13-year agreement will provide £100million of economic benefits to the local area and create up to 200 new jobs
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LONDON and EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, March 30, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has been selected by the Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to provide transformational IT to enable the introduction of integrated digital services. The transformation at SBC will result in an improved citizen digital experience across a range of council services whilst delivering new high speed broadband initiatives for schools and the local community.
The contract is valued at £92.5 million over a 13-year term, and will facilitate the Council's digital channel shift, while at the same time, injecting over £100 million into the local economy. As part of the deal CGI will establish an ICT delivery centre of excellence within the Scottish Borders region to support its growing client base in Scotland. The delivery centre will aid in the development of the local economy with the creation of 200 new jobs and employment opportunities for local young people will be offered through Modern Apprenticeships.
Council Leader David Parker said: "This is a landmark deal for the Scottish Borders as we join forces with one of the leading IT companies in the world to offer a once in a generation transformational opportunity for the region. For CGI to choose the Scottish Borders to base their second UK Service Centre is a genuinely exciting opportunity. Not only does it mean our existing ICT staff will remain in the Borders, but it will also bring a wide range of benefits and opportunities."
As well as delivering digital services for the Council's citizens, encouraging them to carry out transactions online, CGI will unbundle six telephone exchanges within the Scottish Borders Council area, creating the opportunity for new community broadband partnerships as well high-speed Internet connectivity in selected schools. Central to delivering on the ambitious plans are CGI's local small/medium enterprise (SME) partners from the region. Examples of key SME partners include Commsworld, one of Scotland's leading telecommunications network providers and Dacoll, an award-winning local provider of technology and business solutions.
"We are delighted to partner with the Scottish Border Council to enable simpler and more accessible digital services for citizens", said Tim Gregory, UK President at CGI. "As part of our commitment to delivering on our plans we will be creating an ICT delivery centre of excellence in the region which will mean up to 200 new, high-value jobs for the area including digital and Modern Apprentice roles." He continued: "CGI is committed to working with a diverse range of partners to help bring flexible, cost-effective digital solutions to local and central government across the UK."
SBC benefits from highly competitive commercial terms negotiated by City of Edinburgh Council in August 2015 as part of its agreement with CGI. That contract was designed flexibly to allow other Public Sector Partners (PSPs) such as SBC, to procure services with increased economies of scale and flexibility.
As part of the agreement CGI will update ICT systems across all Council service areas and automate and integrate back-office processes with a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The new ERP system will integrate with citizen-facing digital platforms to enable cost reductions and increased capacity, while improving service quality, securing more effective and efficient citizen engagement. The digital self-service approach will be enabled by the Agilisys Digital platform, which offers citizens a seamless online experience, available to them 24/7. Agilisys will also deliver a new integrated back office solution, which will replace the council's current Finance and HR systems.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 65,000 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, 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.
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