3) Sharing versus protecting data
Gartner research vice president Frank Buytendijk said that politics in internal management information are more than just annoying, they are undermining the business.
“You can’t imagine how many times we have heard about the old trick of labeling data as "classified" because of "compliance", so that it cannot be shared," he added.
"But in the digital business, where technology becomes part of every product and every service, protecting the past is senseless. The politically smart thing to do is to claim the future.
Chief Data Officer
According to Gartner, one of the most influential new roles is that of the Chief Data Officer (CDO).
From an organisational perspective the idea of the CDO helps solve the share versus protect dilemma. More than 75 percent of CDOs will not report to the CIO or other IT leader.
“With a CDO in place, the internal dilemma is addressed,” Buytendijk added.
“Where broader use and governance of information is needed, the CDO is in charge. And where information is specific to one business function, it is OK for it to be protected instead of shared."
Gartner research shows that the number of CDOs worldwide doubled in 2014, and it will double again in 2015.