CGI named as a leader for smart grids by IDC MarketScape

CGI named as a leader for smart grids by IDC MarketScape  MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- CGI (TSX:GIB.A) (NYSE:GIB) has been named as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IT Professional Services for Utility Smart Grid 2014 Vendor Assessment (i). Smart grids bring together a wide range of new and existing operational and information technologies. These include real-time meters and other sensors and are designed to transform the means by which energy is delivered to consumers.  In the report, IDC noted that the "CGI smart grid customer base is the most diversified of firms in this assessment: geographically present on four continents, serves utilities from large to small and has the most diverse portfolio of projects from generation to the customer as well as adjacent energy providers such as electric vehicles and independent renewable generators. It is a services firm with a truly global strategy and delivery capability."  CGI's smart grids expertise extends across the Americas, Europe and Australia, and includes major involvement in innovative projects such as InovGrid in Portugal and Low Carbon London in the UK. Today, smart technologies are being deployed around the world, but different economic and social circumstances, as well as different legal and regulatory requirements, mean that there is no one-size-fits-all way to deliver the benefits of these technologies. CGI works with utilities to help them better understand and leverage this complex and fast-changing area of the energy supply chain.  "We are delighted to have been recognized as a leader in this IDC MarketScape report," said Nigel Spooner, Vice-President, Global Utilities at CGI. "It reflects the fact that we have focused our efforts on working collaboratively with our clients around the world to develop innovative capabilities which provide them, and their customers, with real and significant benefits from their investments in smart technologies."  (i) IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IT Professional Services for Utility Smart Grid 2014 Vendor Assessment, Document # EI246402, January 2014.  About IDC MarketScape  IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor's position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.  About CGI  Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 68,000 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 a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$18 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com  www.cgi.com/newsroom Contacts: Investors and media Lorne Gorber Senior Vice-President, Global Communications and Investor Relations lorne.gorber@cgi.com +1 514-841-3355  Industry queries Nigel Spooner Vice-President, Global Utilities nigel.spooner@cgi.com +44 1372 759854