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Friday September 30, 2016

What? Chief Data Officers Surpass Chief Digital Officers!

As you may recall, at the April 2014 NYC CDO Summit hosted at Time Warner/CNN, CDO Club founder/CEO David Mathison predicted that, within 3-5 years, Chief Data Officer hires would surpass Chief Digital Officer hires.

Representatives from IBM were in the back of the room, videotaping Mathison’s keynote. Clearly someone was paying attention, given that shortly afterward, IBM launched their own Chief Data Officer Summit series of events.

Incredibly, we’ve already reached the tipping point. According to the CDO Club’s original research:

  • There are currently 2,000 Chief DIGITAL Officers worldwide.
  • In 2015, there were just a few hundred Chief DATA Officers globally. Since then, over 1,250 Chief Data Officers were hired, bringing the total to approximately 2,000 – equal to the number of Chief Digital Officers.

This week in NYC, CDO Club founder David Mathison explored some of the drivers of the growth in CDO hires while at the launch of IBM’s DataFirst platform, O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop World conference, and AdWeek. 

Each of these events expose, from slightly different angles, why big data has gained traction in the marketplace, with no signs of slowing down.

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Big Data is Big Business:
IBM “DataFirst” Launch and Strata+Hadoop World

IBM’s DataFirst Launch Event

On Tuesday, September 27, CDO Club founder David Mathison was among a select group of Analysts and Influencers invited to IBM’s launch of their DataFirst platform, an AI system powered by Watson and the IBM Open Analytics Ecosystem.

According to Mathison, in addition to a “skills shortage” of Chief Digital and Data Officers, the next few years will see an even more critical shortage of Chief Analytics Officers – those people who possess both “left and right brain” skills to help organizations leverage their data assets and translate those insights and analytics into business value.

IBM’s promise of DataFirst, powered by Watson, could provide a platform that enables “citizen analysts” to glean business insights from company data, making BI (Business Intelligence) and KM (Knowledge Management) as easy to use as Google. That’s part of the promise anyway. 

The other insight gleaned from the IBM launch was a slide that showed the increased importance of the Chief Data and Chief Analytics Officers in the decision-making process (see photo of the slide below).

On this topic, Mathison questioned a panel of IBM partners directly, asking “Who are you selling to, and are CDOs and CAOs part of the decision-making process?” The answer was a resounding “yes” from all participants on the panel. 

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Strata+Hadoop World

To amplify how big the “big data” world is becoming, O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop World attracted over 5,000 delegates to the Javits Center in NYC this week. These events are also held in San Francisco and Singapore.

Participants discussed emerging techniques and technologies, dissected case studies, developed new skills through in-depth tutorials, shared emerging best practices in data science, and imagined the future.

Verticals included public sector, nonprofit, finance, media, retail, transportation, and technology. Topics included security, ubiquitous computing, collaboration, reproducibility, new interfaces, emerging architecture, building data teams, and machine data, among other topics.

Keynote highlights included DJ Patil, Chief Data Officer at The White House, and Lynn Overmann, Senior Advisor to the US CTO for Criminal Justice at The White House, and former Chief Data Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce (pictured below). 

Its clear that the data industry is growing fast, and the demand for Chief Data Officers and Chief Analytics Officers will continue to increase along with that growth.

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If you want to improve your data skills and network with some of the top Chief Data Officers, Chief Analytics Officers, and Chief Digital Officers in an intimate setting designed for quality conversations, make sure to reserve your seat at the upcoming DC CDO Summit on Wednesday November 16 at the W Hotel in Washington DC.

More information is below.

Join us at our upcoming
CDO Summit in Washington D.C.

Who’s Speaking? You’ll Meet Digital and Data Leaders From:


Former NY Congressman; Musician, songwriter, founder of Orleans, and author of
STILL THE ONE: A Rock’n’Roll Journey to Congress and Back
  • Amen Ra Mashariki: Chief Analytics Officer at NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics
  • Amit Kama: Founder of CDO Club Israel
  • Anna Frazzetto: Chief Digital Technology Officer & SVP at Harvey Nash
  • Caryl Brzymialkiewicz: Assistant Inspector General & Chief Data Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Christine Montgomery: Head of Online and Social Media at The World Bank
  • Dana Berchman: Chief Digital Officer at Gilbert, Arizona
  • Dave Aron: Global Research Director at Leading Edge Forum
  • Dr. David A. Bray: Senior Executive & CIO at Federal Communications Commission
  • David Mathison: Curator, CDO Summit & Founder, CDO Club
  • David Tucker: Executive Vice President of Experience Technology at Universal Mind
  • Gerrit Lansing: Chief Digital Officer at Republican National Committee
  • Jo Ann Saitta: Chief Digital Officer at Omnicom Health Group
  • John Hall: Former NY Congressman. Musician, songwriter, founder of Orleans. Author: Still the One: A Rock’n’Roll Journey to Congress and Back
  • Kelly Tshibaka: Chief Data Officer at USPS Office of Inspector General
  • Michelle Gore: Chief Data Officer at Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Mike Kruger: Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Director of Digital Engagement at U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Niall Brennan: Chief Data Officer at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Niels Aillaud: Head of Digital at Whirlpool Corporation
  • Richie Etwaru: Chief Digital Officer at IMS Health
  • Thom Guertin: Chief Digital Officer of the State of Rhode Island
  • Thomas Hjelm: Chief Digital Officer at NPR
  • Tianhui Michael Li: Founder of The Data Incubator
  • Usama Fayyad: Chief Data Officer and Group Managing Director at Barclays
  • Yair Schindel: Former CEO, Digital Israel at the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel
  • Many more coming soon…
Click Here To See All Speakers & To Register

Ask us about our Government, Academic, and Nonprofit discount rates:
Contact info@cdosummit.com

PUBLIC SECTOR panels/keynotes from previous CDO Summits:

DATA/ANALYTIC panels/keynotes from previous CDO Summits:
CDO JOB MARKET coverage from CDO Club:


All of our 2017 CDO Summits will be TWO-DAY events!

Due to popular demand, our 2017 CDO Summits will be TWO-DAY events, starting with our Sydney CDO Summit on 1-2 March 2017. The format will be:

Day 2 will focus on DATA and ANALYTICS.

Come for one day, or even better, both days, to maximize your investment. As usual, we’ve stacked the agenda with the BEST digital and data leaders in the public and private sector.

REGISTER NOW for the Sydney CDO Summit for single day registration, or the 2-day package.

Join us at our upcoming CDO Summits

*Discounts Available for a Limited Time*
Early Bird Price:
Ends November 30, 2016
Super Early Bird Price:
Ends September 30, 2016


Good news: Sponsor opportunities are now available for our upcoming events in Washington D.C., Sydney, and New York City (our 5th year).

Sponsors love our events: We have a 5-year history of bringing together some of the most important digital and data leaders on earth, in intimate settings designed for networking.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out the brief 2-minute video below from our recent NYC CDO Summit to hear what our sponsors and speakers had to say, in their own words:

Become a CDO Club Member or Upgrade Today
On our dedicated Career Portal, you’ll find open posts for Chief Data Officers, Chief Digital Officers, and other C-level digital, data, and marketing positions. 

Our partners can also use the portal to post open positions of their own.

You will need to be a registered CDO Club member to view the job postings, or to make posts, with at minimum SILVER, GOLD, or PLATINUM status.  Membership options and registration can be found here

Here are four reasons you should upgrade to a SILVERGOLD or PLATINUM CDO Club membership:

1. CDO JOBS Update: The CDO JOBS Update includes 3 sections: New CDO Hires; CDOs In The News; and Open CDO Jobs.  Our goal is to keep you up-to-date on the dynamic CDO market – and maybe help find your next dream job!  For this you’ll need to have at minimum a SILVER membership.
2. CDO Career Page: We just updated our Career Page, which includes open CDO (and other related) positions worldwide, as well as space for our partners to post open positions of their own.  You will need to have at minimum a GOLD or PLATINUM membership to access this page.
3. CDO Talent MapFirst published in 2013, the CDO Talent Map was the first report to explore the CDO Universe, and was the culmination of more than two years of exhaustive research. The 2016 CDO Talent Map will include updated statistics, the CDOs impact on IT, marketing, sales, and organization-wide digital transformation, compensation, budgets, headcount, and reporting structures. CDO Club GOLD and PLATINUM members get this $1,000 report for free.

4. CDO Club Video Portal: This currently includes over 50 hours of video from every single CDO Summit to date. We are about to add 30 more hours of video from our recent Sydney CDO Summit in March and the NYC CDO Summit in April, for a total of 80 hours of original programming, worth $12,000 if you had paid to attend each event.

View videos from the following digital leaders and much more:

Upgrade now! Check out the membership options online here and summarized below:
Sign Up Or Upgrade Your Membership Today!


“Congratulations and thanks to David Mathison for spotting the need for community and collaboration in the growing Chief Digital Officer space, and for having the wherewithal, network, and organizational talent to put together such a top-notch event in its inaugural year. Next year’s summit should be even more of a must-do for anyone working digital at senior levels in all kinds of businesses.”

Teddy Goff: Chief Digital Strategist for the Hillary Rodham Clinton 2016 US Presidential Campaign. Former Digital Director for President Barack Obama, 2008 and 2012

“David, here’s a handy C^3 test for conference value: Did I learn at least three new perspectives? Check. Did I meet at least three interesting people? Check. Did I take back at least three relevant pieces of news I can use? Check. Flying colors for the Chief Digital Officer Summit 2013! Thank you so much, and yes, I’d be very pleased to participate next year!”

– Perry Hewitt: Former Chief Digital Officer at Harvard University

About the CDO Summit:

The CDO Summit addresses the challenges and opportunities arising from big data, the cloud, digital disruption, and social and mobile media.  Our gatherings include the best digital strategists and practitioners on earth, in intimate, collegial, and supportive environments designed to encourage networking, learning, and knowledge-sharing. Visit the website.

About the CDO Club:

The CDO Club is the world’s first, largest, and most powerful network of C-suite digital leaders.  Our 1,700+ members receive access to breaking news, original research, career development support, networking opportunities, and inspirational events such as the CDO Summit.  Visit the website.

Contact Information:

We’d love to hear from you. Email us at info@CDOSummit.com or call +1 516 488-1143.
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