Gartner Research

Survey Analysis: The Career Path to the Chief Data Officer Role

Published: 17 May 2016

ID: G00290909

Analyst(s): Mario Faria, Alan D. Duncan


The rise of the CDO role reflects increasing need for overt leadership of data-driven digital business and to champion the value of data assets. Whether you are an aspiring CDO or an executive leader seeking to appoint one, we identify the characteristics that will lead to success in the role.

Table Of Contents

Survey Objective

Data Insights

  • The Challenges Facing New CDOs
  • CDOs Must Be the Emergent Leader for Data-Driven Business
  • CDOs Must Be Business-Centric, Data-Oriented, Analytically Minded and Culturally Aware
  • CDOs Must Focus on the Linkages Between Data, Analytics, Business Processes and Outcomes
  • When Hiring a CDO, Look Beyond Wanting Ready-Made Candidates
  • Methodology

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