Gartner Research

Survey Analysis: Second Gartner CDO Survey — The State of the Office of the CDO

Published: 13 October 2016

ID: G00317107

Analyst(s): Mario Faria, Debra Logan , Jamie Popkin , Valerie Logan


Early adopters of the chief data officer role and the office of the CDO are pioneering a new organizational function alongside IT, business operations, HR and finance. Data and analytics leaders can use our findings to successfully drive digital business transformation in their enterprises.

Table Of Contents

Survey Objective

Data Insights

  • Hypotheses Analysis
    • Hypothesis: The Majority of CDOs Have an Organizational Structure Called the Office of the CDO
    • Hypothesis: Driver for Creation — The CDO or Office of the CDO Was Created Following a Specific Event
    • Hypothesis: Scope of Responsibilities — The Office of the CDO Includes Data Management, Analytics and Digital Ethics Responsibilities
    • Hypothesis: CDO and CIO Relationship — The Relationship Between the CDO and the CIO Has Not Yet Stabilized and Experience Ranges From Hostile to Cooperative
    • Hypothesis: Maturity — The Office of the CDO Is Still in the Early Stages of Maturity
    • Hypothesis: Enterprise Perception — The Enterprise's Perception of the CDO Is That of an Executive Capable of Creating and Executing on a Vision for Change
    • Hypothesis: Competitiveness — Companies With a Relatively Immature Data Management and Analytics Organization Are Recognizing That a CDO Is Required to Improve Competitiveness
    • Hypothesis: CDO Focus — 50% of CDOs Are Focused Exclusively on Crisis Mitigation and Short-Term Fixes
  • Summary
    • Recommendations
  • Methodology
    • Survey Detail
    • Respondent Demographics

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