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How to Start Implementing the Bimodal Office of the Chief Data Officer

Published: 14 October 2015

ID: G00290980

Analyst(s): Mario Faria, Dave Aron


CDOs that adopt a bimodal approach to operations and innovation will boost their ability to effectively engage the business in key data initiatives. In order to succeed with a bimodal approach, you must start with culture, and specifically create three subcultures — operator, innovator and guardian.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Your Business Drivers and Objectives
  • Design the Organization Around the Operator , Innovator and Guardian Subcultures
  • Define Appropriate Success Measures to Drive Desired Behavior
  • Manage Tensions Coming From the Three Subcultures

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