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July 25, 2013


Bill Schoonmaker

I have long advocated for the role of CDO as being pivotal (no pun intended) for large and even medium sized organizations. Safeguarding and governing data (collection and distribution) are tantamount to a firm's success or failure. Look at what happened to dropbox when they had a security leak, some organizations that allowed its use for file sharing quickly banned it. As a long time database professional my ultimate goal is to elevate to the position of CDO so I sincerely hope companies, including our own EMC, are seriously considering the value and importance of such a role. Great article!


Chuck, I agree wholehearted with the idea of a separate, independent CDO.
Let me just add one more responsibility/reason to have this post separated from everyone else, and also to extend his responsibilities a bit beyond that of technology.

If you have read Sam L. Savage's book 'The Flaw of Averages' he brought up the idea of the Chief Probability Officer.
The CPO is responsible for providing the models and simulations used by the organisation with correct probabilities.
As getting real or realistic probabilities requires correct and properly managed data.

The CDO in my view would be responsible not only for the technical parts, databases, feeds, access, but also for the "meta" and the culture of the data.

What kind of data to use in which case. The CDO should slap the wrist of the budget committee if they try to build the budget based on estimated averages, or stamp out the use of modelling softwares where, for example, the housing price can't go down only up.

Kannan Subbiah

Very well presented and I enjoyed reading it. But we see the need for far too many CxOs emerging out of the present day context of information handling. May be the roles and responsibilities might split and merge to suit the present needs. Sharing it in my daily digest.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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