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Commonwealth of Kentucky transforms budgeting, recruiting systems with CGI's AMS Advantage(R)
Aug 25, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)

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FAIRFAX, VA, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CGI Group Inc. , a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the Commonwealth of Kentucky expanded its AMS Advantage(R) ERP system with the AMS Advantage Talent Management module and will now add the Performance Budgeting (PB) module. This phase of the project is scheduled to be completed by August 2009.

The new web-based AMS Advantage PB tool provides governments with an integrated budget preparation package that enables the real-time budget formulation, analysis and reporting capabilities required to measure and achieve states' financial goals.

This latest extension comes after the Commonwealth won a "Best of Kentucky" award for its Career Opportunities System (COS) at the Kentucky Digital Summit in April. Named "Best Application Serving a Public Organization" for its outstanding information technology contribution to the public sector, the COS utilizes CGI's AMS Advantage Talent Management solution powered by Kenexa BrassRing to allow applicants to create and manage their state employment applications online.

"The COS, including CGI's AMS Advantage Talent Management System, has provided significant improvement to both our public and government operations" said Carla Hawkins, a commissioner with the Personnel Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. "In its first four months, over 18,000 applications were completed online, an increase of 25 percent over the previous process and office visits have dropped from 100 per day to below 20. Agencies have benefited from an expanded geographic recruiting pool, as well as process efficiencies and employee morale. Even better, our citizens no longer have to drive hundreds of miles to the capital to apply for positions that may only be a couple of miles from their homes."

"CGI and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have been partners since the mid 1980s and we congratulate the state on its recent award," said Bob Hannum, Senior Vice-President, CGI. "Over the last 10 years, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has truly transformed its government operations with the help of AMS Advantage. We look forward to delivering additional business results in the future."

About AMS Advantage

From cities, counties, states, school districts and universities, CGI's AMS Advantage ERP solution works for government at all levels and has helped public sector clients better serve 90+ million citizens. Designed specifically for state and local 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 27,000 professionals in over 100 offices across 16 countries. 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 $3.8 billion and at June 30th, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $12.03 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: .

About Kenexa and CGI

CGI and Kenexa are strategic partners to provide solutions to state and local governments. A leading end-to-end provider of software, proprietary content, services and process outsourcing company, Kenexa is committed to providing services for more efficient recruiting, on-boarding and retention of employees. Together they provide CGI clients with a proven, scalable and dependable offering for recruiting, hiring and retaining a competitive workforce backed by in-depth experience working with state and local governments.

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