A tech vendor must “be accessible at an individual restaurant level” across the country, Grooms says. Not just to Grooms in his office in Oak Brook, Ill. “It’s one thing to make the CIO happy and it’s another to make customers happy.”
To figure out which technology supplier was best, Grooms designated four or five members of the technology department to lead the selection process. They defined broad areas to assess, including customer satisfaction, product and vendor reliability, and how well the vendor helped McDonald’s achieve business goals. The internal mantra for McDonald’s IT right now is “Simplify, modernize, standardize,” he says.
The team started by gathering data already available: service level agreement reports and vendor scorecards which McDonald’s has been keeping on its technology suppliers as part of its vendor management process. Using those criteria, the team narrowed the list to fewer than five contenders, he says.
Then McDonald’s brought the vendor evaluation project to its store technology board, which is a group of restaurant owner-operators that meets three or four times per year to evaluate new technologies and to keep tabs on how existing technology is working for franchisees across the country. The board discussed what they’ve been hearing in the field about those vendors on the short list. A vote “overwhelmingly” favored ParTech, Grooms says.
McDonald’s Criteria for the Best IT Vendor
The data, plus experiential feedback from the store technology board and items such as letters written by other owner-operators made ParTech the clear choice, Grooms says. The key award criteria were the following: