I spend my days working with data. And while I believe data can help companies run better, it's not the answer to everything. Yes, data can stop you from being stupid (as in, "These products are losing money"), but it can’t always make you smart (as in “This is the new product we should sell"). Because, as Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions about the future.”
Like most people, I’m pleased when the universe reinforces my view of things. So, the Michigan and Mississippi primaries were a fun day for me. And while I don’t follow the presidential campaign as closely as my 12-year old budding policy wonk son, it was interesting to see how the pundits talked about data and its limitations.