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Big data boom leads to the rise of the Chief Data Officer

31st Jan `14, 06:22 AM in Human Resource

CIOs are beginning to find that they have to step aside for the new kid on the block…

BDMS
Guest Contributor
 

CIOs are beginning to find that they have to step aside for the new kid on the block — the CDO or Chief Data Officer.

According to analyst Gartner, by the end of this year 17 percent of organisations will have hired this latest addition to the management alphabet soup, and that will be just the start. The reason for this, Gartner said is the growth of big data and its related technologies.

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This growth means that the CIOs roll is just too big, according to Gartner, and should be split. The growth of big data has made it logical to create the role of CDO and organisations need to understand that the role is at least as important, if not more important, than that of CIO.

The creation of the role may do something to address the gender imbalance in IT as well: more than 25 percent of the CDOs surveyed by Gartner are women. This is more than double the number of women who are currently CIOs (13 percent).

“The CIO role is overloaded with expectations and responsibilities,” said Gartner senior analyst Debra Logan.

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