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Driving Innovation: Trish Plonski Unveils the Future of SaaS in Transportation

Trish Plonski, our trailblazing Executive Vice President of Sales, is shaking up the transportation industry. In our exclusive interview, we dive into her insights on bringing cutting-edge SaaS solutions to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Trish shares her passion for innovation, the thrill of pushing boundaries, and the secret sauce behind creating impactful solutions.

So, buckle up as we explore the intersection of tech, transportation, and transformation!

Interviewer: Trish, as a leader in the transportation industry, what inspires you to drive innovation and change? What keeps you motivated to push boundaries and create impactful solutions?


You know, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. As a sales leader, I’m constantly inspired by the ever-evolving landscape of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The industry is changing rapidly—new technologies, shifting client preferences, and dynamic market trends. What was considered innovative just a few years ago might not cut it today. So, staying informed about the latest tech advancements is crucial. It’s like being on a rollercoaster ride—you have to anticipate the twists and turns. And that’s what keeps me motivated—the thrill of pushing boundaries and creating solutions that truly make a difference.

Interviewer: Fascinating! So, how have you seen SaaS technologies transform the transportation industry?


Ah, SaaS—the game-changer! Especially during the pandemic, transportation agencies embraced cloud technologies like never before. Picture this: SaaS is seamlessly integrated into every part of an agency’s workflow. From Adobe to DocuSign, it’s everywhere. And citizens? Well, they want the same digital experience from government agencies as they get from their favorite apps. Real-time data, personalized interactions—that’s the name of the game. SaaS empowers agencies to make actionable decisions, improve core services, and even launch new offerings. But it’s not all smooth sailing. Procurement processes are more complex, and CIOs weigh long-term benefits, security, and scalability. It’s a fascinating shift, really.

Interviewer: Trish, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of transportation management. What advantages do you believe SaaS solutions offer over traditional on-premise software?


It is always the eternal battle: SaaS vs. traditional software. First off, flexibility—SaaS applications are like chameleons. They adapt to their surroundings. You can access them from anywhere, customize them to fit your agency’s specific needs, and scale them up or down as business demands shift. No more hefty upfront investments, no more server nightmares. It’s like trading in your old clunker for a sleek, futuristic ride. And the security? Top-notch. Data encryption, access controls, regular audits—it’s like having a digital fortress. But here’s the secret sauce: SaaS attracts fresh talent. New blood means fresh ideas, and that accelerates our journey forward.

Interviewer: Love it! Now, as EVP of Sales and Marketing, how do you envision SaaS technologies shaping the future of transportation management?


SaaS (Software as a Service) is a game-changer in transportation. Imagine a symphony of efficiency, safety, and sustainability—all orchestrated by SaaS. Our ITS segments are already tapping into its power. For traffic management, think real-time monitoring, congestion control, and adaptive signals—like a well-choreographed dance. Road safety? Instant alerts, incident detection, and collision prevention—your highway guardian. Freight management? Streamlined logistics, route planning, and cargo tracking. Parking management? Real-time availability, seamless payments, and reservations at your fingertips. And tolling? Cloud-based Back Office Systems ensuring smooth transactions and revenue collection. Oh, and don’t forget connected vehicle services—telematics, infotainment, the whole shebang. According to AWS, cloud deployments can slash infrastructure costs by 20% over 6 years and cut traditional IT tasks in half.

That is what our focus is with our new ATMS Studio. We wanted to introduce a cloud based SaaS software that could manage all of these modules in real-time, all while keeping cybersecurity at the forefront.

Interviewer: Trish, when it comes to transportation management, what advantages do you believe SaaS solutions offer over traditional on-premise software?


Absolutely! SaaS (Software as a Service) has some clear benefits. First off, flexibility—SaaS applications can be accessed from anywhere, customized to fit specific agency needs, and easily scaled based on business requirements. Unlike traditional software, SaaS doesn’t require hefty upfront investments. It simplifies IT complexity because agencies no longer need to manage servers, updates, or maintenance. Security and compliance are improved through data encryption, access controls, and regular audits. Plus, SaaS attracts new talent, which accelerates progress.

Interviewer: Excellent insights! Now, how do you see SaaS technologies shaping the future of transportation management?


Great question! SaaS is already making waves in various ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) segments. Think real-time traffic monitoring, road safety alerts, logistics, parking management, and more. But the best part? SaaS isn’t slowing down. It’s like a turbo boost for the industry. And scalability? That’s our secret weapon. Agencies can quickly adapt to market changes, respond to customer needs, and provide a seamless digital experience. Citizens benefit from smoother roads and faster responses.

Interviewer: Fantastic! Finally, any advice for transportation professionals looking to leverage SaaS effectively?


Absolutely! Here’s the roadmap: First, develop an IT strategic plan—it’s like your GPS. Define an IT delivery model that fosters collaboration between central IT and users. Invest in training and ensure everyone’s a tech enabler. And remember, it’s a team effort. Champion the new IT platform, and you’ll stay ahead of the curve.