For many, the true story-turned-movie Moneyball is a biological sports drama about how two Oakland A’s managers turned around a failing baseball team by overcoming outdated industry practices. But if you work in information technology, particularly with massive amounts of data, it’s hard not to see Moneyball as a business intelligence story — one that is especially powerful for IT leaders, and is even starting to spread to basketball and football leagues.

Until the world caught on to the secret weapon of the Oakland A’s, baseball insiders were relying on the same statistics — such as stolen bases, home runs and batting averages — that every other team was using to recruit players.

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