The IT service company CGI and the industrial technology company Valmet have signed an IT outsourcing contract. The contract covers all of Valmet’s sites in over 30 countries and is worth around EUR 38 million.
Under the outsourcing contract, CGI will provide Valmet with hybrid cloud-based IT infrastructure services, service automation-based digital end-user services for IT and user support, and most server and workstation management services. Around 60 ICT experts from Valmet will transfer to CGI.
”Digitalisation is continuously opening up new opportunities for handling basic functions more cost-efficiently, while developing business operations in new directions. With CGI, we can modernise our IT infrastructure and daily tools, free up capital for new development and ensure support from the best experts in the years to come,” said Janne Puustinen, Vice President, Information Technology at Valmet Corporation, explaining the background of the outsourcing.
In the future, CGI will provide outsourced services to Valmet via the Unify360 service concept developed by CGI.
”Unify360 is an advanced toolbox and management system for the modernisation and development of large IT environments. It is based on using various cloud technologies and automation solutions, and their combination with services that we produce either locally in various countries, or globally,” says Senior Vice President Tapio Volanen, CGI Finland.
CGI has previously provided Valmet with cybersecurity services, for example. CGI’s Cybersecurity Operations Centre (SOC) has been monitoring information security in Valmet’s IT environments, while CGI experts have been supporting Valmet in managing risk situations and developing its general cybersecurity level. The outsourcing contract considerably expands cooperation between CGI and Valmet.
”CGI’s strategy is based on being close to our customers and on our solid industry expertise. We therefore warmly welcome the employees transferring from Valmet to CGI, whether they are working in Finland or in other Valmet sites,” Volanen said.
Persons working in Valmet’s IT function will be transferred to CGI under their current employment terms, and their employment relationships will continue without breaks or trial periods. The transferring personnel will be immediately covered by CGI’s internal career paths and employee benefits, including the right to participate in CGI’s share purchase plan.
”CGI fosters an entrepreneurial and participatory corporate culture. For this reason, all employees have the right to participate in the share purchase plan. As part of the plan, CGI doubles every euro that the employee invests in CGI’s shares,” says Volanen, explaining the opportunities provided for the transferring Valmet personnel by the outsourcing.
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Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services, including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. It has 12,000 employees around the world and its shares are quoted on the Nasdaq Helsinki. Further information: www.valmet.com.