In brief

In brief

  • Lack of talent to operationalize AI initiatives is the #1 challenge faced by CDOs.
  • 78% of CDOs told us that their most critical responsibilities are to drive business growth and value creation.
  • The top skills required for CDOs are change agent and evangelist to the rest of the business.


For the first time, technology is outpacing the ability of most organizations to evolve and meet the new and changing demands of the market. But yet business leaders are under constant pressure to ensure operational effectiveness/efficiencies, unlock revenue through development of new intelligent products and services and ultimately create a better experience for customers and employees alike.

To gain more insight into the biggest challenges facing data and AI leaders today and what is critical to be successful in their role, Accenture partnered with MIT on the 2021 MIT CDOIQ Survey, covering 180 leaders across industries and geographies.

About the Authors

Joe Depa

Global Lead, Data-led Transformation


Shail Jain

Lead, Cloud First – Data & AI

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