At the end of 2015, research firm Gartner Inc. estimated that 25 percent of large global organizations had already hired a chief data officer (CDO). By 2019, the firm expects that number to reach 90 percent.

"This rapid shift is the tip of the iceberg," said Ted Friedman, research vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "It represents a much deeper change occurring throughout most organizations. Practitioners of distinctive data and analytics disciplines will need to broaden their understanding, and work more closely with others to realize the benefits of using data and analytics to capture transformative business opportunities and mitigate risks.”

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