Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
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Parallel Technologies
7667 Equitable Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

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Jamie Masur
Parallel Technologies

Customer Appreciation Event 2017

Join us for a night of fun and entertainment at Parallel Technologies! Relax and enjoy delicious food, a wide variety of beer and wine, prizes, live music, and a chance to attend break-away learning sessions.


Tim Kittila 2:30-3:00        

Topic: Does a Move to Colo Mean It's Over for FMs?      

Description: As many companies consider moving from on-premise to colo data centers, the decisions are frequently made entirely by IT departments. Is there a role for Facilities Management in these decisions, and if so – what value do they bring to it? In this session, we will explore how the decision to go to colo does not mean it’s over for the FM. There is plenty of work to be done in regard to keeping an organization operational, and figuring out the required processes and procedures necessary for each business function is part of the challenge.

Mark Bonde 2:30-3:00    

Topic: Do More with your Data Center Security 

Description: With data center security there are many variables to consider and address and in this session, we’ll explore key security functions to address within the data center. We’ll also address 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.

Mark Bonde 3:30-4:00    

Topic: Is your Security Cyber-Secure?

Description: With the 20 year anniversary of the invention of the IP camera the IT industry and organizations around the world are becoming more aware of the vulnerabilities that these types of devices bring with them. This session will outline the vulnerabilities that exist within physical security solutions, the risks that these vulnerabilities pose to organizations, and ways in which you can mitigate against these risks moving forward.

Chris Flaherty 3:30-4:00

Topic: Managed Services: The Next Big Thing In Data Center Operations?

Description: We hear a lot of customers saying they don’t want to be in the data center business, but yet they still aren’t ready to give up ownership and control. For many, engaging a third-party for Managed Services can be an efficient and safe way to transition.  Managed Service Provider (MSP) can provide the right expertise when you need it so internal resources can continue to perform high value tasks. Using a MSP can also increase visibility into the data center without increasing head count or over taxing existing staff.  In this session, we will explore how to remove the burden of managing your data center, while managing your budget and minimizing risk. We’ll also visit the potential risks of allow a MSP into your facility and issues to lookout for.

Tim Kittila 4:30-5:00       

Topic: Asking the right questions for Data Center Strategy and Planning

Description: Whether a SMB or a Fortune 500 company, your business runs on data. Today nearly every business is in the data business. Determining your data center strategy is first and foremost about determining your company’s needs and managing those needs against risk. Repeatedly, we continue to see data centers being built and operated on the wrong questions and assumptions. We will discuss the most common, incorrect questions that are asked, and we will also discuss more critical and accurate questions that must be asked and addressed in your data center strategy.

Mark Bonde 4:30-5:00    

Topic: The Future of Video Surveillance                

Description: As surveillance technologies have advanced over the last decade, the uses and applications for these technologies have continued to grow. This presentation will highlight the current security market while outlining specific technology advances and how they are enabling businesses to utilize their surveillance video to strengthen their campus security while enabling key business initiatives.