Duane L. Anderson, 2012 Honoree

Chief operating officer and CIO
Marquette Group/USMotivation
Peoria, Ill.
Career highlight:
I was the IT project director for Harrah's IT integration of Caesars Entertainment (the largest acquisition in gaming industry history). Our team fully converted nine casinos to our customer systems within nine months of the deal's close, on schedule and under budget.
How have you surprised your CEO in recent months?
We reduced our overall IT investment from over 10% of revenue to 3% by more diligently managing our maintenance capital and commodity expenses, then focusing our project/product investments on efforts more directly aligned with our strategic plan. As a fringe benefit, both our systems uptime and internal development output increased after these changes.
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