CIOs, stop dreaming about total cloud control

CIOs have a tough job these days. They have to adopt cloud computing and, at the same time, not give up control over their systems’ processes and data.

Many CIOs are starting to regain control. Rogue clouds led in the past, with departments going around IT to make deals with SaaS and IaaS cloud providers. Today, those chickens have come home to roost, and IT is trying to make sense of the hundreds of cloud services that have been tossed back at them to manage.

The long and the short of it: You don’t want to be a CIO these days. They are tasked with moving to cloud for the operational and strategic benefits. But they are not given much more budget to do so, and they have a ton of existing rogue cloud baggage to deal with.

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The Control Group Honored as Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie? Award Winners in 2015 American Business AwardsSM

Sean Shahrokhi, Director Communications & Public Relations, The Control Group

The Control Group was presented with Stevie® Awards in the following categories: Gold – Information Technology Team of the Year – The Control Group, Silver – Innovation of the Year – Instant Checkmate, Bronze – Maverick of the Year, Shiem Edelbrock, CTO and Bronze – Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year – The Control Group, at the 13th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago on June 22nd.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards were presented to winners during a gala banquet on Monday, June 22 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. More than 400 nominees and their guests attended.

The awards were presented in two ceremonies, before and after dinner. The after-dinner presentation were broadcast live nationwide by BizTalkRadio. The pre-dinner presentations were taped and will be broadcast by BizTalkRadio on Thursday June 25 at 8:00 pm ET.

The 2015 American Business Awards will be presented at two awards events: Monday’s banquet in Chicago, and at the new products awards banquet on Friday, September 11 in San Francisco.

More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. The competition encompassed many top national companies in a wide range of respective fields which made the wins for The Control Group all the more prestigious.

“We were extremely honored to win our first four ABAs and excited to have taken the Gold for IT Team of the Year,” said Sean Shahrokhi, Director of Communications and PR for The Control Group. “Our team of developers, designers, architects, and stakeholders are what help make The Control Group one of San Diego’s fastest growing companies and an incubator for talented individuals devoted to technological accomplishments and efficiency.”

More than 200 executives worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“We are extremely impressed with the quality of the entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards. “To those outstanding individuals and organizations that received Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the judges and I are honored to celebrate your many accomplishments. You are setting a high standard for professionals nationwide.”

The Control Group has also been nominated as ABA finalists for Executive of the Year (Kris Kibak, CEO) and for Company of the Year, winners of both to be announced on September 11th in San Francisco. Details about The American Business Awards and the lists of Stevie winners who were announced on June 22 are available at

About The Control Group

Created in 2011, The Control Group is one of the fastest-growing technology companies headquartered in San Diego. Their expertise is in web development and internet marketing. The company is the developer of, one of the top people search engines in the world. Because the company is already profitable, it has been able to develop a company culture that is shaking up the Southern California business community. Core to the company culture is its reach into the community to make a positive impact by volunteering and getting involved in important causes.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors and partners of The 2015 American Business Awards include BizTalkRadio, CallidusCloud, Engility, Fareportal, John Hancock, PetRays, and Softpro.