May 24, 2016 | BluPrairie

Former Rockwell Collins Director Launches BluPrairie, a Woman-Owned, Iowa-Based Cloud Services Company



michelle-bates-proIowa native Michelle Bates, former director of IT Architecture Services for Rockwell Collins, has launched BluPrairie, an independent cloud strategy and design partner that helps businesses, governmental agencies, start-ups and institutions of higher education of all shapes and sizes leverage new technology to do business differently.

BluPrairie, based in Coralville, Iowa, has the distinction of being among Iowa’s few women-owned technology companies. Technology is a space Bates knows well. At Rockwell she became a transformational technology change leader while working with cloud service providers, such as Google and Amazon Web Services.™ Moving forward, her plan is to apply her knowledge and experience to help small to mid-size businesses and organizations in Iowa and the Midwest navigate the fast-changing world of technology.

“I was raised in Kalona, Iowa and after earning my accounting degree I spent 20 years in Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in the technology arena,” she said. “I like to tell people that if a girl from the land of the Amish can understand technology, then anyone can understand technology. And that’s the approach I am taking with my new company. I want to make the cloud accessible and understandable at all levels of an organization, from those familiar with technology to those who are new to it.”

The goal, she said, is to  solve business problems and harvest business value by helping companies pair the right technologies, such as mobile and cloud solutions, and the right service providers, such as Google and Amazon Web Services.  “We want to distinguish ourselves by applying a people-first model to drive business results,” Bates said. “You can’t drive technology change unless you bring your people along on the journey. Our goal is to help businesses do that through a combination of organizational change management and technology expertise.”

Brian Waller, president of the Technology Association of Iowa  (TAI), said BluPrairie is a welcome addition to the state of Iowa and TAI. “Anytime we have an opportunity to have someone with Michelle’s experience expand the level of services and talents we can provide in the state, it’s a win for all of us.” Learn more at

Media Contacts:

  • BluPrairie Founder, Michelle Bates   |  319.389.8861   |   Email   
  • BluPrairie Marketing, Melinda Pradarelli  |  319.621.8479   |   Email