Gartner Research

Business Case for the Chief Data Officer

Published: 16 October 2014

ID: G00254671

Analyst(s): Mark Raskino , Debra Logan, Joe Bugajski


An increasing number of organizations are creating or thinking about creating the role of chief data officer. This research will help your organization, and IT leaders in particular, to decide whether or not it needs a CDO by asking the questions that need to be answered for the business case.

Table Of Contents


  • Business Drivers and Business Impact Assessment for a CDO
    • Business Value of Data
    • Chief Data Officer and Chief Digital Officer
    • Chronic Systemic Information Governance Issues
    • Proliferation of Data Management Use Cases and Data-Focused Projects
    • Proliferation of Data Management-Focused Roles
    • Increasing Data Dependent Risk
    • The Need for IT Modernization, Data Migration, and Application Retirement
    • Industry Trends and Best Practices
  • Benefits Analysis for the CDO
  • Collaboration Will Build a Stronger Business Case for the CDO Role
  • CIOs Do Not Own the CDO's Responsibilities

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