War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age

IT Revolution
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Today, the big obstacle to a successful business transformation within a company is neither culture, nor bureaucracy, nor even the ever-changing technology landscape. It is the relationship between the business and its IT organization, an uneasy and less than effective alliance born of misunderstandings, a hazy sense of shared mission, and nerds versus suits stereotypes.
In War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age, Mark Schwartz, author of A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility and The Art of Business Value, shows why and how executives and business leaders must create a shared strategy with their IT organizations to drive innovation, enhance their competitive positioning, increase revenue, and delight customers.
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Mark Schwartz is an iconoclastic CIO and a playful crafter of ideas, an inveterate purveyor of lucubratory prose. He has been an IT leader in organizations small and large, public, private, and nonprofit.

As an Enterprise Strategist for Amazon Web Services, he uses his extensive CIO wisdom to advise the world’s largest companies on the obvious: time to move to the cloud, guys. As the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he provoked the federal government into adopting Agile and DevOps practices. He is pretty sure that when he was the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange he was the first person ever to use business intelligence and supply chain analytics to place au pairs with the right host families. Mark speaks frequently on innovation, change leadership, bureaucratic implications of DevOps, and using Agile practices in low-trust environments. With a BS in computer science from Yale, a master’s in philosophy from Yale, and an MBA from Wharton, Mark is either an expert on the business value of IT or just confused and much poorer.

Mark is the author of The Art of Business Value, A Seat at the Table, and War and Peace and IT and the winner of a Computerworld Premier 100 award, an Amazon Elite 100 award, a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 award, and a CIO Magazine CIO 100 award. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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IT Revolution
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May 14, 2019
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240
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9781942788720
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English
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Business & Economics / Industries / Computers & Information Technology
Business & Economics / Information Management
Business & Economics / Leadership
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