Chief Data Officers — 2021 Year in Review

Community Blog
Written by Liz Ramey

JANUARY 6, 2022

The role of the CDO has become increasingly critical to enterprises across the globe, as data has become the lifeblood of digital business. As the need for a capable data and analytics leader grows, so does the need for peer support among the CDO community. In 2021, we saw an abundance of D&A leaders lean on each other for insights and learnings to help them succeed in the workplace. Here is a recap of the content that CDOs felt was most compelling and relevant for their role today.


Most enjoyed in-person presentations at CDO Executive Summits:

Executive Boardroom: Cloud Strategies for Improved Business Outcomes — Hosted by Amazon Web Services

In this interactive discussion, CDOs discussed “overcoming obstacles associated with different cloud, hybrid and on-prem models, practical performance comparisons of select architectures, and how to enable the business and data landscape to drive your cloud strategies.”

Executive Boardroom: Building a Data Literacy Roadmap

During this time, CDOs spoke to each other about the obstacles that are hindering data literacy goals, the hierarchy of data literacy, as well as the steps to take for building a culture that promotes data literacy.”

Keynote: The CDO as a Change Agent - How to Drive Transformational Change in Data & Analytics — Hosted by Informatica

This highly rated keynote challenged CDOs to drive change while bridging the gap between business and technology teams. Informatica discussed, “Aligning data strategies with desired business outcomes, defining clear metrics to help measure the impact of your D&A program, and overcoming enterprise complexities to gain greater insights and drive value.”


Most enjoyed virtual gatherings:

New York CDO Virtual Town Hall: From Raw Data to Measurable Business Impact


Most read articles:

CDOs Express Concern for Culture and Retention

The Impact of the Great Resignation

Methodologies All the Way Down – A Structured Approach to Data Products


Most listened to podcasts:

How Can Leaders Help Organizations Ask the Right Big Questions?

Guest: Matt Griffiths, Vice President, Data-Driven Transformation, Stanley Black & Decker

How Does Data Strategy Keep Up with the Pace of Technology?
Guest: Amit Sethi, Vice President of Data, Momentive


As anticipation heightens for 2022, CDOs will continue to help enterprises build ecosystems that propel the notion of democratization, accessibility and trust across the organization. For the Evanta communities, the themes that will guide our gatherings for 2022 are:

  1. Expanding Digital Business & Accelerating Value Creation
  2. Influencing Culture & Collaboration with Governance
  3. Orchestrating Change & Empowering Real-time Decisions


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Liz Ramey

Director, Content at Evanta, a Gartner Company

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