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What CDOs and CAOs Want You to Know

August 15, 2018 / Lisa Morgan

Organizations feel pressured to appoint chief analytics officers and chief data officers, but they may not be using those roles as effectively as they could. Chief analytics officers and chief data officers are in high demand as businesses struggle to derive value from data. Some companies hire a CAO or a CDO while others hire both. What the roles do and to whom they report also tends to differ. An important distinction, which affects hiring and retention is whether the position is tactical or strategic. Despite the C-level designations, not all CAO or CDO roles are created or managed equally, though Gartner's third annual CDO survey indicates that CDOs are driving business value and enabling data-driven cultures, as well as "proving to be linchpins of digital business transformation."