CGI secures IT partnership agreement with Countrywide
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of global information technology and business process services, has entered into a seven year IT partnership agreement with Countrywide, the UK’s largest property services group. Over the next seven years, CGI will provide IT services to Countrywide’s 10,000 employees across the UK and deliver a series of major transformational improvements to upgrade and improve Countrywide’s technology and telephony platforms to ensure it leads the way in providing high quality service to its clients.
The strategic partnership agreement will see CGI consolidating and upgrading Countrywide’s existing IT systems to improve technology service delivery. The transformed IT services will support Countrywide’s client-focussed business strategy and ensure that it is able to increase its rate of innovation and rapidly develop and roll-out world class IT solutions.
Over the next two years end users’ personal productivity tools will be transformed; desktops will be virtualised and voice over IP (VoIP) will be delivered to all 1,300 offices and 10,000 employees across the UK.
Tim Gregory, President, Europe and Australia Operations, CGI, commented “We are pleased to welcome Countrywide as one of CGI’s newest UK clients, and look forward to supporting them whilst they transform their business to ensure they preserve and grow market share, fortify strategic B2B partnerships and drive competitive advantage.”
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI provides end-to-end services with approximately 31,000 professionals located in offices and global delivery centers in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at June 30, 2012, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately $4.3 billion and its order backlog was approximately $13.6 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com
Countrywide is the UK's largest and most successful estate agency and property services group, operating more than 1,300 associated branches across England, Scotland and Wales. Countrywide’s network of expertise helps more people move than any other business in the UK and is a leading provider of estate agency, lettings, mortgage services, land and new homes, auctions, surveying, conveyancing and corporate property management services.
Countrywide’s award-winning service has earned the business 127 high-profile industry awards since 2008, with customers voting Countrywide Best Large Estate Agency Chain at the 2012 ESTA Awards for the fourth consecutive year. Recent accolades also include UK Lettings Agent of the Year (Gold) at the 2012 RESI Awards, Best Large Lettings Chain (Silver) at the Sunday Times Lettings Agency of the Year 2012 and Best Surveyor at the 2011 My Introducer awards.
Countrywide operates some of the biggest and best-known names in the industry.
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