Many CDOs Are Not Aware of How to Successfully Design Their Organization
The rapid adoption of the chief data officer (CDO) role — from 400 in 2014 to 1,000 in 2015 — raises important questions about the structure and positioning of the office of the CDO in organizations. There are four organizational design principles that CDOs should apply when designing their office, according to Gartner, Inc.
"The organizational design of the office of the CDO must clearly take account of the role that data is expected to play in the organization," said Mario Faria, research vice president at Gartner. "Most CDOs, however, are new to the role and often have little experience with managing large teams or designing and changing organizational structures."
To help CDOs and other business leaders meet the needs of their organization and structure the office of the CDO appropriately, Gartner identified four value propositions for the office of the CDO.
"There's no one correct way to design a CDO office — its structure and strength depends on how it is used by the evolving organization," said Mr. Faria. "In Gartner's model, the organizational design depends on four possible ways to organize and exploit the benefits of data within the business." Figure 1 shows these four approaches.
Figure 1: Possible Value Propositions of the Office of the CDO
Source: Gartner (February 2016)
"The CDO organizational design is about people," said Mr. Faria. "It is easy enough to think about what kind of CDO an organization needs in order to meet its business goals, but it can be harder to put in place the right people to deliver on that structure. It's vital CDOs think critically about what skills and behaviors will be required by the office of the CDO in the short, medium and long term."
Gartner clients can read more information management predictions and analysis in the research note, "Successful Organizational Design Principles for the Office of the Chief Data Officer". There are also more detailed guidelines for new CDOs in the article titled "First 100 Days of a CDO".
CDOs should attend the dedicated CDO programme at the Gartner Enterprise Information & Master Data Management Summits 2016 taking place in London, U.K. and Grapevine, Texas. You can follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerEIM.
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