CDO Webinar: The Status of the Chief Data Officer

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About the Webinar

CDOs are a hot topic of discussion, but does the reality support the hype?  We spent the last few weeks talking to CDOs, and based on our research, the answer is absolutely “yes.”  And then sometimes it’s also “no.”  Though there is lots of prognostication about what CDOs “should” be doing, we found a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about how the role operates in practice.  The fact is that CDOs are a multi-faceted bunch.  Most of them work on enterprise data strategy, but the rest of their time is highly customized to the needs of their particular organization, including analytics, data operations, and even application development.  The real world of today’s CDO is varied, exciting, sometimes frustrating, and often creative!   Please join John Ladley and Tony Shaw for their launch of the DATAVERSITY “Status of the CDO” Report, a thorough survey of what CDOs are doing today. We will cover topics including:

  • What motivates an organization to appoint a Chief Data Officer?
  • Who does the CDO report to?
  • What experience does it take to become a CDO?
  • Do CDOs have their own staff and budget?
  • How do functional responsibilities vary from industry to industry?
  • What are the differences between the CIO and CDO roles?
  • What are some of the pitfalls and unrealistic expectations for CDOs?
  • What issues are on the horizon for Chief Data Officers?

About the Speaker

John Ladley

President, IMCue Solutions

JohnLadley2013John Ladley is a Business Technology Thought Leader and recognized authority in all aspects of Enterprise Information Management, with 30 years’ experience in planning, project management, improving IT organizations and successful implementation of information systems.  As President of IMCue Solutions, he leads a consultancy focused on improving a client’s business results through information management and data governance.

John is widely published, co-authoring a well-known data warehouse methodology, and a trademarked process for data strategy planning. His books, Making EIM Work for Business – A Guide to Managing Information as an Asset and Data Governance: How to Deploy and Sustain a Data Governance Program, are recognized as authoritative sources in the IM field. He frequently writes and speaks on a variety of technology and enterprise information management topics. His Information Management experience is balanced between strategic technology planning, project management and practical application of technology to business problems.

John can be reached by email at; his Twitter handle is @jladley.

About the Moderator

Tony Shaw


TSPortraitTony is the Founder and CEO of DATAVERSITY Education, LLC. He is responsible for the business strategy of the company and its subsidiaries including,, and Wilshire Conferences, all of which conduct educational conferences, training, and publishing activities focused on the area of enterprise data management. Prior to founding DATAVERSITY, he also started a dotcom in the identity management space called BigID (which went the way of most dotcoms), and was the president of Technology Transfer Institute (TTI). He still facilitates TTI’s strategic technology forum for CTOs, called TTI/Vanguard.

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