Gartner Research

The Chief Information Officer and the Chief Data Officer Complement Each Other

Published: 24 March 2015

ID: G00274148

Analyst(s): Debra Logan, Joe Bugajski


CIOs support new CDOs who, in turn, ease the CIO's burden. Each must support the other in delivering business — CIOs through computing infrastructure, and CDOs through information and analytics. Both have data duties, work with peers and drive business value — and neither can succeed alone.

Table Of Contents


  • Why Do We Need a CDO in the First Place?
  • Many Organizations Are Creating or Considering the CDO Role
  • CDO: Friend or Foe of the CIO?
  • Measuring CIO Success Against CDO Success
    • Clash or Collaborate?
  • Conclusion: The CDO Is the Ally of the CIO

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