Tailoring the CDO role

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is quickly becoming a pivotal member of the C-suite for organizations across the globe. This rapidly emerging role is characterized by the breadth of its influence and involvement across the organization, agility to transform as markets demand, and twenty-first century innovation. Indeed, our recent research revealed that organizations with a Chief Data Officer onboard tend to be analytically mature, business-driven enterprises that outperform their competitors. The CDO function can provide a competitive edge in today’s digital marketplace.

Study highlights

One third of organizations surveyed have appointed a CDO.

Almost two-thirds of respondents who reported their organization is outperforming its competitors have appointed a CDO.

Organizations with a CDO are almost two times more likely to have a big data and analytics strategy.

About the authors

Rebecca Shockley

Rebecca Shockley
Big Data & Analytics Global Research Leader,
IBM Institute for Business Value

Cortnie Abercrombie

Cortnie Abercrombie
Analytics Global Emerging Roles Leader,
IBM Global Business Services

Bruce Tyler

Bruce Tyler
Big Data and Analytics Global Leader,
IBM Global Business Services

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