Chief data officers are rising in influence and power within enterprise organizations globally, according to a new survey by IT research firm Gartner, at an accelerating rate. Gartner's second annual survey of CDOs shows that 30% of these executives are now reporting to the CEO of their organizations, not to the CIO, and not as a part of the IT organization.
"That was shocking to us," said Mario Faria, managing VP of the office of the chief data officer at Gartner, in an interview with InformationWeek. Faria said Gartner expected this change in reporting, but it didn't expect it to happen so fast. "We expected that by 2019 that 80% of CDOs will be reporting to someone outside of IT."
Another shocking fact, Faria said, is that only 16% of CDOs are reporting to CIOs.
The change may highlight what has been a divide between CIOs and CDOs within organizations as they work to transform themselves for a new age of technology.
Read more of Jessica Davis's report on CDOs on InformationWeek.