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 — 17 comments
  5. neXadyne develops “world-first accredited training courses for document control” — 17 comments

Author's posts

Oct 07 2005

New skills, new era

Tim at Cutting Through reads the same newspaper as me. He, too, was struck by an article in today’s Guardian about the changes in media habits of the current generation of 14-21-year-olds: a third of all young people online have launched their own blog or website. As Tim points out, this generation of the ‘ultrawired’ …

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Oct 07 2005

SaaS: view from the trenches

An ASPnews.com article presents some of the pros and cons of Software as a Service (SaaS) from the perspective of an independent software vendor (Chris Miranda of eMeta) who is clearly an SaaS enthusiast. He added a couple of advantages that I hadn’t fully realised. One argument that will find favour with softwaver vendors is …

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Oct 06 2005

Teleworking revolution: not yet

A Silicon.com leading article discusses the latest findings from an Office of National Statistics (ONS) study of teleworking in the UK. The headline figures sound promising: home-working has more than doubled in the past eight years with 2.5 million Britons working at home. However, as Silicon.com points out, the majority were self-employed, and only a …

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Oct 06 2005

Do exhibitions work? (2)

Following my 22 September post, I visited the PropIT show at London’s Olympia this morning. It wasn’t very busy. I spoke to four different exhibitors and they all told roughly the same story: it was busy first thing yesterday but then tailed off, while today had started like yesterday afternoon…. I commiserated with the organiser …

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Oct 05 2005

EC Harris stays with Citadon

Citadon has announced that EC Harris has signed a new contract to use Citadon Collaboration Workspace (CW) to drive collaboration on up to 50 new construction projects throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It’s not a major development. The deal continues a relationship between the businesses dating back to 2000 when EC Harris was …

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Oct 05 2005

Trusting the internet

One objection some people have to use of web-based technologies concerns security, and their lack of trust in the technologies to manage confidential or sensitive information. Yet, this uncertainty is slowly declining – the latest evidence comes from a survey of attitudes to online banking. The survey (reported by Silicon.com here) suggests more than a …

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Oct 04 2005

Charging crisis (2)

In my initial Charging crisis post I wondered about the ‘elephant hunter’ sales person analogy. BIW CEO Colin Smith has filled in a gap in my knowledge. In IT businesses, apparently, sales personnel were advised to nurture three different types of account: ‘rabbits’ that could be converted into frequent, small sales; ‘deer’ that would yield …

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Oct 03 2005

The IPCRES File

No, it’s not a misprint. IPCRES is the strange name given to a group of UK businesses, describing themselves as "the industry-leading Project Management & Property IT Solution Providers". One of the group is extranet provider Cadweb; the others are ICON (design standards software), EPC Integration (project management) and The FM Company (facilities management). I …

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Oct 03 2005

Social aspects of collaboration

As a sociologist (OK, my doctorate was in criminology, but I had to do all the sociological stuff first) now working in the construction industry, I have long been interested in team dynamics – an interest stimulated still further by the challenge of incorporating technology into the mix. Thanks to the guys at Cutting Through …

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Oct 03 2005

Differentiation by extranet

I have written so much over the past year or so that I sometimes forget what’s been published. While browsing the legal sector blog, Knowledgeline, I found a post about how extranets can help legal firms differentiate themselves from their competitors. This reminded that I wrote an article (September 2004) on a similar topic for …

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