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PARIS, Dec. 17, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has signed an exclusive, comprehensive, five-year partnership agreement, valued at €30 million, with DCNS, a global leader in the naval defence industry and an innovator in the energy sector. The agreement covers the implementation of IT support and maintenance services, as DCNS seeks to develop its markets, especially internationally.
DCNS designs, manufactures and maintains submarines and surface vessels. The leading industrial group also develops marine renewable energy systems. These operations require strict industrial resource management to meet client needs and enable DCNS to remain one of the most competitive players in the market. DCNS plans to build on its strengths to develop a sustainable, profitable organization in France, Europe and globally. It was looking for a partner with capabilities and solutions commensurate with its desire to optimize support and maintenance for its applications and improve their performance.
"The approach proposed by CGI ensures a more appropriate allocation of our resources and an application support model focused much more on prevention and user satisfaction," said Michèle Fouchard, DCNS' Chief Information Officer. "Under the agreement, our partner is also committed to helping us achieve our overall performance objectives on a day-to-day basis. And, with its global presence, CGI is the ideal partner to help us achieve our ambitions by providing efficient, agile support for our international development strategy."
Under the agreement, CGI is tasked with meeting the following objectives:
- Industrialize support and maintenance services
- Provide assistance to DCNS in all facets of support and maintenance, especially internationally
- Reduce costs, while guaranteeing the necessary security
- Ensure continuity and sustainable improvement of service through a high level of commitment based on a list of key criteria, such as request response time, fault correction time and problem-resolution time.
"We're very proud to be working with DCNS, one of France's flagship industrial companies," said Jean-Michel Baticle, President of CGI's operations in France, Luxembourg and Morocco. "Our expertise and know-how in defence technology will ensure that DCNS benefits from the best possible management of its data, and thanks to our international presence, we'll be able to track DCNS's operational needs very closely. Our goal hasn't changed for 40 years—to always be as close as possible to our clients."
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 65,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI's intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI's annual and quarterly Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), in CGI's Annual Report, in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. The words "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "foresee," "plan," and similar expressions and variations thereof, identify certain of such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. In particular, statements relating to future performance are forward-looking statements and forward-looking information. CGI disclaims any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information.
SOURCE CGI Group Inc.
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