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Predicts 2021: Data and Analytics Leaders Are Poised for Success but Risk an Uncertain Future

Published: 01 December 2020

ID: G00735775

Analyst(s): Lydia Clougherty Jones , Jorgen Heizenberg , Frank Buytendijk , Mike Rollings , Simon Walker , Adam Ronthal , Jim Hare


The data and analytics leader faces an uncertain future. Delivering digital business outcomes with centralized/decentralized initiatives and data sharing is crucial, but title inflation is real. Focus on digital transformation and adapt D&A financial models to cloud adoption for success.

Table Of Contents


Strategic Planning Assumptions


A Look Back

Gartner Recommended Reading

Note 1: 2021 Gartner Board of Directors Survey

Note 2: 2019 CDO Survey Webinar, Conducted in May 2020

Note 3: Social Media Analysis of the Chief Data Officer Role

Note 4: Gartner’s The Rise and Importance of Business Domain-Led Data and Analytics Survey

Note 5: Assessment of CDO Titles on LinkedIn

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