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Our Company

Improving business since 1984, The Simplex Group, Inc. provides construction project management software that’s easy to use, high in added value, and reasonably priced.

Innovative

Continuing to raise the bar for project management systems, we’re excited to offer our clients business-class solutions like Microsoft Office 365.

Forward Thinking

VPO has enabled teams to work better together since before Cloud-based systems were mainstream.

Problem Solvers

We take a consultative approach on every client engagement, and tailor systems to serve our customers’ processes.

Customer Support

We take pride in our customer service. Clients can count on us to respond quickly and accurately, and coordinate the resources necessary to solve their issues.

How We Began

Delivering software and services for decades as a Value Added Reseller with Primavera Systems, Inc., we’ve worked with clients from a variety of industries, including Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, IT, Financial Services, Insurance, Energy, Oil & Gas, and Transportation–customers whose businesses are project-intensive. We’ve enjoyed demonstrating that improving the way they manage their projects, dramatically improves their bottom line. Many of our customers have been consulting with us for almost thirty years, including Westinghouse Electric Company, FirstEnergy, dck Worldwide, Erie Insurance Group, Federated Investors, Bayer Corporation, and Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., to name a few.

Helping our customers gain the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to manage projects more successfully has always been challenging and satisfying work for us–and also a lot of fun. We’ve had the opportunity to work on large and complex industrial power projects, as well as with Engineering and IT companies who are struggling to manage resources and gain visibility over their entire portfolio of projects.

In our dealings with sophisticated tools like Primavera, we realized that many companies were really only utilizing a small portion of the software’s capabilities–and paying hefty license fees to do so. The amount of training that was required for users to get up to speed was excessive. And most importantly, there was still so much additional project information that was not being organized for collaborative use. Many project team members were storing vital documents in disparate places–on a file server, their desktop, an FTP site, in e-mail. . .on cocktail napkins! And the challenge we found even more interesting was that project information didn’t only need to be shared logically among people on a customer’s internal project team. It was often external collaborators whose project information required the most re-organization.

What We’ve Become

With this expertise and these experiences, we’ve created the best project management solution on the market today: VPO. Our approach? Make it simple. In keeping with our company name, Simplex, we simplify the complex.

In order to add value, information must be more than available; it has to be managed proactively. If timely reviews and approvals of documents are critical to the success of a project, for example, then the process by which those documents are circulated should be standardized and automated—using communication methods, such as e-mail, which are already in everyday use by team members; and document formats which are familiar and intuitive. We created a secure, Web-based workspace that project stakeholders use for viewing and privately publishing up-to-date information, and measuring progress—while streamlining cumbersome processes that commonly diminish success on projects.

By leveraging leading Cloud-based solutions from Microsoft’s Office 365 suite like SharePoint Online, Project Online, Exchange Online, Office, and Skype for Business, and combining them with our project management expertise and content, we’ve packaged a scalable project management system that works for small, fast-paced projects as well as for large, complex projects–and for a combination of both.

We’re able to deploy VPO quickly by using proven content that can be customized for the client and enhanced over time to develop a system that is truly built for the customer. And we don’t simply hand it over and expect clients to get up and running themselves; we take a hands-on approach throughout, to support our customers and the people they invite into their systems. We want our clients to be able to focus on what they do best–managing their projects–and leave the administration to us.

Meet the Team

Our team consists of individuals who are dedicated to the success of our VPO clients. We pride ourselves on understanding each client’s requirements and delivering innovative solutions in support of them. With VPO, you get an account team who’s with you all along the way. Together, we work with you to ensure that your goals are being met with VPO, that your team is comfortable using VPO, and that whenever you have questions or issues, you have an easy way of getting help with VPO.

We encourage you to connect with us on LinkedIn.

Laura M. Nee

Laura M. Nee

President and CEO

As our company’s visionary, Laura manages product development and partner relations while overseeing marketing, sales, and operations.

Lorraine Marks

Lorraine Marks

Business Development Manager

Lorraine has helped our clients determine that VPO is the right solution for them. During consultative sessions, using customized demonstrations, she leads informative and investigative discussions, and creates successful relationships. Our customers’ satisfaction is Lorraine’s top priority. She manages the sales funnel from there, with high conversion and plan attainment.

Melissa Berkebile

Melissa Berkebile

Application Development Manager

Melissa oversees complex projects that require application development and integration with line-of-business systems like SAP, Sage, and Oracle. She customizes VPO, develops Power BI reports, and assists our support team on client requests.
Beth L. Anderson

Beth L. Anderson

Customer Success Manager

Beth transitions our clients from sales to implementation, and ensures that VPO exceeds expectations. Having been a team leader from the start, she’s our resident VPO expert! Beth continues to develop VPO while managing and mentoring her staff.

Christine Pacyna

Christine Pacyna

Customer Support Manager

Chris administers VPO for our clients by creating new projects, configuring security, and inviting external users on our customers’ behalf. A creative and resourceful thinker, she’s always ready to respond to any issues our users raise.
Kelly Rickli

Kelly Rickli

Report and UX Designer

Dedicated to optimizing VPO’s look and feel, Kelly customizes the VPO user experience by creating dashboards, charts, graphs, and printable PDF reports. She enjoys conquering the challenge of recreating reports whenever our clients (or their clients!) require specific paperwork. Our customers love being able to run tailored reports directly from VPO.
Daisy Miksch

Daisy Miksch

Client Relations Manager

Daisy issues our clients’ invoices, manages relationship records, and serves as our primary communicator. She also assists the VPO team with a variety of other needs, from processing sales orders to planning events.

Casey Scogins

Casey Scogins

Construction Technologist

Casey’s background blends construction with technology–and blending construction with technology is precisely what she helps our clients do. In facilitating implementations with our customers, she presents various technology options based on each client’s unique needs, and makes sure that their construction management solution is not only tailored from the start, but that it also changes with their ever-changing business requirements.

Jennifer Zezza

Jennifer Zezza

Application Developer

Jennifer is the newest member to join our development team. She contributes to the design, development, and maintenance of all applications and customizations related to VPO.