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tzubair
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tzubair,
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6/18/2014 | 8:44:20 AM
Re: roles
@Chris: I think data custodian is just a fancy name for people who have tradionally been involved with information security policies of the company. Their job description does not change much even though the importance of data and its usefulness has increased. I think they play a more technical or functional role in the organization rather than a strategic role.
tzubair
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tzubair,
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6/18/2014 | 7:13:06 AM
Data-driven mindset
I think what the organization as a whole needs is a data-driven mindset where the role of dealing with data and knowing its importance is not restricted to these people only. Everyone in the organization should understand the value of data and ensure that they play their part in the accurate collection of data and protecting its integrity.
zaious
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zaious,
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6/17/2014 | 10:55:21 PM
Re: roles
We all do love to work at places where we can hold cool titles. It helps you awe your friends and impress people in a party. 50 years ago there were few ttiles and they stayed for ever. Now, titles change very rapidly. I hope cooler titles will pop-up in future to attract more geeks! 

ChrisMurphy
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6/16/2014 | 3:45:30 PM
Re: roles
My hunch -- I'd be interested to hear what Nick thinks -- is that these are more about a function than a job title. Meaning, you need someone (or a team of people, the article notes) whos serves the function of looking after data.  
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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6/16/2014 | 1:16:16 PM
Data: Everyone's responsibility
Business users are the most important part of a data-driven workforce. They will need a data chief/steward/captain to lean on for analytics tips and how to best use data visualization tools, but the whole company needs to be on the data analytics train for it to matter. A CDO can take on a big leadership role in spreading the word.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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6/16/2014 | 12:56:34 PM
roles
I'm not sure that I find the "data steward" title so appealing. Perhaps that person can be called the "data navigator," or, to take a further leap into nautical titles, the "data captain." 


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