Gartner Research

Why Your Organization Needs a Chief Data Officer (and Maybe a Chief Digital Officer, Too)

Published: 09 April 2013

ID: G00247969

Analyst(s): Debra Logan, Mark Raskino


Now that exploiting information proactively is becoming a competitive differentiator, new roles relating to the management of information are proliferating and new kinds of information leader are emerging. Gartner advises CIOs about the need to create or become chief data or chief digital officers.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • New information-centric roles are emerging in an uncontrolled way. CIOs must realize where these roles are emerging and decide what they will entail and where they will report.
  • In heavily regulated and litigious companies, privacy, compliance, litigation and regulatory requirements are causing a proliferation of business processes that require CIOs to create a single point of accountability
  • New information types and sources — driven by volume, variety and velocity — require CIOs to consider new technology, processes and personnel, such as information managers and data scientists

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