“The Simmons Group was the City of Chicago’s partner in developing a long-term strategic plan to grow our Enterprise Resource Planning applications. Ann Simmons was extraordinarily creative and collaborative, crafting a roadmap to maximizing cost benefits while best meeting the many and varied business needs of the City.

The Simmons Group was also engaged to assist in the procurement of a Managed Maintenance service provider for the City’s Oracle eBusiness applications. In this capacity, Ann Simmons worked with program management to draft bid specifications, design a fair and equitable system for scoring vendor proposals, and author the final contract terms and conditions. Ann’s wealth of experience proved an invaluable asset in the success of this initiative.”

Cody Moran Deputy CIO, City of Chicago
“Ann was a huge asset to our $150MM+, 5 year, 500+ FTE Oracle implementation program. She established a vendor management framework to control and direct over 65 external hardware, software and services vendors for the program – a framework that has become the basis of our vendor management activities today. Her attention to detail, project management discipline and hard work directly and significantly lowered our business risk through tighter contractual agreements. We also saw a reduction in our total project cost through better negotiated pricing. Her experience as both a consultant and customer for services agreements was invaluable in negotiating business terms that were equitable for both parties, establishing individual relationships with vendors that allowed true partnerships to grow. I would highly recommend Ann for work on projects of all sizes – her contributions will pay for themselves in a very short period of time, and will help avoid the really big problems that can develop when negotiating large agreements.”

Ken Banas Senior Director, Enterprise Program Management, United States Gypsum Corporation
“Over many years as a Director in a large technology services firm, I have engaged Ann Simmons in numerous senior capacities to support our clients’ Oracle environments. Ann’s skills and versatility have enabled her to contribute as a Project Manager, Change Management Facilitator, Process Redesign Specialist and an end-user trainer. With every client engagement, Ann’s considerable experience and professionalism have resulted in long-standing client relationships that fostered trust and enjoyed success. Few consultants can construct RFP’s and then be central to the organizational leadership that change always requires. Ann is highly regarded and highly recommended. Clients love her!”

Vicki Lawton Senior Vice President Excelsior Consulting Services
“Ann demonstrated clear leadership… in her ability to deal effectively with people of different corporate cultures… she effectively balanced business and technical issues in a way that supported the overall business strategy… I strongly endorse Ann Simmons for leadership…”

Not For Profit Membership Client Chicago, Illinois
“We hired Ann Simmons to evaluate process gaps and develop a set of improvement recommendations for ticket intake and fulfillment at TicketsNow. Our goal was to identify our manual processes and pain points in order to make improvements to our workflows and operating systems. It’s a very complex process that involves a number of entry points, challenges in the fulfillment and many internal systems. In many cases, tickets are ordered the same day as an event and an expedited process for hand delivering tickets is important to the success and reputation of the brand name and company. Through the structured methodology that Ann brought to the organization, we were able to develop a number of process improvements that enabled TicketsNow to decrease the number of manual touches made when processing orders, improve delivery time and workflow efficiencies. Ann is a thorough professional, paying great attention to every detail while always seeing the bigger picture.”

Todd Rumlow Former Vice President of Customer Care, TicketsNow
“Ann’s leadership, knowledge and disciplined project management approach have been critical to the success of several large initiatives. Additionally, Ann led a comprehensive review and update of all IT end-user and security policies. Ann’s expertise in project management, ability to meet commitments and focus on results is changes the culture of the IT organization and making a positive impact on the quality and quantity of work delivered.”

Executive Vice President Financial Services Industry
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