|Type||Private limited company|
Kainos Software Limited is a privately held software company based in Northern Ireland, which provides a wide range of services, including Systems Integration, Enterprise Content Management, Application Management, Cloud Integration and Mobile Computing, as well as consulting services in the areas of IT strategy, business case development, technology sourcing and implementation. Established in 1986, as a joint venture between Fujitsu and The Queen's University of Belfast business incubation unit QUBIS, Kainos was one of Northern Ireland's first campus companies and is currently Northern Ireland's largest indigenous high-tech company. The word Kainos comes from Ancient Greek and stands for "new in quality (innovation), fresh in development or opportunity".
Kainos works closely with its various strategic technology partners, including Microsoft, IBM, Autonomy, Workday, Mediasurface, TIBCO, Kofax and Genesys. Hundreds of local and global companies rely on Kainos’s solutions and services to manage, underpin and improve their businesses, including Fujitsu, G4S, HP, KBC, a large number of NHS trusts, Northgate, NSPCC, SSE, Syniverse and many others. Their customers include substantial organisations across the public sector, healthcare and financial services markets; three core markets that Kainos have particular expertise in. Kainos currently operates in Europe, Middle East and Africa and most recently North America. It has over 400 consultants in several locations, including Belfast and Derry in Northern Ireland, Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, London, Manchester, and Bristol in England, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, Gdansk in Poland and San Jose in California, US. The company has won many industry awards at both corporate and customer level.
- 1986 - Kainos established, opening of Belfast office.
- 1998 - Kainos opens its Dublin office.
- 2000 - Brendan Mooney appointed Managing Director.
- 2000 - Joint venture with Property News.
- 2001 - Meridio spin-off.
- 2007 - Kainos launches SpeechStorm, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kainos.
- 2007 - Kainos opens its London office.
- 2008 - Kainos opens its Gdansk office.
- 2010 - Kainos expands into the North American Market.
- 2011 - First launch of Kainos AppCamp.
 Systems Integration
Systems integration is the process of linking together different computing systems and software applications physically or functionally, to act as a coordinated whole. Delivering efficient joined-up systems, connected processes and reliable integrated data has been Kainos’s core business for 25 years. It’s a service that is increasingly important too. Increasing layers of new and legacy applications and infrastructure in organisations are adding to system complexity all the time. At the same time flexibility is increasingly vital to modern business. This means that, as well as being more tightly connected, IT needs to be hugely elastic, reliable and responsive.
 Enterprise Content Management
Enterprise content management (ECM) is a formalised means of organising and storing an organisation's documents, and other content, that relate to the organisation's processes. The term encompasses strategies, methods, and tools used throughout the lifecycle of the content. Whether the challenge is to eliminate paper, introduce easy search-ability to unstructured content, boost remote collaboration or accelerate business processes, Kainos’s deep knowledge and technical expertise in electronic document management, workflow, collaboration, portals and systems integration means Kainos are ideally positioned to turn business strategy into a plan of action.
 Application Management
Application Management is a continuous process of managing the life of an application through governance, development and maintenance. This is made possible by using tools that facilitate and integrate requirements management, architecture, coding, testing, tracking, and release management. Kainos delivers IT services that relieve organisations’ IT departments from the day-to-day demands of maintaining their existing software applications. Kainos have extensive experience of running and optimising enterprise and departmental web sites and intranets, as well as a broad range of custom-built and off-the-shelf business applications. These include problematic, poorly-documented applications that have become obsolete, but which run important business functions and cannot simply be ‘turned off’.
 Cloud Integration
Cloud integration (the business of plumbing cloud computing components into the organisation) is a natural extension of Kainos's core systems integration capability. Cloud computing offers customers an alternative means of delivering and managing corporate IT systems with the added benefits of cost reduction and increased flexibility. As a technology-agnostic service provider, Kainos provides a refreshingly independent perspective on the many and varied cloud options. Kainos advise on and work with every combination of public and private clouds, and ensure secure integration with legacy systems as appropriate. Effectively, Kainos create a wide-reaching roadmap for change that covers every last consideration, ensuring no conflict with existing infrastructures or investments.
 Mobile Computing
Mobile computing is the ability to use computing capability without a pre-defined location and/or connection to a network to publish and/or subscribe to information. Kainos provides full integration services and information delivery solutions to enable organisations to mobilise their business applications and information assets, consistently and securely. This could be via a mobile web portal, or an optimised mobile interface to particular business applications. Kainos provide seamless connectivity on any device, from laptops to tablet devices and smartphones. In this way, Kainos's staff are fully empowered to do their jobs from anywhere – accelerating decision-making, completing transactions and preventing process bottlenecks from forming when key team members aren't physically present.
 Other services
Kainos originally developed the Meridio EDRM solution that was sold by a subsidiary and which has latterly been acquired by Autonomy Corporation to become the Autonomy Records Management product. The company specialises in agile software development. Kainos also has a near-shore support service that is based in Northern Ireland. In 2007, Kainos launched their speech recognition unit as a separate operating division of Kainos and called it SpeechStorm. SpeechStorm provides automated solutions for call centres, including touch tone, SMS, speech and visual IVR.
Kainos released AppCamp in 2011, and has been running every year during the summer since. It is an opportunity for young developers and entrepreneurs to learn how to create applications for iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad devices in a structured and supportive environment. During the app camp, successful applicants will learn how to program in Objective-C, how an Apple application is designed and structured, how to use the XCode development environment and how to deploy apps to the App Store.
The Code4Derry initiative was a programme run by Kainos to match IT students and graduates up with city/local government to promote better access to and improve services. It was based on the Code4America programme.
Code4Derry was run during the summer in 2012 and was an exciting and innovative programme which showcased Derry for other further education establishments and councils. Derry City Council would get the benefit of access to accomplished students who could help the Council understand the potential of technology today and implement some useful applications.
 Health Hack NI
Health Hack NI is an opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated Healthcare and Technology Professionals to work together, in an informal and non-commercial environment, to improve local Healthcare (and further afield). It's key partners are Kainos, EMC Corporation and Belfast City Council. The event was first run in December 2012 in Belfast, and is based on the concept of a "Hackathon", which is well established as a highly productive way of quickly taking ideas to a working prototype. By emphasizing hands-on work on small projects that can be tackled in a short period of time, assumptions can be quickly tested, teams can be built, and momentum can be generated for promising ideas in healthcare.
Evolve is the flagship solution in Kainos's comprehensive suite of healthcare solutions, which cost-effectively automate the creation, capture and handling of medical case notes and operational documents and records, by enabling a smooth transition to EPR through a comprehensive range of solutions and services.
Developed with NHS clinicians and managers, Evolve Electronic Medical Record (EMR) takes Trusts’ document management activities to the next level, creating a fully integrated EMR solution capable of accelerating the delivery of critical healthcare processes and delivering step changes in efficiency and patient care. It is a sophisticated workflow, e-forms and reporting platform, providing the foundation for transformative improvements in healthcare. This powerful EMR solution can enhance or prepare the ground for EPR initiatives, delivering real results for patients and for budget-holders. The award-winning Evolve EMR is being used extensively across a range of high profile UK Trusts, including Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust.
 Awards and recognition
|2013||Kainos Catapulted Straight in at 55 in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2013.
Kainos Software Limited given accreditation in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies (3rd year in a row).
Kainos in the top 5% of organisations in the Microsoft Partner Network.
|2012||Kainos Evolve Wins Enterprise CMS of the Year at the 2012 DM Awards.
Kainos Announced As Finalist in 2012 DM Awards, For Company and Software Product of the Year.
Kainos Receives Gold Standard Accolade at Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards for one of the UK and Ireland's best managed companies.
Kainos Software Limited given accreditation in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies (2nd year in a row).
|2011||Winning the "Best Public Sector Project Award" at the 2011 Document Management Awards.
Star Status for Kainos (one of the best employers in the UK).
Kainos Wins Deloitte Best Managed Company Award (Third Year Running).
Kainos Software Limited given accreditation in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies.
|2010||Kainos Wins Deloitte Best Managed Company Award (Second Year Running).
Kainos Shortlisted for the Irish Technology Leadership Group Innovation Awards in California.
|2009||Kainos named as one of Ireland’s Best Managed Companies in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards.|
|2008||ICT Award for Sales Professional of the Year.
Kainos shortlisted for the ICT Excellence Awards for the category of "Best IT Company to Work For".
Kainos Wins Strategic SharePoint 2010 EDRM Project at Northern Ireland Tourist Board
|2007||Belfast Business Awards, Business Growth.
Irish Contact Centre Awards, with customer Permanent TSB.
|2006||Most Effective Use of Software, with customer Hibernian.|
|2005||Kainos achieves Gold Certification from Microsoft, and has been a Microsoft Gold Partner since.
Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.
Rising Star Awards, PropertyNews.
|2001||IM Awards, awarded top honours for its work on PropertyNews.com.|
- Kainos's corporate website
- Kainos's corporate website (Poland)
- AppCamp official website
- Health Hack NI
- Health Hack Dublin
- Kainos at a glance (About, Customers, Services)
- News Article on Kainos (1)
- News Article on Kainos (2)
- News Article on Kainos (3)
- Kainos joins ECHAlliance
- Kainos published on bestcompaniesguide.co.uk
- Press Releases: Kainos
- History of QUBIS Ltd spin out company Kainos Software Ltd
- "Queen's Portfolio".
- Kainos is Northern Ireland’s largest locally owned, high-tech companies
- Northern Ireland's largest indigenous high-tech company; Kainos
- Meaning of Kainos
- Partnering with Kainos
- Autonomy partners with Kainos
- Autonomy and Kainos tie up
- Mediasurface announces new partner signing with Kainos
- Recent Partner Agreement signed between TIBCO and Kainos
- Selection of Kainos's customers
- Markets which Kainos operate in
- Colligo Partner Program - Kainos Software Ltd Case Study
- Kainos expands into the North American Market
- Kainos's main office locations
- Irish Technology Leadership Group Magazine - Kainos currently growing in the US
- Kainos Case Study on projects across London and Manchester offices
- ECM solutions - About Kainos
- "Kainos launches SpeechStorm".
- Kainos's corporate website's services section - System Integration
- Kainos's corporate website's services section - ECM
- Kainos's corporate website's services section - Application Management
- Kainos's corporate website's services section - Cloud
- Kainos's corporate website's services section - Mobile
- Speechstorm Portfolio
- First ever AppCamp
- Kainos AppCamp Website 2011
- Kainos AppCamp latest website
- Kainos launches 2012 app camp
- Information on Code4Derry
- Tom Gray (CTO) describes the Code4Derry initiative
- Health Hack NI
- Health Hack NI event to see marathon software coding challenge
- Evolve - Kainos’s flagship software application
- About Kainos and Evolve
- "Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013".
- "Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2013".
- "DM Awards 2012".
- "DM Awards 2012".
- "Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2012".
- "Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2012".
- "Document Management Awards 2011".
- "Star Status 2012".
- "Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2011".
- "Sunday Times 100 Best Companies 2011".
- "Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2010".
- "Irish Technology Leadership Group Innovation Awards".
- "Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards 2009".
- "ICT Award for Sales Professional of the Year 2008".
- "ICT Excellence Awards 2008".
- "Kainos Wins Strategic SharePoint 2010 EDRM Project".
- "Belfast Business Awards 2007".
- "Irish Contact Centre Awards".
- "Information Age Effective IT 2006 Awards".
- "Gold certified partnership with Microsoft 2005".
- "Belfast Telegraph Business Awards 2005".
- "Rising Star Awards 2005".
- "IM Awards 2001".