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CDO Reporting Relationships Can Make or Break Your Information Management Program

Published: 25 February 2015

ID: G00274153

Analyst(s): Joe Bugajski, Debra Logan


A CDO who reports directly to a CEO or COO is a clear indication to shareholders, boards and the organization that the business demands higher returns on its information assets. The reporting relationship you adopt will determine if your information strategy and governance succeeds or fails.

Table Of Contents


  • Does Your Organization Need a CDO in the First Place?
  • Common Reporting Relationships
  • The Pros and Cons of Various Reporting Relationships
  • Which Relationships Will Endure and Which Will Fail?
  • How Reporting Relationships Affect the Message That Is Being Sent About Information
  • The Bottom Line

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