10/30/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW) announced that CGI Group Inc.(CGI), a leading provider of information technology and business process outsourcing services, is launching a utility computing-based Life Sciences Solution using Sun's utility computing model. This new solution capability at CGI's Life Sciences Solution Center (LS2C) has been deployed at Genome Quebec, a genomics and proteomics investment organization. This utility computing deployment follows a Sun/CGI Bio-IT platform collaboration with Caprion Pharmaceuticals, and is yet another example of CGI's partnership with Sun to add value to Life Sciences companies. Under the Sun model, CGI will obtain network computing resources based on usage from Sun, and in turn, CGI will offer pay-for-use pricing to customers such as Genome Quebec. This new LS2C capability continues Sun's strategy to work with best-in-class partners to provide end-users such as Genome Quebec, the IT resources they need to help them reduce network computing costs and complexities.
"Sun's utility computing model enables CGI to bring even more flexibility and value to our relationship with customers in the Life Sciences sector," stated Michael Roach, president and chief operating officer for CGI. "Moreover, it marks the beginning of a new capability for us to help customers in a variety of industries bring more predictability to their IT costs."
"This alliance is one more example of how Sun's utility computing strategy of working with its leading partners is hitting the mark for customers who want to improve their resource management and align their IT spending to their specific business needs," said Patricia C. Sueltz, executive vice president of Sun Services, leading Sun's utility computing business worldwide. "Ultimately, it comes down to creating value and delivering ROI for our customers."
CGI intends to build on its initial Life Sciences utility computing solution with more custom industry offerings, including for telecommunications, financial services, government, retail and manufacturing. As a full-spectrum service provider, CGI will use the Sun-powered utility computing solution to:
"It's no surprise that customers want more choice, flexibility and control," said Stephane Boisvert, President of Sun Canada. "Working together, CGI and Sun are delivering utility computing solutions today that help customers make the most out of their IT investments."
CGI will offer its utility computing solutions beginning immediately in North America. For further information on CGI, please visit www.cgi.com
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