Not Gambling with Procurement

MGM MIRAGE Design Group automates purchasing for capital improvement projects

Las Vegas  May 1, 2002  The design, construction and purchasing division of entertainment company MGM MIRAGE has tapped software provider TRIRIGA INC. for a solution to automate a portion of its procurement operations.

MGM MIRAGE Design Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE, is responsible for managing a range of capital improvement projects at properties such as MGM Grand, Bellagio, Treasure Island, New York-New York and Mirage.

The group deployed TRIRIGA's Intelligent Business System in the fall of 2001 to automate the fixtures, furnishings and equipment (FF&E) procurement process associated with the ongoing capital improvement projects of MGM MIRAGE properties.

TRIRIGA said that, to date, MMDG has used the system to procure millions of dollars of FF&E for its capital improvement projects.

"The hospitality business in Las Vegas thrives on new ideas and innovation," said Bill Smith, president of the design group. "We manage many new capital projects involving substantial renovation to our existing properties. Our investment in TRIRIGA software allows us to streamline our FF&E procurement process."

TRIRIGA IBS provides MMDG with a Web-based platform to manage all phases of the capital improvement procurement process. MMDG now has the capability to leverage an intelligent database to catalog all FF&E materials and specifications. Additionally, the company can automatically qualify suppliers, distribute requests for quote, manage bidding and generate purchase orders through the TRIRIGA system.

Built on what TRIRIGA calls a design-to-operation (D2O) methodology, the solution offers a digital design collaboration platform to automate and manage large-scale development and capital improvement projects.

Integration with the Timberline construction accounting system also enables MMDG to link purchasing commitments with budgets.

Anthony A. Marnell III, president and CEO of two-year-old TRIRIGA, said, "The software offers a powerful system to reduce costs and improve economies of scale, while providing a way to control all aspects of the procurement lifecycle."