Following its 2018 acquisition of Advanced Technology Group, a provider of customer and revenue management consulting and implementation services, Cognizant opened its ATG Solution Center in Missoula, Montana.
The 15,700 square-foot complex is located at 945 Wyoming Street in Missoula's Old Sawmill District and currently staffed by approximately 90 employees. Cognizant has approximately 175 employees throughout the state. ATG reported it will also continue to operate in its office in downtown Missoula for the next two years, with plans to consolidate and expand all operations and staff within the Old Sawmill District.
"We're excited to be opening our new Cognizant ATG Missoula Solution Center and laying a foundation for future growth in Montana," said Allen Shaheen, Cognizant Executive Vice President, North American Digital Hubs.
"Montana, and Missoula in particular, is an attractive place to do business, based on the local talent pool, quality of life we can offer our employees, readily available educational resources, and a thriving tech community. This new center will serve as a key innovation hub as we continue to expand Cognizant's portfolio of cloud solutions,” he added.
Shaheen continued, "We are proud to build on the strong presence ATG has had in the Missoula community, including its partnership with the University of Montana, and other academic institutions."
Cognizant also formally announced a new training program in partnership with the University of Montana at the Missoula College campus. The 12-week program focuses on preparing students for technology consulting roles by offering specialized business and technical courses, including systems analysis and design, data analytics, project management, information infrastructures, and Salesforce cloud platforms and technologies. Students successfully completing the program will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at the Cognizant ATG Missoula Solution Center.
In addition, Cognizant presented a $25,000 grant to the University of Montana's SpectrUM program, designed to inspire young Montanans to pursue higher education and possible careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
"It's an honor to extend my congratulations and thanks to Cognizant for investing in ATG and for their commitment to keeping a home in Missoula, creating more jobs in the community, and ensuring students have access to education and training to help them succeed in high-demand technology fields," said Governor Steve Bullock. "In Montana, we've put an emphasis on growing the economy and making sure we continue to be an attractive place to live and do business, and right here is an example of how that is paying off."