CxO Montly Recap

Cybersecurity

With Alex Cherones

Even the best of us can fall victim to the cyber risks ever-present in our lives. To manage your cyber risk you not only have to know what data is the most important to protect but keep on top of the threat landscape.

We’re here to help you do both.

Our Services

Data science, engineering, and cybersecurity strategy

Product
Management

Navigating competitive markets; directing and developing product roadmaps; upskilling and re-skilling teams for business transformation.

Data Engineering & Data Science

Generating data wealth; enriching current products through ML & AI; solving human-scale problems with machine-scale innovation.

Cybersecurity

Guiding risk-based approaches; rethinking products & platforms for data exposure; building access barriers; protecting data integrity.

Cybersecurity, Product, & Engineering

Cybersecurity

Assessing products, processes & platforms to protect data integrity and drive security as a growth strategy.

Product Innovation
& Strategy

A great product lives at the intersection of strategic value, customer obsession, and commercial outcomes.

Software Engineering

Our proprietary engineering playbooks simplify digital transformation. The automation of cloud, quality control, DevOps and security results in cost savings, revenue growth & increasing speed to market.

Data Science, Engineering & Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

Guiding risk-based approaches; rethinking products & platforms for data exposure; building access barriers; protecting data integrity.

Web & Mobile
App Development

Integrating disparate systems into new applications; accelerating legacy applications; building leading-edge experiences across digital platforms.

Technology Strategy

Translating emerging trends to deployable tech; evaluating systems for scale; conducting tech stack due diligence.

Architecture
& Infrastructure

Designing stability and security into new products; guiding risk: benefit prioritization at scale; aligning scope with resource allocation.

Tools
& Patterns

Training teams for design efficiency; supplying organizations with turnkey UI & UX; partnering in product teams to deliver intensive projects on time.

Cloud Transformation

Migrating on-premises applications to the cloud; driving best practices in uptime & integration; advising accessibility: exposure risks & ROI.

Data Pipelines
& API Platforms

Managing data lakes, marketplaces and warehouses; translating raw data into insight platforms; advising integration and data sharing strategy.

Data Engineering
& Data Science

Generating data wealth; enriching current products through ML & AI; solving human-scale problems with machine-scale innovation.

Product Design & Strategy

Human-Centered
Design in a Box

Nurturing discovery and inclusion in product design; assessing legacy experiences with best practices; driving in-house HCD workshops.

Product Ownership
& Business Analysis

Managing complex backlogs; accelerating agility; swarming and unblocking hurdles with multi-disciplinary teams.

Sales Enablement

Training & workshopping provocative B2B sales engagements; creating product assets & demos biased towards outcomes over effort.

Product
Management

Navigating competitive markets; directing and developing product roadmaps; upskilling and re-skilling teams for business transformation.

Cybersecurity, Product, & Engineering

Cybersecurity

Assessing products, processes & platforms to protect data integrity and drive security as a growth strategy.

Product Innovation
& Strategy

A great product lives at the intersection of strategic value, customer obsession, and commercial outcomes.

Software Engineering

Our proprietary engineering playbooks simplify digital transformation. The automation of cloud, quality control, DevOps and security results in cost savings, revenue growth & increasing speed to market.

Our Services

Cybersecurity, Product, & Engineering

Product
Management

Navigating competitive markets; directing and developing product roadmaps; upskilling and re-skilling teams for business transformation.

Data Engineering & Data Science

Generating data wealth; enriching current products through ML & AI; solving human-scale problems with machine-scale innovation.

Cybersecurity

Guiding risk-based approaches; rethinking products & platforms for data exposure; building access barriers; protecting data integrity.

Our Services

Data science, engineering, and cybersecurity strategy

Product
Management

Navigating competitive markets; directing and developing product roadmaps; upskilling and re-skilling teams for business transformation.

Data Engineering & Data Science

Generating data wealth; enriching current products through ML & AI; solving human-scale problems with machine-scale innovation.

Cybersecurity

Guiding risk-based approaches; rethinking products & platforms for data exposure; building access barriers; protecting data integrity.

Web & Mobile App Development

Integrating disparate systems into new applications; accelerating legacy applications; building leading-edge experiences across digital platforms.

inclusive integration

Risk-Based approach

Your decision makers should have all the information they need in order to craft a well-rounded and effective cybersecurity strategy. It’s more than just checking off boxes… it’s understanding how your business operates, how it differs from that of your competitors, how to truly get the best return out of your security investment.

inclusive integration

Shift Left Security 

“Growth” and “security” seem like two concepts that simply don’t mix. Most organizations worry that by investing in cybersecurity they are funneling their money into a segment of their enterprise that won’t help them scale up. They are wrong. A cybersecurity strategy helps expand your reach, create new services, approach new clients, & craft new products.

inclusive integration

Inclusive Integration 

Your software & technology are constantly being updated at massive expense. But there is something that can’t be so easily updated – your staff. 88% of all cybersecurity breaches are a direct result of human error, or simply human negligence. That’s why we take a human-centered approach by crafting a cybersecurity strategy that works with your entire company, humans included.

Work hard.
Play hard.

At Headstorm, we have a team of employees who organize fun events that give everyone a space to participate, connect and genuinely enjoy themselves.

The Right Tools
& Patterns

Outcomes are more important than effort, yet that is often forgotten in the software development lifecycleWe developed patterns that turned into Foundrywhich guides us as we consistently deliver value through leveraging the right tools. 
tools and processes

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We examine and catalogue your current tech stack, assess any legacy or technical debt that has been created, and prioritize a strategy for you that aligns with your business goals. 

Your Unfair Advantage

We are library agnostic and pick the tools which makes the most sense for the client. Ultimately delivering well-tested, extensible and scalable solutions that can grow with you for many years to come.

migrate organizational data to the cloud

Foundry

Headstorm’s homegrown methodology of outcomes over effort through developing a mindset of habits and processes. We used it to create an open-source UI library that is made to be remade and focuses on human-centered design.  

accelerate agility through enabling rapid data driven insights

Angular

It helps us build interactive and dynamic single page applications through its compelling features like templating, two-way binding, modularization, RESTful API handling, dependency injection, and AJAX handling.

optimize and modernize data management practices in the cloud

React

The main purpose of using react is to deliver fast, scalable, and simple web and mobile applications that can grow with the client. While allowing the web application to change data without constantly reloading the page.

migrate organizational data to the cloud

C Sharp

While C# has been has primarily been used to build Windows applications and games it is becoming increasingly popular for mobile developers. This allows developers to create almost anything using a particularly strong language.

accelerate agility through enabling rapid data driven insights

Kotlin

Kotlin is designed to be compatible with JAVA while allowing developers to simplify the coding process. Which leads to less technical debt as they are able to integrate legacy applications without writing an excess of code.

optimize and modernize data management practices in the cloud

Figma

Giving designers the ability to build librarians of reusable components over time, that they can use as a head start on any existing design system. When a component is changed in the central library those changes reflect globally.  

Turn Your Data Into Answers

Automate Data Ingestion

By transporting data in batches your systems are ingesting your data at a slower rate. Automating data processing ensures you have a real-time view of your data.

Data in One Place and format

It’s difficult to know that you are getting the most accurate and timely data if it is siloed. Know where your data is needed by having it all in one place.

Insights in seconds, not weaks

For any data-driven organization, it’s vital that your data is up-to-date and accurate. Otherwise, you can’t draw out those golden insights that drive your decisions.

Add New Data Sources

Maintaining agility within your data organization enables you to add new data sources. Enabling your data pipelines & API platforms to scale with you.

Benefits Of Data Transformation

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Number of data sources

Receiving real-time internal data complemented by 3rd party information. Instead of relying on predominantly internal and historical information.

search

granularity of insights

Most granular level view of device-specific signals for each customer. As opposed to an aggregated view at a per location level across markets.

repair

sophistication of algorithm

Predictive, self-learning algorithms with constant improvement. Bringing better information to your fingertips than is available through backward-focused analytics.

systems

Integration into business process

Moving from batch updates to streaming data makes it more usable. Enabling your leadership to make data-driven decisions fed by automated processes and systems.

Access Our Webinar: Ransomware & Data Asset Protection

Easy listening for the C-suite, this session discusses industry impacts and offers guidance on ransomware incident response for any budget.

Foundry is the manifestation of our
entrepreneurial
DNA, and we live it everyday.

We started with a mindset of outcomes over effort, and developed that mindset into habits as a process. Today, it’s how we run our own projects, and how we guide yours. Foundry isn’t a thing — it’s a way.

sales led transformation

Sales-Led Transformation

Here’s where Sales, Product and Engineering come together for a positive sum. When big ideas emerge, we front-load them with the best people to surface the stakeholders’ underlying motivations and map the risk: benefit landscape. We accelerate a commitment to yes, in whatever form it takes — doing so ensures accountability and efficient resourcing to mitigate the path dependency and slow burns rampant in traditional business initiatives.

What we’ve made a best practice at Headstorm, we deploy to clients as immersive workshops built in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University.

Human Centered Design (HCD)

Human-Centered Design isn’t just for user interfaces. At its core, HCD is an inclusive discipline that brings the right contributors and stakeholders in at the right time, instead of the last minute.

Our HCD workshops are foundational to transformative product design, and we’ve honed our methods to run them in live, hybrid, or fully virtual environments. We’ve even developed a turn-key HCD Workshop In A Box for our clients to deploy best practices.
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innovation meeting

Incubation Cycle

We validate, iterate and fund our own products through an internal incubation cycle. Part of being a Headstormer means having the bandwidth to pursue impactful ideas, and we use validation to stress test those ideas with data-driven & fail-fast mindsets. Each idea evolves over 4 phases with biweekly proceed-or-pivot decisions. The best of the best get funded to launch as commercial products (Kurb.io) or open-source (Foundry UI). And when ideas hit their incubation ceiling, the project owner absorbs and communicates lessons learned so we all grow.

Foundry In Practice

foundry ui screen
foundry ui logo

One of our first Foundry processes produced a system so useful, 
we named it after the process itself.

Foundry UI is an extensible interface system – meaning it sustains (and grows) with a product from POC to MVP to launch to avoid bogging down designers & devs as new releases are built, and preserves a familiar interface as users receive those new releases.

kurb logo

From winning a 48-hour civic hackathon to launching betas 
in select cities, Headstorm-powered Kurb exemplifies how we practice what we preach.

Kurb.io is a collaborative city planning tool, developed to bring “tactical urbanism” to the masses while we’re all rethinking our use of space amidst Covid-19. The free beta 
is now available.

kurb prototype screens

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