November 8, 2016 | BluPrairie

BluPrairie Founder is Finalist for Technology Association of Iowa Women of Innovation Award

Iowa native Michelle Bates, founder of BluPrairie in Coralville, Iowa, is a finalist for the 2016 Technology Association of Iowa Women of Innovation award in the category of Entrepreneurial, Innovation, and Leadership. Winners will be announced Nov. 9 in Des Moines.

Bates, former director of IT Architecture Services for Rockwell Collins, launched BluPrairie in October 2015. BluPrairie is 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.

Bates’ vision is to help small to mid-size businesses and organizations in Iowa and the Midwest navigate the fast-changing world of technology. Since starting the business a year ago, Bates has hired a handful of employees, including cloud, security, and training architects and applications strategists.

“It’s an honor to be named a finalist for this award,” Bates said. “As an Iowa native, I’m proud to partner with companies who want to transform their businesses, and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to play a role in keeping high-tech talent in the Midwest.”

Bates said her company strives to help clients develop a plan to pair the right technologies, such as mobile and cloud solutions, and the right service providers, such as Google and Amazon Web Services, to harvest business value. “What differentiates us,” she said, “is that we start by understanding your long-term business and technology goals, and then we listen to your people to find out what’s in place and what’s not for you to reach those goals.”

Stoney Creek Hospitality President and COO Kim Drautz said it’s the focus on people that makes Bates and BluPrairie unique to Iowa’s technology landscape. “We are proud that BluPrairie is our strategic technology partner. Michelle and her team understand our company’s goal to bring our employees and guests along on the journey as we infuse new technologies into our growing number of properties.”

Media Contacts:

BluPrairie Founder | Michelle Bates | 319.389.8861 |
Meld Marketing | Melinda Pradarelli | 319.621.8479 |