Gimme more data strategy!

Gimme more data strategy!

I found this article on with an incredibly provocative suggestion- the CDO’s time has arrived! I had to stop and think about that for a bit. My first reaction was “I have to agree- this is a valid point”. Then I read the article and found that I had to reverse my position after all. Here’s my response to the author: 

“A CIO who understands the need for a proper big data strategy- technology, infrastructure, scalability, governance, accessibility- will do more for an enterprise than a new CxO title. The reality is that data is most powerful when everyone has access to it for their needs. What organizations require is for the data, information and knowledge to be available to the right people as and when they need it- without waiting on data specialists. Such an enabling-focused strategy will benefit any business in the long-term.”


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  1. #1 by shardapartha on January 23, 2014 - 7:43 pm

    This article is still doing the rounds! Here’s an interesting LinkedIn discussion (
    and my contribution to it:

    The CDataO is pure hype IMHO. Here’s how the roles of the existing C-suite play out:

    CEO: What we need to do
    CMO: How can we use it or apply it to better our product/image/business
    CIO/CTO: What tech strategy do we need to adopt to get there and subsequently maintain/scale
    COO: How can we implement these changes while maintaining normal business operations?

    There’s really no room or need for a data officer- because it is close to impossible for one individual to determine all the combinations in which data can be useful to the people in the company. Will creating a new CDO position magically fix data governance, reliability and accessibility issues let alone make it more meaningful all of a sudden? No way! It’s all about understanding that these issues exist and need to be addressed & fixed.

    I guess I agree with Bennet, Jim and even Ted to a certain extent! The reality though is that I get angry and sad to see hype like this gaining momentum- it almost makes the real promise of big data seem illegitimate. Here’s my initial response to the article (


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