2021 CDO Leadership Perspectives

CDO Views on Priorities and Opportunities
May 2021

In 2020, data and analytics leaders had a full plate of challenges — from providing insights influencing business priorities during the crisis to supporting the acceleration of digital initiatives with analytics. Like their C-suite peers, CDOs played a significant role as internal company leaders when it came to communications, change management, and employee experience and well-being. 

This year, to ensure their companies remain compliant and up-to-date with evolving regulations, CDOs are focused on governance programs. Data leaders are taking steps to modernize their governance frameworks to thrive in a digital business environment. 

CDOs from the world’s leading organizations shared their most important 2021 priorities across the business, as well as within their own functional areas.



Creating a data-driven culture has been the top priority for data and analytics leaders in the past two Leadership Perspective Surveys (spring and fall of 2020). CDOs also shared their specific goals for cultural change and data literacy and the challenges to achieving them.



The top priorities for CDOs — data culture and governance —  are reflected in how they plan to spend their resources this year.


For nearly 20 years, Evanta has gathered insights on our C-level communities’ top priorities, the challenges they face, and the goals they set to add value to the enterprise. This data is invaluable to peer communities, enabling us to highlight trends and develop discussion topics that meet the real-time needs of executives. To join the conversation, find your CDO community.


Based on 100+ CDO responses from Evanta’s proprietary Leadership Perspective Survey, April 2021.

by CDOs, for CDOs


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