MGM Bets On WagerWorks
By claire
MGM Mirage Inc., collaberating with gambling-systems supplier WagerWorks, has brought Las Vegas-style games to MGM's Web site. The announcement follows a recent co-location contract between MGM and WagerWorks that has shifted 26 servers from WagerWorks' facilities to MGM's, says MGM CIO Glenn Bonner. The servers host data for eight virtual casinos.

A former Mirage CIO, Bonner says hosting WagerWorks' servers offsets the cost of bringing his own data in house, and helps MGM management "see us as the long-term manager of that technology." Bonner estimates that the merger of the MGM and Mirage IT shops has saved the company $6.2 million, including a new revenue stream from licensing its data warehouse and messaging technology to Mandalay Bay, another Las Vegas hotel and casino. Says Bonner,"You stay in touch by being aggressive, or you let your IT go offshore."

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