Big Blue, partners roll out casino in a box

IBM and four of its software partners announced they are collaborating to launch a "Casino-in-a-box," an integrated hospitality and gaming suite of products for the System i.

The partners, established vendors in the casino industry (Agilysys, Bally Technologies, InfoGenesis, SSA Global) are offering software that spans the board. Hospitality and gaming businesses traditionally require separate systems to handle property management, gaming, catering, point-of-sale, finances and human resources, creating a complex IT infrastructure. The suite is a good match for System i and its OS flexibility, according to Kevin Patterson, director of worldwide sales for System i.

"Our customers say time and time again that they don't want to be system integrators for their businesses. This is the only suite that delivers on the majority of what a client needs to run a large hospitality or gaming operation, letting them focus on their business, not their IT," Patterson said.

"The hospitality and gaming industry is expected to double its $5.6 billion revenue generation by 2010."

The suite integrates the following software packages:

  • Agilysys -- Property management, inventory and procurement, document management, guest express kiosk and wireless solutions.
  • Bally Technologies -- Casino management systems, slot management systems, table management systems.
  • IBM -- System i hardware comes pre-integrated with hardware, database software, storage and security.
  • InfoGenesis -- Point of sale, cashless payment, dining management, dining reservations.
  • SSA Global -- Financial management, human capital management, customer relationship management, corporate performance management, workflow.

    "This industry proven team provides us with a robust and integrated solution that is helping us improve our operational efficiency and enhance guest services," stated Marc Guarino, vice president of information technology for the Las Vegas Hilton in a press release.

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