SOURCE: Politec

May 08, 2006 08:00 ET

Politec Provides Application Maintenance Services for CDI Corporation

RESTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 8, 2006 -- Politec recently signed an international offshore outsourcing contract with CDI Corporation. CDI is a leader in IT in the United States, with more than 1200 offices in 35 countries and 2005 revenues of $1.1 billion.

Following a global evaluation process and selection by CDI, involving several months of negotiation and technical evaluation, including a benchmark analysis by a third-party company, Politec was selected as CDI's offshore partner. The umbrella contract signed anticipates a series of Application Development and Maintenance services over the next several years.

According to Politec Executive Vice President Humberto Ribeiro, CDI compared Politec with a number of competitors from a number of other countries, and found that Politec had the competence and consistency needed to form a solid partnership. "This contract demonstrates that we are headed in the right direction to expand our portfolio of IT service exports, and finding trustworthy partners who want innovation, competence, consistence and quality in their long-term contracts."

Now many of CDI's systems will be maintained by Politec. The first system was migrated to Politec's Application Maintenance Center (AMC) in São Paulo in November 2005. The aim of the project is to maintain a human resources management application, CDI-RPM (Resource Program Management). With the migration, several professionals who had been responsible for the day-to-day programming of the system in the US were augmented with a group in the AMC in Brazil. The professionals in Brazil maintain high levels of service and find ways to increase efficiency, allowing CDI to focus on the business strategies for the RPM platform.

The system maintenance agreement for CDI-RPM covers an initial period of 36 months. The agreement includes corrective, evolving, and adaptive maintenance for the existing application, with a robust governance tool that allows CDI to request changes to the baseline system on the fly. The governance tool is monitored daily for requests, which are quantified and sent back to CDI for business justification and approval. The Politec AMC in São Paulo has a dedicated team which is solely responsible for all of the requests, and CDI has the benefit of a fixed bid for corrective maintenance for the entire duration of the contract. Politec is so confident that the maintenance work will become more efficient over time, that a number of future cost reductions are built into the agreement with CDI.

Politec has extensive experience in systems development and maintenance. The company's innovative remote systems maintenance expertise is a key differentiator for the company in the global market for offshore IT services. The qualifications of Politec's professionals, as well as the maturity of their processes for migration, documentation, metrics for business management, and maintenance, have impressed CDI and the North American market.

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) is a leading provider of engineering and information technology outsourcing solutions and professional staffing. Its operating units include CDI Business Solutions, CDI AndersElite Limited, Todays Staffing, Inc. and Management Recruiters International, Inc. Visit CDI at http://www.cdicorp.com.

From its origins as a 100% Brazilian company, Politec is rapidly widening its scope as a global player in IT services. The partnership with CDI is projected to grow, with increasing activity in Application Development and Maintenance. The partnership is another important step in the Global Reach strategy that Politec has implemented in order to become a leader in the international market for offshore IT services. Visit Politec at http://www.politec.com.

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