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Hewlett-Packard (HP) is an American global information technology company that develops and provides a wide variety of hardware components, software, and related services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises. HP’s services unit offers IT and business process outsourcing, application development, consulting, systems integration, and other technology services. The 75-year-old company generates software sales through enterprise IT management, big data, and security applications.
HP wanted to establish a presence at conferences in the open source technology realm. They sought after a technical and creative team to help them showcase their work with Open Source technologies. They needed a team that was accustomed to Open Source work, especially with technologies such as MongoDB, Node.js, Redis, etc.
Additionally, this feature needed to be conveyable and adhere to an audience of developers, IT architectures, IT managers, sales managers at conferences and business partners.
In order to create such an impact with business partners and conferences, Akvelon implemented HP’s Interactive Darts project. The Interactive Darts Project was designed as a game to get people involved answering trivia questions about Open Source technologies, and HP’s involvement with it.
To start the game, users are authenticated with their conference badge, which also allows for lead generation and networking. The Interactive Darts game consists of three rounds. During every round, the user throws their dart three times, and is asked a question with every dart. The user gives an answer to the quiz question using Kinect moves.
The results of the game can be sent to their Twitter, and the overall results of are shown in a global leaderboard.
• Raspberry PI
• Open Source Technologies: Redis, MongoDB, Arduino, Node.js, RabbitMQ
• Twitter API
Benefits and Results
The Interactive Dart Game was a success, and will be used for business partners, conferences and senior management. HP is working on more installations, tuning and distributing open source projects into the interactive game so the game never tires.
Through this project, HP is proving to be more innovative and creative while aiming to show their open source capabilities and projects. You can look forward to seeing this interactive stand at the next conference they attend.
While breaches affecting companies like Equifax, Target, and Sony receive huge attention in the media, for many organizations security is still an afterthought, an area to focus on if and only if attacks occur. Very few organizations take sufficient proactive steps to secure their environments and ecosystems while equipping themselves with assimilative and dynamic frameworks that keep current as the “bad guys” get more sophisticated, capable, and demanding.
This has to change; we need real security strategies and not simply Security Theater. Far too much is at stake, for individual businesses, for consumers, and for the entire ecosystem of digital business.
…we need real security strategies and not simply Security Theater
As organizations embark on the digital transformation “journey,” security must stay top of mind. Security breaches, from within and without, are givens of the system. It’s not a matter anymore of “if” but of “when,” “how often,” and “how major?” All large changes cut both ways- they empower and they constrain- digital transformation is no different.
Interestingly, security can be seen on both sides of the question as both empowerment and as constraint. Clearly, organizations having to spend enormous time, money, and people-power in preventing attacks is a constraint to their otherwise smooth workings, but such is the cost of doing digital business. In addition to managing constraints well, organizations should think of the “security of enablement” in the sense that good, well-managed, and well-governed security strategies actually empower employees to be productive, partners to collaborate, and ideas to be shared.
A strong security strategy includes elements of technology, people, and process, resting within a framework that is built on the understanding that change is inevitable. Great security strategies grow and morph as the needs of the business change, and as the attack vectors increase.
Great security strategies connect security with the needs of the business and acknowledge that each business has a different risk profile and as such, requires a different security profile. When business risk and security readiness are mismatched, problems ensue. When organizations take their eye off the security ball for even a moment, costly breaches occur.
Having a strong and assimilative security framework is not simply good business, its need is increasingly becoming enshrined in law. Security, Governance, and Compliance are the three horsemen of IT. They ride together.
Great security strategies grow and morph as the needs of the business change
Security is serious business. The good news, as one might expect, is that this area has seen enormous innovation in the last decade. Security technologies exist today at levels of performance heretofore unseen and at the lowest cost in history. These are very powerful pieces of security strategy, though they are not the silver bullets. In order to truly build a sustainable and strategic security framework, organizations need to concentrate on people and process as well.
Putting the puzzle pieces together can be challenging but it has to be done. To do so, one has to look at security holistically, and to Plan for the “unknown unknowns.”
To help organization think through, implement, and Manage these holistic solutions, Akvelon announces an array of security services, dedicated to helping organizations concentrate on their core businesses while mitigating the risks associated with security in a digital world.
Akvelon celebrates Halloween with family, friends, fun costumes, and plenty of authentic Russian cuisine! pic.twitter.com/DNNnHZ6xS1— Akvelon, Inc. (@AkvelonInc) October 30, 2015
Akvelon celebrates Halloween with family, friends, fun costumes, and plenty of authentic Russian cuisine! pic.twitter.com/DNNnHZ6xS1
— Akvelon, Inc. (@AkvelonInc) October 30, 2015
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