Chief Data Officer (CDO) Circle

The chief data officer (CDO) and chief analytics officer (CAO) roles are evolving continuously. Early adopters of the role may have had more of a regulatory and compliance focus, but now they are key positions at the executive table enabling digital innovation and growth.

CDOs and CAOs are now accountable for:

  • Fostering their organization’s data-driven strategy
  • Driving innovation and revenue generation
  • Transformation of organizational culture 
  • Development of new skills

See the value of the CDO Circle

Data and analytics leaders now have to be able to guide their organizations and lead with purpose in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing data-driven digital business landscape.

The CDO Circle experience is exclusively available to CDOs, CAOs and top data and analytics leaders attending Gartner Data & Analytics Summit.

The CDO Circle is a crafted executive experience: Three days of presentations and discussions with an ability to attend regular sessions at the conference. You will want to quickly secure one of the limited CDO Circle seats by registering for the conference and then applying to the Circle. Make sure you don’t miss out on this exclusive experience specifically designed for both new and tenured CDOs and CAOs.
 

How to participate

You must apply and qualify in advance of the summit to gain entry to the CDO Circle. When you register online for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, simply select “Yes” when asked within the Conference Specific Questions section, “Are you a Chief Data Officer, or the most senior data and/or analytics executive in your organization?”
 

Eligibility

  • Apply and qualify in advance of summit to gain entry to the CDO Circle
  • Complete qualifying questions
  • Must be an active chief data officer, chief analytics officer, or the highest ranking data and/or analytics decision maker within your organization 

AND

  • Organization’s gross revenue must exceed $250 million
  • Or if public sector, the organization’s size must exceed 1,000 employees
     

NOTE: Participation in the CDO Circle is reserved exclusively for the senior most person responsible for data and analytics within your organization, including chief data officers, chief analytics officers and their equivalents.
 

Dedicated sessions for CDO Circle members include:

Gartner’s fifth annual CDO survey explores the business impact of the CDO role and the evolution from a service function to a strategic value center. Clearly, the CDO role is at the heart of digital transformation efforts and it is apparent that changes to strategy, culture, delivery models and data fundamentals are required. Attendees will engage with their peers to discuss the state of the office of the CDO and recipes for success.

The quest to generate value from data and analytics assets is stressing enterprise skills and competencies, legacy organizational approaches and the delivery models used to capture value. At the same time, organizations must rapidly become adept at identifying innovations, the right business actions, the decisions to take, how to employ D&A assets and managing the opportunity portfolio to maximize value. This session will discuss changes to the D&A operating model, allowing ample time to learn best practices for maximizing value capture from your peers.

Privacy is on the rise! In the last 24 months, more has happened in the global regulatory landscape for privacy and data protection, than in the century before. This puts additional pressures on CDOs as they seek to maximize the value of customer, employee and third-party data assets. This CDO roundtable will discuss the most relevant developments in privacy requirements, the CDOs role in a privacy management program and how to achieve this delicate balance.Gartner’s fifth annual CDO survey explores the business impact of the CDO role and the evolutionfrom a service function to a strategic value center. Clearly, the CDO role is at the heart of digital transformation efforts and it is apparent that changes to strategy, culture, delivery models and data fundamentals are required. Attendees will engage with their peers to discuss the state of the office of the CDO and recipes for success.

Many CDOs are new to artificial intelligence (AI) and exploring how to use it effectively as part of their mission. Participants in this exclusive roundtable will discuss their challenges in pursuing AI. The discussion can range from how to organize, skills, platform selection, AI governance andspecial techniques.

The CDO is accountable for data and analytics governance and effectiveness can be inhibited by politics, perceptions about past failures and dealing with the scope of what is governed. Use this interactive session to discuss a multilayered approach to governance and share issues, ideas and solutions with your peers about how to make progress on enterprise data and analytics governance. 

Some CDOs are advanced in their use of artificial intelligence (AI), but being on the leading edge presents many challenges with operationalization, explainability and applying advanced techniques. Participants in this exclusive roundtable will discuss their challenges in pursuing AI. The discussion can range from skills, platform selection, AI governance, special techniques and advanced cutting edge considerations.

There are two critical areas where CDOs can take practical steps to improve the business outcomes of their organizations: building high-performing data and analytics teams and maximizing the value of data. This session will discuss how successful data and analytics organizations address the challenges of scarce data and analytics talent. Topics include innovative ways to improve the productivity of data and analytics teams, tactics to avoid resource bottlenecks, and creative approaches to internally cultivating the data and analytics skills you need. This conversation oriented session is limited to 35 participants to encourage dynamic discussions and the ability to share with and hear from peers facing similar challenges.

This three-hour session contains case studies to highlight innovative yet practical techniques for working on the right data and analytics initiatives and having the right skills, data, and execution processes to generate business value from these initiatives. Topics include shaping demand for data and analytics initiatives, bottom-up tactics to improve data quality, cultivating (rather than hiring) data and analytics skills, and setting up an “innovation factory” — a reliable process for generating value from your data assets. This conversation-oriented session is limited to 35 participants to encourage dynamic discussions and the ability to share with and hear from peers facing similar challenges.