Get your popcorn ready and treat the IT team to the new movie, Moneyball. The film should be required viewing for everybody in the IT department. The reason: The “star” of the story really is technology, not Brad Pitt or even baseball. The movie brings to light how the use of statistical analysis in an unconventional way can bring a competitive advantage to any team, even the IT department.
In the movie, based on the Michael Lewis book of the same name, Brad Pitt plays Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who used a novel program of computer-generated analysis to build a winning team. He uses the power of technology and instrumented computer analysis to take unwanted players, buy them on a shoestring budget and build a winning team. It was the power of information through statistical analysis that made all the difference.