Answer: on their way, starting with the banks.
In December we published research into the role of CDO (Login required: www.gartner.com/id=2273816 ). We conducted most of the interviews over the summer months. When compiling the list of interviewees it quickly became apparent that most of the professionals currently holding the actual job title “chief data officer” are in the United States.
However there are a few in Europe and we are starting to see more. Just like the US, this new trend is centered strongly in the Financial Services area – and particularly the banks. Clydesdale Bank, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Yorkshire Bank and others now have this role. Of course banks are some of the most information intense kinds of business, so we should expect them to spearhead any IT related trend that might lead to competitive advantage. But they are also under a lot of regulator and stakeholder pressure to be more transparent and able to answer questions on their operations. Stronger business data governance and policy is very important in that endeavor.
Have you spotted any interesting new bona fide “chief data officer” positions in Europe recently? Let me know.
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