The 14th Annual MIT Chief Data Officer &
Information Quality Symposium, July 2020
2020 Planning Well Underway
We succeeded in our main goal in 2019: Raising the visibility for Chief Data Officers and all data leaders performing similar work. The Symposium continued the mantra, “Think big, start small.” We drove attendance to over 350 in 2018 and more than 500 in 2019!

The MIT CDOIQ Symposium is the biggest CDO and Information Quality (IQ) thought-leading organization in the world. We get the right, high-level data leaders in the room. More importantly, they are accessible; the MIT environment is a warm classroom setting. The Symposium also benefits from a broad spectrum of attendees.
CDO-1 Certificate Program

The CDO-1 Certificate Program, offered by
Dr. Richard Wang, will explain the definition and landscape of the Chief Data Officer's roles and responsibilities, provide introductions to big data technologies, data policy, data strategy, data governance, data analytics and data integration.


This was a great program! Thank you for your enthusiasm, passion, and clarity in teaching CDO-1 Foundations for Chief Data Officers. The pace and duration of the class were appropriate.  I can't wait to get back to work and start applying everything I've learned in my new role as the county’s first CDO."

Next Upcoming Training:
Nov 14 - 15, 2019 @ Crystal City, VA (Washington, DC)

Next Available Training:
March 24 - 25, 2020 @ Boston, MA
Register now to receive a 10% Early Bird Discount!
Interested in the 2019 Symposium Proceedings?
Contact Elizabeth Albee at
We'd greatly appreciate your time to fill out a short survey, based on your 2019 Symposium experience
Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in the Corporation

By Randy Bean

October 10, 2019
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is top of mind for leading corporations these days – 96.4% of top executives reported earlier this year that AI was the number one disruptive technology that they were investing in, up from 68.9% just two years ago. Yet, for many organizations, Artificial Intelligence remains a mystery.

So, how can we demystify AI to deliver measurable business value?

Rob Thomas, a senior IBM executive who is General Manager of IBM Data and AI, which includes Watson, has a few ideas. He has outlined his framework for AI adoption in a newly published report from O’Reilly Media , “The AI Ladder” .

From MIT Sloan School of Management
Will Blockchain Disrupt your Industry?

# 1
Will blockchain disrupt your industry?   It might, but it’s not likely to happen anytime soon, said multiple MIT experts. “Across the board, actual productive use of blockchain for day-to-day business operations is still extremely thin,” said Michael Casey, senior advisor to the MIT Digital Currency Initiative.

Cryptocurrency hogs the headlines, but supply chains are likely the first practical use case for blockchain, said visiting lecturer Irving Wladawsky-Berger. “Financial systems are among the most ungodly complicated systems you can imagine,” he said, while supply chain applications can be simpler, and the potential value more straightforward. “ Supply chain is the killer app of blockchain .”

As a shared digital ledger that creates an immutable record of transactions, blockchain is ideal for tracking the provenance of goods, the experts agreed. Walmart, IBM, and Dutch shipping company A.P. Moller-Maersk are just some of the companies piloting blockchain-based systems in the supply chain channel.
Leaders today have to navigate an increasingly complicated digital landscape

# 2
Leaders today have to navigate an increasingly complicated digital landscape.   Here are eight business insights from MIT Sloan Management Review to inform your decision-making:

  • Create digital offerings that customers actually want. In “Designing for Digital,” MIT Sloan research scientist Jeanne Ross and her co-authors advise companies to experiment repeatedly, co-create with customers, and assemble cross-functional development teams.
  • Use analytics to drive smarter collaboration. Thomas Davenport, a fellow at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, said analytics can help companies understand how networks cross hierarchies, leading to better team outcomes.
  • Stay ahead of the changing cybercrime ecosystem. Cybercrime on the dark web has evolved into an end-to-end supply chain for launching and supporting cyberattacks. Experts from the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan consortium suggest four ways to fight back.
  • Find your leadership narrative. Leadership requires a clear purpose, vision, and strategy, according to MIT Sloan senior lecturer Douglas Ready. Constructing a leadership narrative helps executives bring teams together behind a purpose.

Other highlights: expert opinion on the Business Roundtable's recent proposed pivot from shareholders to stakeholders; details on how artificial intelligence can help break down silos; the scoop on self-driving companies; and a new look at key performance indicators.
Product marketing is a series of critical decisions

# 3
Product marketing is a series of critical decisions,  some of which people repeatedly tend to get wrong, marketing expert Jill Soley said in a recent campus talk. “Across large companies and startups, I’ve seen a lot of the same mistakes,” she said. “I’ve seen companies throw away millions on stuff that they shouldn't have .” Here’s how to avoid that same fate:

  • Don’t tie yourself to a solution.
  • Don’t ignore marketing until the last minute.
  • Don’t accidentally hide your product.
  • Be agile in marketing as well as product development.

Aim to solve your customers’ biggest problems.
All sessions of the Annual MITCDOIQ Symposium will be held at the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
July 2020

Stata Center
32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139

To inquire about s peaker opportunities , contact
Dr. Richard Wang at

For Sponsorship Opportunities , contact
Robert Lutton at

Volunteers are welcome! To learn more, contact
Collette Johnson at