Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson runs a specialist consultancy business, pwcom.co.uk Ltd. It provides integrated PR and marketing services mainly to construction and technology clients, and undertakes research and consultancy work on construction collaboration technologies (aka 'project extranets') and related tools (BIM, mobile, etc). Paul is also a writer, freelance journalist, industry activist and public speaker.

Most commented posts

  1. First, Hitler. Next, serial killer t-shirts… — 26 comments
  2. Aconex chairman in Hitler t-shirt row — 22 comments
  3. Aconex acquires Conject — 21 comments
  4. 16 reasons why nobody yet dominates the construction SaaS collaboration sector — 18 comments
  5. neXadyne develops “world-first accredited training courses for document control” — 17 comments

Author's posts

Oct 17 2005

Extranet defined by Wikipedia

The Wikipedia has a page about extranets. From a UK perspective, it helpfully lists all the members of the NCCTP, and includes links to all the NCCTP members, plus about a dozen other providers (some from the construction industry – such as Citadon and Constructware – some not, eg: ProjectFusion, Xerdict), and one or two …

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Oct 17 2005

8Mbps broadband – and more!

Earlier this summer my home broadband connection (from BT) was upgraded to a theoretical 2Mbps, offering me a download speed four times faster than previously (subject, of course, to contention ratio constraints, etc in south-east London). Today, I read that BT is planning to roll-out an 8Mbps service, starting next month – stimulated by competitors …

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Oct 17 2005

Wi-Max v 3G, etc

It’s perhaps only to be expected, but some of the major mobile telecoms are sometimes a bit dismissive about Wi-Max. According to Silicon.com, one Nokia executive thinks it is nice technology, but over-hyped; an Intel executive sees Wi-Max peacefully co-existing alongside 3G; and Siemens doubt that VOIP over Wi-Max will seriously threaten existing voice services. …

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Oct 17 2005

Gorillas and minnows?

I occasionally dip into ‘Microscope’ IT magazine. This week’s edition has a piece about Salesforce.com and how its hosted CRM solution could be squeezed by the software "mammoths". The latter (including Oracle, Sage, Microsoft and SAP) are incentivising their resellers with bounties to take SME customers away from Salesforce.com – such a strategy appears to …

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Oct 15 2005

Moaning architects? (3)

Since my last post on this topic, I have had an invitation to attend the next meeting of the CICA major architects IT group in early November, along with Duncan Mactear of 4Projects. Should be an interesting opportunity to hear why architects don’t feel construction collaboration technologies are yielding the benefits we often claim for …

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Oct 15 2005

CICA annual convention

No posts yesterday; I was at the CICA annual convention in London. The turnout wasn’t great – around 30 or so, including speakers – but most attendees managed to stay to the very end of the day. This was no mean achievement for an all-day event on a Friday, and a lot of credit must …

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Oct 15 2005

Avanti reality check for extranets (2)

Towards the end of yesterday’s CICA annual convention, I met Mervyn Richards, one of the leading figures on the Avanti project (see 22 September post). He gave me a bit of background to the somewhat negative comment (about extranets and their workflow handling capabilities) made at last month’s CE members convention. Apparently, the comment was …

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Oct 13 2005

Irritating marketing email

I received an unsolicited email from AMT3D offering what sounded like an interesting solution which would enable architects and developers to demonstrate to planners, etc, exactly what their new schemes will look like within the existing 3D urban environment. The email tempted me: A demo of the Leeds pilot project can be obtained via: http://www.amt3d.com/index_files/leeds_3d.htm …

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Oct 13 2005

Collaborate via blog or wiki?

Since my post about the Construction Computing Show, there has been a meeting of the NCCTP marketing group at which the event was discussed, followed by a steady flow of emails and attachments about the NCCTP stand layout, etc, between the five participants. Perhaps we should have practiced what we preach and used a collaboration …

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Oct 13 2005

Teleworking: motivation factors

Following on from my last post, the same Silicon.com article quotes a Citrix study which reveals strong support for the idea that flexible working will deliver greater productivity and a more motivated workforce, though it admits opposition to remote working often relates to the perceived death of ‘the office culture’ and the breakdown of teamwork …

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