Back in 1982 when kids were playing on a Skedoodle, the movie E.T. was released and David Bowie was belting out ‘Let’s Dance’, my father bought me a Microbee computer. He told me ‘you better learn how to use that, computers are gonna be huge’. Together with some geek buddies and a voice synthesizer we programmed it to set an alarm in the morning (‘Wake up, federation ships are approaching’). I studied machine code and that iconic piece of technology changed my life. I could see a career in computing.
In 1988 I joined Westpac Bank in Hamilton, Victoria. I learned so much from this experience (and I still have a nostalgia towards proof machines!) My journey from the country to the city in 1990 was fuelled by my desire to create IT solutions. At the time HR technology was focussed on automating payroll, forms and back office processing. The idea of software to make people management easier was in its infancy. I wanted to be a part of it. To make things possible in HR that people hadn’t yet dreamt of. I couldn’t have been more excited when I started a new company, Cognology.
We were originally a developer of custom-built Human Resource software. We worked on some huge projects including one of the largest competency assessment and redeployment exercises ever undertaken involving 15000 people.
In 2010 we shifted our focus entirely to people management software. I wanted us to become a product company so we could dedicate the time needed to make something great. Since then we haven’t looked back. I’m very proud of our staff. We have a vision to build the technology to make the new world of work possible.
Our online people management platform now empowers more than 250 businesses to design and implement cutting edge talent strategy across their entire employee lifecycle – from onboarding, performance management and learning through to retention and talent profiling.
The future is all about people, their skills and bringing them together at the right time to achieve outcomes.
CEO and Founder of Cognology