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CGI launches concept-to-consumer collaboration solution for Apparel, Footwear and Accessories segment

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(New York, New York, January 15, 2012) CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced the launch of  CGI Rendezvous™, an innovative solution consisting of systems architecture, application software and services that supports the concept-to-consumer lifecycle both within and across apparel, footwear, and accessories (AFA) companies. 

“The consistent message CGI heard from our over 20 leading retail clients is that AFA companies need a more collaborative, cost-effective approach to improve product innovation, line creation, sales & marketing, and retail planning and operations,” said Dave Fournier, Vice President, Retail for CGI. “CGI Rendezvous enables our clients to knit together core functions and supporting systems from product lifecycle management, space and visual planning, assortment planning and supply chain with full support from business intelligence investments. CGI Rendezvous’ ability to streamline processes, drive speed-to-market, and realize significant SKU efficiencies is staggering.”  

Operating as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution in a secure CGI cloud computing environment, CGI Rendezvous provides a collaboration platform and collaboration tools supporting project management, calendaring, image and document management, and workflow, visual presentation tools, and a document and image management portal. 

“Not only is CGI working with leading brands and retailers to drive store planning, space planning and visual presentation improvements across the value chain, but now with CGI Rendezvous, we are bringing together sell-in and sell-through processes across wholesale, retail and e-commerce channels to drive true concept-to-consumer collaboration.” said Jim Endean, global leader, AFA practice, CGI. “CGI Rendezvous collaboration platform provides a much needed common interface and set of tools for basic collaborative activities, across channels and processes”.

For brands and retailers looking to leverage existing applications, a middleware application layer supports integration with existing applications. CGI Rendezvous-comprises product lifecycle management (PLM), visual planning and presentation, assortment planning, and business intelligence (BI) and is integrated with the Rendezvous collaboration platform to provide AFA companies with an end-to-end, concept-to-consumer collaboration solution. 

Heightened customer expectations, increased globalization, large-scale consolidation and tough economic times are pressuring retailers and consumer service organizations to reach new markets, attract and retain customers, and drive cost reductions. CGI’s over 500 dedicated IT consulting professionals dedicated to the retail and consumer services industry help clients adapt and evolve through business and technology transformation. We build, implement and manage complex business and IT systems critical to success in today’s changing marketplace. Our comprehensive retail and consumer services for retail, entertainment, publishing, technology and media companies transform operations in areas such as store systems, merchandise systems, supply chain, e-commerce, enterprise resource planning and concept-to-consumer collaboration. Website: cgi.com/retail

About CGI
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 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at September 30, 2011, CGI’s revenue was $4.3 billion and its order backlog was $13.5 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSEXGood Index. Website: www.cgi.com.

For information at National Retail Forum:

Dave Fournier

Vice President, CGI

(978)946-3352

Ben Hanson Ben Hanson is one of WhichPLM’s top contributors. Ben has worked for magazines, newspapers, local government agencies, multi-million pound conservation projects, museums and creative publications before his eventual migration to the Retail, Footwear and Apparel industry.Having previously served as WhichPLM’s Editor, Ben knows the WhichPLM style, and has been responsible for many of our on-the-ground reports and interviews over the last few years. With a background in literature, marketing and communications, Ben has more than a decade’s worth of experience, and is now viewed as one of the industry’s best-known writers.