The Parallel Tech Blog


From Buildings to BBQ – Daniel Dutton’s “Big Bad Wolf”

By: Sara Krassin

With its recent acquisition of Building System Solutions (BSS), Parallel Technologies expanded its building automation expertise, magnified its customer reach, and gained 11 outstanding employees. For some, you could even say that they eat, sleep, and breathe technology and energy management.

Systems Software Technician Daniel Dutton and BSS President Jay Stark first met in high school, and continued their friendship through college, while attending Creighton Institute of Technology. Dutton then moved to Kansas City, MO where he played in a rock band, started a family, and worked as a custom cabinet maker.… Continue Reading

Welcome to the Team: Bruce Kelly

Name:  Bruce Kelly
Department: Intelligent Building Sales
Job Title:  Account Executive
Brief Position Description: We help our clients bring technology and infrastructure together bridging the gap between IT and facilities.
Three Interesting Facts about yourself:
-I have an identical twin brother
-I have 3 daughters, all out of the house making me an empty nester
-My wife and I hosted an exchange student from Germany for a whole year
Parallel Technologies Event that you are most looking forward to:
The 2017 Customer Appreciation event in October.… Continue Reading

StarTribune: Dale Klein’s Parallel Technologies becoming the company he envisioned

Veteran software technologist Dale Klein concedes that the last 12 years at his Parallel Technologies, particularly during the Great Recession years, were not all fun and games.

For one thing, it couldn’t quickly become the software-integration outfit that he envisioned.

“I had to shift my strategy to survive and grow,” recalled Klein, 51, a local pioneer in using software to mine data that help manage so-called intelligent buildings. “It was a painful challenge at times.”

A decade ago at Parallel, which serviced data centers, Klein wanted to move the then-$4.5 million-a-year business more into software and services that harvested and integrated data in order to automate building management, from climate control to building-and-computer security.… Continue Reading

You Don’t Want to Miss this Presentation

Mark Bonde on Data Center Physical Security

With data center security there are many variables to consider and address. In Marks session ‘Do More with your Data Center Security’, he explores the key security functions to address within the data center. He also addresses which technologies are important to overall security, how to evaluate risk levels, auditing data center activity to manage access control and managing alerts, among others. This April, Mark Bonde gave this presentation at AFCOM Data Center World (Los Angeles) and was not only ranked the most attended, but was also the highest ranked presentation in the category of Security, Data Sovereignty, and Risk Management.… Continue Reading

PTI Annual Kickball Game


Parallel Technologies wanted to KICK this summer off with some fun, at the annual company kickball game! Employees from every department (including field technicians) gathered at Willow Park, Eden Prairie to enjoy the beautiful weather, some healthy competition, and an array of delicious treats. The culture committee wanted to add a special surprise to this year’s event by ordering matching uniforms for everyone who attended, which included PTI branded hats and vintage (color coordinated) tube socks. Team red took first place, but everyone enjoyed a great night with their peers – which is a win in my book.… Continue Reading

Deanna Price: Welcome to the Team

Name: Deanna Price
Department: BI
Job Title: National Project Coordinator
Brief Position Description: I am currently working on coordinating national sub-contractors to do out of state work
Three Interesting Facts about yourself:

  • I own two boxers. Allie is 9 and Penelope is 3.
  • My favorite thing to do outside of work is going hiking in the Superior National Forrest or near our cabin in Luck, WI
  • I have been a vegetarian since 2005. Not a vegan though… cheese is amazing!

Parallel Technologies Event that you are most looking forward to: I am looking forward to all the events at Parallel!… Continue Reading

Parallel Technologies Named to Annual Star-Tribune Top Workplaces List for Second Year

For the second year, Parallel Technologies, an industry-leading facilities and IT infrastructure company was named by the Star Tribune as a top Minnesota employer. Alongside some of the state’s most respected companies including Land O’Lakes, Mortenson Construction and Ernst & Young, Parallel Technologies earned inclusion in the 2017 Star Tribune “Top Workplace” ranking.
The Star Tribune “Top Workplaces” recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.
“We’re thrilled to be in the company of these other great Minnesota companies,” said Dale Klein, CEO, Parallel Technologies.… Continue Reading

Parallel Technologies Acquires Building System Solutions

Acquisition of Nebraska-based building intelligence company expands Parallel’s expertise and magnifies customer reach

MINNEAPOLIS – June 19, 2017 – Parallel Technologies, an industry-leading reliable data center and intelligent building solutions company, today announced the acquisition of Omaha, Nebraska-based Building System Solutions (BSS). The privately-held company specializing in Building Automation Controls & Energy Management solutions was purchased for an undisclosed amount. The company’s 11 employees will continue to work out of an office in Omaha.
“Building automation is critical component of our Intelligent Building practice and a great complement to our business” said Parallel Technologies CEO and President, Dale Klein.… Continue Reading

Parallel Welcomes Erik Fraser to the Team

Name: Erik Fraser
Department: Building Infrastructure
Job Title: Project Coordinator
Brief Position Description: My position is responsible for the set-up, maintenance and overall organization of projects from start to finish.
Three Interesting Facts about yourself:
Interesting Fact 1: I’m a Michigan State Alumni. (Go Green!)
Interesting Fact 2: I have a penchant for Baking/Cooking.
Interesting Fact 3: I never leave a dirty dish in the sink.
Parallel Technologies Event that you are most looking forward to: I am really looking forward to Parallel’s annual kickball game.… Continue Reading