Los Angeles County Goes Live with CGI's New AMS Advantage Grant Lifecycle Management Module
CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the implementation of the new AMS Advantage Grant Lifecycle Management (GLM) module. Developed in collaboration with the County of Los Angeles, CA, GLM simplifies the tracking of grant information from opportunity to closing, and will be available with AMS Advantage Release 3.8, scheduled for general release this year.
"With the new AMS Advantage Grant Lifecycle Management module, the County can manage the grants application tracking process more consistently across the County," said Robert Davis, Assistant Auditor-Controller, Los Angeles County, CA. "On going grants monitoring is particularly important now, given the tough economy."
The implementation of the Grant Lifecycle Management module is the latest building block of a multi-year ERP initiative to replace the County's legacy administrative systems with CGI's AMS Advantage, a fully integrated ERP system. Grant Lifecycle Management provides a centralized view of potential grant revenue and grants status across all government levels, improving coordination, communication, and oversight. GLM also identifies patterns for lost grant dollars as well as managing sources of grant funding, across federal, state, and local governments as well as from non-profits and private institutions.
"By eliminating the manual effort required to manage the process end-to-end, we will increase our efficiency while improving citizen service with the new Grant Lifecycle Management," said Chuck Adams, Assistant Director Department of Public Works, Los Angeles County, CA.
The Department of Public Works, which tracks 350 grants worth more than $450 million, was the first County department to roll out the GLM module. Since going live in August 2008, the department has used GLM to track and respond to 50 new grant opportunities. The County's Department of Parks and Recreation went live in November 2008 and is tracking 150 grants through GLM. The County plans to take a new department live each month through April 2009.
"With the challenging budget outlook in many state and local governments, it's critical to maximize new and existing grant funding streams to offset budget cuts," said Pat Colacicco, Vice-President, of CGI's AMS Advantage group. "CGI prides itself on delivering the government-specific functionality our clients rely on to help them maximize service to their constituents. Grant Lifecycle Management is an excellent example of CGI collaborating with our clients while increasing the capabilities of AMS Advantage for the benefit of our entire user community."
About Los Angeles County - Department of Public Works
Los Angeles County's Department of Public Works serves a population of 10 million residents and is responsible for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and repair of roads, bridges, airports, sewers, water supply, flood control, water quality, and water conservation facilities and for the design and construction of capital projects. Additionally, a 24-hour Emergency Operations Center is maintained to respond to problems reported by the public and other agencies, as well as major emergencies such as floods, earthquakes, fires and other disasters. Divided into 30 divisions and groups with 77 field facilities in strategic locations throughout Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Works employs over 3,500 people and has an annual operating budget over $1.6 billion.
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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 25,500 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 North America, Europe and India. CGI's fiscal 2008 revenue was $3.7 billion and at September 30, 2008, CGI's order backlog was $11.6 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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