Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are on the rise in regulated industries. Gartner predicts that 50% of all companies in regulated industries will have a CDO by 2017, according to research conducted by Debra Logan, vice president and Gartner Fellow.
CDOs Help Manage Data as a Corporate Asset
“There is no coherent leadership strategy around corporate assets,” says Ms. Logan. Organizations have different approaches to managing data as a corporate asset, based on Gartner’s survey of CEOs and senior business executives.
“As CIOs, you do not own the data,” Ms. Logan says. “When retiring an asset, have you been able to get a straight answer from your business on how long to keep the data? They aren’t making decisions, and you can’t make the decisions about the data.”
This is where the CDO can play an important role in how the organization determines its use of new, existing, and legacy information assets. Additionally, CDOs can lead the debate on digital ethics.
The CDO Defined
The CDO is a senior executive who bears responsibility for the firm’s enterprise wide data and information strategy, governance, control, policy development, and effective exploitation. The CDO’s role will combine accountability and responsibility for information protection and privacy, information governance, data quality and data life cycle management, along with the exploitation of data assets to create business value.
Will the CDO and CIO be friend or foe? “They will not, and should not, have overlapping job responsibilities,” Ms. Logan says. The CDO plays more of a risk, compliance, policy management, and business role. It serves to drive information and analytics strategy, serving a business purpose. CIOs should be involved in designing the role, which may report to them or function in a parallel position reporting to the COO or CFO. In essence, the CDO serves as the glue between the data strategy and the metrics.
Events on Demand
A video replay from Ms. Logan’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo presentation, “Chief Data Officers: Who They Are, What They Do and Why This Role Will Keep Growing” is available on Gartner Events on Demand.
Gartner Data & Analytics Summit
Gartner analysts will provide additional analysis on data and analytics leadership trends at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2017, taking place February 20-21 in Sydney, March 6-9 in Grapevine, Texas, March 20-22 in London, March 23-24 in Tokyo, June 6-7 in Mumbai and June 20-21 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Follow news and updates from the events on Twitter using #GartnerDA.