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CGI signs on as Nextair enterprise mobility partner

Nextair Inc. has reached an alliance agreement with CGI Group Inc., one of North America's largest information tech...

June 29, 2004  

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Nextair Inc. has reached an alliance agreement with CGI Group Inc., one of North America’s largest information technology and business process service firms.

CGI will leverage the AIRIX Wireless Environment to connect the back office systems of its customers to wireless handheld devices running the RIM, PocketPC and Palm operating systems.

Connecting field workers to the systems and information at head office gives enterprises a significant opportunity to improve their productivity, lower costs and increase customer and employee satisfaction, said Ron Close, president and CEO of Nextair.

AIRIX enables enterprises to mobile data over any network to any device.

Earlier this month, Manulife Financial announced it had selected CGI Group Inc. to create an information technology support centre in Halifax. The centre will provide systems development, maintenance and integration services to Manulife and other CGI clients in the U.S. and Europe.

As part of the $120 million agreement, 300 Halifax-based technology professionals will join CGI in September 2004. Over time, CGI expects to grow employment to 500 technology professionals.

"We are committed to a substantial presence in Halifax following our recent acquisition of Maritime Life and this is a major step toward that goal," said Bruce Gordon, senior executive vice president and general manager of Manulife Financial’s Canadian operations.