Francine Stephens Simmons

Senior Mainframe/Legacy Programmer
  • January 20, 2021

Senior programmer/analyst with over 17+ years application development experience. Outstanding track record of progress and high productivity in fast paced and complex business environments. Exceptional planning and organizational skills with the ability to work under pressure. Outstanding team building skills and client satisfaction.


Languages:      SAS, COBOL, IMS, CICS, SQL, JCL, Visual RPG, Easytrieve

Software/Applications: TSO/ISPF, LCM, Endevor, Librarian, Xpediter, Intertest, File-Master, File-AID,   SAS Enterprise Guide, FileZilla, Abend-AID, ZEKE, ZEBB, Jobtrac, MS Office, DB2, VSAM, GSAM, Agile Software Development, Team Foundation Server (TFS), Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio, VSE Operating System in an OS 390 environment, MVS Utilities

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United States of America
Bachelor's Degree


Bachelor of Science @ Dillard University
Aug 1999 — May 2003

B.S., Computer Science, May 2003, - Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana


Applications Consultant @ Louisiana State University
Jan 2018 — Current

(contract/part-time – afternoons/weekends - max 20 hrs per week)
• Serve as secondary/backup consultant responsible for maintaining university’s Treasury Information System as university transitions off legacy/mainframe system and onto Workday 3rd party solution
• Provide reporting, maintenance and programming support using IMS, COBOL, SAS, and SQL in batch, online, and SAS EG environments
• Develop system documentation that describes current operating procedures and process flows for university’s Treasury Information System
• Serve as Technical Lead/SME on the following projects:
• Annual TIS Archive/Purge Process
• Annual 1098-T Tax Document Process
• Annual Fiscal Year End Process for TIS

Senior Software Developer @ Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance
May 2016 — Current

(full-time – 40 hours per week)
• Create, maintain, and test batch and online mainframe programs using COBOL, CICS, SQL, and Assembler Languages
• Create and maintain JCL; prepare system documentation regarding proper save, restart, and recovery procedures; prepare documentation regarding the sequence of jobs and the associated inputs/outputs for company usage
• Interpret user requests, investigate problems, determine the most feasible approach for implementing the changes, and recommend corrective action
• Participate in on-call rotation schedule and provided production support to ensure nightly jobs are successfully executed
• Serve as primary mainframe/COBOL trainer for department's newly hired junior-level software developers; trains in the area of mainframe, TSO/ISPF, VSAM, COBOL, and JCL
• Serve as Technical Lead/SME on the following projects:
• LA PolicyCenter Integration – Legacy Integration (Daily/Monthly Processes)
• LA PolicyCenter OnDemand Conversion for Legacy Individual Auto
• LA COVID19 Premium Credits for Individual Auto and Comp Auto Policies
• LA Emergency Rule/Natural Disaster - Underwriting Report Listings of Policyholders in Impacted Parishes

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