CALIFORNIA SELECTS CGI-AMS FOR ACQUISITIONS REFORM INITIATIVE
CGI-AMS, part of CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), today announced that the State of California has selected the company for strategic sourcing analysis and services to streamline the state's procurement processes. Through this agreement, CGI-AMS, teamed with global management consulting firm A. T. Kearney, will help the state better leverage the estimated $4.9 billion it spends on goods and services into buying power, based on economies of scale and private industry procurement best practices. The initiative will be funded through a specialized contract model whereby the company will be paid directly from the resulting savings.
The California Performance Review comprises a comprehensive examination of the state government to enable delivery of the best services to the public in the most efficient way. CGI-AMS will support the California Department of General Services (DGS) in identifying opportunities to negotiate new agreements with suppliers and implement other improvements to drive cost reductions and efficiency improvements. The agreements will result in greater value per taxpayer dollar for professional services and goods ranging from paper clips to delivery trucks.
"We applaud the State for so quickly seeking fresh ideas in reforming acquisitions," said Donna Morea, president, CGI-AMS. "Our record of helping California find creative ways to generate new revenue, streamline operations, and find savings dates back to 1994. We are honored to have been selected as the partner for this exciting new initiative."
"Progressive governments at the federal, state or provincial and local levels around the world are applying private sector best practices to improve the business of government," said Terry Luettinger, A.T. Kearney vice president and Government practice leader. "A.T. Kearney's proven approach to sourcing and procurement will result in a more efficient, effective DGS and help California taxpayers get more bang for their buck."
A.T. Kearney has helped more than 750 private and public organizations achieve savings of $25 billion through revitalized procurement, sourcing and supplier relationship processes.
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 25,000 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 India and Canada. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently CDN$3.8 billion (US$2.8 billion) and at March 31, 2004, CGI's order backlog was CDN$12.0 billion (US$9.1 billion). CGI's shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Canadian Information Technology and Canadian MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
About A.T. Kearney
A.T. Kearney (www.atkearney.com) is one of the world's largest management consulting firms. With a global presence that includes more than 60 offices in 37 countries, spanning major and emerging markets, A.T. Kearney provides strategic, operational, organizational and technology consulting and executive search services to the world's leading companies. A.T. Kearney is the high-value management consulting subsidiary of EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company.
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