The Parallel Tech Blog


Parallel Technologies Named to Security Business’ Fast 50

At ISC West in April, Security Business magazine unveiled it annual ranking of the top 50 fastest-growing security integrators. In its first year on the list, Parallel was ranked 15th.

According to CEO and President Dale Klein, inclusion on the list is “a reflection of the company’s commitment to creating a team that not only understands the global security landscape and how technology can be used to reduce risk and safeguard organizations but also how to bring more value to each customer engagement.”

To take a closer look at the Fast 50 list as well as the latest trends check out the April issue of Security Business magazine.… Continue Reading

Physical Security Leadership Team Expanded with Promotion of Nate Ruhland

Ruhland takes on increased responsibility within company’s physical security capability

Parallel Technologies has promoted Nate Ruhland to Manager of Building Infrastructure Engineering. In his new role, Ruhland will oversee the design and delivery of physical security projects involving access control, video surveillance and intrusion.

Since joining Parallel Technologies in October 2014 as a Presales Design Engineer, Ruhland has become an integral member of the growing Security team – continually taking on greater responsibilities as the practice area expanded. As Manager of Building Infrastructure Engineering, Ruhland will be responsible for driving collaboration between sales and engineering through a focus on technology and innovation.… Continue Reading

How Did Minneapolis College Improve Campus Security?

Parallel’s expert on physical security Mark Bonde, in tandem with Mark DeRee and Tiffni Deeb from Minneapolis College (formerly Minneapolis Community and Technical College), presented a case study at recent Minnesota State IT Conference. The team shared details on how Minneapolis College dramatically improved campus security for its students and streamlined public safety operations by moving to a fully-unified IP-based system that incorporated video surveillance and access control technology. If you are interested in learning more about the project or how the technology can be implemented in your facility, contact Mark Bonde –

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Five Considerations for Defining DAS Requirements

by Matthew Schwartz, Director of Technology and Engineering

Unreliable mobile communications is a growing problem for today’s businesses.  Whether it’s our mobile devices or the IoT devices that gather data and operate the machines that surround us, we are dependent on connectivity.  Dropped calls and no availability to data services including email and other communications platforms results in decreased productivity and lost revenue.  Compounding this issue, new construction practices, including low-e glass and super-insulated structures are making it more difficult for signal to penetrate into buildings.… Continue Reading

Essential Data Center Operation Knowledge Capture and Transfer

by Chris Pinc, Director of Data Center Operations

Technology has empowered us with greater communication tools. It also throws unique data, reports and dashboards at us every day. Yet, all this information lacks any resemblance in the way of knowledge-sharing.

Especially in data centers, where so much of the knowledge is gathered through experience and contextual understanding – from nuances in cabinet design to the circumstances surrounding past mechanical issues. This knowledge shapes incoming data and information streams for purposeful action, goals or plans.… Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Employees find the end of the rainbow!

For St. Patrick’s day, Parallel employees enjoyed a day full of mischief and a pinch of luck. A mysterious little green man hid two pots of gold at the end of the rainbow and two of our employees were able to find them! Haley Strange and Justin Woodruff were the two lucky winners of a Target gift card and the prestige of nabbing the Leprechaun’s stash! We also enjoyed a happy hour with green food, green punch and “Pin-the-Shamrock on the Leprechaun.” Hilarity ensued as various Parallel folk either found their way to the Leprechaun or pinned the Shamrock somewhere else entirely!… Continue Reading

DC Business Streamlining: Katie Bensen Promoted to Program Manager

Parallel Technologies’ Data Center (DC) Business  is striding into 2019 with fresh vigor and strategic initiatives. One of the first moves was the promotion of Katie Bensen to Program Manager.

An integral member of the team for more than four years, Bensen excels at managing clients, team members and contractors as well as tackling a variety of responsibilities with an energetic and positive approach. Her willingness to identify areas of growth and focus her efforts in strengthening those areas has placed her in a position to begin refining and streamlining DC business processes.… Continue Reading

Insider’s Report from Data Center World 2019

Following their presentations on “Edge Computing” and “In-House Training” at last month’s Data Center Word conference, Parallel Technologies’ Data Center dynamic duo of Tim Kittila and Chris Pinc spoke with attendees from around the country. [Click here to view Chris Pinc’s presentation,] [or click here to view Tim Kittila’s presentation from the conference.]

According to Tim and Chris, the attendees were talking about how on-premise data center operations aren’t going away and how hybrid data center strategies combining cloud, colo and on-premises are here to stay.… Continue Reading

Parallel Hosts Higher Education Public Safety Network

The Higher Education Public Safety Network (HEPSN) met Tuesday, March 12th at Parallel Technologies’ home office in Eden Prairie, MN.

Public Safety professionals from various colleges and universities came together to learn about successes and discuss challenges they face at their respective institutions.

A special thanks to Tom McCluney, facilities manager from Normandale Community College for presenting on their story and success with Lifecycle Management. This project was a multi-year process involving Facilities Management, IT, Public Safety and their respective executives – all working together to develop a plan for building lifecycle management into their budget each year to ensure ongoing reliability, security, and health of their security devices. … Continue Reading

Data Center Sharpening Vision: Justin Woodruff Promoted to Project Manager

Earlier this year Justin Woodruff was officially promoted to Project Manager within the Data Center (DC) business. His role was one of several within the  department that were expanded to support new initiatives.

Justin began his career at Parallel four years ago as a Project Coordinator in the Building Infrastructure (BI) business but soon transitioned into a dual role between BI and DC – living in both worlds for three years. Over the past year, his role has shifted to almost exclusively working with the DC team, taking on increasingly complex projects with larger clients including Altra Federal Credit Union, Polar Semi-Conductor, and Hubbard Broadcasting.… Continue Reading