STANDARDS BIT has established standard practices for development, processing and services
  • Rules and regulations are essential to any well managed organization. Standards are valuable to our clients because of the cost savings, faster support and reliable technology infrastructure. They serve to establish uniform practices and common techniques used as guidelines to measure performance.

    For example, with one standard email system, a small number of administrators can maintain a system supporting all of state government. If the state had two email systems, the number of administrators and support staff would double with no corresponding benefit in functionality. The same principle applies to system designs, writing programs and setting up operations in a data processing center. All of which require certain individual skills, standard policies, procedures and equipment.

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  • Vendors who are actively pursuing IT business opportunities with the State of South Dakota must also comply with the Information Technology Security Policy. For security purposes, this content is not for public consumption, however a modified version is available for you here.
FINANCE BIT Finance Office
BIT Rates and Information
  • Development >
    Analysis, design, programming, implementation and maintenance of the state’s information systems.
  • Data Center >
    Provides enterprise computer processing services for state government agencies, higher education, constitutional offices and the Unified Judicial System (UJS)..
  • Telecommunications >
    Provides all support for hardware/software, Active Directory accounts required for access to network, telephone access, videoconferencing, and more.

Services Provided by BIT


Application hosting is the process of delivering applications to client computers over a network. Software (i.e. an application) is stored on hardware (mainframe or server computers) and made available to clients through multiple methods.

The software can be built by BIT staff, purchased or licensed from a third party vendor or a combination of both. Software offered using this model is often called software as a service or on-demand software. The hardware is typically located in a data center managed by BIT.

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Public Higher Education
  • Public K-12 Education

What We Provide

  • Web application hosting is IIS as the standard.
  • Citrix-based application hosting.
  • Client/Server application serving.
  • Streaming media content (live and archived content).
  • Server operating system platforms.
  • Maintenance of existing mainframe based applications.

Client Responsibility

  • Provide realistic estimates on client usage for proper sizing.
  • Properly describe the business function.
  • If the application is maintained by an outside vendor, keep application and operating systems on manufacturers supported platforms.

Major Investment Costs

  • Server Hardware
  • Server Software
  • Support resources
  • Maintenance costs
  • Network connectivity and Firewall hardware
  • Network security hardware and software

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Use standard hosting solutions.
  • Notify Help Desk when an application is no longer needed.