Bis 2020 werden 15 Prozent der erfolgreichen Chief Data Officer C-Level Positionen als CEO, COO oder auch CMO einnehmen

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Studie zeigt, dass 30 Prozent der CDOs bereits direkt an den CEO berichten.

Laut des IT-Research und Beratungsunternehmens Gartner zeigt die neue Studie »Second Annual Chief Data Officer (CDO)«, dass CDOs, die bereits unter den ersten in dieser Position waren, nun den Weg für eine neue Unternehmensfunktion ebnen, die mit den Bereichen IT, Business Operations, HR und Finance einhergeht. Unternehmen, die sich strategisch dafür entschieden haben, die Position des CDOs aufzustellen, versuchen nun aus dieser Funktion so viel Mehrwert wie möglich zu ziehen.

»Die Abteilung des CDOs hat sich als ein operativer Fachbereich mit angemessenem Personal, Budget und Verantwortlichkeiten etabliert«, erläutert Debra Logan, Vice President und Gartner Fellow. »54 Prozent der befragten Unternehmen sagten, dass ihre CDO-Abteilung (ODCO) bereits vollständig oder zumindest teilweise etabliert ist. 20 Prozent gaben an, dass sie die Umsetzung eines ODCO untersuchen oder eine Einführung innerhalb des nächsten Jahres planen. Nur 19 Prozent erklärten, dass sie eher kein OCDO in ihrem Unternehmen einführen werden.«


Gartner Predicts 15 Per Cent of Successful Chief Data Officers Will Move to CEO, COO, CMO or Other C-Level Positions by 2020

Gartner Survey Finds That 30 Per Cent of CDOs Report to the CEO

Analysts Advise CIOs on How to Work With CDOs at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, 6-10 November in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, 10th November 2016 — Gartner, Inc.’s second annual chief data officer (CDO) survey* has found that early adopters of the CDO role and the office of the CDO (OCDO) are pioneering a new organisational function, to go alongside IT, business operations, HR and finance.

Organisations that have made the strategic decision to introduce the CDO role are looking to get as much new value as possible from this position. Thirty per cent of the surveyed CDOs said they report directly to the CEO. CDOs are adding to the competitiveness of their companies by contributing to strategic planning and decision making, and by leading digital business initiatives. As a result, Gartner predicts that, by 2020, 15 per cent of successful CDOs will move into CEO, COO, CMO or other C-level positions.

»The office of the CDO is being established as an operational department with the appropriate staffing, budget and responsibilities,« said Debra Logan, vice president and Gartner Fellow. »Fifty-four per cent of the organisations we surveyed said that their OCDO was fully or partially implemented, with a further 20 per cent already exploring, planning to explore or planning to implement an OCDO within the next year. Only 19 per cent said they are unlikely to implement an ODCO.«

Gartner analysts discussed the CDO role, and how CIOs can create a positive working relationship with their CDO, during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, which is taking place here until Thursday.

According to the survey, the main business objectives of the OCDO are to increase customer intimacy (62 per cent), competitive advantage (60 per cent) and efficiency (54 per cent). Respondents said that the main organisation-wide responsibilities are oversight of analytics initiatives (69 per cent) and data governance (68 per cent). Next come responsibilities for defining the analytics strategy for the organisation and ensuring information reliability and value (64 per cent each).

As the use of data and analytics continues to rise, data and analytics-related crises will continue to plague businesses that fail to implement the CDO role and an OCDO. »While only 27 per cent of those surveyed identified a specific data or analytics-related crisis or problem as their reason for creating the CDO role, some of the other identified objectives point to this,« said Jamie Popkin, a Gartner vice president and Gartner Fellow. »Twenty-four per cent of the respondents said that the board of directors wanted the role. Whatever prompted a high degree of board-level involvement in the creation of the new operational function must have had a major operational impact, or been thought likely to have such an impact in future. The board’s involvement, together with the responses pointing to a specific crisis or problem, and the 41 per cent of respondents who said that the CEO or CFO wanted the role, makes it safe to assume that this was a major strategic decision that affected business operating models.«

CDOs Are Responsible for Creating and Integrating Enterprise Data and Analytics Capabilities

The OCDO accommodates a wide range of roles emphasising data and information management, data quality, business analytics and information architecture. »Most CDOs said that their role will focus on two key responsibilities,« said Mario Faria, a managing vice president at Gartner. »Sixty-seven per cent of the respondents said they are acting as a champion or change agent in leading the organisational changes required to create and sustain enterprise data and analytics capabilities. Sixty-one per cent are leading the effort to ensure that data and analytics are integrated into the business strategy and roadmap.«

The CDO’s Relationship With IT Leaders

Most respondents said they have developed positive working relationships with IT leaders. »While most early holders of the CDO role said they treat the CIO as an ally or partner (62 per cent), the relationship between the CDO and the CIO will remain crucial,« said Mr Popkin. »Strategy development, decision-making power and funding will be sources of contention between IT leaders and the OCDO as the role of the CDO becomes more broadly established.«

Gartner clients can read more in the report: »Survey Analysis: Second Gartner CDO Survey — The State of the Office of the CDO.« https://www.gartner.com/login/loginInitAction.do?method=initialize&TARGET=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.gartner.com%252Fdocument%252F3471546
The 2016 Gartner Chief Data Officer Survey was conducted in July and August 2016 with 180 chief data officers, chief analytics officers and other high-level data and analytics leaders from across the world.

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