- do we bring in a left-handed relief pitcher to face Slugger, the home run machine or stick with the starter with his current pitch count of 84?
- shall I work with my coach on hitting more fairways or improving my approach shots?
It took 200 IBM statisticians to produce the statistics for Wimbledon and the BBC that we all consumed during this couple of weeks of tennis. So why are we consumed by this incredible amount of information that’s available? What is its purpose and how do we learn from what professional sports have been doing for years and apply it to business? Whether it’s your favorite baseball team winning their division or an individual athlete competing at the highest level, the statistics that follow them around are incredibly detailed. The statistics tell us fans, the teams, coaches, managers, and the athletes themselves how fast, far, accurate, efficient, successful (or not) they or their strategies are. We find out their strengths, weaknesses, what to exploit, what to focus on and ultimately how they perform against their competitors. Statistics influence decisions such: