Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

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Controle Ranks No. 994 on the 2016 Inc. 5000
with Three-Year Sales Growth of 402%


NEW YORK, August 17, 2016Inc. magazine today ranked Controle No. 994 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“Considering that there are over 18 million private companies in the US, being in the top 1000 fastest growing of them all over the past 4 years is an outstanding achievement by our team at Controle and a real honor,” stated Kevin Barnicle, Founder and CEO of Controle. “Our growth is a testament to the value we have brought our customers and partners.  Every day we continue to bring more solutions to the eDiscovery and Information Governance markets, and we do not see our growth slowing down anytime soon.”

The 2016 Inc. 5000 list has been unveiled online at, and the top 500 companies will be featured in the September issue of Inc. (available in newsstands August 23). The companies featured are the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great—usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 18 through 20, in San Antonio, TX. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as best-selling author and strategist Tony Robbins; SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice; Cornerstone OnDemand founder, president and CEO Adam Miller; Marvell Technology Group director and co-founder Weili Dai; and New Belgium Brewing co-founder and executive chair Kim Jordan.


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More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000


The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today.  For more information, visit

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

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Controle Named to 2016 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

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CRN Fast Growth 150 List Recognizes Thriving Solution Providers in the IT Channel


Oak Brook, IL, August 8, 2016Controle announced that it has been named to The Channel Company’s 2016 CRN® Fast Growth 150 list. Controle placed #18 on the list. The list is CRN’s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million who have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2016 list is based on gains in gross revenue between 2013 and 2015, and the companies recognized represent a total, combined revenue of more than $25,637,241,944.


“Controle is very excited to be in the top 20 fastest growing solution providers in the country over the past few years,” said Kevin Barnicle, CEO of Controle. “Our success is a direct result of the value we bring our customers and our team at Controle’s hard work and dedication. The niche markets we serve in eDiscovery and Information Governance continue to grow, and we as an organization still have a lot more room to grow as well. We look forward to taking that journey with our customers and partners.”

“The companies on our 2016 Fast Growth 150 list are growing at an incredible rate, establishing themselves as clear leaders in today’s IT channel,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Their rapid expansion in a climate of economic uncertainty and unprecedented technological advancement is especially impressive. We congratulate each of the Fast Growth 150 honorees and look forward to their continued success.”

The Fast Growth 150 list is highlighted in the August issue of CRN and can be viewed online HERE.


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About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.


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Controle Announces New Alliance With Microsoft

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Controle Announces New Alliance With Microsoft to Offer Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery and Information Governance Solutions


Oak Brook, IL – June 9, 2016 – Controle, the market leader in eDiscovery and Information Governance solutions, announced today that the company has become part of the Microsoft eDiscovery Partner alliance to offer solutions surrounding the Microsoft Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery product. With their in-house staff of Consultants, Technologists, and Attorneys, Controle brings deep subject-matter expertise in the areas of eDiscovery and Information Governance to customers and other Microsoft Partners.

The integration of Microsoft Equivio into Office 365 allows customers to very quickly and efficiently find relevant data with the goal of reducing costs and time associated with the eDiscovery process. Controle provides customers assistance with meeting those goals in a number of ways: designing a plan to mirror existing eDiscovery processes into Office 365, helping customers consolidate all legacy archive email into O365, and customer enablement services or our award winning Bridge the Gap™ managed service to assure success and meet Legal obligations using Office 365 for eDiscovery.


“As everyone knows, amongst its other benefits, Office 365 has been a massive hit for customers wanting to simplify managing email. As email is the number one data source in eDiscovery, the integration of Equivio into Office 365 for Advanced eDiscovery is going to be a huge benefit to existing and new Office 365 customers,” stated Kevin Barnicle, CEO of Controle.  “At Controle, we are excited to help our customers come up with a plan to start leveraging Office 365 for eDiscovery, with the goal of reducing eDiscovery costs and mitigating Legal risks. Give our team a shot; we won’t let you down.”


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Controle Recognized as a Platinum Veritas Partner

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Oak Brook, IL, May 3, 2016Controle announced today that Veritas has named Controle a Platinum Veritas partner with expert competency in both their archiving and eDiscovery platforms.

Platinum is the highest tier a Veritas partner can achieve and illustrates the commitment Controle has dedicated to the Veritas set of technologies. To achieve Platinum status, partners must demonstrate expert competency in sales and technical service delivery of Veritas products through certifications, solution selling practices, and revenue achievement thresholds. Controle has achieved expert competency in both the eDiscovery Clearwell Platform and Enterprise Vault.

Veritas Platinum Partner

“Congratulations to Controle for attaining Platinum Partner status in the Veritas Partner Force program. Controle’s unique combination of technical and legal expertise has allowed them to meet the highest standards of the program and repeatedly demonstrate strong proficiencies in their ability to help solve our customers’ greatest Information Governance challenges.”

– Rick Kramer, Vice President of Americas Channel Sales


“Controle’s customers and prospects want to be assured they are dealing with experts in the eDiscovery and Information Governance industries. Similarly, they want to be assured that the company they partner with has the highest level of expertise in the tools we bring to help them solve their problems. Controle is very excited at being recognized by Veritas for such expertise. With Veritas’ tools and Controle’s people and processes we are able to help our customers greatly reduce costs and mitigate risks associated with Legal responsibilities around their electronic data.”

– Kevin Barnicle, CEO of Controle


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Controle is focused on helping our customers deal with Regulatory and Legal requirements associated with Electronic Data. Controle is made up of Attorneys, Consultants and Technologists, all with a singular focus around Information Governance and eDiscovery products and solutions. Learn more at

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Finding Key Players in Legal Hold Notification, Preservation and Collection Processes

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I have had many conversations and discussions recently on leading practices and trends related to litigation hold notifications and preservation orders. Organizations routinely have the need to effectively manage preservation for litigation, internal investigations and for varying regulatory purposes.

Since the 2006 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and with the changes to Rule 37 in 2016, there has been much discussion on this topic, but limited practical solutions to the problem. The Pension Committee decision has made notifying and managing custodians and “key players” effectively a core requirement for most legal departments.

The challenge with the legal hold notification, preservation & collection processes for most organizations is the “ad hoc” nature of defining systems of record, ESI & custodians & executing preservation in a defensible manner. Notifying custodians a timely manner and keeping an audit trail to defend the process consumes significant time and resources and is inherently risky…if the organization relies on the custodian for preservation.

The Preservation Order

The ability to issue a “Preservation Order” or, more commonly known, a legal hold notification to all custodians and key players has become an essential component in any defensible legal preservation process. This usually includes a mix of end-users (creators) and IT and records custodians and possibly 3rd parties.

Managing Your Key Players

In the post-Pension Committee environment the standards have been raised and defensibility can hinge on how well the organization executed in two key areas:

  • Ability to manage the legal hold notification process
  • Ability to mitigate risks of spoliation

The first process is intended to prevent the second… but one of the lessons learned in the age of Big Data, Social Media and Hybrid Clouds is that there is too much risk to the organization to rely on custodians and key players to preserve. Most custodians are not IT experts, and although they may have good intentions, they don’t know their “systems of records,” retention and disposition policies, back-up procedures, etc.

The leading practice is to notify all relevant custodians and “key players” of the duty to preserve all potentially responsive information, whether in electronic form or paper form as quickly as possible, request and obtain an acknowledgment from each custodian, retain the acknowledgment and send periodic reminders.

In most cases it may not be reasonable to rely on the custodian involved to preserve responsive information, making defending the process more challenging. The more pragmatic action is to instruct the recipient to take no action until notified otherwise and rely on business processes and technology to identify, preserve and collect in a defensible manner.

Managing Preservation & Collection as a Business Process

Relying on manual processes, spreadsheets and “old school” methods is problematic and cumbersome for managing and tracking legal hold notices. The “one off” nature of using spreadsheets and other outdated tools makes the process harder to defend. The risk of spoliation, fines and sanctions makes relying on the custodian to preserve and disclose all sources of responsive information risky and may not protect the organization’s interests.

A good process includes a defensible hold notification process and a collection plan that is not controlled and managed by the custodian. The successful execution requires process & technology. An audit trail of events throughout the case has become an essential element of defending not only what is being produced, but also what has not been produced and why… Privilege, Confidentiality, Classification, etc. There is also the continued need to demonstrate the authenticity of the information being offered into evidence and that effective chain of custody procedures were in place since actual or constructive notice of the duty to preserve.

Preservation and collection should be managed & controlled by “legal”… not the custodian. Collections must be done in a forensically sound manner and require people, process and technology that go far beyond desktop tools.

Leverage tools in the data center to identify systems of record, ESI and custodians — work with and leverage custodians… but don’t rely on them!!

The growing trend is to understand the custodian’s behavior for creating, managing, storing and retaining information — from their perspective… Where do they put it? What applications, devices, and service providers do they use? Identify portable devices, home computers, Cloud, etc. Look for spoliation risks to the organization outside of identified systems of record.

Understanding all these different elements of the People, Process and Technology in your eDiscovery process is the key to controlling costs & mitigating risks.

If you would like to discuss this topic further…please post a comment!


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Controle Recognized for Excellence in Managed eDiscovery Services

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Oak Brook, IL, February 16, 2016Controle announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Controle to its 2016 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their top-notch offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

In today’s fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premise and off-premise services; and the MSP Hosting Service Provider 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based services.
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What Do YOU Want from Your Professional Services Team?

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I have been in the services delivery business, whether it be business analytics, consultative, or implementation services, for my entire career. Although I am not yet ready for retirement, I have enough gray hair to suggest I may have a number of learning experiences and some hard-earned wisdom under my belt. And I do.

I learned early on in my growing-up years that there are certain character qualities that will help us succeed in our jobs and in our lives. My early years as a babysitter helped me remember the basics of what is important. The safety and security of knowing someone has got things under control is significant to a little kid whose parents have gone—seemingly for days—to dinner, leaving her in someone else’s hands—someone who would calmly manage the ups and downs and unpredictable nature of childhood.

I did not take that responsibility lightly, and as I grew into adulthood, the ability to keep calm and carry on became my goal and mantra for staying centered and minding the Big Picture. The events in our personal and professional lives can distract us and impact the manner in which we interact with family, friends, colleagues. I realized that keeping focused on the important things was a really great way to disregard those distractions and stay focused on the right path.

When I became a “Professional,” I worked primarily in the financial services space. It was during those early working years that I came to Controlled-Zone2have a high expectation of what professional services can, and should, be. The financial services industry is demanding, often without sanity, and working in that fast-paced, highly focused, often frenetic environment has taught me a thing or two about how to navigate tough waters and stay the course. I learned that my babysitting days had prepared me to manage a few colleague and manager melt-downs with calm and concern for the situation at hand. I learned how to help guide the ship toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Navigating choppy waters became something I learned not to fear but to accept, as part of the challenges of growth.

Today, I work as the Director of Professional Services at Controle. When I joined the team, I realized that this group of people, from everywhere across the country, have given each other a great gift. We are smart and knowledgeable, certainly. The areas of expertise that we hail as our focus have great depth of knowledge. But this team also has those basic qualities that I learned all those years ago and look for in my interactions with others, even today. We keep calm and carry on. We lead our clients to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We show them that we take it seriously when they leave their projects in our hands. We show them that when they need someone to help navigate those choppy waters and stay the course, we are there for them. This is the basis behind our work and our ability to provide high quality professional services for our clients’ Information Governance needs, and it is not by accident that we can say we have it … well … under Controle.


The Hidden ROI in eDiscovery . . . The Legal Profile

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Part III: The Legal Profile

An often overlooked link between the IT footprint and the FRCP is the notion of “source mapping” or “mapping of sources” for the Rule 26f “Meet & Confer Conference” where the parties need to discuss and disclose potentially responsive ESI by “category or type.” If the organization understands what systems and repositories contain potentially responsive information, that ESI can be managed appropriately for the matter at hand and used as a source for future eDiscovery. Most organizations have certain types of legal and regulatory challenges, like employment, Intellectual property or other types of litigation and key regulatory issues which form a pattern of a “Profile.”

If these systems and applications are identified or “mapped,” a categorization and classification of systems, data and ESI can be developed and used as an early assessment tool and a strategic tool to ensure proper preservation of ESI and notification of potential custodians.

hammer-lawPut another way, employment cases and Intellectual Property cases may share some common sources of ESI (email, file shares, collaborative spaces) but typically also have systems and repositories for business information related to the particular business function that is subject of the legal inquiry. It is rare that all systems or applications would contain responsive ESI.

Here is an opportunity to move away from the “Hold All” order by developing a defensible response protocol for legal and regulatory matters, targeting responsive ESI and managing the non-responsive ESI according to standard business practices. If you can’t find the handful of relevant ESI in the terabytes of data, then “retain all” may look like the “best option” in a bad situation.

Here is some hidden ROI:

Once Responsive ESI is identified, preserved and collected, it is a reasonable assumption that the non-responsive ESI is not subject to legal hold. Instead it is subject to ordinary lifecycle management (RM) or part of the organization’s GRC efforts within a sound Information Governance Program and would only be retained based on categorization and classification of information.

Leverage the opportunity to do some “house cleaning”… gain file visibility and perform file remediation… dispose of ESI that has outlived its useful life in a defensible, scalable manner.

Understanding all these different elements of the People, Process and Technology in your eDiscovery process is the key to controlling costs and mitigating risks.


Clearwell Version 8.1.1 Released

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Veritas recently released Clearwell version 8.1.1.  We have concluded our in-house testing.  While we can’t test for every possible environment and use case, we are satisfied with the release and are offering this upgrade to our BTG and CvA customers as part of your BTG or CvA time.  If you do not have a BTG or CvA contract with Controle, please contact your account executive to discuss upgrade engagement pricing.

Here are some of the highlights of this release:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 now supported
  • Internet Explorer 11 now supported
  • Collect from Office 365 Archive mailboxes – Clearwell previously supported collection from  O365 mailboxes, but now also collects archives
  • EV 11.0.1 supported
    • SMTP archive supported in EV 11.0.1
  • Security updates
    • Tomcat updated – 7.0.59
    • Java – version 8 update 45
    • MySQL 5.6.16
    • Improved salt and hash passwords
  • Definable export locations
    • Can export to file shares both on, and outside of the Clearwell appliance for ease of access to produced data
    • Can be limited by Group based permissions
  • Groups based permission for Collection Sets


The Hidden ROI in eDiscovery . . . People, Process & Technology

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Part II:  Benchmarking—People, Process & Technology

Identify all the key players in the legal and regulatory processes who request ESI (in other words, identify the consumers) and determine why they need it. Then find all the key players and stakeholders who identify, preserve and collect ESI. Next, identify the tools currently in use to help to understand the processes and the level of effort associated with eDiscovery, from an internal resource perspective as well as from the third party cost perspective. This will help you understand risk.

Each organization is unique… understanding who touches the process is critical… knowing this early on saves resources in the long run!!

Most organizations face a mix of needs for ESI:

  • Internal Audits and Board driven actions
    • Regulatory Investigations
    • State and Federal Litigation

Consumers of ESI may include:

  • Human Resources
    • Litigation Counsel
    • Regulatory Affairs
    • General Counsel
    • Internal Audit

Personnel involved in Preservation and Collection of ESI may include:

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    • IT
    • 3rd Parties / Service Providers
    • Custodians
    • Legal Service Providers
    • Outside Counsel
    • Internal Counsel
    • Human Resources

Understanding all these different elements of the People, Process and Technology in your eDiscovery process is the key to controlling costs and mitigating risks.