Data-Ed: Building the Case for the Top Data Job

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Reflections on the past 25 years of organizational IT accomplishments, combined with performance measurement data, indicate that current IT management has been called upon to do a job that it cannot do well. Data are assets that deserve to be managed as professionally and aggressively as other company assets. Objective measurements show that approximately 1% of all organizations achieve data management success. In the face of the ongoing “data explosion,” this leaves most organizations wholly unprepared to leverage their sole, non-degrading, strategic asset. The requirements and organizational performance dictate a full time position that does not report to IT and manages the data function from a function that is external to and precedes the SDLC. While transformation may require some organizational discomfort, this move will achieve improved organizational IT performance faster and cheaper than ERPs or any other silver bullet.

Learning Objectives:

Why there typically isn’t and ultimately must be an authority (a chief) on organizational informational asset management
Why CIOS have not been able to devote the required time and attention
The seriousness of the skill gap – requisite expertise is rare
Understanding the ideal relationship between Data and IT.

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