Not long ago, Gartner began the year with a bold prediction: by the end of 2019, 90 percent of large organizations would add a chief data officer (CDO) to the C-suite. This suggested that relatively new business practices like big data were not just trends but permanent fixtures, and that companies which didn't properly invest in them at the executive level were digging themselves a hole.
At the same time, companies were warned to be careful of making large-scale changes due to data's lightning-quick evolution. The real kicker of the Gartner research was that only half of the CDOs would be considered successful.
(And those organizations would no doubt need to pay Gartner, so as to be on the right side of history there.). Recently, I argued that new CDOs would be successful by remembering four key "if" points about data: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports.
GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]. Data tells the truth (if you ask the right questions).
Adds business value (if you run the right analytics). Creates a culture of truths (if you properly communicate its value).