Office Opening Highlights UM Ties With Missoula Tech Partner

March 14, 2019

A large group of people who are both ATG employees and UM alumni were recognized before kickoff of a UM football game last season.MISSOULA – When the Cognizant ATG Missoula Solutions Center recently opened its new office in Missoula’s Old Sawmill District, the University of Montana also had reason to celebrate.

Advanced Technology Group is a tech company with strong Montana roots that provides customer- and revenue-management consulting and implementation services focused on the Salesforce platform. In 2018, ATG was acquired by Cognizant, one of the world’s leading professional services companies – ranked No. 195 in Fortune Magazine’s list of largest corporations in terms of revenue.

On March 13, Cognizant expanded its Missoula operations by opening the new 15,700-square-foot solutions center. Dignitaries were on hand to celebrate, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, Missoula Mayor John Engen, UM President Seth Bodnar and Debashis Chatterjee, Cognizant executive vice president and president for global delivery, digital systems and technology.

The new center currently houses 90 employees, and many of those are UM graduates. Bodnar noted that of the 175 workers Cognizant employs in Montana, 100 are UM graduates. He also stressed the importance of building pathways to employment between the University and successful companies like Cognizant.

“Today’s an exciting start of a new chapter as we welcome Cognizant – a global company – as it makes a bet not just on ATG, not just on Missoula, not just on Montana but also on the University of Montana,” Bodnar said. “We’re very excited about the emerging partnerships that will benefit our students and the wider community.”

During the opening event, Cognizant announced a new training program in partnership with UM’s Missoula College. The 12-week program prepares 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 who successfully complete the Missoula College program can apply for open positions at the Cognizant ATG Missoula Solution Center. 

Additionally, Cognizant announced a $25,000 grant to UM’s spectrUM Discovery Area, which inspires young Montanans to pursue higher education and explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program has been at the center of ATG’s philanthropy mission in Missoula since 2014.

“We’re honored and delighted that Cognizant ATG has chosen to invest so generously in spectrUM’s efforts to put Montana K-12 students on the fast track to higher education and fulfilling careers,” said Jessie Herbert-Meny, spectrUM associate director. “This grant will help ensure that every child in our community, as well as in rural and tribal communities across the region, can access inspirational role models and hands-on STEM experiences.”

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Contact: Paula Short, director of communications, UM Office of the President, 406-243-5608, paula.short@mso.umt.edu.