A Restaurant Industry IT veteran of 25 years, Laporte has
worked with and led IT teams at many familiar brands. Starting at CKE where he
worked closely with the IT team to implement such technologies ATM/Debit, POS
Touch screens and kitchen display systems, and ultimately rolling out new POS.
At Del Taco, he created the specifications and managed the development of all
POS custom applications along with in-house developed labor scheduling and
Inventory applications. He standardized the Restaurant system platform,
preparing the company for aggressive growth. At Coco's and Carrows, he lead the
275 unit chain's IT team efforts as they broke away from Denny's and built
their new infrastructure from the ground up which included: ERP, Back office
and POS implementations done in compressed timeframes. In his current position
at Grill Concepts, he has created a scalable IT infrastructure that can handle
rapid growth at the same provide flexibility for the dramatic differences and
complexities between locations.
Laporte's philosophy about IT is that it should never be a
solution looking for a problem. Business requirements are extremely
important. It is always so tempting to
just implement some new technology but it is important to the brand and culture
of the organization to put in extra effort up front and craft the solution so
that it looks and feels correct for the company.
He is also an advocate of outsourcing IT where possible.
This is best way to run lean and have the depth of resources at the same time.
This also allows resources to be throttled back to minimum levels between projects
and to scale up when needed. Creating key mutually beneficial relationships
with strategic vendor partners is the best way to stay on top of technology
curves, deliver great service and save money through labor and logistical