Books

Paul has written several books about mobile technology and applications, published by Wiley & Sons. He is recognised as a pioneer in mobile applications ever since founding one of Europe’s first mobile applications companies in 1996, creating applications used by Dell, Compaq, Credit Suisse, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, NTT DoCoMo, Netscape and many more.

During that time, 3 UK consulted with Paul to guide their applications strategy. This prompted Paul to write “Next Generation Wireless Applications” as a handbook for the mobile industry about the nascent mobile applications market. It became the leading book in the market and a best-seller for Wiley, prompting a wholly revised second edition (626 pages) that comprehensively covered the “Mobile 2.0″ and “Web 2.0″ paradigms as they were surfacing in the ecosystem. This substantial re-write (over 60% new content) was highly successful, prompting a translation into Chinese for the rapidly emerging Asian applications market.

Prompted by board-level engagements for Telefonica and O2 UK during 2010/11, Paul wrote his latest book, “Connected Services” as a “modern Web” primer for carriers and the mobile industry, noticing that, although enabling the mobile 2.0/3.0 revolution (inducing iPhone retailing and connectivity), most carriers did not understand how modern Web and software paradigms really work. The book sold over 400 copies in the first few months and continues to sell well.

Paul has contributed to other books and is near to completing his latest book, which is a “field guide” to becoming a more creative and disruptive innovator in all walks of life. (Paul is also 80% done with writing a sci-fi adventure novel for young adults.)

 

Connected Services – Book Description

I’ve worked for mobile operators for the last 15 years in a variety of technical functions. I would urge everybody in the industry who cares about where it’s going in the next decade to read this.

It’s a complete handbook of how the next generation of communication services will be conceived and delivered, from technology stacks and development methodologies through to ecosystems and data analytics. The material is presented in an engaging and coherent way, and really you should be left in no doubt where the future lies.

Chris Shaw, Mobile Consultant

If you want to understand and make sense of the fast evolving world of new digital and social services and the role of telcos in all this… this is the book for you.

Paul has managed to bring all relevant concepts and building blocks of the new digital services paradigm together in this book. Well it may be one of the only books that does so with the right level of depth and coverage. The book explains how telcos can leverage vast reserves of customer data and capabilities to create telco platforms and customer centric services by bringing together the key components of – internet technology, device / OS ecosystems, software deployment models, big data analytics etc.

In a very simple manner the book knits together the new technology concepts and components of the strategy to enable practical and meaningful services and business models (platform/ API monetization).

A must read if you are into telco strategy, technology/ business change, product and innovation roles….

-Pratik Bose, Everything Everywhere

Connected Services: Internet Technologies for Mobile Services and Operators explores the common underlying technological themes that underpin the new era of connected services in a post Web 2.0 epoch. Furthermore, not only does it explain how the technologies work, but it also discusses what makes each of them significant, such as the potential for finding new meaning in data in the world of BIG DATA platforms, often referred to as “No–SQL” databases.

In addition, it tackles the newest areas of technology such as web and mobile 2.0, open source, mash–ups, cloud computing, web 3.0, augmented reality, and more. Finally, the book makes sense of the opportunities and challenges of a connected world where both machines and people communicate in a pervasive fashion, looking beyond the hype and promise of emerging categories of communication such as the “Internet of things” and “connected devices” to show managers how to understand the potential of the enabling technologies and apply them for meaningful applications in their own world.

  • Explores the common underlying technological themes that underpin the new era of connected services
  • Addresses the newest areas of technology such as web and mobile 2.0, open source, mash–ups, cloud computing, web 3.0, augmented reality, and more
  • Shows the reader how to understand the potential of the enabling technologies and apply them for meaningful applications in their own world
  • Discusses new developments in the technological landscape such as Smartphone proliferation, maturation of Web 2.0, increased convergence between mobile networks and the Internet, and so forth.

From the Back Cover

Connected Services is a must–read for telco strategists who need to get up to speed on how the world of software and the web 2. 0 works.
– Andreas Constantinou, Research Director, VisionMobile


This book is a must read for those charged with leading innovation in a world of connected services where telco and Internet collide.
– Jason Goecke, VP of Innovation, Voxeo Labs

This book explains the common underlying technological themes that underpin the new era of connected services in a post Web 2.0 epoch

In this book, the author explores the underlying technological themes that underpin the new era of connected services. Furthermore, it explains how the technologies work and what makes each of them significant, for example, the potential for finding new meaning in data in the world of BIG DATA platforms, often referred to as “No–SQL” databases. In addition, it tackles the newest areas of technology such as HTML5, Android, iOS, open source, mash–ups, cloud computing, real–time Web, augmented reality, and more.

Finally, the book discusses the opportunities and challenges of a connected world where both machines and people communicate in a pervasive fashion, looking beyond the hype and promise of emerging categories of communication such as the “Internet of Things” and “Real–time Web” to show managers how to understand the potential of the enabling technologies and apply them for meaningful applications in their own world.

Key Features:

  • Explores the common and emergent underlying technological themes that underpin the new era of connected services
  • Addresses the newest areas of Internet technology such as web and mobile 2.0, open source, mash–ups, cloud computing, web 3.0, augmented reality, and more
  • Shows the reader how to understand the potential of the enabling technologies and apply them for meaningful applications in their own world
  • Discusses new developments in the technological landscape such as Smartphone proliferation, maturation of Web 2.0, increased convergence between mobile networks and the Internet, and so forth
  • Examines modern software paradigms like Software–as–as–Service (SaaS), Platform–as–a–Service (PaaS) and Network–as–a–Service (NaaS)
  • Explores in detail how Web start–ups really work and what telcos can do to adopt lean and agile methods

This book will be an invaluable guide for technical designers and managers, project managers, product managers, CEOs etc. at mobile operators (O2, Vodafone, Orange, T–Mobile, BT), fixed operators, converged operators and their contributory supplier networks (e.g. infrastructure providers). Internet providers (Google, Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, Apple, Facebook), analysts, product managers, developers, architects, consultants, technology investors, analysts, marketing directors, business development directors will also find this book of interest.