I work with folks who claim to be data people, but they're data people who have no business experience, they're more experienced on the IT side, or they have no experience with the technology, they only understand the data from the business side. The chief data officer would be someone who could speak to both the technology folks and the business folks and serve as the link that pulls business and IT together.
Are you seeing more of them? I believe you're starting to see some. There are a couple progressive companies [that have] chief data officers. There are some where the CIO and chief data officer are the same person.
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