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How to Mobilize Your C-Suite for Big Data Analytics

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightTuesday, November 19, 2013

Chief Technology Officer, Chief Data Officer, Chief Analytics Officer are all roles at organizations that are popping up more and more. The emphasis on gaining insight from your data sources has put more importance into the task of data storage, data management, data discovery, and data visualization. Information Management explores this in a recent article by Brad Brown, David Court, and Paul Willmott:

Over the past 30 years, most companies have added new C-level roles in response to changing business environments. The chief financial officer (CFO) role, which didn’t exist at a majority of companies in the mid-1980s, rose to prominence as pressures for value management and more transparent investor relations gained traction.1 Adding a chief marketing officer (CMO) became crucial as new channels and media raised the complexity of brand building and customer engagement. Chief strategy officers (CSOs) joined top teams to help companies address increasingly complex and fast-changing global markets.

Today, the power of data and analytics is profoundly altering the business landscape, and once again companies may need more top-management muscle. Capturing data-related opportunities to improve revenues, boost productivity, and, sometimes, create entirely new businesses puts new demands on companies—requiring not only new talent and investments in information infrastructure but also significant changes in mind-sets and frontline training.2 It’s becoming apparent that without extra executive horsepower, stoking the momentum of data analytics will be difficult for many organizations.

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