SaskEnergy and CGI Sign Seven Year Agreement for CIS Implementation Project and Ongoing Support Services
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) today announced the signing of a seven year, multi-million dollar agreement that will see CGI provide a customer information system implementation project and subsequent ongoing application management, infrastructure support and disaster recovery services to SaskEnergy Incorporated, Saskatchewan’s natural gas distribution utility.
CGI’s work includes the replacement of SaskEnergy’s legacy customer and billing information system utilizing Oracle’s Customer Care and Billing (CC&B) application to manage critical business functions including customer service, billing, collections and meter management.
“Through a competitive public process, SaskEnergy was looking for a technology, consulting and service provider that not only brought extensive industry knowledge to the table, but also had deep experience working with Customer Information Systems,” said Doug Kelln, President and Chief Executive Officer, SaskEnergy. “The security of our customer information and accurate, on-time billing is a top priority, and the CGI solution best fit our needs. We are also pleased that our solution will be hosted and supported by CGI through its operations in Saskatchewan.”
“Having a local team of more than 250 IT professionals ensure clients such as SaskEnergy have access to skilled knowledge and capability within the province. It also provides an economic return in our community”, explained Jim Dundas, Regional Vice-President, Saskatchewan, CGI.
SaskEnergy operates one of the largest natural gas networks in North America, with over 14,000 km of transmission and 67,000 km of distribution pipeline. SaskEnergy is focused on providing safe, reliable natural gas services to the residents and businesses of Saskatchewan.
“Companies and families rely on SaskEnergy to provide natural gas to their businesses and homes, and so the technology that supports SaskEnergy becomes very important,” said Doug McCuaig, President, Canada, CGI. “Our experience in this space is key, and we’re thrilled to have a leading utility like SaskEnergy as our client.”
At CGI, we partner with over 60 utilities in North America and Europe to provide global services and solutions in operational control and dispatch, energy trading and efficiency, CRM, CIS, billing, financials and back office, and service management. We offer our clients a comprehensive solution set, built upon industry experience and technology expertise, enabling real-time, continuous management of critical processes, connecting the horizontal workflow between the three Cs of operations management-customers, control rooms and crews. CGI integrates its utility-industry expertise with a highly configurable suite of software solutions to help utilities effectively manage mission-critical operations in real time. www.cgi.com/en/utilities
SaskEnergy is an integrated natural gas distribution, transmission and storage company which delivers the benefits of safe, convenient and environmentally-friendly natural gas to more than 347,000 residential, farm, commercial and industrial customers throughout Saskatchewan serving 92% of the Province’s communities. Transmission and storage services are provided through its subsidiary TransGas, which operates a high pressure network of over 14,000 kilometres as well as eight distinct storage locations. SaskEnergy has a diverse workforce of over 1,100 employees providing service from more than 50 different locations in Saskatchewan.
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 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. CGI’s order backlog is approximately C$13.6 billion and its annualized revenue is approximately C$4.5 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both, the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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