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Behind The Rise of the Chief Data Officer

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Capital One, the Federal Reserve, Google, New York City and the U.S. Army all have at least one thing in common: they each employ a chief data officer to oversee their big data programs.

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Comments (4)
Very nice piece on the analytical side of the house. What I missed was the potential positive impact CDO's could have on the foundational elements of "big data" (or little data for that matter) - the primary representation and collection of the data in the first place. I've seen far too many Master Data Management initiatives (large and small) abandoned because the business doesn't understand the value of consistency across the enterprise and cost when that consistency is missing.

I see a critical part of the CDO role driving efforts to homogenize the way data is represented so that wasted time and labor creating and maintaining translation mechanisms can be reduced, if not eliminated.

CASEY casey@exertusinc.com

Posted by C. A. C | Friday, July 25 2014 at 9:17AM ET
We are rapidly approaching a time when we will have more Chief whatevers than we have productive workers .... what's next? Chief Coffee Brewing Officer? How about a Deputy Chief or maybe 3rd Assistant Deputy Chief, or what? Point is shouldn't these CDO responsibilities be assigned to the organization's enterprise architect as part of an enterprise information governance program? We need action at the lowest level, not yet another executive sitting in a corner office and receiving executive compensation out of proporation to the actual benefit contributed to the organization.
Posted by Mark D | Friday, July 25 2014 at 10:05AM ET
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