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Exasol Report: 46% of CDOs Say that an Organization’s Expectations for the CDO Role are Too High and Misinformed

Our friends over at Exasol released the results of its landmark global study the defines the changes needed for today’s aspiring CDOs – and the organizations that recruit them- to prosper.  You can find the full report available here.

The survey uncovered high demand for strong data leadership, as well as some confusion and uncertainty about the CDO role. According to the study, roughly half (50%) of CDOs believe the value of their role is not yet recognized in the business world, while a similar number (46%) say that organizations’ expectations for the CDO role are too high and are misinformed. Its findings also supports previous research revealing that the average CDO tenure is shorter than most, finding that one in five (17%) of the CDOs surveyed had only stayed in their previous role for between one and two years, a nod to the high demand for these professionals. 

Overall, 64% agreed that the career path to CDO isn’t obvious. When it comes to nurturing data professionals in their journey to CDO, the report uncovered an opportunity for non-technical professionals to assume the role. Of those surveyed, only 3% were from arts/creative background but 59% agreed there was value in hiring applicants with more diverse backgrounds.

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