The Parallel Tech Blog


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

Parallel Shuffleboard Tournament

Earlier this month, Parallel’s Building Infrastructure and Sales teams gathered at Unmapped Brewery in Minnetonka, MN for their first annual shuffleboard tournament! The event was organized by Mark Bonde to build team synergies and enjoy some locally brewed craft beers. The event was sponsored by Genetec. For those of you who are curious, Unmapped Brewery is a dog-friendly taproom often hosting food trucks, trivia nights, live music, and games like shuffleboard! They also have giant jenga, corn hole, and tic-tac-toe.

First Place Winners: Josh Olson and James Crabtree

Second Place Winners: Nate Ruhland and Tyler Wachter

Check out the gallery of the event below!… Continue Reading

Building With Vision

Written By: Dale Klein, CEO

Building a great company begins with vision. Vision provides direction on where we are going and why everyone is important.

At Parallel, our vision is to provide intelligent building solutions for our clients in order for them to experience safety and security, reliability, energy sustainability and operational efficiencies. That said, vision is nothing without execution.

In 2018, we executed well with our customers and are thankful for continuing to develop long term client partnerships. We believe that if we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations, they reward us with growth and success.… Continue Reading

How Secure is Your Building Automation System?

Three Core Points of BAS Cyber-security

By: Harrison Koll, Controls System Application Engineer

Cybersecurity is a topic that keeps executives up at night. Consumer data breaches and email hacking are constantly in the headlines. The truth is that any system connected to the internet is at risk – including your Building Automation System (BAS).

It is common for organizations to purchase (or create) a BAS, implement the solution, and then “forget about it” – leaving the entire network and its controllers alone for decades until there is a failure.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Parallel Jeremy Reiter!

Jeremy Reiter has been brought on as the new Account Manager for the Building Automation department in Omaha. He has over 20 years of industry experience in building automation as well as his Nebraska Journeyman’s electrical license. Jeremy started his career in the field as an installation electrician and later began running installation crews and managing projects.  From there he moved into account management with a focus on the new construction marketplace. Jeremy is now putting that strategic knowledge to work at Parallel and developing relationships with the Nebraska contractor base and design firms.… Continue Reading

Parallel Partners with Women’s Advocates

This winter, Parallel’s Building Infrastructure (BI) department adopted two families through Women’s Advocates, a local domestic abuse shelter in St. Paul. They shopped for and wrapped gifts for 11 children and two mothers. With donations from employees and Parallel’s match, the BI department donated about $950 worth of gifts!

If you’d like to learn more about Women’s Advocates, feel free to visit their website at

Check out our gallery of the event below!… Continue Reading