Joshua Kanner

Senior Director of Product and Strategy
Fall 2023 Integrated Program Management Division Meeting

Josh Kanner has been involved in enterprise-focused software startups since 2000 with a focus in the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry since 2005.

Currently, Kanner is the Sr. Director of Product and Strategy for Oracle’s Construction Intelligence Cloud. He is focused on harnessing the power of data and analytics to improve performance across the AEC industry, especially in the areas of safety, quality, delivery, and cost.

Previously, he was founder of Newmetrix, an AI-powered safety risk analytics software provider to the AEC industry. Newmetrix applies computer vision and predictive analytics models to identify indicators of risk and predict which 20% of projects will have 80% of the safety risk in the coming week. Newmetrix was acquired by Oracle in 2022.


Prior to Newmetrix he was co-founder of Vela Systems, a pioneer in the use of web and tablet workflows for construction and capital projects. Vela Systems grew from bootstrapped beginnings to include over 50% of the ENR Top Contractors as customers and deployments all over the globe. The company was successfully acquired by Autodesk in 2012 and has been rebranded as BIM 360 Field.

Prior to founding Vela Systems, Josh was responsible for product management and strategy at Emptoris (now part of IBM), a web-based strategic sourcing software company with customers including Motorola, GlaxoSmithKline, Bank of America, and American Express.

Kanner graduated from Brown University and earned an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He still gets excited to put on a hard hat and walk a job.