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CGI (NYSE:GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) has been selected as a strategic partner by the largest Dutch pension provider, APG, for the delivery of various application services. The new contract has an initial term of three years and a minimum annual value of 10 million euros.

CGI will provide extensive IT experience in the areas of pensions and insurance to support the achievement of APG’s business objectives. This strategic partnership follows a long and successful partnership between the two companies covering, for example, sourcing and IT modernization projects.

With assets of some 340 billion euros, APG manages more than 30 percent of all collective pensions in the Netherlands on behalf of principal pension funds, supporting more than 4.5 million people. CGI will support various transformation projects, with the ultimate aim of achieving efficiencies and other key business outcomes.

“Within this strategic partnership, we really want to be a true partner for APG, which in our opinion is the only way to deliver real value,” notes Ron de Mos, CGI general manager and senior vice-president in the Netherlands. “Moreover, financial services is one of our core sectors in which we have already made many innovations, and it will remain our focus in the coming years. This new contract is a result of our experience and successful collaboration with APG. I would like to thank APG for its trust in us and look forward to new successful projects.”

CGI and APG jointly received a 2013 Computable Award for best ICT business project. The project involved the successful migration of a mission-critical APG mainframe system to an open Unix environment within a short timeframe—eight months—while enabling APG to continue to deliver excellent customer service. CGI performed the migration using a unique proprietary approach and tools that support the modernization of the mainframe environment without affecting the applications that run on them. The applications can be transitioned to a more modern platform without any disruption of the functions they perform.

Mark Boerekamp, chief operating officer of APG, adds: “CGI has extensive IT experience in the areas of pensions and insurance and has helped us in the IT field in recent years to achieve good results. They helped us successfully migrate our Gross Net Distribution System as an outsourced mainframe to a Unix environment within the organization. This work received a Computable Award. We look forward to continuing to build our long-standing relationship.”