commented Cognisess CEO, Chris Butt. “In four years we have graduated from the Microsoft Accelerator Programme with a fledging offer in the HR Analytics market to becoming a fully integrated enterprise SaaS offering for the global market. It is both a testament to our team in driving our ambition to be a significant brand in the HR Analytics market and to the level of maturity of the market that Microsoft are keen to add Cognisess to their suite of products covering Workforce & People Analytics.”

Cognisess Chief Technology Officer, Tree outlined the significance of this latest development for Cognisess: “Microsoft run a rigorous process of vetting your product before it is accepted into their ecosystem as you might expect. Your quality and compatibility need to be approved by Microsoft before you can be considered as a product capable of integrating with their major enterprise platforms like Microsoft Office 365, Azure and ultimately with Dynamics and Power BI. So it’s a big boost for our technical and engineering reputation to be accepted at this level. It doesn’t get any higher in business terms”.

“We are looking forward to putting our best efforts forward to really capitalise on this new level of access to global partners and clients. It is exactly the kind of strategic boost that the business needs to elevate the brand and its profile globally.” Said Chris Butt.



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Bath-based Cognisess selected to attend Microsoft Global Startup Roadshow 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya NadellaCognisess was selected among the UK startups chosen to attend the Microsoft Global Startup Roadshow in Seattle from 24th – 28th April. The five day event brings together 15 startups from across the world to meet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and take part in learning sessions and networking.

All of the startups taking part have engaged with Microsoft – most having been through the Microsoft Accelerator – and all have ambitions to penetrate the US market. Microsoft will organise strategic meetings with potential enterprise customers, along with sessions with Silicon Valley investors.

From roundtable discussions with senior leaders at Microsoft, through to focussed sessions on strategic business development, enterprise readiness, and media and sales training, the Startup Roadshow is a chance for startup founders to connect and share their stories and learnings.

Deep LearnCognisess joined the Microsoft Accelerator to support the growth of its world leading predictive people analytics platform. Since then the company has gone on to appoint a new Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Boris Altemeyer, and to further develop its Deep Learn™ machine learning engine. Cognisess Deep Learn™ is an innovative and dynamic predictive analytics tool – able to learn, absorb and react to multiple information streams. It turns millions of data points and inputs into clear insights to support HR decision making in organisations. Initial clients have included international hotel group IHG and car manufacturer VW.

Chris Butt CognisessChris Butt, CEO of Cognisess, said: “It’s a great opportunity for Cognisess to be part of the Microsoft Global Roadshow. To be just one of 15 companies from around the world to be invited to meet Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, and the rest of the senior team in Seattle, is an exciting moment for the company. We are in a growth phase and meeting investors, potential customers and the wider Microsoft eco-system will help us scale rapidly.

“It’s also recognition that we are building an innovative and transformative tool. Deep Learn™ – our AI predictive people analytics engine – is changing how we measure talent, potential and performance – helping companies and their people make better decisions.”
High growth startups from China, India, Israel, Belgium, the UK, New York and Seattle will attend the Startup Roadshow, the second of its kind after the successful inaugural event last year. In 2016, 15 startups were selected from a list of over 500, demonstrating the prestige of the Roadshow.

The Microsoft Startup Roadshow Teaser video can be seen below or watched on Facebook.

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