Tech Summit set for Green Vally Ranch

Apr 14, 2009 5:10 PM

by GT Staff |

Conference showcases hi-tech advances

Every casino operator recognizes the importance of high-technology in the operation of their business, and the Gaming Technology Summit has become casinos’ key resource in staying on technology’s cutting edge.

This year, three technology experts will provide keynote presentations at the seventh annual Gaming Technology Summit, May 19-21, at Green Valley Ranch resort in Las Vegas.

The Summit has quickly become the favored venue for industry professionals to discuss real-world technology challenges and solutions for all segments of the gaming industry.

On Wednesday, May 20, Tim Stanley will provide the welcoming address and Greg Shay will provide the luncheon keynote; on Thursday, May 21, Ramesh Srinivasan will do the honors.

"These three individuals are well-known as cutting-edge industry thinkers, and we are thrilled to have secured them as our keynote presenters," said Saverio R. Scheri III, managing director at WhiteSand Consulting, co-producer of the Summit along with BNP Media.

Stanley is the president and founder of Tekexecs, an executive advisory service and business innovation and technology consultancy. He has an impressive track record of applying innovation and technology to drive business results, and previously served as chief information officer and senior vice president of innovation, gaming and technology for Harrah’s Entertainment.

As chief executive officer and president of VCAT LLC, Shay brings to the table almost 30 years of experience directing all operations for some of the world’s finest hotels and casinos. He led the commercial launch and business development of the award-winning Mariposa Software division for Venture Catalyst Inc. prior to its merger with International Game Technology in late 2006.

Srinivasan is executive vice president of systems for Bally Technologies, responsible for casino management system sales, product management, product development, client services and customer support of the company’s application software products. He has successfully implemented product improvements that have raised customer satisfaction and propelled Bally’s Systems division to record revenues.

In addition to the aforementioned keynote speakers, the Summit features an impressive roster of some three dozen speakers already confirmed, with more being added almost daily.

The conference sessions are divided into three tracks: Strategy, Operations and Technology.

Based on previous Summits, attendees expect to find technology solutions, and that this year’s event takes on special meaning as operators search for cost-effective ways to maintain revenues and market share in a challenging economic environment.

Here are some of the topics to be explored in the session tracks:

Strategy: Learn the latest developments in "predictive analysis" and what tools are available to the casino operator. Find out about the current state of server-based technology, new developments and ramifications for the gaming industry.

Take a close-up look at the high-tech, hotel room of the future, and how operators use it to enhance the guests, overall experience. Find out about new, emerging casino markets and what role technologies will play in their development.

Operations: IT departments have been ravaged in many locales because of the recession. Find out how to deal with a slashed IT budget. Learn how a smaller group can actually be more productive in this down economy.

Is social networking a fad or fabulous? Learn about these new technologies and how they can provide a new marketing tool for a casino operation.

Is business intelligence a necessary move or an oxymoron? Find out what the future holds for business intelligence and strategic decision making.

Technology: Explore the current state of mobile gaming and what developments loom ahead. How to increase profits and efficiency at point of sale. Wireless networks are everywhere, but how secure are they? Find out about WiFi security and how to ensure its effectiveness.

One of the Summit’s most popular events is Technology’s CIO Roundtable. Join the industry’s top tech executives as they discuss issues and problems affecting the gaming industry.

The complete conference program, registration and travel information is available here.

The Summit is co-produced by WhiteSand Consulting, which provides strategy, operations and technology consulting services to the gaming and hospitality industries; and BNP Media Gaming Group, the leading producer of trade magazines, newsletters and trade shows serving the gaming industry around the world.