Early adopters of the chief data officer (CDO) role and the office of the CDO (OCDO) are pioneering a new organizational function, to go alongside IT, business operations, human resources and finance, according to a report by Gartner Inc.

The study said organizations that have made the strategic decision to introduce the CDO role are looking to get as much new value as possible from the position. Thirty percent of the 180 CDOs, chief analytics officers and other high-level data and analytics leaders the firm surveyed worldwide in July and August 2016 said they report directly to the CEO in their organizations.

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