Most companies today collect large amounts of data. Chances are, your company is doing the same. If you’re lucky, your data are neatly organized with clearly defined variables that are consistently populated. If you’re not as lucky, you may find that your data are incomplete and cluttered in endless spreadsheets, housed in disparate sources that viewed separately provide a clouded view of the whole picture. Clean, usable data enable you to detect trends, inefficiencies, and opportunities for innovation, if you are lucky enough to have it. If you don’t, converting this hodgepodge of information into a usable format may seem like a daunting task, but with the help of data scientists, it can be surprisingly efficient.