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5 Priorities For Chief Data Officers
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Manny924
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Manny924,
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8/13/2014 | 4:43:22 PM
CIO is a better title and focus imo
It may not be enough to manage only data. The systems that serve that data may need to be optimzed or replaced in order to improve data distribution and or work flow.

That in itself would be monetization since improvements to work flow improves productivity.

CDO is not a complete position. it has to do with more than the data, it's also about the systems and people that manage, generate or consume it. Data analized is called information. In my opinion, CIO may be a more appropriate title and focus. CDO seems like a reactionary response to address the world of bid data.

A CIO should focus on how work flow enables the highest level of productivity through implementing and tuning systems, from the collection of data to the distribution and consumption of that data.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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8/11/2014 | 11:32:54 AM
Re: How should the CDO role be structured?
This graphic from IBM is interesting for the CEO POV. To me it seems when a company needs a chief data officer, the CIO and IT organization has missed an opportunity to prove to the CEO that IT can create new business revenue with data. if you have data wizards on the IT staff, and a CIO and CMO who view each other as partners, do you really need a CDO? Probably not.
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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8/11/2014 | 9:35:14 AM
Re: How should the CDO role be structured?
@Li Tan, that makes a lot of sense, CDO doesn't seem like a natural fit under your CIO but more as a parallel role.  Working with data doesn't automatically mean you need the tech savvy to be inside the IT infrastructure, it should be more focused on what can be done with the data not the nuts and bolts behind where the data lives.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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8/9/2014 | 10:40:39 AM
Re: How should the CDO role be structured?
Personally I would prefer to let CDO report directly to CEO. My justification is that, CDO is a business oriented rather than technology oriented role. Its major responsibility is defining what's the business result we want to achieve by gathering, protecting and analyzing the big data generated. CDO need to have a clear sense about and be on the same page with CEO about the business needs. Then he/she can achieve this by deep diving into the data gold-mine.
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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8/8/2014 | 12:41:02 PM
Re: Acronym overload
Chief digital officer shows up more at digital agencies, media companies and in sales/marketing circles where monetization of data and digital innovation are the name of the game.
David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/8/2014 | 12:19:12 PM
Acronym overload
I thought a CDO was a Chief Digital Officer. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians?
D. Henschen
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D. Henschen,
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8/8/2014 | 10:35:24 AM
How should the CDO role be structured?
Here's IBM's take on the pros and cons of various CDO reporting schemes:



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