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Montreal, Quebec, September 4, 2001 -  

Alcoa Mill Products, a division of the Aluminum Company of America, Inc. (Alcoa), has selected CGI to provide onsite and offshore application maintenance services for a large number of applications in key business areas. Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, with more than 142,000 employees in 37 countries. Alcoa Mill Products is one of Alcoa’s major businesses, producing the widest variety of aluminum sheet and plate products in the world. The company decided to seek an outsourcing partner for application maintenance to reduce costs and to reallocate internal IT staff to more mission-critical initiatives. Particularly, the company wanted to free up its IT staff to focus on a major strategic initiative to replace most of its core legacy applications with packaged software from Oracle.

Why CGI?
“CGI stood out from other outsourcing partners that we considered because of its unique onsite/offshore delivery model,” said Tom Schreider, director of procurement at Alcoa Mill Products. With a strong U.S. presence and global software development centers, CGI offers clients the security and convenience of local support with the cost-efficiency of offshore resourcing. “Leveraging CGI’s offshore resources will provide us with 24x7 support and allow us to significantly reduce costs,” said Mr. Schreider.

With interconnected delivery centers around the globe and in multiple time zones, CGI specializes in concurrent software engineering, an approach that provides clients with around-the-clock service and support. Onsite teams are available during a client’s normal business hours while offshore teams continue to provide support after hours. This type of model creates a “24x7 virtual workday, ” that substantially reduces a client’s time-to-market. In addition, it generates cost-savings by leveraging offshore labor and reducing the need for onsite space, computing resources and supervision.

About Alcoa Mill Products

With more than 4,000 employees in ten locations in the U.S. and Europe, Alcoa Mill Products produces the widest variety of aluminum sheet and plate products in the world. A division of Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), Alcoa Mill Products manufactures everything from common alloy products to aerospace sheet and plate. The company sells products both directly from it mills and through a network of recognized distributors.

About CGI
Founded in 1976, CGI is the fourth largest independent information technology services firm in North America, based on its headcount of more than 13,000 professionals. CGI’s annualized revenue run-rate totals US$1.3 billion (CDN$2.0 billion). CGI’s order backlog currently totals US$5.7 billion (CDN$8.8 billion). CGI provides end-to-end IT services and business solutions to more than 3,000 clients in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, India, Japan, and Australia from more than 60 offices in more than 20 countries. CGI’s shares are listed on the NYSE (GIB) and the TSE (GIB.A). They are included in the TSE 300 Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSE Canadian Information Technology and Canadian MidCap Indices. Website: