In this episode of the Road Ahead podcast, host Ray Ghanbari, Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, continues his discussion on convergence with John Smith, editorial director of Newcom Media’s trucking and supply chain publications, which include Today’s Trucking and Truck Tech. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995. John discusses what he’s seeing as fleets talk about convergence and the impact large quantity of data will make.
[00:38] Meet John Smith
[01:01] What he’s seeing as fleets talk about convergence
[03:41] The impact of convergence with the large quality of data
[05:54] Examples of data making an impact at a departmental level
Ray Ghanbari is the Chief Technology Officer at Omnitracs, LCC. Most recently, Ray was CTO at SmartDrive, which was acquired by Omnitracs in October 2020. Prior to that, he wasVP, Product Development for FICO and the CTO and EVP of Product Development for PatientSafe Solutions, EVP of Strategy and Products for Vital Images, CTO at Ingenix and CTO for the Performance Marketing division of Yahoo! Ray earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. In addition, he earned a Master of Science degree in physics from Cambridge University in England and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Dr. Homaira Akbari - President and CEO of AKnowledgePartners, LLC
Dr. Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledgePartners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Enterprise Software. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Banco Santander S.A. and Temenos AG. Dr. Akbari has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Dr. Akbari has served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc. Under her leadership, the company had record performance. She successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation She holds a Ph.D. with honors in particle physics from Tufts University and an MBA with distinction from Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business. She is the author of more than 50 scientific articles in international journals, has two patents in IoT/Advertising, and is a frequent speaker in industry confere
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