Chief data officers are capturing the attention of corporations, and in just six years the number of CDOs has soared to 1,400 worldwide from just 15 in 2010, according to research firm Gartner.
And with so much attention focused on improving business decision making using the right data and insight, the demand for CDOs is likely to climb even higher. In its "Survey Analysis: The Career Path to the Chief Data Officer Role," Gartner outlines the position, what it takes to land a CDO post, and the CDO attributes a company should seek.
Interestingly, a small percentage of CDOs rose up the ranks from the IT department. According to Gartner's survey of 104 CDO participants worldwide, 61% of respondents worked in data and analytics prior to becoming a CDO, 15% in sales and marketing, 10% in finance and operations, and 9% in IT. Some of the job titles these CDOs held prior to their current post included data solutions manager, vice present of customer analytics, and research and data science consultant.
The CDO position is still relatively new, so organizational structure and staffing needs for data and analytics capability are often unclear. Another challenge is that companies often lack a vision of the desired skills and role they want in a CDO, according to the report, which Gartner provided to InformationWeek.
The role of the CDO largely has three objectives, with the primary being to manage the information assets, the second objective to provide insights into the business to improve decision-making, and the third is to generate incremental business value, Gartner noted.
Here are three characteristics that all CDOs should have and how to achieve each, according to the research firm:
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