CGI launches solutions designed for tough economic times - Tailored to quickly reduce costs, increase revenue and create operating efficiencies

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    MONTREAL, QC, FAIRFAX, VA, and LONDON, England, Feb. 18 /CNW Telbec/ -
With the global economy facing one of its most challenging periods in nearly a
century, CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:   GIB), a global leader in
information technology (IT) and business process services, is introducing a
series of solutions designed for tough economic times. This high-impact set of
services and solutions are aimed at helping organizations across government
and industry deal with the current economic crisis and directly address budget
reductions or deficits, increased expenses and workforce reductions.
    "The hundreds of companies and government organizations we work with each
day face a growing list of pressures," said Michael E. Roach, President and
Chief Executive Officer. "CGI understands the business and technology
challenges that our clients face and offers the services and solutions needed
to quickly satisfy their customers, address risks while reducing costs."
    Outsourcing, or managed services, is at the cornerstone of CGI's offering
for tough economic times and delivers a competitive advantage for clients by
significantly lowering overall IT costs and improving service levels. In this
economic climate, clients must stay focused on their core business. CGI's IT
infrastructure, application development and management outsourcing model is
based on a certified quality system and flexible global delivery options that
provide consistent service delivery at the best value, while allowing client
management to focus on strategic initiatives.
    Complementing CGI's end-to-end service offering is an initial set of
services and solutions for tough economic times, each of which are proven to
deliver immediate bottom line results:
    Debt collections management - Delinquencies are on the rise and are
challenging organizations to efficiently and effectively improve their
practices. CGI delivers a solution with no up-front costs to meet the growing
collections challenge head-on. Bottom line results can be generated within
three to five months.
    Application portfolio rationalization - Many organizations are facing
budget cuts and IT is no exception. Recognizing the sense of urgency, CGI's
application portfolio rationalization (APR) services rapidly analyze your
applications portfolio, and prioritizing recommendations by cost impact, as
well as efficiency and effectiveness improvements. CGI's six-week assessment
creates a roadmap for cost savings, optimized for each organization's unique
    IT governance - Quality and cost define the value of IT. After an
eight-week assessment, CGI delivers an individualized report that highlights
areas for cost reductions, measurable improvements in user satisfaction,
reduced time for decisions and projects, standardized and consistent
processes, and initiatives that transform IT into a business enabler.
    Claims auditing and fraud detection service - Healthcare fraud is
estimated to reach $260 billion by the year 2010 in the U.S. alone and is a
growing concern globally. CGI audits, identifies and implements programs that
detect fraudulent claims and improve recoveries.
    Energy management - A "green" initiative to reduce both costs and
consumption with energy management software. CGI's evaluates your current
status, uncovers opportunities for "green" improvements, makes recommendations
and provides an expected return on investment (ROI).
    Application hosting - Governments and companies are under mounting
pressure to do more with less. With limited new dollars, hiring freezes and an
aging workforce, the support of current applications will undoubtedly be
affected. CGI's application hosting approach provides predictable monthly
costs and total cost of ownership, while unlocking capital for clients.
    Spend management solutions - CGI's spend management solutions help public
and private organizations identify, target and transform their procurement
operations. Within two months, a spend analysis identifies areas of
improvement throughout the procurement lifecycle, prioritizes key client
issues, and creates a customized roadmap to address them.
    Enterprise content management (ECM) - Pressure to optimize information
processing time and expenses are mounting. ECM addresses the costs of labor,
storage space, paper handling and overall efficiency gains. CGI's initial
assessment is fast, low cost and high-impact. The recommendations can drive
savings that go straight to the bottom line.
    All of these solutions are complemented by the client proximity of CGI's
100 offices in 16 countries as well as 12 designated global delivery centers
across multiple shores. CGI offers flexible contractual arrangements that
adapt to, and support client business objectives.
    Find out more about CGI's solutions for tough economic times at

    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 25,000 professionals. 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 $4.0 billion and at December 31, 2008, CGI's order backlog
was $11.4 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:

For further information:

For further information: Business Development: John Pientka,
Vice-President, Business Development, (954) 232-5531,;
Warren White, Senior Vice-President, Global Business Engineering, (514)
841-3234,; Media: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President, Global
Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355,

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