Strategy: Is the CDO still aiming for the board?
Barely seven years ago, chief data officers were viewed as being in a rush for the boardroom, hotly anticipated to be the next addition to the top-level C-suite. Even now, there is a regularly expressed view that the next generation of CEOs will be highly-data literate and likely to have spent time as a CDO.
Between that early optimism and the long-term vision, a more realistic assessment suggests that CDOs have come under significant pressure from a range of issues - hiring freezes, investment delays, a shift in focus towards the next big thing (usually AI or machine learning), and a general cooling off around the need to have data represented on the board.
This dinner for senior data practitioners and CDOs will discuss exactly where this role currently stands in terms of its reputation, political strength, alignment with corporate goals, and return on investment. With a current CDO providing personal insight from the frontline of their own struggle for status, it will offer members a chance to swap tips, compare scars and consider how to advance, all within a closed peer group environment.