CGI-AMS LAUNCHES TAPESTRY 7.0®
Newest release provides extensive enhancements for both wholesale and retail markets and expands real-time rating functions
CGI-AMS Inc., the wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.SV.A; NYSE: GIB), today announced the release of Tapestry® 7.0, an upgrade of its modular rating, billing, and order management solution. Tapestry provides the answers to the issues facing today’s telecom service providers, whether they be wholesale or retail, traditional providers or providers capitalizing on the rapidly converging market of telecom and IP services. With its full suite of convergent rating, billing, and order management solutions, CGI’s solutions help providers fend off intense competition and eroding profit margins by providing the agility and responsiveness necessary to be competitive with IP, content, and value-added services.
Tapestry 7.0 builds on Tapestry’s expansive wholesale and retail capabilities with enhancements increasing wholesale functionality, expanding real-time rating capabilities, and further improving usability.
The over 20 enhancements in Release 7.0 include:
•Flexible calculation capabilities – An enhanced rating mechanism for leveraging calculations defined external to the core solution. This mechanism enables an implementation pricing expert to combine custom calculations with system defined calculations for ultimate rating flexibility.
• Specialized rate maintenance web-GUI – Provides sophisticated support for the entry of wholesale rates at the contract or authority level; the rate maintenance web GUI allows a set of rate changes to be grouped together for validations, approvals and auditing purposes and is specifically designed to simplify high volume rate definition and maintenance. The keystone of this enhancement is the rate selection table, a virtual, rules-based rating paradigm for recurring and one-time charges. This allows the rate determinates and results to be used for a charge to be selected and managed through the rate maintenance web GUI, providing full user control.
• Web-based training – Increases system usability and decreases training costs by providing out-of-the-box, web-based training for service manager including sandbox data and documentation.
• Simplified release upgrade – Decreases upgrade timelines and costs by streamlining the upgrade process between Tapestry releases, even when interim releases were not adopted.
Tapestry is a state-of-the-art rating, billing, and order management solution suite to support convergent solutions and enterprise order management. Installed and proven in Europe and North America, Tapestry meets the evolving demands of a dynamic communications market. Tapestry has been IPDR certified since 2002. Tapestry is a registered trademark and is covered by the following U.S. patents: 6,456,986, 6,415,259, 6,240,422, 6,410,098, 6,463,439 and 6,415,298. For more information on Tapestry, please visit the telecommunications section of www.cgi.com under “Industries”.
CGI-AMS Inc. is the wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology (IT) and business process services firms in the world. 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 U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in Canada and the U.S., Europe and India. CGI's annualized revenue run rate is currently $3.5 billion (US$3.1 billion) and at June 30, 2006, CGI's order backlog was $13.3 billion (US$11.9 billion). CGI's 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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