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Orange County selects CGI'S built-for-government AMS advantage ERP solution for upgrade
Sep 20, 2007 (08:09 AM EDT)


FAIRFAX, VA, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CGI Group Inc. 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 County.

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, CGI.

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. Website: www.cgi.com .

CONTACT: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President, Global Communications lorne.gorber@cgi.comand Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355, ; Media: LindaOdorisio, Vice-President, US Communications, (703) 227-6161,