The role of the chief data officer has evolved from its beginnings as the person in charge of the data warehouse to a C-level executive responsible for driving enterprise transformation.

Leading this effort at IBM is the company’s first global CDO, Inderpal Bhandari, who was recently awarded the CDO of the Year 2017 by the CDO Club, the largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.

Inderpal Bhandari
Inderpal Bhandari

Bhandari is a widely recognized expert in transforming data into business value and improved customer experiences. He is responsible for IBM's data strategy to enable the company to derive value from cognitive insights from massive stores of unstructured and structured data.

Later this year, Bhandari will unveil the Cognitive Enterprise Blueprint, a “playbook” IBM has developed for implementing foundational use cases that a CDO can use to apply artificial intelligence (AI) into every business process of the enterprise.

This is the first year the CDO Club has awarded the honor, which was voted upon by its members. The global CDO community “overwhelmingly voted for [Bhandari], which speaks volumes about his international influence and stature in data, analytics, data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing," said David Mathison, CEO and founder of the CDO Club.

"The cognitive mission we are pursuing within IBM is the one we're executing for our clients around the world: to exploit analytics, AI, data science, deep learning, and more, to make informed, strategic business decisions that are based on insights extracted from their own data," Bhandari said.

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Bob Violino

Bob Violino

Bob Violino is a freelance technology and business writer who covers a variety of topics, including big data and analytics, cloud computing, information security and mobile technology.