Burger chain chews away at IT projects

McDonald's has completed or is pushing ahead with several projects begun last year under former IS manager Peter van Dyk.

McDonald’s has completed or is pushing ahead with several projects begun last year under former IS manager Peter van Dyk (pictured).

A WAN connecting the 50 company-owned outlets has been rolled out and some franchised outlets have also been added, with more likely to be hooked up in the future, McDonald’s spokeswoman Jo Hill says.

An aim of the Telecom-provided WAN was to link outlets to the company’s intranet and that has been achieved, Hill says.

Longer term goals include running applications over a virtual private network.

McDonald’s is also trialling an electronic invoicing system, another project initiated last year. “The pilot for that finishes shortly and we expect a complete rollout within head office in March and to company-owned restaurants later this year.”

She would not name the vendor of the system. McDonald’s is also to adopt a shared services model for its financials systems, migrating the New Zealand operation’s finance processing to Australia. “We’re moving from an inhouse-developed system here to Australia’s inhouse system.”

McDonald’s NZ made some IT staff redundant last year as part of a move to a regional IS model.

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