Early Days for the Emergent Chief Data Officer

A few weeks ago, I attended the Innovation Enterprises Chief Data Officer Summit. I found the extreme diversity of opinions expressed regarding CDOs informative. I wanted to capture them here for a broader audience to consider. From what I heard, it remains early days for the CDO role. There is significant difference in the titling, and more importantly, in the functions performed by the role. The largest body currently for CDOs is the MIT International Society of Chief Data Officers. Their leader claims to have 150 CDO Members. In terms of statistics, he says that 23% of U.S. entities now have a CDO. However, CDOs are claimed to be mostly a U.S. phenomenon. They are almost non-existent in EMEA. The Society leader says that where CDOs exist, they are focused…


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