The Chief Data Officer (CDO) is the most senior executive responsible for advocating and promoting data as a strategic enterprise asset. The CDO role is rapidly evolving, and their success is critical to driving an organization's growth and innovation charter. CDOs must embrace their role as change agents, and shift from a defensive mindset of data governance & technical expertise to an offensive data strategy by identifying and driving a portfolio of business use cases.
According to a recent Gartner report, 50% of CDOs will fail due to a combination of internal and external factors. Because many external factors are beyond their direct control, the CDO must be aware of key internal impediments to success. The following is a guide to identifying the behavioral habits that we believe CDOs should have.