By @SimonCocking review of Confident Data Skills by Kirill Eremenko, out now, published by Kogan Page, priced £14.99. For more information go to

In ten years time, it is predicted that every employee will need some kind of data literacy. Confident Data Skills is a new book by Kirill Eremenko, who already has already taught 300,000 students worldwide, which shows how anyone can use data to get ahead in business and in their own career.

The book is engaging and accessible, using real life examples like how one of Netflix’s most popular tv shows was created using data and giving practical advice on how anyone can learn basic data skillsData can be an intimidating subject for many people, but this book makes the complex simple, showing how even technophobes can use data to take a project from an initial concept all the way through to the final result.

Confident Data Skills is written to show how you don’t have to be a data scientist to use data literacy to get ahead – all that is needed is the will and creativity.

Any book that begins by talking about their Zimbabwean childhood, born to Russia parents is already off to an interesting start. Kirill Eremenko, the author, discusses the importance of learning how to learn, and how to blend scientific learning, with also being open to artistic and creative ways to look at and interpret what is happening in the world around us. The author then also lays down his reasons for making this a codefree book, and they are good, logical reasons. With these parameters laid down the book becomes an interesting, insightful and enjoyable read for a wide range of readers, from data analyst expects, to bigger picture business leaders looking to get their head around how they should be engaging with the data.

Sometimes books from the business world can be a little dry for the general reader, but this one attempts to keep a wide range of readers onboard. The case studies are informative and help to keep it relevant and understandable. His background as an instructor helps, and his approach starting from the idea that there is no such thing as a dumb question, and better to begin there rather than assume we are all on the same page, ensures that the content is accessible.

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About the author: Kirill Eremenko is a data scientist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of an online educational platform in the space of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The company’s mission is to ‘Make The Complex Simple’, teaching tool-based courses such a R Programming, Python, Tableau to courses on Machine Learning and Data Science. Kirill has taught over 300,000 students worldwide. His work as a data scientist has taken him across the globe from Moscow to Australia, where he is currently based.

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