CGI - Data Translation

Flexible, enterprise-level tool to mnipulate large quantities of data according to well defined, but often very complex rules.
Can be used to cost-effectively generate synthetic test data or anonymise production data.
Can also to apply complex rules to data which is being migrated.


  • Being modular, with simple components arranged in many possible combinations.
  • Processing large data typically found in organisations with many customers
  • Cater for complex rule-set, while remaining simple to configure
  • Ideal for data migration/integration with a data repository
  • Sectors: Justice, Policing, Prosecution, Courts, Prisons, Probation, Central Government, Education


  • Able to generate large (>10m records) volumes of data
  • Handles multiple data sources and formats
  • Flexible configuration allows data formats to be adjusted
  • Generates realistic synthetic data


£7000 per licence per month

Service documents


G-Cloud 11

Service ID

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Roger Baileff

07841 602596

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Yes, but can also be used as a standalone service
What software services is the service an extension to
This service can be used as an extension to the Communications Data Retention Retrieval and Disclosure service and the Event Archive service to translate data formats like ASN.1 BER, XML and JSON for ingest and retention.
Cloud deployment model
Hybrid cloud
Service constraints
Notification of planned maintenance will be provided at least 24 hours in advance and six hours notice of emergency maintenance will be provided where possible. Maintenance windows are between the hours of 17:30 and 09:00 (UK local time) on a normal business day and/or between the hours of 08:00 and 12:00 (UK local time) on a non-business day.
System requirements
  • Minimum requirements are very small
  • Typical hardware configuration: two CPU cores with 8MB RAM

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Priority 1: within 30 minutes.
Priority 2 : within 1 hour
Priority 3: within 4 hours
Priority 4: within 8 hours from receipt of call
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Yes, at an extra cost
Web chat support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web chat support is accessible
The system is based on Avaya Automated Chat 2.0 (formerly Conversive). Details on accessibility can be found at:
Web chat accessibility testing
Testing would have been performed by Avaya the product vendor
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
"Priority 1 Respond within 30 minutes, resolution or work-around within 24 hours
Priority 2 Respond within 1 hour. resolution or work around within 3 Working Days
Priority 3 Respond within 4 hours, resolution or work around within 10 Working Days & Permanent Solution in next release
Priority 4 Respond within 8 hours, resolution or work around within 30 Working Days & Permanent Solution in next major release"
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
A typical on-boarding project involving 2 or 3 input data formats takes about 2 to 3 months and consists of:
A Discovery phase which analyses, documents and prioritises the data translation requirements. Hosting and security aspects are also discussed and agreed. This can be expected to take 2 to 3 weeks to complete, over one or two sprints. It defines an agreed, prioritised scope for the remainder of on-boarding project.
An Alpha phase delivers an Interim Operational Capability where the scope is limited to a small proportion of the data feeds and query mechanisms. This is not just a prototype – the parts that are included are fully functional. It is normally followed by a review at which the scope and priorities for the remainder of the on-boarding are agreed.
A Beta phase delivers the Final Operational Capability with the full agreed scope. This may include some re-work of the Alpha delivery as agreed at the review. The duration of the Beta phase depends on the complexity and numbers of input and output data formats, as well as the security architecture
Service documentation
Documentation formats
End-of-contract data extraction
Users own, retain and manage batches of data generated using the Data Translation service. CGI hold no data which the user can extract when the contract ends.
Once the contract ends, users will no longer have access to the service to extract any data
End-of-contract process
Access to the Data Translation service will be terminated and the service torn down.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Service interface
What users can and can't do using the API
As defined, documented and agreed in the Discovery phase of the onboarding project, files can be submitted for translation and translated files can be received.
API documentation
API documentation formats
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available


Independence of resources
CGI has a sizing model for its Data Transformation service which is used to calculate the compute and storage resource requirements for each installation. This is shared and agreed with each customer in the Discovery phase of every on-boarding project and reviewed again after the Alpha phase.
Similarly, there is a sizing model for support resources which is used internally to ensure there are enough support resources to service all installations.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
Service Level Agreements are in place at a contractual level. Monthly service reporting on all aspects of the service is a key item on the monthly service review agenda with your assigned Service Delivery Manager. This is built on a standard template report, with specific additions as required by the customer. This consolidates data from call resolution/response statistics from our Service Desk, to technical metrics for performance/availability from the Cloud monitoring architecture.
Reporting types
Reports on request


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency
Less than once a year
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Encryption of all physical media
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach
Other methods of protecting data at rest will be discussed with the hosting provider and agreed during the Discovery phase of the onboarding project.
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
Equipment disposal approach
A third-party destruction service

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
Users own, retain and manage batches of data generated using the Data Translation service. CGI owns and hold no user data so there is no data to export.
Data export formats
Other data export formats
Specific format as defined and documented in the Discovery phase
Data import formats
Other data import formats
Specific formats as defined and documented in the Discovery phase

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Other
Other protection between networks
The requirement for encryption or any other type of protection of data in transit will be considered and agreed in the Discovery phase of the on-boarding project.
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
The service is designed to provide 95% availability. Availability will be discussed and agreed in conjunction with the hosting provider during the Discovery phase of the on-boarding project.
Approach to resilience
Typically the Data Translation service is run on a VM and has no ""real time"" constraints.
Resilience will be discussed and agreed in conjunction with the hosting provider during the Discovery phase of the on-boarding project.
Outage reporting
The system is monitored using SNMP and alerts raised at the datacentre. A comprehensive audit trail allows for more detailed forensic analysis as required. Incidents and Problems are managed by the service desk within the Support Centre.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Standard operating system facilities are used with authentication and access control as provided
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
How long system logs are stored for

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
AFNOR UK Ltd (UKAS Registration No.022)
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
Nothing is NOT covered.
The following IS covered from a Technical perspective: Provision of outsourcing sevices including managed infrastructure services, contact centre services, service desk services, management of print and email, application development, maintenance and support services.
The following IS covered from a Business perspective: The provision of outsourcing, project and consultancy services, including development and delivery activities, plus the management of people, technologies and physical security.
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Other security certifications

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
Our security, information security and data protection management system for CGI is established through the Enterprise Security Management Framework (ESMF). The framework applies to the work we conduct for ourselves and for clients under UK contracts. All CGI UK members and contractors are expected to comply with its principles and processes.

The ESMF is comprised of:
A first level suite of security policies and security requirements that apply across the CGI enterprise.

A second level set of standards set out how these policies and requirements are met, these being detailed within the following operational categories:- Access Control- Operations- Technology- Applications- Data management- HR and Organisation- Physical"

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
The Support Centre uses Subversion for Version Control and Trac for tracking issues. Change Requests are managed as tickets in Trac.
Change Management process is summarised below:
The client makes the request to the service desk (including when it is required by)
Service Support provides an Impact Assessment and a man-day estimate and timeline
On confirmation of acceptance, the change is planned and the release and/or patch date confirmed
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
All CGI and customer managed systems are kept current with vendor patches (both operational and security) with vulnerability tests performed regularly. Systems are prioritized based on criticality of known vulnerabilities. All changes are strictly controlled through CGI’s change management process.
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
Please see the CGI - Security Operations Centre (SOC) - Protective Monitoring Service for full details of these processes
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
CGI has a very well-defined security incident management standard and supporting process to handle all phases of a security incident. Responsibilities are clearly defined at all levels. Priorities are established to ensure the timely resolution of incidents. Records of incidents are maintained and reported to senior management. Incidents considered to be severe (high priority) are managed through CGI’s Incident Management Centre (IMC), who coordinate/escalate all required parties based on priority. Collection/preservation of evidence is carefully observed throughout the process.

Incident exercises are performed regularly to ensure the process works as expected when needed.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks


£7000 per licence per month
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available

Service documents

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