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Valmet Reshapes Internal IT Services

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Valmet, Finland, will start a reshaping of its internal Information Technology (IT) services to improve operations efficiency and business focus. The set of actions to be taken include a business transfer agreement signed with CGI. Under the agreement Valmet's internal IT Service Desk, end user support ,and most infrastructure services, including server management, workstation management, and end user computing, will be moved from Valmet and their current partners to CGI.

The transfer agreement concerns 58 current Valmet IT employees globally, who will be offered to transfer to CGI or its partner with similar terms. The transfer is targeted to become effective on Oct. 1, 2017, and the full transfer project is to be closed by the end of March 2018.

This reshaping of Valmet's IT services will allow more resources to focus on developing digital capabilities that support the future development of the company. Valmet IT's focus will be shifted from running current services to developing new competences and services. A global IT platform will be created to ensure a harmonized way of working, and additional focus will also be put on more effective IT services and supplier management.

"With these actions we will improve the performance and efficiency of our internal IT operations. Our IT resources will be able to increase focus on building the competences and ways to operate necessary for Valmet's future development. Transferring the IT infrastructure services, including service desk, after a thorough evaluation process to CGI is one of the key steps to enable this transformation," said Janne Puustinen, VP Information Technology, Valmet.

Valmet is a global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries. The company’s technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Its advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy. Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. IT has some 12,000 professionals around the world. 

CGI is one of the largest IT and business process services providers in the world. Founded in 1976, it has some 70,000 professionals and hundreds of locations worldwide. CGI had a revenue of CAD 10.7 billion in 2016.


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