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Skills the CIO wants from the CDO

Chloe Dobinson | Sept. 19, 2016
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Skills the CIO wants from the CDO: An understanding of the business

Data is entwined across different departments and across the whole organisation. A priority for a CIO is collaborating effectively with the CDO on how the data strategy can develop the business.

The building of relationships between a CIO and a CDO will give a greater insight into each of the digital team's roles; while also creating a greater understanding of the business.

A CDO should outline the company's objectives and priorities in helping to motivate fellow colleagues of how the organisation can reach their goals.

Communication skills and reporting to executives have been cited by a number of CIOs, andJore Gill at The Economist see his CIO role in benefitting the organisation, its customers and the products from engaging with his digital team.

"I have the data team reporting to me, including the Chief Data Officer", he said. "This has enabled the team to use data analytics to make marketing, product and content decisions."

The Economist has seen the engagement with the data team giving a great insight of how they can provide a better customer experience.  

"Our board will report ion the future in data metrics, which we have combined our first-party data with third-party data to provide customers with what they want based on their interests."

A CDO can transfer these skill sets in gaining credibility in their role while also creating a wider business value. The data role must collaborate with the CIO in implementing policies which can lighten the CIO's workload; in ensuring data in the organisation is running smoothly.  

Source: CIO


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