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About SPUG

The Subscriber Profile User Group (SPUG) was founded by Sprint, T-Mobile, Vodafone, AIS, 3 and Bharti. to share practical experience across the Communication Service Provider (CSP) community and develop industry best practices for the design, implementation and operation of subscriber profile centric networks. SPUG provides a forum to directly address these issues, discussing the data consolidation objectives of its members, and providing direction on how to speed the smooth introduction of a unified subscriber repository. In addition, SPUG will identify lead application areas, common pitfalls and crucially, will provide guidance to infrastructure and application vendors for developing dataless products.

About Dr. Ray Barghi

Dr. Ray Barghi has over 20 years of experience in technology, product, marketing, and strategic business development in the Information Management, IT, and Wireless Telecom industry. He is a visionary, innovator, and problem solver, and is known in the Industry as a "make it happen" person and "customer champion". Dr. Ray is currently the CTO and Principal Consultant for SPUG Consulting where he provids leadership, direction, and consulting for a growing global organization of 40+ service providers in Big Data, Cloud Services, NFV, Analytics, and Mobile Comunications. Previously he served as the Chief Product, Information, and Marketing Analytics Officer for Huawei, responsible for SDM, Big Data, and Cloud solutions. He Oversaw and managed a global team in business development, product management, and professional services, and played a critical role in winning strategic contracts. He was successful in creating a competitive edge for the customers and generating new business and revenue.

Dr. Ray joined Nextel in 2003 as Director of Technology Development and held a variety of senior management positions with Nextel and Sprint Nextel, where he was responsible for development, integration, and launch of major programs including core network elements, 4G, and leading applications and devices. He enhanced customer experience by delivering parity and seamless migrations across different networks and devices, and lowered cost by initiating reusable capabilities. Prior to Nextel, Dr. Ray was with Ericsson where he held a number of key positions since 1994 and most recently served as the Director of Technology Development and Product Management. He pioneered the professional services and was instrumental in winning big contracts and securing key customers, and championed end-to-end solutions and partnerships involving handsets, access and core networks, as well as mobile enablers, and applications & services. Dr. Ray holds a B.S., M.S., and PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma where he also served as a member of faculty.

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