MIT Researchers explain their “CDO Big Data Cube” model for the types of Chief Data Officers based on their Interviews, Survey Responses and Other Contributions.
Their core definition of the CDO is an individual who has the expertise to adequately Lead and Administrate these 4-Critical Dims:
1.- Data Quality
2.- Data Governance
3.- Data Strategy
4.- Data Architecture
While these are critical elements of what I call an “Information Management Executive” (and many are now calling Chief Data Officer), there are several others that are just as important;
5. -Executive Leadership and Administration
6.- Communications & Collaboration Excellence
7.- Political Astuteness
All of these critical capabilities manifest into the “the entire package”. Many at this week’s conference doubted the need for deep domain skills as found in points 1-4, but all believe that 5-7 were essential to success. I believe that all are required as Leadership must be demonstrated on both fronts (Business & Technical).
In my next posting I will summarize the Forum altogether and provide my viewpoint on the need for both a unified vision and definition of this critical role no matter how you refer to it.