The new CxO gang: data, AI, and robotics

Hiring new figures to lead the data revolution

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A slide taken from one of the speakers at the CDO Summit in London illustrating business drivers and capabilities and how they related to the CDO job.

In that sense, a CDO is the guy in charge of ‘democratizing data’ within the company.

“The difference between a CIO and CDO (apart from the words data and information…) is best described using the bucket and water analogy. The CIO is responsible for the bucket, ensuring that it is complete without any holes in it, the bucket is the right size with just a little bit of spare room but not too much and its all in a safe place.

The CDO is responsible for the liquid you put in the bucket, ensuring that it is the right liquid, the right amount and that’s not contaminated. The CDO is also responsible for what happens to the liquid, and making the clean vital liquid is available for the business to slake its thirst.” (Caroline Carruthers, Chief Data Officer Network Rail, and Peter Jackson, Head of Data Southern Water)

A CDO is then the end-to-end data workflow responsible and it oversees the entire data value chain.

A good CDO aims to create an organization where a CDO has no reasons to exist.

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Research Lead @Balderton. Formerly @Anthemis @UCLA. All opinions are my own.

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