Gartner Research

CIO Advisory: The Chief Data Officer Trend Gains Momentum

Published: 13 January 2014

ID: G00254672

Analyst(s): Mark Raskino , Debra Logan


The number of large enterprises with chief data officers has doubled in the last year and, although 17% of CEOs say they will have established this role by 2014, CDOs are neither represented equally in all industries, nor are their job descriptions uniform.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Why a Chief Data Officer?
    • The CDO Landscape as of 2013 to 2014

Impacts and Recommendations

  • By the end of 2014, 17% of larger organizations will have a CDO requiring CIOs to adjust their job role expectations
  • Although the CDO role will initially be most prevalent in financial, government and information services, responsibilities will vary significantly between verticals
  • New and aspiring CDOs will face daunting challenges and conflicting priorities as this new and evolving role has little professional structure and lacks established best practices.

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