John Markus Lervik

Cognite AS

Founder & CEO

John Markus Lervik is the CEO and a co-founder of Cognite. Before Cognite, he co-founded Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) in 1997,serving as CTO until 2001, and then as CEO thru Microsoft´s acquisition of FAST in 2008. He held the position of Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Search at Microsoft until 2009. In 2010, John Markus founded Cxense ASA, a software company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2014. John Markus holds a MSc from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), and a PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), where he was awarded the Esso prize for best overall PhD in 1996/97.


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Sustainability, profitability, and digital innovation

Sustainability is no longer optional. It is the key to survival and  success for all industrial companies. Today, companies are increasingly assessed on their contributions to society and their corporate social responsibility strategies. As industry faces growing calls to reduce waste and cut emissions, digital transformation will be key to make the global economy more sustainable.

Cognite believes that sustainability and profitability go hand in hand. We believe that technology can reduce the environmental footprint of industrial operations and generate value by speeding up the development of renewable energy – and that liberating data is how to make it happen. In this presentation, we’ll focus on examples where technology plays a major role in promoting sustainability across industry verticals.

Sustainability as an investment driver

How and why oil operators are becoming diversified energy companies

What technologies should contribute, and where digitalization fits in

How these developments will affect Norway

How Norwegian industry, suppliers, and nonprofits can contribute