Mark Burgess has a PhD in theoretical physics, and is a theoretician and practitioner in the area of information systems, whose work has focused largely on distributed information infrastructure. He is known particularly for his work on Configuration Management and Promise Theory. He was the principal Founder of CFEngine, co-founder at Aljabr, and is now the founder of ChiTek-i. He is Emeritus Professor of Network and System Administration from Oslo University College. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and papers on topics from Physics, Networks and Systems, to fiction. He writes on issues of science and IT industry concerns. Today, he works as an advisor on science and technology, as well as leadership matters all over the world, and is a composer of music.