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Lets build a smarter planet

Based in Dedham, Massachusetts, Papa Ginos, Inc. is the parent
company of the Papa Ginos Pizzeria and DAngelo Grilled Sandwiches
restaurant chains. The company operates more than 275 company-
owned and franchised Papa Ginos, DAngelo and dual-location
restaurants and employs more than 5,000 people across New England.
Both DAngelo and Papa Ginos are committed to providing high-
quality products, attentive service, clean, convenient, attractive
restaurants and a premium value experience for every guest.
To maintain competitive advantage and support business growth,
the Papa Ginos senior management team decided to rethink its
information technology strategy and invest in innovation. The
companys IT team was tasked with assessing the existing technology
landscape and identifying the areas where new systems and processes
could deliver the greatest business value.
Moving away from spreadsheets
At that time, we efectively had three main business systems: our
JD Edwards ERP system, our restaurant point-of-sale system and


, which we used very extensively, explains Martha

Lieber, Director of Business Systems at Papa Ginos. Basically, almost
everything that wasnt covered by the other two systems was managed
in spreadsheets, which meant we had numerous sources of truth across
the organization. For company-wide processes like budgeting, this was
a major problem, because it could take up to four months to consolidate
and validate data from all the diferent spreadsheets and complete the
Paul Valle, CIO, adds: We knew that if we could create a single central
solution for business analytics, we could standardize and signicantly
accelerate our planning and reporting processes. We also realized that
it would allow us to analyze operational performance in areas that
we had never previously been able to measure accurately such as
pizza delivery times and marketing campaign efectiveness. When we
presented our ideas to the board, they immediately agreed that this
should be the top priority in our IT transformation.
Papa Ginos boosts sales
and customer loyalty
Using business analytics to maximize the protability
of marketing campaigns and promotions
Smart is...
Leveraging business analytics to
optimize operations and enhance
promotions, generating increased
customer spend
Papa Ginos wanted to enhance agility
by moving away from cumbersome
spreadsheet-based analysis processes
and giving users a real-time view of
budgeting, fnancial and operational data.
The company also wanted to introduce a
customer loyalty program and increase
online sales. It saw business analytics as a
key tool for implementing these strategies
The company used IBM


software to provide reports and
dashboards that give district managers
and senior executives rapid insight into
each of the companys 275+ restaurants
via a range of fnancial and operational
key performance indicators including
everything from budgets and labor costs
to pizza delivery times, coupon usage and
telephone response speed.
Lets build a smarter planet
From data collection to analysis
The rst priority for the Papa Ginos and QueBIT team was
to integrate the IBM Cognos solutions with the ERP and
point-of-sale systems, migrate data from existing spreadsheets,
and create the new standard nancial reports and budgeting
process. Next, the team embarked on a series of projects to
monitor operational metrics and provide data to diferent
groups of business users in near real time.
The main objective is to turn people from data gatherers
into analysts not just at corporate level, but all the way down
into the eld, says Martha Lieber. For example, we have
district managers who are responsible for all the restaurants in
their territory. Previously, they had to spend hours each day
pulling together all the information they needed to manage
their restaurants: now, they get a simple, one-page report
every morning that tells them everything they need to know.
Beyond that report, weve really focused on managing by
exception, so online reports highlight the parameters that
are outside of the normal range. Instead of looking at 50 data
points for every single restaurant to nd out what is going on,
they can see the problems immediately and focus on solving
Optimizing labor costs
One of the rst projects was to optimize labor costs by using
IBM Cognos Enterprise Planning to provide trend analysis
based on current and historical sales data. The solution
compares recent weeks sales gures with previous years
gures to provide a two-week forecast of probable stafng
requirements, helping managers ensure that each restaurant
has the right number of staf to provide excellent customer
service at all times, while managing cost levels.
The ability to predict stafng requirements and to make this
data available to executives and district managers in real time
Business Benefts
Provides real-time analysis of previously unmeasured operational
metrics, helping Papa Ginos identify and encourage more proftable
customer behaviors.
Enables fne-tuning of marketing campaigns, promotions and loyalty
programs to maximize proftability, increasing the frequency of
customers visits by 33 percent.
Highlights the value of encouraging online ordering, which delivers a
40 to 70 percent boost to the size of customer orders.
Forecasts business volume by day, enabling optimization of staffng
Improves planning processes by gaining effciencies and adding depth
and accuracy.
Replaces repetitive, manual, spreadsheet-based reporting processes
with auto-updated online reports, allowing fnancial analysts to
focus their efforts on analysis rather than data collection and report
Smarter Retail Using analytics to maximize protability
Instrumented Collects data covering multiple operational activities from more
than 275 restaurant locations.
Interconnected Integrates data from enterprise resource planning and point-of-
sale systems with locally managed spreadsheets, creating a central
data warehouse.
Intelligent Delivers key information and trends that help control and lower
top operational expenses by allowing decision-makers to spend 80
percent of data examination time on analysis.
Building a partnership
In partnership with QueBIT, an IBM Premier Business
Partner, the IT team deployed a suite of IBM Cognos
software including IBM Cognos Business Intelligence, IBM
Cognos Planning and IBM Cognos Finance.
QueBIT is a great partner for our organization, and the
QueBIT consultants have done a terric job throughout
all the projects we have worked on with them, comments
Martha Lieber. By working closely with us, they have not
only given our in-house team a lot of very valuable insight
into the Cognos solutions; they have also gained a great
understanding of how our business works. As a result,
they have denitely become our go-to partner for business
analytics projects.
Lets build a smarter planet
We do a lot of email, SMS and postal marketing where
we send coupons to our customers with special deals and
ofers, explains Paul Valle. With Cognos, we can track
which coupons are actually being used, so we can see which
kinds of deal are most attractive to customers and create the
most sales. We recently created a loyalty program for regular
customers which provides rewards that can be used on future
orders and, thanks to Cognos, we have been able to track
its efect on sales. What weve found is that customers who
are members of the loyalty program order from us about 33
percent more frequently than those who havent joined yet. So
this insight has led to a real drive to encourage customers to
sign up.
Martha Lieber adds: Similarly, we can now compare the
sales gures for orders that are placed online with those that
are placed by phone or other channels. We are seeing that,
depending on seasonal changes, online orders are between
40 and 70 percent larger so, again, it is now our strategy
to promote our online service and make it our customers
preferred channel.
Since it is easy to track customer behavior via the Cognos
solution, the Papa Ginos marketing team can create
numerous nuanced versions of each campaign or promotion,
and then compare the results. As a consequence, the company
is able to constantly ne-tune its marketing efort and focus
on the campaigns and deals that deliver the highest returns.
Streamlining the budgeting process
A further area where the introduction of IBM Cognos
solutions has improved operations for Papa Ginos is in
nancial planning. The companys budgeting process, which
previously required the planning team to gather data from
across the business in spreadsheets and manually check and
collate it, is now substantially simplied and improved.
While the duration of the plan process has stayed consistent,
what has changed is our capability to process scenarios and/
or adjustments that ow through to other aspects of the plan,
comments Paul Valle. It is estimated that our efciency has
improved by 25 percent, enabling us to take deeper dives
into the key drivers of plan results and improving overall
plan quality. Automating time-consuming spreadsheet-
based processes has increased accuracy as well as stakeholder
condence in the plan as a whole.
Social media and mobile applications
We see social media playing a signicant role in the future of
the restaurant business, so were currently active on Facebook
Thanks to Cognos, we have found that
customers who are members of the loyalty
program order from us about 33 percent
more frequently than those who havent
joined yet. So this insight has led to a real
drive to encourage customers to sign up.
Paul Valle, CIO, Papa Ginos
Solution Components


Business Intelligence
IBM Cognos Planning
IBM Cognos Finance
IBM Business Partner
helps to identify problems quickly and nip them in the bud,
explains Paul Valle. For example, we had a situation in one of
our restaurants where we saw sales increasing signicantly, but
the labor costs were decreasing. We immediately investigated
this incongruity, and found that there were some errors that
needed to be corrected. Previously, we probably wouldnt have
spotted the problem until much later; the efect on sales and
customer service might have been signicant.
Better customer service
A second project was to start measuring order management
performance using metrics such as the average time taken to
deliver orders to customers homes compared to the estimated
The insight we obtained from measuring delivery times in
Cognos was really an eye-opener, comments Martha Lieber.
We found that, on average, we were promising to deliver
pizzas within 45 minutes, but we were actually delivering
them in less than 30 minutes. As a result, we started to adjust
the promise time to reect reality setting our customers
expectations more accurately and potentially avoiding lost
More effective marketing
The third major area where the Cognos analytics solution
is helping to optimize operations is in marketing and
promotions management.
and Twitter, and were working on projects with Foursquare, Yelp,
Groupon and a dozen other social media sites, comments Paul Valle.
Were also due to launch apps for the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android
mobile platforms. The great thing about the Cognos solution is that
well be able to use our existing solution to monitor the performance
of these new channels too, so we can continue to optimize our sales
performance and focus on the most productive areas.
Martha Lieber concludes: For the future, were looking at upgrading
to the latest version of Cognos and providing better mobile access
for our district managers perhaps via iPads or Android tablets. This
will help them work more efectively when they are visiting their
restaurants and really do a show and tell with their team members to
highlight areas where operational performance can be improved. These
types of initiatives, powered by IBM Cognos technologies, will help us
maintain our position as an innovator and stay ahead of our rivals in a
highly competitive marketplace.
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