Gartner Research

Chief Data Officers Should Align Authority and Responsibility to Succeed

Published: 02 October 2015

ID: G00290225

Analyst(s): Mario Faria


The chief data officer, who is accountable for managing information as a strategic asset, is often mired in confusion and conflict over the role's authority. CDOs should clarify formal and informal authority and align it with responsibilities to enable their office's operations.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Baseline for the CDO's Current Authority
  • Taking Action: Steps to Clarify Authority
  • Embrace Confusion and Conflict as Opportunities
  • Build Trust With Business and IT Stakeholders
  • Taking Action: Steps to Building Trust
  • Communicate Strategically With Business and IT Leaders
  • Taking Action: Steps to Communicating Strategically

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