War and Peace and IT

Business Leadership, Technology, and Success in the Digital Age

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In the latest book from iconoclastic CIO Mark Schwartz, find out 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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Ebook: Napoleon, DevOps, and Delivering Business Value

Download the “Napoleon, DevOps, and Delivering Business Value” ebook by Mark Schwartz.

In this eBook, Mark Schwartz discusses the impediments facing enterprise transformations, how to align the business with IT, and it all has to do with Napoleon and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

  • The Business-IT Wall Must Come Down

    With A Seat at the Table, thought leader Mark Schwartz pulled out a chair for CIOs at the C-suite table. Now Mark brings his unique perspective and experience to business leaders looking to lead their company into the digital age by harnessing the expertise and innovation that is already under their roof: IT.

    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 new 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.


  • “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

    “Having worked with hundreds of executives from large enterprises in my roles at AWS, it is clear to me that every CEO and CIO should read this book…together. As today’s leader transform their organizations for the digital era, they invariably struggle with issues of cultural change, organizational change, and rigid legacy ways of working. If only they had had this book! It is the book they need to bring together IT and the rest of their businesses in the way that can overcome those hurdles. Mark’s book is clearly informed by his executive leadership experience—both doing it himself and working with other enterprise leaders.”

    —Stephen Orban, General Manager at Amazon Web Services and author of Ahead in the Cloud

    “In War and Peace and IT, Mark Schwartz effectively highlights how the days of silo’d functions and delivering requirements like a War and Peace novel to IT are over. If you and your teams aren’t out on the front lines with IT fostering a new way of working together, your ability to succeed in the next era is likely over. If you want to learn how to embrace technology, respond effectively to ambiguity, and transform your business into an agile organization, then bring all your CXOs together and read this book with the CIO.”

    —Chris Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, Tru Realty

    “This is the book I would want with me on a walk through the woods in a Russian winter. Mark’s three books help to define how an organization should function as a whole, each approaching the question from a different angle and each as helpful in changing the organization. I am buying several copies of this book for my colleagues across all of our business operations…not business and IT.”

    —Josh Seckel, Head of Agile Practice at Sevatec, Inc

    “War and Peace and IT makes a convincing case for change: its real-life examples and the evidence it presents are concrete and compelling.”

    —Rodrigo Lobo, Partner at PIPA Global Investments

    “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 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

  • ISBN: 9781942788713 (TP); 9781942788720 (ePub); 9781942788737 (Kindle); 9781942788751 (web PDF); 9781942788744 (audio)

    Pages: 240

    Figures: 9

    Publication Date: May 14, 2019

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War and Peace and IT

Available Now!
In the latest book from iconoclastic CIO Mark Schwartz, find out 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.

A Seat at the Table & The Art of Business Value – Two Book Bundle

For the first time, enjoy Mark Schwartz's two books on IT leadership in the modern enterprise world in one bundle. A Seat at the Table and The Art of Business Value pave the path for the modern CIO and IT department.

A Reader’s Guide to A Seat at the Table

A Reader's Guide to A Seat at the Table is intended to add another dimension to the original book. This reader's guide walks through A Seat at the Table chapter by chapter.

The guide includes additional material for each chapter on:
• What has changed between the Waterfall/contractor-control world and the Agile world.
• The key points of the chapter.
• The concrete actions that IT leaders should take away from the chapter.
• Questions to help stimulate further debate.
• And more.

A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

Iconoclastic CIO Mark Schwartz reveals how IT leaders must throw off the old attitudes and assumptions and claim their rightful seat at the C-suite table.

The Art of Business Value


Playful and thought-provoking, iconoclastic CIO Mark Schwartz explores what business value means, why it matters, and how it should affect your software development and delivery practices.