Published: 02 August 2023
Reporting directly to the CEO correlates with CDAO success, but other reporting lines do not preclude it. CDAOs should proactively build relationships with executives and high-level stakeholders. Who CDAOs engage with most and what they engage about are more important than reporting relationships.
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According to Gartner’s annual CDAO surveys, CDAO reporting relationships have become more stable in the past three years, with nearly two-thirds reporting to a line of business function, one-third to a technical one.
The third of CDAOs who report to a technology function tend to focus more on data management and data governance, while CDAOs who report into a business function often have a wider scope, including analytics.
Top-performing CDAOs are more likely to consider stakeholder outcomes as the most important input into their D&A strategies.
Evidence from a recent CDAO focus group conducted at the Data and Analytics Summit 2023
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