If you’ve spent any time in the data management space, you know that the Chief Data Officer (CDO) is one of the hottest new roles in the industry. While the CDO position has been talked about a lot lately, most of the people who are actually in the role have never held this title before. This can be exciting and rewarding as you get to build your data program from the ground up, but also stressful since you don’t necessarily have a clear roadmap for success.
I’ve spent more than a year researching and networking with CDOs at organizations of all types and sizes. When I was alerted to the Chief Data Officer Summit in San Francisco, I dusted off my Giants baseball hat and hit the road. It’s exciting to see that this position is finally garnering enough traction to warrant events that are dedicated to bringing these folks together.
This event, hosted by Innovation Enterprise, attracted more than 150 industry experts for interactive workshops, data management case studies, and the opportunity to talk about their experiences creating data policies, building governance programs, and using analytics for strategic decision-making. There were a ton of great conversations throughout the event (check out #ChiefDataSF on Twitter) but here are my top three takeaways from this year’s CDO Summit in San Francisco:
With such a wide breadth of industries in attendance, I had an opportunity to better understand some of the core challenges that all data professionals face. From financial services and retail to technology and public sector, I really enjoyed learning what other organizations are doing to tackle major business challenges around data governance, analytics, and business intelligence.
Want to learn more about the challenges that CDOs are facing today? Check our research study, The Chief Data Officer: Bridging the gap between data and decision-making.