LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When Queen Elizabeth II lands here on May 5 to see the Kentucky Derby for the first time, one of the things she’ll be able to do is bet on her favorite steed from the comfort of the royal box, using a handheld betting device. There will be no need for Her Majesty, or for her attendants, to find a betting window where she can plunk down two bucks on a horse with a good chance to show. The reason is that Churchill Downs Inc., the owner of the race track and the Kentucky Derby, has found new life for an old sport through a dramatic upgrade of its IT infrastructure. The person responsible, Vice President of Information Technology Jay Rollins, decided when he was hired three years ago that if CDI were to break out of its stagnant situation, he needed to start from square one. As a result of his rebuilding of the IT infrastructure, the company has reduced costs, improved revenue, upgraded the user experience and helped bring more fun into horse racing. Rollins said that when he came to Churchill Downs in June of 2004, he found an IT disaster waiting to happen…. Read full this story
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