PORTLAND, Ore., May 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- IT Revolution, the industry leader for advancing DevOps, today announced the availability of its newest book, War and Peace and IT: Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age. Authored by Mark Schwartz, Enterprise Strategist at Amazon Web Services (AWS), this book explains 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.
Paperback, eBook and Audio editions of War and Peace and IT are now available. To order, visit: (https://itrevolution.com/book/war-and-peace-and-it/).
"We are thrilled to share this third book from Mark Schwartz, one of the leading thinkers on how to break down the wall between business and IT in large enterprises," said Gene Kim, founder of IT Revolution and co-author of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook, and Accelerate. "In War and Peace and IT, Mark shares his unique perspective and experiences with business leaders looking to lead their company into the digital age. He shows how they can harness the expertise and innovation already taking place in the IT organization and throughout the enterprise to achieve business objectives."
"The enterprise must stop thinking of its ideas as requirements to be given to the IT organization and instead, treat them as hypotheses about what will accomplish their business goals," said Mark Schwartz. "My life as a CIO and experience working alongside executives from the world's largest enterprises have led to the proven strategies I articulate in War and Peace and IT to help business leaders overcome impediments they face in transforming their organizations to seize opportunities in the digital age we live in today."
About the Book
In the war for business supremacy, Schwartz shows we must throw out the old management models and stereotypes that pit suits against nerds. Instead, business leaders of today can foster a space of collaboration and shared mission, a space that puts technologists and business people on the same team.
For business leaders looking to unlock their enterprise's digital transformation, War and Peace and IT provides clear context and strategies. Schwartz demystifies the role IT plays in the modern enterprise, allowing business leaders to create new strategies for the emerging digital battleground.
It is time to change not only the enterprise's relationship with technology, but its relationship with technologists. To accelerate, enterprises must bring technology to the heart of their work, for just as technology is causing this disruption, it is technology that provides the solution. Unlike Napoleon, it is time for business leaders to come down from the hill atop the Battle of Borodino and enter the fray with the technologists, for that is where the war will be won or lost.
Mark Schwartz is an Enterprise Strategist at Amazon Web Services and the author of The Art of Business Value and A Seat at the Table: IT Leadership in the Age of Agility. Before joining AWS he was the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Service (part of the Department of Homeland Security), CIO of Intrax, and CEO of Auctiva. He has an MBA from Wharton, a BS in Computer Science from Yale, and an MA in Philosophy from Yale.
To download a free excerpt or the audiobook companion of War and Peace and IT, visit: (https://itrevolution.com/book/war-and-peace-and-it/).
Book Review Quotes:
"War and Peace and IT offers a bold, insightful roadmap for building a company's digital capacity. With the pace of change in IT accelerating at such an unprecedented rate, I consider this essential reading for my entire leadership team."
—François Locoh-Donou, President & CEO, F5 Networks
"In an environment of chaos and uncertainty, there's opportunity, but only if you can recognize it and react quickly. This third book in the trilogy raises the most important issue—decisions need to be made and executed in real time. Outline a set of objectives, get out of the way, and allow the creativity to flow. Mark brings the reader through this journey, and having gone through it with him at the Department of Homeland Security, I can tell you it was one of the most impactful initiatives we ever undertook."
—Luke McCormack, former CIO of the Department of Homeland Security
"Napoleon couldn't centrally manage his battles in real time, but today's leaders have no excuse. Independent cell-based teams using rapid hypothesis testing will win the battles against competitors who remain old-school. After explaining to IT leaders how to get A Seat at the Table, Mark Schwartz has advice for everyone else at the table."
—Adrian Cockcroft, VP Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWS
For more book review quotes and book details on War and Peace and IT, visit: (https://itrevolution.com/book/war-and-peace-and-it/).
- For biographical information and a headshot of Mark Schwartz, visit (https://itrevolution.com/faculty/mark-schwartz/)
- To start reading War and Peace and IT, download a free excerpt at (https://dl.orangedox.com/WarPeaceITExcerpt)
- To start listening to an excerpt of the audiobook, visit: (https://soundcloud.com/itrevolution/sets/war-and-peace-and-it)
- To download the companion PDF to the audiobook, visit: (https://dl.orangedox.com/warpeaceitaudiopdf)
- To receive a free eBook of Mark Schwartz's presentation at DevOps Enterprise Summit Las Vegas 2018, visit: (https://itrevolution.com/book/war-and-peace-and-it/)
- For more titles by Mark Schwartz and IT Revolution, visit: (https://itrevolution.com/devops-books/)
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