Category: CDO

Analytics and the Role of a Chief Data Officer

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icrunchdata News speaks with business leaders about the progression of their careers in analytics, what they are focusing on in their current roles and what their interests are outside of data. They recently interviewed Southard Jones, Vice President of Product Strategy at Birst, about the last two years at Birst, what’s next for his team and what every company should look for when hiring a Chief Data Officer. Below is a transcript of the interview, originally published in icrunchdata on January 15, 2016:

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New Roles in the C-Suite Focus on Data and Analytics

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I recently had the opportunity to join leading industry analyst Eric Kavanagh on his twice monthly audio program, DM Radio, a long-running podcast on Information Management that is designed to foster conversation among today’s thought leaders in data. Also participating on the show were Krish Krishnan of Sixth Sense Advisors and Dan Power of Hub Designs.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Build a Data-Driven Culture in a Fast-Paced World

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The notion of “big data” has revolutionized the way we view business management practices and solutions today. And while the concept is treated as a “new” discovery, big data has actually been around since the early 2000s. In fact, 10 years ago, Birst was one of very few BI vendors on the market trying to make a case for itself as a needed technological solution inside any sized organization. Today, there isn’t an organization that isn’t thinking about it.

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The Role of the Chief Data Officer – And Why it is a Necessary One

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The chief data officer (CDO) is a new role that seems to be springing up across enterprise companies to oversee the processes, tools and governance around use of information. CDOs have been hired at organisations as diverse as the British Army, RBS, Aviva and Havas Media, while Deutsche Bank announced JP Rangaswami, ex-BT and SalesForce, as the bank’s first CDO this month.

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Doubling Down

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I believe we are at the beginning of a new era for business – one where data becomes as important an asset as money and people. I also believe harnessing the power of data is in its infancy. Not only has technology changed to allow the capture and processing of much larger volumes and varieties of data, but more importantly, the business climate has changed. Data is widely perceived, if misunderstood, by a much larger percentage of business leaders as a strategic asset.

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CDO Wrap-Up

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The future for data within organizations – who is in charge?

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