Gartner Research

Chief Data Officers Should Align Authority and Responsibility to Succeed

Published: 28 August 2018

ID: G00372758

Analyst(s): Mario Faria, Debra Logan


Accountable for managing data as a strategic asset, the CDO is often mired in confusion and conflict over the role’s scope and authority. All data and analytics leaders must clarify their formal and informal authority and align it with responsibilities to enable their office’s operational success.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Your Current Authority
    • Taking Action: Steps to Clarifying Authority
  • Learn to Regard Uncertainty and Conflict as Opportunities
    • Taking Action: Steps to Embracing Uncertainty and Conflict
  • Build Trust With Business and IT Stakeholders
    • Taking Action: Steps to Building Trust
  • Communicate Regularly and Strategically With Business and IT Leaders
    • Taking Action: Steps to Communicating Strategically

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