Confident Data Skills

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Master the fundamentals of working with data and supercharge your career
Confident Data Skills by Kirill Eremenko

I thought this may be a hard read with lots of complicated coding and data jargon – but I was pleasantly surprised. This book was interesting, informative and pitched to all levels, from students to CEOs who want to understand how best to work with data as a business tool.

Organisations now have access to massive amounts of data and it’s influencing the way we operate. The author says that to be successful we must leverage this data to make effective business decisions. You’ll learn how artificial intelligence is driving organisational changes and discover the key challenges businesses face when trying to analyse massive data sets.

The book goes through the steps involved in the data science journey – but it’s definitely not a coding book and, in fact, this is exactly what the author has steered away from. It’s very personable and easy-to-follow with lots of interesting in-depth case studies, including Netflix, LinkedIn, Goodreads and Deep Blue – these demonstrate how data (when successfully used) can inspire and change a company’s direction and/or structure. And there’s an interesting chapter on data breaches and cyber security, which explains how theft of data from an outside source can bring an organisation to its knees in seconds.

By the end of the book you’ll have a great in-depth knowledge of the world of data, how to present your findings and how best you can use this information for your career and the company you work in.

  Sasha is business and operations manager at JLL.

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