30th ANNUAL CGI FORUM BRINGS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AMS ADVANTAGE ERP COMMUNITY TOGETHER
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the 30th annual CGI Forum, the premier event for the AMS Advantage® enterprise resource planning (ERP) client community, which will take place October 19-22, 2008 in Hollywood, California. CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the 30th annual CGI Forum, the premier event for the AMS Advantage® enterprise resource planning (ERP) client community, which will take place October 19-22, 2008 in Hollywood, California. The event offers CGI's state and local government clients the opportunity to network with their peers, gain insights from product experts on how to better utilize their software and discover the latest solutions from CGI to help create efficiencies in their organizations.
"For 30 years the CGI Forum has offered our clients the best in AMS Advantage education, networking and best practices," said Pat Colacicco, Vice-President of CGI's AMS Advantage ERP program. "We are proud of our long history in the state and local government market and even prouder of our long term partnerships with our clients."
CGI's AMS Advantage solution was one of the first ERP systems built specifically for the unique needs of government. As part of a continuing partnership with clients, the CGI Forum helps attendees discover new ways in which AMS Advantage can solve their business challenges and deliver greater value to their organizations. Since its beginning in 1978, the CGI Forum continues to be a vehicle for clients to learn, provide feedback and product direction and network with peers from government jurisdictions across the United States.
CGI Forum 2008 provides a number of activities, such as a Technology Showcase, where clients can learn more about AMS Advantage directly from CGI's product experts, as well as various user networking events, keynote speakers and peer-to-peer roundtable discussions to exchange ideas. Attendees also will learn about CGI's new grant opportunity tracking module, available with release 3.8 of AMS Advantage, which broadens the solution's robust public sector grants management capabilities to record and view the global lifecycle of a grant, from opportunity identification to the audit/close-out stages in order to analyze funding streams that are in the pipeline.
"Attendees value returning to the CGI Forum year after year to expand their knowledge of the solution and to connect with fellow governments across the country on best practices," said Fran Pinkston, User Group Steering Committee Chair from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. "Through this event, CGI really shows its commitment to delivering the best quality ERP solution and equipping users with the resources and tools to achieve the highest level of organizational performance."
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.
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 30, 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: www.cgi.com.
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