Whitbread standardises on Oracle apps

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The Whitbread Group – which includes brands such as David Lloyd, Costa Coffee, TGI Fridays and Travel Inn – is set to undertake one of the largest Oracle Payroll implementations to date to allow for group-wide processes for the first time across all brands.

Whitbread will use Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Application Server to run the Oracle E-Business Suite. The company has also chosen to use Oracle's database clustering technology, Oracle9i Real Application Clusters, in a bid to reduce hardware costs and enable higher levels of availability, security and performance.

Whitbread plans to replace all legacy systems and databases with Oracle's applications and technology software. Oracle’s software was selected over rival offerings from Peoplesoft and SAP.

"Oracle will provide the backbone for all the company's systems,” said Jonathan Eales, programme director for Whitbread. “For the first time we will be able to view company data that is up to the minute, updated in real time and relevant company wide. The old disparate legacy systems were difficult to manage and upgrade and didn't provide us with the infrastructure we needed to drive the business forward."

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