OAKLAND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT (MICHIGAN) AND OCEAN COUNTY (NJ): TRANSFORMING GOVERNMENT WITH CGI’S BUILT-FOR-GOVERNMENT AMS ADVANTAGE ERP SOLUTION
October 06, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education NewsFairfax, Virginia, October 5, 2007 – CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) announced today that Oakland Intermediate School District and Ocean County have upgraded their HR/Payroll systems using CGI’s web-based, AMS Advantage Human Resources Management (HRM) solution. By partnering with CGI, both clients have achieved their goals to reduce support costs and improve efficiency.
“K-12 schools have unique teacher and employee requirements that can be difficult to manage with the wrong system,” declared Karlin Rossi, Application Services Manager, Oakland Intermediate School District, “We wanted an HR system that would easily manage these types of unique needs while helping us improve administration of our 5 school districts. And we wanted to do it with proven web-based technology.”
Together with CGI, the district upgraded their HR system with AMS Advantage HRM, integrating out-of-the-box software with their existing financial management and performance budgeting systems. “With AMS Advantage HRM,” Ms. Rossi continued. “We consolidated systems and infrastructure into a Shared Services Model. Now, instead of spending time and money maintaining disparate systems, we are operating a single system configured to meet each of their unique needs.”
With built-for-government functionality, the district is addressing the unique needs of K-12. “Challenges like contract administration and teacher and employee pay cycles are unique to the public sector, and require specialized functionality to manage. With AMS Advantage HRM, we are easily managing key tasks like contract pay and avoiding the risk of mismanaged disbursements or payments.”
With new functionality and web-based technology, the district is also taking the first step toward their Governor’s initiative to cut costs and consolidate services. “With CGI we are saving time, cutting costs and creating efficiencies by streamlining manual processes and paper intensive workflows. Just what Governor Granholm ordered.”
At Ocean County, CGI’s dedicated and experienced individuals were an integral part of achieving their goals. “The county wanted more effective and efficient administration and support,” said Cathy Ernst, Assistant Comptroller, Ocean County. “CGI’s knowledge of our business processes helped us do just that; reduce paper-processing, eliminate customizations, take advantage of best practices and effectively configure the system to meet the county’s needs.”
The county also improved access to information and cross-department communication. “The integrated AMS Advantage system is user-friendly, with more data on one screen and in-depth searches” continued Ms. Ernst. “We also consolidated reports, leveraging electronic distribution and electronic file storage to reduce costs. With enhanced reporting, our HR professionals are responding to department needs quicker. With easy navigation some of our departments are even running their own reports.”
“CGI’s partnership brought organization and structure to the project,” continued Ms. Ernst. “Their confident leadership, diligent testing, quality assurance, and great rapport made for a smooth implementation. For example, CGI was committed to training, making sure the county staff was ready to maintain their system by explaining job processes and setting up scripts to work with the job scheduler. Their dedication and diligence contributed to the success of the project.”
“Through our state and local government partnerships, CGI first works to understand each client’s unique challenges, their specific drivers and their end goals, said Pat Colacicco, Vice-President, CGI AMS Advantage Program. Through our experience and commitment, we are able to respond with a value-added solution that helps propel our partners toward their goals. The fact that AMS Advantage ERP is used by so many state and local governments shows that both our software and services have the flexibility that governments and school districts demand.”
Ocean County and Oakland Intermediate School District join a large community of AMS Advantage clients working to increase efficiency and accountability, improve management and management reporting and reduce total cost of ownership. With more than 190 state and local clients, 52 of whom are rapidly adopting the web-based AMS Advantage solution, CGI is driving this transformation through built-for-government software, scalable technology, end-to-end services and government experience. “CGI is committed to the partnership,” said Ms. Rossi. “Through every phase of the project; they are in it for our success.”
From cities, counties, states, schools and universities, AMS Advantage works for government at all levels. Designed specifically for 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, allowing it to significantly increase efficiency, improve management and management reporting and reduce 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 annual revenue run rate stands at $3.7 billion (US$3.5 billion) and at June 30th, 2007, CGI's order backlog was $12.4 billion (US$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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