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Chief Data Officer?
3 February 2014, by , in Data Management, Executive, 1 comment

Interesting article here on ZDNet about the rise of the “chief data officer” in the corporate world. As the article points out, CIOs are already overloaded with responsibilities, and now “many CIOs are also expected, explicitly or implicitly, to manage data and information…The problem is that the backgrounds of many, if not most, of today’s CIOs does not include data management expertise nor does it include experience in creating information strategies.”

I’m seeing the same thing in associations. I work with many association CIOs, and they are typically very skilled at technology. But most do not have much background in using and managing data. The traditional CIO path is one of managing technology hardware and software, but not the information IN those systems.

I recently came across an association staff person with the title of “Director, Data Integrity,” which I find fascinating, and all too necessary in today’s world. (I hope to bring you more about this in the near future.)

Does your association have positions directly dedicated to data management and integrity? If so, I’d love to hear about it. If not, you ought to be thinking about it.

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Nathan Slovin - 10 February 2014 Reply

Wes: I also think we need to explore whether the 3rd party resources that help organizations "measure" & "analyze" data can be effective. Nathan

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