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For over 80 years, RS Components have been providing products and solutions to engineers. Today, they are a global partner for industrial customers and suppliers, serving one million customers in 32 countries.

Last year RS Components partnered with Decoded to build an in-house Data Academy, where employees could enrol and learn cutting-edge data skills on-the-job.

We spoke to Maria Falise, Head of Performance & Planning, about how Decoded helped her change roles, save time for her colleagues globally and create business impact in less than a month.

What do you do for your main work at RS Components?

“Until October 2020 my role was ‘People Data Analyst’ — I looked at data for payroll, headcount reporting, absences and diversity information. …

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CLP is one of the most progressive energy companies in Asia.

Eileen Burnett-Kant, CHRO at CLP, explains: “We are transforming to meet and stay ahead of challenges brought by climate change and rapidly evolving technologies. We are looking for people who embrace change, value teamwork and partnership, want to break new ground and make a real impact for a brighter and sustainable future.”

As part of their transformation journey, CLP first partnered with Decoded in 2018 to build an in-house Data Academy. The programme has upskilled CLP employees in cutting-edge skills such as Python, machine learning and data visualisation.

Hon Fung Chow was one of those employees who enrolled onto the programme. He shared more about his experience in this…


The UK left the EU in January 2020 and the transitional period which has limited disruption so far is due to end on 31 December 2020. There is uncertainty about the future relationship between the UK and the EU and it has been a significant area of focus for continuity planning for Decoded over the last 18 months.


In response to COVID-19 we have moved all delivery of our services to virtual delivery platforms. This means we will not be impacted by changes to travel rules and right to work regulations. …

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Last year, Citi partnered with Decoded to build an in-house Data Academy, where employees could enrol and learn cutting-edge data skills on-the-job.

Stuart Riley, Global Head of Operations and Technology for the bank’s Institutional Clients Group, has said that “the delineation between traders and technologists in markets is disappearing.”

When Citi partnered with Decoded to set up a Data Academy programme, they did it with the vision to become a much more data driven organisation. As an organisation that produces reams of data, how it’s analysed and processed is vital in being able to provide their clients with the top insights. …

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Cambridge University Press is the publishing arm of the University of Cambridge. It is the oldest University press in the world and has global acclaim — with offices and hubs in more than 50 countries, and having published over 50,000 titles by authors from over 100 countries.

Last year Cambridge University Press partnered with Decoded to build an in-house Data Academy, where employees could learn cutting-edge data skills on-the-job.

We spoke to David Walker, Customer Service Team Manager, about how Decoded helped him save his team 100s of hours of work per year, and allow him to be more creative in his job. …

How Decoded uses learner feedback to improve your apprenticeship.

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At Decoded, we are constantly working to improve our training courses and products and we regularly use your feedback to make those changes.

Your most recent feedback has shown us that we need to a better job of showing you how much we value your voice and input, and how we put it to use.

Our bi-monthly You Said We Did has been created to address this. …

Information, in the wrong hands, can be damaging to one’s livelihood. But in an age where personal data is being gathered at unprecedented rates, what can we really do?

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Many data protection laws in place are underpinned by human rights laws — specifically, Article 8 of the Human Rights Convention. Within the European Union, this is doubly reinforced by rules set in place by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The European-wide 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — which replaced the UK Data Protection Act (1998) — upholds these rights regarding access, use, and disposal of personal data. Due to the strong laws in place by these agencies, Europe currently leads the world in data protection.

One of these human rights laws pertains to the right to privacy; while closely related to data protection rights, they are distinct. Whenever personal data is used or processed, the right to personal data protection — which is broader than the right to respect for private life — comes into action. Any time the processing of personal data occurs, it is subject to protection, irrespective of how little it may impact one’s privacy. This right to privacy defines any situation where the private life of an individual has been compromised (e.g., intimate, sensitive, or confidential information; information that could prejudice the public’s perception against them; any aspect of professional life and public behaviour). This right is vital because the use and storage of personal data is meant to be in service of the people it is obtained from, not the entities using or storing it. …

Sourcing data, running the analysis and coming up with meaningful results is only half the battle. Now you need to present your findings in a way that garners interest, and possible change.

So, how can you effectively communicate the results of your analyses to the change-makers in your organisation?

#01 Know your Audience

Data Communication and Data Storytelling are an important, but often underutilised, aspect of data analysis. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, author of Presenting Data Effectively: Communicating Your Findings for Maximum Impact, states, “We […] often forget how hard it is to be a consumer of data. It’s great that everything has become so data-driven but I think we have so much of it that we have what I have been calling ‘the burden of knowledge […] That means that we know so much, it’s hard to talk about it to people who don’t know — as you gain more expertise it becomes harder to put yourself in the head of your audience.” …

The ‘Why’s and ‘How’s of Creating a Visual Narrative

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What does it mean to visualise our world? There is a constant abundance of information available to us, and sometimes it is hard to comprehend the deeper story without the use of graphical or visual aids. With the accumulation of mass amounts of data comes the desire for us to make sense of it all.

According to Cole Knaflic, author of the book Storytelling with Data, an effective data visualisation can be the difference between success and failure in any situation: presenting findings to board members, getting key points across to your team, or even fundraising for charities. …

August 2020

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Photo by Lina Trochez on Unsplash

The online world presents everyone with many opportunities, yet also poses risks and challenges. That’s never been more apparent than during the pandemic, during which many people are spending more time online; for example ONS time series analysis of online shopping in the UK shows an increase from 18% of total retail sales in February to 32% in May.

Increases in time spent online reading news and information about COVID-19 provide useful insights into the risks. During week 1 of the UK lockdown, 49% of respondents to an Ofcom survey on online news consumption were using social media as a source of information about the pandemic. …



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