ICT Futures: Delivering Pervasive, Real-time and Secure Services

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Paul Warren, John Davies, David Brown
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 30, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 268 pages
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Learn all about the major trends and future advancements inICT!

ICT Futures provides an insightful introduction to themajor technology trends in Information and CommunicationTechnologies (ICT), and to the economic, commercial and societalenvironment which is shaping them. 

The experienced author-team, consisting of experts from bothindustry and academia, addresses:

  • The interaction between people and technology - how ICTaffects every day social practices; the rise of social computing;how the way we interact with information and the devices we use arechanging; and how trust can be assured over the Internet.
  • The underlying ICT infrastructure - the semantic web andthe semantic intranet; the real-time service-orientedinfrastructure; the future optical network; self-managing networksand agents; P2P technologies; pervasiveness; mobility and wirelesstechnology; and how all this infrastructure can be madesecure.
  • ICT technology and how it is affecting industries asdiverse as health, finance, retail and law. 

The book covers a vast wealth of material, with a strong focusupon the impending changes to the way ICT operates.This referenceis a valuable tool for people in managerial roles, CIOs, CTOs,business and technology strategists, and students undertakingtechnology MBAs, or technology modules in general MBAs.Professionals working in ICT will also find this bookvaluable. 

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About the author (2008)

Paul Warren works within the IT Futures Centre at BT. He iscurrently Project Director of ACTIVE (ahref="http://www.active-project.eu/"http://www.active-project.eu/a),a European project in the area of collaborative knowledgemanagement. recent previous roles have been in the areas ofservice-oriented infrastructure and semantic technologies - both atthe forefront of developments in ICT. At an earlier stage in hiscareer, Paul worked on technology strategy and technologyforesight,investigating areas as diverse as eBusiness and novelforms of computing. Paul has published widely on knowledgemanagement, semantic technologies and technology foresight. Paulholds a degree in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University anda MSc in Electronics from Southampton University. Paul can becontacted at ahref="mailto:paul.w.warren@bt.com"paul.w.warren@bt.com/a.

Dr John Davies Leads the Next Generation Web researchgroup within the IT Futures Centre at BT. Current interests centrearound the application of semantic web and Web 2.0 technology toknowledge management, business intelligence, informationintegration and service-oriented environments. John is chairman ofthe European many papers and books in the area of semantictechnology and its business applications, web-based informationmanagement and knowledge management; and has served on the programcommittee of numerous conferences in these areas. He is a Fellow ofthe British Computer Society and a Chartered Engineer. Earlierresearch at BT let to the development of a set of knowledgemanagement tools which are the subject of a number of patents.These tools ere spun out of Bt and are now marketed by Infonic Ltd,of which John is Group Technical Advisor.John received the BTTechnology Award for Technology Entrepreneurship for hiscontribution to the Creation of Infonic. John can be contacted atahref="mailto:john.nj.davies@bt.com"john.nj.davies@bt.com/a.

David Brown is Head of the Foresight team in BT Researchand Venturing where his key role is to help BT and its customersmanage the future. His role is particularly important to thedevelopment of BT, and along with the contribution so his otherteam members, he is successfully predicting fast-paced changes intechnology. This ensures that BT invests widely and continues tooffer the right services needed by customers, both for today andtomorrow. David has written many articles on technology strategyand economics. Previous reasonability within his time at BTincludes leading teams in the network strategy, product managementand applications development fields. Before joining BT, Davidworked for ICL as a systems engineer. David gained a BSc inMathematics from Durham University and h olds a Sloan FellowshipMSc in Economics from the London Business School. David can becontacted at ahref="mailto:dave.g.brown@bt.com"dave.g.brown@bt.com/a

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