CGI Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN)



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    Industry Association Supports Banks in Their Journey to SOA

    MONTREAL, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:   GIB), a
global leader in information technology (IT) and business process services is
pleased to announce that it has joined Banking Industry Architecture Network
(BIAN).
    BIAN's goal is to enable banks to rapidly adapt their IT systems to
strategic and operational business changes and to enhance interoperability
between banks. To achieve this, BIAN seeks to accelerate the adoption of
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the banking industry, fostering easier
and more cost effective integration of SOA for financial institutions.
    Leveraging existing technology standards and specifications, BIAN will
create a comprehensive framework of business-focused semantic services for
banking. The framework will provide a model that institutions can use to
rapidly integrate best of breed SOA components into highly functional and
flexible applications, providing a cost effective way to migrate from today's
legacy systems to the more agile, SOA-based next-generation banking platforms.
    "CGI is pleased to be a member of BIAN," said Jame Cofran, Senior
Vice-President, Global Banking & Financial Markets at CGI. "By contributing
our expertise in building enterprise-wide SOA banking applications, CGI will
join with other BIAN members in defining a standard framework for the next
generation of SOA solutions. As a result, the industry can move towards a more
flexible and responsive business platform."
    BIAN was created in the spring of 2008, as a successor of SAP's Industry
Value Network for Banks (IVN) originally created in 2005, and now operates as
an independent non-profit organization. BIAN will soon be publishing first
work products including SOA Building Blocks, Architecture Foundation and
Methodologies, a banking specific Service Landscape and services from
different areas like Sales and Services, Operations and Execution and
Analytics.

    About BIAN

    BIAN is an open and independent not-for-profit association, founded in
April, 2008. It currently comprises 22 members of the Financial Services
Industries including banks, software vendors and service providers. BIAN is
focused on the standardization and promotion of banking specific IT services
amongst and beyond its members. Website: www.bian.org.

    About CGI

    Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent
information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI
and its affiliated companies employ approximately 27,000 professionals in over
100 offices across 16 countries. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business
process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United
States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North
America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at
$3.8 billion and at June 30th, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $12.03 billion.
CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included
in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information
Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.




For further information:

For further information: CGI: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President,
Global Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355,
lorne.gorber@cgi.com; Media: Lee LoPriore, Executive Consultant, Global
Banking & Financial Markets, (843) 881-2441, lee.lopriore@cgi.com; BIAN:
Oliver Kling, General Secretary of BIAN, +49 171 30 85 394,
Oliver.Kling@bian.org


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