xwave to develop and implement an Enterprise Resource Planning strategy for College of the North Atlantic

    ST. JOHN'S, NL, May 12 /CNW/ - Newfoundland and Labrador's leading public
college will be able to better administer areas such as human resources and
student services through the upgrade of their enterprise resource planning
(ERP) applications. xwave, a division of Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN), announced
that it has signed a contract with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) to help
enhance and execute the strategy. The first phase involved the upgrade of
their PeopleSoft Financials in September 2008. The next phase will involve the
upgrade of CNA's PeopleSoft Human Resources and Student Administration
software that will provide the platform for enhancing their existing
application as well as planning for new functionality. The contract is valued
at approximately $2 million.
    College of the North Atlantic is one of the largest post-secondary
educational and skills-training centres in Atlantic Canada, with a history
dating back more than 40 years. The College comprises 17 campus locations
throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and one in the Middle East State of
Qatar. It offers nearly 100 full-time programs and more than 300 part-time
courses for some 20,000 students each year.
    "Critical administrative systems within an institute of higher learning
must be current, reliable, and easy to use - both for our students and our
administrators," said John Hutchings, VP Finance and Administration, College
of the North Atlantic. "This software will help us implement solutions that
are cost-effective and scalable in order to allow one of Canada's premier
post-secondary educational training centres to stay abreast of technology
advances while offering improved services that increase our competitive
    xwave has been working with the College for the past year, successfully
delivering the College's PeopleSoft Financials upgrade. Building on this
success, xwave and the College have nurtured a relationship that has grown
into a productive partnership.
    "Demonstrated PeopleSoft success, 30 years of systems integration and an
ability to provide local, hands-on support have all been key to our selection
by CNA," said June Turpin, Regional Director, Newfoundland and Labrador,
xwave. "In addition, having provided solutions and services to a number of
Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institutions, PeopleSoft upgrades and
implementations included, we offer a domain knowledge that lets us get in and
deliver faster and more efficiently."
    xwave has a 10-year history of successfully delivering PeopleSoft
projects that evolve into long-term strategic relationships with clients. The
company's expertise using a proven PeopleSoft Delivery Methodology is
supported by a proprietary Project Management Framework (PMF) and best
practices around change management and knowledge transfer. Together these
capabilities help ensure xwave meets all business requirements, reduces
project risk and complexity, and provides high-quality deliverables on time
and on budget.
    xwave's PeopleSoft practice is located in Newfoundland, and will work
closely with CNA staff throughout the project as well as after its completion
to facilitate a knowledge transfer around the new Student Administration,
Human Resources, and Financial modules. The project is scheduled for
completion at the end of 2009.

    About xwave

    xwave, a division of Bell Aliant, is an Information Technology service
provider that serves clients through three lines of business: Professional
Services, Healthcare, and Advanced Technology Solutions. Together they plan,
design, build, and deliver technology solutions that meet clients' business
needs and help clients build a simpler, greener and more stable IT
environment. xwave employs almost 1000 people in offices in St. John's,
Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Charlottetown, Summerside,
Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and New England. More information can be found at

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For further information: Karen Ewing, (877) 332-4605

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