Whitbread to simplify the IT function

Leisure group Whitbread will announce the restructuring of its IT function when it publishes its latest results this month.

Leisure group Whitbread will announce the restructuring of its IT function when it publishes its latest results this month.

The company, which owns Premier Travel Inn, Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut, runs separate IT teams for its different businesses and has an IT team offering some shared services across the group.

Because Whitbread owns businesses in different sectors - from hotel chains to soft-drink manufacturers - it runs many different types of applications and systems.

A company spokeswoman said Whitbread's IT structure was "quite complicated". The company is planning to rationalise its existing IT estate rather than deploy significant new systems, she added.

This month's announcement  will cover the future of 800 staff, including IT employees, at Whitbread's Luton headquarters.

Whitbread signed a substantial, seven-year IT contract with Computer Science Corporation in 2004, outsourcing support of its Oracle 11i enterprise resource planning suite, e-mail, intranet and internet access.

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