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Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/6/2014 | 4:33:53 PM
Re: CDO turf
@SaneIT: Yup, there are a lot of new "c-level" titles being flung around, as well as the concept of the "CIO Plus" role, which is sort of a catch-all for anything to do with tech and business. Re. the CMO, the language and culture barriers there are hard to overcome, I've seen this firsthand as well. Everybody's got their jargon and perspectives. To some degree, a CDO might be able to be the liaison between those two worlds, or the CIO/CDO/CMO combo could be powerful. That requires people who are open to collaboration and not so married to their own corner of the business that they can't step back and take a wider view. It's almost as if meetings between the CIO and CMO require someone who can act as a simultaneous translator, as in high-level multinational diplomatic meetings. Could a CDO could fit that role?
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/6/2014 | 4:25:01 PM
Re: CDO turf
@Li Tan: It's party an issue of data velocity/volume and party an issue of business acumen. CIOs would do well to take on the role or appoint someone to their team who can handle the full scope of digital in the enterprise. Where I see the difference is that the CDO role seems to be a business-first role, rather than a tech-first role. Some CIOs also take that POV, though far too many are still head's down in tech, focusing on keeping the lights on and cutting costs. It really comes down to a matter of having the vision to see how technology can truly transform operations, both in terms of customer-facing and interally facing functionality. The two roles can be complementary and make for a powerful team if done right.
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Susan_Nunziata,
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6/6/2014 | 4:08:21 PM
Re: CDO turf
@larryloeb: Turf war is the traditional way this could play out, though IMHO the smart CIOs will welcome a CDO and/or work to expand their own role to encompass the CDO responsibilities. The way the CDO role typically is playing out right now is similar to what Tanya Cordrey describes, which is essentially almost one of "Digital Evangelist" who looks at how to tie together customer-facing apps and offerings with back-end infrastructure across the business. Some CIOs already are doing this, and those who are still taking a command-and-control view of IT are going to be hurt in the long run.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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6/6/2014 | 7:39:54 AM
Re: CDO turf
I can't say that I've ever heard of a CDO but I have to agree that I feel like this should fall into the CIOs bucket.  Are we going to start an era of inflated C level positions the way we saw middle management explode a decade or so ago?

 

Shifting gears and discussing the relationship between a CIO and CMO, I can see the issue.  I often feel like I'm speaking a different language when working with a marketing group.  They throw around technical terms like they understand what they mean but when I act on them in a very IT like fashion it becomes obvious that we see are using different definitions.
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Li Tan,
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6/6/2014 | 1:51:24 AM
Re: CDO turf
The debating for CxO seems to be endless. I have the same concern here - do we need CDO? Why can't CIO take the responsibility? Or our data volume/variety/velocity is so big that we need a dedicated executive to handle it...?
larryloeb
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larryloeb,
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6/5/2014 | 7:17:03 PM
CDO turf
I'm not sure most organizations understnd the need for a CDO. What problems do they see a CDO solving?

Will it be a c-level turf war emerging? CIOs think they own the hardware, and may not welcome a CDO telling them where to point it.
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