News Article | May 9, 2017
"We need a partner that can learn our business and provide opportunities for efficiency or innovation. CGI has proven to be a trusted partner for us as we continue to use technology to improve the lives of residents, businesses and visitors across the City of Los Angeles," said City of Los Angeles CIO Ted Ross. The City's award follows other CGI Advantage ERP on-premises clients that have elected to transition to CGI's cloud and managed services to improve the stability of mission-critical business operations. The approach provides additional recovery and business continuity capabilities and provides the opportunity to shift the focus of the City's professionals from IT back-end operations to more strategic initiatives. CGI's cloud platform expedites the provisioning and scaling of infrastructure and applications. This approach reduces total cost of ownership by eliminating the need to purchase and maintain costly hardware and software. Through Managed Advantage, the City ensures its access to future upgrades and secures the availability of highly specialized IT talent while realizing operational savings. Government departments that use the system will see improved service and a more stable business IT platform. The cloud-based system will also strengthen and simplify the digital experience of members of the business community that conduct business with the City. "Managed Advantage offers unmatched flexibility for reducing costs and mitigating risk for clients," said Daniel Keene, Senior Vice-President of CGI's Advantage ERP program. "We look forward to continuing our trusted partnership with the City of Los Angeles and are committed to putting our transformative cloud solution to work protecting these critical government functions." CGI helps clients reach their digital transformation needs by creating a clear roadmap for organizations to clearly focus on value and enable them to increase efficiency throughout the enterprise. "We are proud to provide a service that is a critical part of the City's digital transformation initiative which is providing more effective engagement with its citizens and other stakeholders," said Dave Delgado, Senior Vice-President, U.S. West operations for CGI. About CGI Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 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 and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com. Forward-Looking Statements All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are "forward-looking information" within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. These statements and this information represent CGI's intentions, plans, expectations and beliefs, and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, of which many are beyond the control of the Company. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. These factors include but are not restricted to: the timing and size of new contracts; acquisitions and other corporate developments; the ability to attract and retain qualified members; market competition in the rapidly evolving IT industry; general economic and business conditions; foreign exchange and other risks identified in the press release, in CGI's annual and quarterly Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A"), in CGI's Annual Report, in CGI's Annual Report on Form 40-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (filed on EDGAR at www.sec.gov), and in the Company's Annual Information Form filed with the Canadian securities authorities (filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com), as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. 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News Article | May 23, 2017
The presentation is scheduled for 10:25 a.m. (EDT), and will be available via live audio webcast on CGI's website at www.cgi.com. A replay of the webcast will be archived on CGI's website in the Investors section under Earnings and Conferences. About CGI Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 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 and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
News Article | May 24, 2017
Under a master agreement administered by the State of Utah, states in the NASPO ValuePoint cooperative can procure CGI software as a service (SaaS). CGI Advantage360, the company's SaaS deployment offering of its market leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution specifically built for U.S. state and local government, is available under the ValuePoint agreement. "The contracts cover a full range of cloud solutions that help public entities quickly access the benefits of reliable and secure cloud services for use to serve citizens," said Douglas Richins, NASPO ValuePoint's Chief Executive Officer. "The success of this ground-breaking procurement is in large measure due to the excellent leadership by the State of Utah, the dedication of a very talented group of state procurement and IT professionals on the sourcing team, and collaboration with state CIOs." The NASPO ValuePoint multi-state cloud acquisition offers an unparalleled range of choices to help state and local governments improve IT service delivery through reliable and secure cloud-based solutions. With CGI Advantage ERP, hundreds of states, counties, cities and school districts of various sizes have already improved operational efficiency, service quality and transparency. CGI Advantage360 encompasses software, support, services and hosting delivered in a SaaS-based cloud offering, supplemented by value-added business process services to specifically address the needs of mid-sized local governments. This results-based offering balances the need for price, flexibility and functionality in a solution that grows and evolves over time. "We are proud to be one of the partners selected for this innovative procurement vehicle that will help governments access the most innovative technology and IT services available today," said Daniel Keene, Senior Vice-President of CGI's Advantage program. "This selection builds upon CGI's reputation as a valued provider of cloud, IT infrastructure and ERP solutions and services to state and local governments nationwide." About NASPO ValuePoint The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization (formerly WSCA-NASPO) provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers the best value, most reliable, competitively-sourced contracts. Since 1993 NASPO ValuePoint or its predecessor has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering, and guiding the nation's most significant public contract cooperative. NASPO ValuePoint is a unified, nationally-focused cooperative aggregating the demand of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the organized United States territories, their political subdivisions, and other eligible entities, spurring the best value, innovation, and competition in the marketplace. About CGI Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 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 and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
News Article | May 31, 2017
CGI's new center of excellence will focus on helping clients address these challenges through the following: "We're very proud of this new center and the supply chain innovation it will drive on behalf of our clients," said Jean-Michel Baticle, President of CGI's operations in France. "The region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes is a true pillar of French industry and innovation and has been a central location for CGI's operations over the past 30 years. Today, we have 1,400 professionals in the region and a total of more than 10,000 professionals in 22 locations across France. Our new center will serve as a hub for collaboration, innovation and project development." CGI's new COE in Lyon is part of an extensive global network of COEs that cover key markets and technologies. Through each COE, CGI works closely with an eco-system of clients, global operations and partners to develop leading-edge business solutions and services that drive our clients' digitalization, performance, results and growth. To learn more about CGI's manufacturing offering visit cgi.com/manufacturing. About CGI Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 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 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
News Article | June 1, 2017
Present in approximately 20 countries worldwide, SEB is a leading Nordic financial services group. In Sweden and the Baltic countries, SEB offers financial advice and a wide range of financial services. In Denmark, Finland, Norway and Germany, the bank's operations have a strong focus on corporate and investment banking based on a full-service offering to corporate and institutional clients. The CGI Trade360 solution is a global cloud-based transaction platform that supports financial institutions' transformation, delivering all of the software, infrastructure and support resources necessary to power their global trade business needs. The system includes a portal for end-to-end transaction management, supporting all aspects of the clients' workflow, including regulatory compliance. CGI Trade360 has a proven track record in the North American, Asia PAC and European markets, supporting some of the largest trade banks in the world. SEB is the first bank headquartered in Europe that will implement the solution. "The greatest advantage of CGI Trade360 is that it will provide our clients with a comprehensive workflow solution. It also gives us the potential to expand our trade finance offering," said Robert Pehrson, Head of Product Management at SEB Transaction Services. "We are excited to introduce CGI Trade360 to the European market. We work with 22 out of 30 top banks globally and are an industry leader in the global trade finance area. This experience, combined with regulatory compliance capabilities, paves the way for more banks to take advantage of our leading digital trade platform," said Pär Fors, Senior Vice-President and Business Unit Leader for CGI's operations in Sweden. About CGI Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 70,000 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, and infrastructure management, as well as 150 IP-based services and solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding C$20 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
News Article | February 21, 2017
VENICE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PGT Innovations, Inc. (NYSE: PGTI), the leading U.S. manufacturer and supplier of impact-resistant windows and doors, announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. “ PGT Innovations had an exciting year of growth and change in 2016. Our team delivered record sales of $459 million for the year, with 18 percent growth,” commented PGT Innovations’ Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Rod Hershberger. “ We continued to take share and outgrow Florida single-family housing starts, which grew a healthy 15 percent for the year. In part, this share gain and revenue growth was made possible by the WinDoor acquisition, which is aligned with our long-term growth strategy. While we did see softness in the high-end market in 2016, we believe this acquisition has us well positioned as the high-end market returns.” “ The underlying drivers of Florida’s population expansion, rational pricing, and consumer confidence is leading to a steady market recovery for both new construction and repair and remodeling activities,” Hershberger continued. “ During 2016, Florida’s population grew faster than at any time in the last six years, which continued to drive Florida’s economic growth with the single largest factor being the continued recovery in housing.” Hershberger added, “ Slower home-price appreciation is aiding affordability, as home builder confidence continues to soar, leading builders to respond to increasing demand for newly constructed homes. We expect this to have increasingly broader ripple effects on the supply chain for all new-home construction materials, including windows and doors.” Hershberger concluded, “ The stock markets continue to set records, and every measure of consumer sentiment indicates consumer confidence is at near record highs. We are looking forward to the spring 2017 home buying season.” “ Sales of $110 million set a fourth-quarter record for our Company, led by our legacy brand, PGT Custom Windows and Doors,” commented Jeff Jackson, PGT Innovations’ President. “ We were able to leverage our competencies to capture growth in the mass custom market. We expanded our vinyl capacity to capitalize on this market dynamic, and were able to realize strong growth in our impact vinyl products, which grew by 44 percent compared to last year’s fourth quarter.” Jackson continued, “ Our second new Thermal Plastic Spacer (TPS) system, which is an innovative and cutting-edge technology that we believe will enable us to produce better quality insulated glass units, was fully operational as of October 2016. Our first TPS system came online in September 2016.” “ As we move further into 2017, our three brands are continuing to operate more effectively as one company, providing best-in-class solutions to our customers,” Jackson commented, “ In January, at the International Builders Show in Orlando, we unveiled a comprehensive three brand go-to-market strategy with newly-enhanced brand positions. We showcased new products, which we plan to launch later this year, such as WinDoor’s lift-and-slide door, and bi-fold door. We also gave a glimpse into our research and development pipeline, which includes state-of-the-art hardware solutions and several other innovative product designs.” “ We believe these investments in our brands, combined with operational investments, provide a foundation to support expected growth that will generate long-term value for the shareholders of PGT Innovations,” stated Jackson. “ On February 13, 2017, we announced the repricing of our $264 million term loan facility, which reduced our annual interest rate by one full percentage-point,” said Brad West, PGT Innovations’ Chief Financial Officer. “ This repricing will benefit us in several ways during 2017, including lowering interest expense, adding to free cash flow, and adding to our bottom line and per share earnings.” Mr. West continued, “ For 2017, we expect full-year sales to range between $490 and $500 million, representing an increase of between 7 and 9 percent. We expect sales in this range will generate consolidated EBITDA of between $83 and $87 million.” PGT Innovations will host a conference call on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. The conference call will be available at the same time through the Investor Relations section of the PGT Innovations, Inc. website, http://ir.pgtinnovations.com/events.cfm. To participate in the conference call, kindly dial into the call a few minutes before the start time: 877-769-6798 (U.S. and Canada) and 678-894-3060 (international). The conference ID is 56191355. A replay of the call will be available beginning February 21, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. eastern time through February 28, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. To access the replay, dial 855-859-2056 (U.S. and Canada) and 404-537-3406 (international) and refer to pass code 56191355. PGT INNOVATIONS, INC. (NYSE:PGTI), headquartered in North Venice, Florida, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, creates products which focus on protecting and enhancing the beauty and functionality of homes and businesses. The Company’s trusted brands include PGT Custom Windows & Doors, CGI Windows & Doors and WinDoor. PGT Innovations, Inc. holds the leadership position in its primary market and is part of the S&P SmallCap 400 Index. For additional information, visit http://ir.pgtinnovations.com. Statements in this press release regarding our business that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as “may,” “expect,” “expectations,” “outlook,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “should” and similar terminology. These risks and uncertainties include factors such as: Statements in this press release that are forward-looking statements include, without limitation, our expectations regarding: (1) the market for high-end window and door products, and the impact that our acquisition of WinDoor, Inc. may have on our sales and performance in that market; (2) rates of new home construction in the Florida market, and the anticipated impact of slowing home price appreciation and other factors on new home construction; (3) home builder confidence and the anticipated impact it may have on demand for new home construction materials; (4) the 2017 home buying season in the Florida market; (5) the timing and impact on our financial performance of new products that we plan to introduce during 2017; (6) the impact of our investments in our brands and operations on our anticipated growth and long-term shareholder value; and (7) our projected financial performance, results and outlook for 2017. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures This Press Release and the financial schedules include financial measures and terms not calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We believe that presentation of non-GAAP measures such as adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provides investors and analysts with an alternative method for assessing our operating results in a manner that enables investors and analysts to more thoroughly evaluate our current performance compared to past performance. We also believe these non-GAAP measures provide investors with a better baseline for assessing our future earnings potential. The non-GAAP measures included in this release are provided to give investors access to types of measures that we use in analyzing our results. Adjusted net income consists of GAAP net income adjusted for the items included in the accompanying reconciliation. Adjusted net income per share consists of GAAP net income per share adjusted for the items included in the accompanying reconciliation. We believe these measures enable investors and analysts to more thoroughly evaluate our current performance as compared to the past performance and provide a better baseline for assessing the Company's future earnings potential. However, these measures do not provide a complete picture of our operations. EBITDA consists of GAAP net income adjusted for the items included in the accompanying reconciliation. Adjusted EBITDA consists of EBITDA adjusted for the items included in the accompanying reconciliation. We believe that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information to investors and analysts about the Company's performance because they eliminate the effects of period-to-period changes in taxes, costs associated with capital investments and interest expense. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not give effect to the cash the Company must use to service its debt or pay its income taxes and thus do not reflect the funds generated from operations or actually available for capital investments. Our calculations of adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not necessarily comparable to calculations performed by other companies and reported as similarly titled measures. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP measures. Schedules that reconcile adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income are included in the financial schedules accompanying this release.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Since the advent of hybrids and electric cars, debate has raged about their efficiency over a full lifecycle. Sure, they use less fuel when strapped to a government test rig, but do they create fewer CO2 emissions throughout their entire manufacture-to-recycle life? Mercedes handed an E350e to the German Technical Inspection Authority (TÜV Süd) to prove hybrid power is cleaner than gas in the long run. The E350e absolutely blows a regular E-Class away on the testing rig, returning 2.1 l/100 km (112 mpg) on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC). That's close to half the 3.9 l/100km (60 mpg) used by the base model E220d on the same test, while the hybrid's 49 g/km of CO2 is also significantly lower than the diesel can manage. The E350e can run on battery power for 33 km (21 mi) as well, which means it can run smoothly and silently through the city with no local emissions. With a 65 kW (88 hp) electric motor hooked up to a miserly four-cylinder petrol engine, the car punches out a useful 210 kW (286 hp) of power and 550 Nm of torque. Unlike old hybrids – or current hybrids: we're looking at you, Prius – that means the E350e should also drive like a normal car, rather than a glacial science experiment. But one of the biggest criticisms of hybrid cars has been the fact they aren't usually able to back up the claimed fuel efficiency figures in the real world. There's also the question of how much CO2 is emitted in the production of electricity used to charge the battery. According to the lifecycle analysis conducted by TÜV, building, owning and recycling the new E350e emits around 44 percent less C02 than the outgoing E350 CGI, which offered similar performance to the new hybrid, but ran with a conventional petrol engine instead. The testing assumes the car has been charged using a conventional European plug, but also says using renewable energy to charge the battery could improve that figure to 63 percent over the course of 250,000 km (155,343 mi). "The Plug-in Hybrid is a good example of how a transparent analysis of the entire life cycle is required to show and evaluate the environmental impact in its entirety," says Anke Kleinschmit, Head of Research and Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler. "With these analyses, we go way beyond the statutory requirements. They also enable us to prove that the naturally higher use of resources in production is more than compensated for by the significantly better ecological balance when driving, meaning that the overall Life Cycle Assessment is improved, too." This isn't the first time Mercedes has published a lifecycle analysis of one of its cars. In 2015, it released a breakdown of how much CO2 the GLE350e four-wheel drive uses over its manufacture-to-recycle lifetime. That car emitted about 37 percent less CO2 using a normal European energy mix, with savings jumping to around 58 percent if the car is charged with renewable energy.
News Article | February 26, 2017
"La La Land", "Arrival" and "Manchester by the Sea" might be slugging it out for multiple Oscars, but they're not the only contenders at the 89th Academy Awards this Sunday. A handful of sci-fi and fantasy films have made the shortlist for best visual effects, recognising the cutting-edge movie magic that made our eyes pop in 2016. Will the award be rigged in favour of "Deepwater Horizon"? Can "Doctor Strange" conjure Marvel's first Oscar? Perhaps the bear necessities will come to "The Jungle Book", or maybe "Kubo and the Two Strings" will string out a win. Or will "Rogue One" prove a force to be reckoned with? And the nominees are... It's easy to assume modern visual effects are all achieved at the click of a mouse, but sometimes you have to go old school. So for this true-life tale of a horrifying disaster on a Gulf of Mexico oil rig, the filmmakers built a vast tank of water in a Louisiana parking lot and plonked in a huge model of the Deepwater Horizon rig, 85 percent of the size of the real thing. Industrial Light and Magic then added digital pyrotechnics using Plume, the company's own Oscar-winning software for generating flames and smoke. What are the odds? The combination of a big set with modern effects to tell a story of real-life heroism makes this feel like a solid Oscar-worthy effort, but it lacks the wow factor of other entrants. While rivals like "Deepwater Horizon" and "The Jungle Book" are all about whipping up perfect re-creations of reality, Marvel's "Doctor Strange" throws out the concept of reality entirely. ILM (again) led the effects companies transferring the psychedelic visions of legendary Marvel artist Steve Ditko to the big screen, creating what is simply one of the most visually spectacular movies ever. Where other groundbreaking effects extravaganzas like "The Matrix" or "Inception" lean heavily on one or two big showpiece effects, "Doctor Strange" busts out a new eye-popping gimmick in every action sequence. Whether it's cities being turned inside out, a fight sequence unspooling backward, or kaleidoscopic astral planes where the rules of reality simply don't exist, this flick is a dazzling cavalcade of gorgeousness to make your head spin. What are the odds? Marvel has been Oscar-nominated six times in past years for visual effects, but it's never won. If any film deserves to break that streak and claim the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first Academy Award, it's the frankly jaw-dropping "Doctor Strange". The "Jungle Book" effects team spent weeks in the jungles of India studying leaves, trees and moss to build a computer-generated jungle strewn with millions of CG leaves and twigs. Young actor Neel Sethi was then integrated into the digital jungle where he interacted with CGI animals. Elements of Christopher Walken's distinctive visage were incorporated into the character of chief ape King Louie, created by effects experts Weta. The wizards at MPC created the rest of the animal characters, sometimes drawing on the facial cues of the all-star cast, which included Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. "Our teams took a lot of time looking at videos of animals and studied their biology in order to capture their likeness," MPC's Adam Valdez explains. "Artists at MPC are anatomy specialists, sculptors, students of physics and actors. You need all of these skills to construct, then animate, then render a realistic animal." What are the odds? "The Jungle Book" celebrates and updates a classic movie for the modern age, and that's the sort of thing the Academy loves. Bit of an odd one, this. The delightful fairy tale "Kubo and the Two Strings" is nominated for best animated feature -- alongside out-and-out cartoons -- and for best visual effects, alongside live action films. It's the second such animated movie to also be nominated for VFX, after "The Nightmare Before Christmas". That's because it's a stop-motion production, employing physical puppets and sets that were then embellished with CGI effects. "There are some shots that are entirely practical," director Travis Knight told me when "Kubo" was released. "There are shots that are almost entirely CG. And then there are some shots that are blended." The puppets are created by production company Laika using cutting-edge techniques such as stereoscopic photography, laser-cutting, 3D printing and rapid prototyping. The scale of the models can be seen in the film's closing titles, which show the filmmakers working on a skeleton demon standing 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall and weighing 400 pounds (180 kilograms). What are the odds? This enchanting and beautifully crafted fairy tale richly deserves the recognition -- and, hey, with two nominations it's got two chances to take home a statuette. The effects of "Rogue One" are all about grounding the fantastic in gritty reality. The filmmakers drew on photos of real war zones to create verisimilitude in the battle scenes -- and I mean they literally drew on them, photoshopping Imperial Stormtroopers and Rebel X-Wings onto images from the Vietnam War. One of the highlights of the film is the snippy droid K-2SO, a CGI creation built around a motion captured performance by Alan Tudyk. The actor wore 13-inch stilts to create the droid's hulking form. More controversially, the film used computers to digitally re-create the character of Grand Moff Tarkin from 1977's "A New Hope" -- despite the fact that star Peter Cushing died more than 20 years ago. A CG model of Cushing's face was mapped onto a performance by actor Guy Henry, with controversial results. Some viewers found the digital performance jarring, while critics questioned the ethics of resurrecting a deceased performer. What are the odds? It's tempting to see the computerised Cushing as a watershed in movie history. If the Academy rewards the digital grave-robbing in "Rogue One," it could be seen as acceptance of the use of CGI to resurrect even more dead stars in future. For sheer dazzling imagery, it has to be "Doctor Strange". But visual effects are more than just creating a beautiful image -- they're about furthering a story and bringing characters to life. That brings us to "Kubo" and "The Jungle Book", two films blurring the lines between what's considered an animated or live action film. "Kubo" creator Laika has been nominated several times, so we'd fancy it's about time they took home a gong, but the Academy could well follow the example set by the Visual Effects Society's awards and be charmed by the old-school appeal of "Jungle Book". Update: And the winner is... "The Jungle Book"! Here's how cutting-edge technology helped the "Jungle Book"'s herd of animated animals win the day. Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here's your place for the lighter side of tech. Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool.
News Article | February 22, 2017
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Consulting Group International (CGI), a leading-edge provider of on-demand technology services and business strategy, teams up with StreamScape Technologies to provide strategic advisory services and support the firm's Series A venture fund efforts....
News Article | February 21, 2017
CGI Dubai unveils Dubai Fashion Week London on Thursday with hopes of establishing Dubai as a top destination for the new genre of "ready couture" and as a major fashion capital.