Thursday, July 25, 2024

Disrupting Tech: Mark Schwartz’s Journey of Innovation and Change

In this episode of #GovCom Unfiltered, we sit down with Mark Schwartz, a sought-after technology leader known for challenging the status quo in business, processes, and technology. With a career spanning multiple C-suite positions, Mark has earned a reputation as a change agent, disruptor, and bar-raiser.

Mark is an outspoken advocate for Agile, Lean, and DevOps methodologies, bringing these practices to the federal government as the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services and pioneering business intelligence and supply chain analytics as the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange. Now, as an Enterprise Strategist for AWS, he continues to articulate the critical role of cloud technology in today’s enterprises.

Join us as we delve into Mark’s journey of continuous improvement, his passion for innovation, and his ability to overcome bureaucracy and organizational constraints. Whether through his influential blog or his engaging on-stage appearances, Mark’s insights are sure to inspire and entertain.

Don’t miss this episode packed with biz-tech wisdom and anecdotes that highlight the transformative power of IT and cloud strategies. Tune in to #GovCom Unfiltered for an enlightening conversation with Mark, and get ready to embrace change like never before.

Listen to or watch #GovCom Unfiltered on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/govcom-unfiltered/id1733695711

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/10EiM2D8Ji4rbO1sMDgWWB?si=9ae4439d695f4dc6

Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/0dc7a159-91ff-4da5-8c79-8d95ff66d00e/govcom-unfiltered

 

Mark Schwartz
AWS Enterprise Strategist
Former CIO, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Mark is a sought-after technology leader, prolific writer, and frequent speaker. He has held C-suite positions at several organizations, large and small, where over time he earned a reputation for challenging the status quo in business, processes, and technology. Mark is an outspoken advocate for Agile, Lean, and DevOps methodologies, and espouses a continuous improvement philosophy. Today he uses his powers for good by collaborating with enterprise leaders to create innovative, cloud-based strategies, and his experience is both wide-ranging and well-demonstrated.

While the CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, he brought Agile and DevOps practices to the federal government. As the CIO of Intrax Cultural Exchange, he was the first to use business intelligence and supply chain analytics to place au pairs with host families. As an Enterprise Strategist for AWS, Mark is on a never-ending quest to
articulate and substantiate the critical role that cloud plays in today’s enterprises.

If we were compelled to choose a few words to describe Mark as an enterprise technology leader, you might hear such descriptors as “change agent,” “disruptor,” and “bar-raiser.” For Mark, change isn’t something to be managed—it needs to be continuously embraced and adopted. Curiosity must prevail in the face of a “we’ve-always-done-it-this-way” attitude. And change is always possible in his mind. Even when things feel the most constrained – in the face of deadening bureaucracy, organizational politics, rigid processes, communication vacuums – Mark has the hammer to smash his way through.

It’s not really a hammer, of course, but Mark’s voice, pen, and experience as a leader in several organizations over the years gets the job done. Like that time when he was a new CIO of US Citizenship and Immigration Services and boldly questioned the musty technology practices of the federal government (ask him about the infamous document known as the “MD102,” but proceed with caution).
Through his influential blog, chockfull of biz-tech wisdom, or his on-stage appearances (where he shines at anecdotal storytelling and often brings tired convention-goers to giggles), Mark’s passion for evangelizing the business value of IT and cloud is clear.

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