Orange County selects CGI'S built-for-government AMS advantage ERP solution for upgrade

    Stock Market Symbols
    GIB.A (TSX)
    GIB (NYSE)

    FAIRFAX, VA, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:  
GIB) announced today that its web-based, AMS Advantage(R) 3 enterprise
resource planning (ERP) solution has been selected by Orange County,
California, for the upgrade of its finance and purchasing information systems,
collectively known as CAPS (County-wide Accounting and Personnel System). The
5-year contract is valued at up to US$17.5 million.
    CGI's AMS Advantage ERP solution was selected for the upgrade of CAPS
after a strategic assessment conducted by the Gartner Group, who was engaged
by the County to review alternative solutions. Orange County recognized CGI's
AMS Advantage solution as providing the best value and functional fit for the
    CAPS is a vital component of Orange County's infrastructure supporting
critical operations such as financial planning, budget development, cost
collection, procurement, vendor and trust fund payments, and payroll and
personnel record administration. CAPS is currently licensed to the County by
CGI. The upgrade to the AMS Advantage 3 web-based solution will bring enhanced
efficiency, improved controls and reporting, streamlined workflow and
processes as well as cost savings to the County.
    "Our objective is to maximize our use of the AMS Advantage product line
by using every piece of functionality available as government business
processes are built into the application," said David Sundstrom,
Auditor-Controller, Orange County. "Advantage provides the best core engine
for running financials on the market. We are confident in our decision to
proceed with an upgrade, as it is further supported by the recommendation of
the Gartner Group."
    "Orange County is a sophisticated and knowledgeable government client
that routinely implements innovative and effective IT solutions to meet its
financial business requirements. Orange County's elected and appointed
leadership team has a clear vision for success and we are very proud to be
their partner. We are excited to be part of their team to implement yet
another successful AMS Advantage solution," said Dave Delgado, Vice-President,
    The first phase of the project will integrate financial management
functions, including budgetary controls, payment processing, grant management
and a common requisition and receiving system. The contract includes a 2-year
implementation, a multi-year Platinum Maintenance program that provides full
support of all customizations and 24/7 support with a dedicated, onsite
response team. Phase two of the project includes the implementation of the
performance budgeting and vendor self service application modules.
    "Orange County demonstrates local government's due diligence in selecting
the ERP solution that truly supports the unique needs of government," said
Michael Keating, Senior Vice-President, CGI. "We are quickly becoming the
premier ERP vendor to large governments with complex needs like Orange County.
We are thrilled to continue our successful relationship with the County."
    From cities, counties, states, schools and universities, CGI's AMS
Advantage ERP solution works for government at all levels and has helped over
190 public sector clients better serve 90+ million citizens. Designed
specifically for government, the solution incorporates CGI's 30 years of
expertise and experience in the public sector market. AMS Advantage helps
governments achieve the highest level of accountability while enhancing
services to their constituents, through integrated functionality, workflow and
configurable processes. The result is significantly increased efficiency,
improved access to information and reduced total cost of ownership.

    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 25,500 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 $3.7 billion (US$3.5 billion) and at June 30th, 2007, CGI's
order backlog was $12.4 billion (US$11.6 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.

For further information:

For further information: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President, Global
Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355,;
Media: Linda Odorisio, Vice-President, US Communications, (703) 227-6161,

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890