The chief information officer of Mexican-themed franchise Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grill is departing the company. \nJohn Boyd, who joined the organisation in 2014 as general manager IT before becoming CIO in February last year, told CIO Australia he was looking for a \u2018change in direction\u2019.\n \n\u201cThere\u2019s nothing sinister about it. I\u2019m just changing direction and changing careers and looking for a change in the direction of my career to be honest,\u201d he said.\n \nBoyd will continue to work with Mad Mex for the next couple of months.\n \n\u201cI\u2019ve got a few things on the boil. I\u2019m just keeping things under wraps at the moment. Everything will become clear in a few weeks,\u201d he added.\n \nOver the last two year Boyd has transitioned the company\u2019s support office systems to the Microsoft Azure cloud and instigated a country-wide upgrade and standardisation of the communications infrastructure of the company\u2019s 51 Australian stores.\n \nUnder his leadership the company also implemented a centralised dashboard monitoring system which identified where issues were occurring at restaurants, and proactively enabled preventative fixes before they occurred.\n \nBoyd also upgraded disparate point-of-sale systems to the Oracle cloud based Simphony system, and rolled out Office 365 to back-office staff.\n \nSpeaking to CIO Australia in May this year \u2013 Boyd explained Mad Mex\u2019s point of differentiation from competitors was its use of data.\n \n\u201cBeing able to segment and report on the data from our point Of sale system and combine it with other company specific sources provides us the ability to create management reports at the touch of button and use those insights to look at sales opportunities, understand our customers, reduce our costs and optimise our rostering and ordering,\u201d he said at the time.\n \n\u201cNow that we have Wi-Fi data, Facebook and Loyalty data we are now working on CRM and machine learning to take us to the next level, having the power to mine the diamonds out of the data,\u201d he added.\n \nBoyd was previously chief information officer for retail, wholesale and online fashion distributor True Alliance. He was named \u2018one to watch\u2019 inCIO Australia\u2019s CIO50 awards last month.