How to Make a Business Case for Hiring a CDO

How to Make a Business Case for Hiring a CDO

How to Make a Business Case for Hiring a CDOHow to Make a Business Case for Hiring a CDO

Challenged by data-driven demands, many CIOs support the hiring of a CDO. However, these executives have differing perspectives about the role’s limitations.

Effective ArgumentEffective Argument

82% of the CIOs surveyed believe there is a compelling case to hire a CDO in their organization, and 88% said the role adds value to their data management strategy.

Performance GapPerformance Gap

76% of CIOs who don’t have a CDO said their role doesn’t cover the responsibilities a CDO would handle.

Expanded RoleExpanded Role

63% of CDOs said they feel an increased responsibility for data management compared to a year ago, and nearly 50% said they’ve felt increased pressure to provide data to business stakeholders more quickly.

Motivating Factors in Hiring a CDOMotivating Factors in Hiring a CDO

Capitalizing on big data opportunities: 48%,
Creating competitive advantage: 40%,
Reducing risk in data-driven projects: 39%

Top Business Challenges for CDOsTop Business Challenges for CDOs

Improving data security: 63%,
Keeping pace with tech advances: 59%,
Responding to increasing customer expectations: 57%,
Migrating data: 45%,
Managing new trends: 43%

Out of ReachOut of Reach

53% of the CDOs surveyed said a lack of access to data limits their organization’s ability to leverage it, but only 36% of CIOs agreed.

Fiscal WoesFiscal Woes

47% of CDOs said their company is limited in its ability to leverage data due to a limited budget, but just 42% of CIOs agreed.


41% of CDOs said their organization is limited in its ability to leverage data because of a lack of strategy, but only 31% of CIOs said this is true.

Shaky StartShaky Start

Just 47% of CDOs said they were given a clear objective when they joined the company.

Replicated RoleReplicated Role

26% of all the survey respondents said their company has multiple CDOs.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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