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1st Edition

Chief Data Officer's Playbook

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ISBN 9781783302574
Published January 7, 2018 by Facet Publishing
224 Pages


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Book Description

The issues and profession of the Chief Data Officer (CDO) are of significant interest and relevance to organisations and data professionals internationally. Written by two practicing CDOs, this new book offers a practical, direct and engaging discussion of the role, its place and importance within organisations.

Chief Data Officer is a new and rapidly expanding role and many organisations are finding that it is an uncomfortable fit into the existing C-suite. Bringing together views, opinions and practitioners experience for the first time, The Chief Data Officer's Playbook offers a compelling guide to anyone looking to understand the current (and possible future) CDO landscape.

Content covered includes:

  • why does any organisation need a CDO?
  • the secret ingredients of the successful CDO
  • avoiding the hype cycle
  • the CDO place in the C-suite
  • building the CDO team
  • the CDO and technology
  • enablement not red tape
  • advice to give the business owners.

Table of Contents

  1. So why does any organisation need a CDO?
  2. The secret ingredients of the successful CDO
  3. CDO the first 100 days
  4. Delivering a data strategy in the cauldron of BAU
  5. Avoiding the hype cycle
  6. First v second generation CDO
  7. Third generation CDO
  8. What type of CDO?
  9. The CDO place in the C suite
  10. Building the CDO team
  11. The CDO and technology
  12. The CDO as a disrupter
  13. The hoarding mentality and how to break it
  14. Enablement not red tape

Advice to give the business owners

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Caroline Carruthers is Network Rail’s first Chief Data Officer, Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure where information and data management is a critical capability within this highly complex environment. She has established a small core team operating with a larger matrix team drawing together Information Governance, Information Security, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Records Management and Business Intelligence to deliver the vision of effective, accountable and sustainable management of information across Network Rail. She draws on experience from a varied background covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large scale complex change programmes. It was the recognition that ‘everything we do is fuelled by data and information’ that drove Caroline down the CDO route and she regularly describes herself as a Data Cheerleader.

Peter Jackson is Southern Water's first Head of Data. Previously he was the Pensions Regulator first Head of Data. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is an executive non-departmental government body (DWP is sponsoring Dept) that regulates 47,000 work based pensions and 1.8 million employers in Automatic Enrolment. Peter has a background as a business analyst and code developer, so his skill is seated in a firm business and technical foundation. Peter is passionate about data and believes that delivering the ‘data narrative’ to the business is as important as being technically credible.