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Skills the CIO wants from the CDO

Chloe Dobinson | Sept. 19, 2016
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Organisations are rapidly employing the role of a Chief Data Officer in supporting the CIO.

A challenge for executives has seen the newly created role leaving many CDOs unclear on the skills and requirements they need for the role in helping to transform the organisation.

Executives and CIOs need to clearly define their responsibilities of how a CDO's role will benefit the business strategy. In some organisations, a CDO will oversee how data is managed, gathered and protected.

CIO UK looks at the skills a CIO wants from their Chief Data Officer in how they can support the digital leader in adding value to the business. 

Skills the CIO wants from the CDO: Analytically minded

A CDO's role is versatile, primarily focusing on managing the data information of the enterprise. The Chief Data Officer role reports to the CIO providing an insight into the business of how the data can improve the business.

CDOs should create a data and analytics strategy in gathering information from across the business on the investments the company has made.  A data strategy would see leadership skills emerge from a CDO in building relationships with other departments and working out how to monetize data in the organisation. 

Skills the CIO wants from the CDO: Security aware

A concern for CDOs today and many organisations is security. The role of a CDO includes the responsibilities of how data is accessed and handled in protecting the business.

In some organisations, CDOs are working alongside the Chief Information Security Officer in developing an analytics strategy for the organisation. CDOs should communicate to the CIO and CISO the security goals of how they can align the data information with the business strategy.

A CDO's responsibility will include the lead role in managing and protecting the privacy of the businesses information and security details.

Over half of businesses have staff training and an awareness programme in place with a CDO communicating the cyber threats to the whole organisation, according to The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016.

A security programme will ensure the company's privacy is safeguarded, adding credibility to a CDO's role in the organisation.

Skills the CIO wants from the CDO: Strategic

The CIO wants their Chief Data Officer to be a strategic leader in driving data for the organisation.

CDOs must operate with a business mind-set in influencing change within the organisation.   

In order to be strategic in their role a CDO must move from older models of data information in structuring easy-to-process data for the company.

The CDO will have the time and expertise to pioneer a forward-thinking analytics strategy, a skill in which a CIO may be lacking, of how the information will governance the data that supports it.


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