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Announcing our new “Data and Analytics leaders” research focus

by Andrew White  |  February 8, 2016  |  1 Comment

We just published two notes, and an updated landing page, to signal a change in our focused.  We used to focus on Business Intelligence and Information Management leaders.  However, this role has both narrowed and expanded for different reasons.  For practical work the role was really two roles and both became more tactical and low level.  The growth is such that the real intent has become more strategic and unified.  So we are explaining this shift with a new name and focus for our team.  We are now the data and analytics team.

In summary, the “data and analytics” leader is the newly emerging Chief Data Officer.  In some cases the actual role name might be different, and the scope might be narrower, but the goal is the same.  You can see what we have just announced here:

  • The Rise of “data and analytics” Roles Points to Digital Business Transformation (background on the shift in the market and our new perspective on it)
    • Gartner clients are creating new roles, job titles and duties referring to “data and analytics,” a shift in wording that reflects the wider transformation to data-driven digital business. The leaders of this transformation are new data executives, especially chief data officers.
  • Data and Analytics Leaders Key Initiative Overview (what we will focus on in terms of research for the next year)
    • Companies increasingly view information and analytics disciplines as critical to their business. Gartner’s research shows that new leadership is needed to turn what are often tactical projects into strategic initiatives.
  • Our updated landing page (may need a valid subscription to access)

Maybe we can explore the change at our upcoming Enterprise Information and MDM Summits taking place in the US and the UK?

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Andrew White
Research VP
8 years at Gartner
22 years IT industry

Andrew White is a Distinguished Analyst and VP. His roles include Chief of Research and Content Lead for Data and Analytics. His main research focus is data and analytics strategy, platforms, and governance. Read Full Bio


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