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CGI Group Inc., a leading provider of information technology and business process services, today announced that the City of Norfolk, VA will transition operation of its ERP system to the CGI Advantage cloud, operating in CGI’s secure data center. The contract is valued at US$19.9M over nearly 12 years.

A client since 1978, the City of Norfolk utilizes CGI’s built-for-government CGI Advantage ERP solution. Under the new contract, CGI will host the system and securely manage day-to-day operations under its Managed Advantage program, which includes application maintenance, technical upgrades, disaster recovery services, and client support. The City will benefit from a single point of accountability for software, services, and hosting as well as a predictable cost over the contract term for product upgrades, infrastructure, and maintenance.

“In addition to improved system stability, our ERP software users will benefit from the availability of new functionality as part of the upgrade embedded in our transition to Managed Advantage,” said David Sullivan, Director of Information Technology, City of Norfolk, VA. “CGI provided us with compelling reasons to make the shift to the cloud – reduced risk around system reliability and disaster recovery, access to CGI’s economies of scale that will save the City money over the contract term, and the ability to avoid future staffing challenges, particularly when it’s time to implement upgrades.”

CGI’s Managed Advantage cloud-based program reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating the need for clients to purchase and maintain dedicated hardware and software. The Managed Advantage program supports states, counties and cities across the U.S., including Colorado, Maine, Wyoming, Wake County, NC, and the City of Tucson, AZ.

“Managed Advantage offers government organizations ready access to CGI’s ERP expertise and services at a predictable cost,” said Larry Honarvar, Vice-President of CGI’s Managed Advantage program. “We’re pleased to provide the City of Norfolk with a more efficient and effective ERP solution through our Managed Advantage program.”