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

Software Development

BIT provides analysis, design, programming, and project management services for the building and maintenance of computer applications. BIT staff who have worked with an agency for a period of time develop a wealth of institutional business knowledge. This in-depth knowledge of the agency business functions is critical in designing and developing the best possible IT solutions for the agency's needs.

BIT developers program and maintain applications of all sizes for a variety of platforms. There are situations where it is more cost effective to bring in a software package rather than develop it in-house. In these situations, BIT developers work with the agency to ensure the software packages selected are the best fit for the agency and will run on the State's IT infrastructure.

Whether developed in-house, a custom application developed by a vendor, or a purchased software package, BIT provides the project management function to ensure the application is properly implemented and documented.


Clients Served

  • Executive Branch
  • Constitutional and Elected Offices

What We Provide

  • Experienced programmers who develop the program code to automate business functions.
  • Developers to develop, test, implement, and document software applications.
  • Developers to maintain and enhance applications over the life of the application.

Client Responsibility

  • Sponsor IT projects to ensure the project receives agency support.
  • Perform timely user acceptance testing.
  • Take ownership of the completed application to ensure the application is used efficiently and maintained as needed.
  • Train agency users on the use of the applications.

Major Investment Costs

  • Initial and ongoing training of developers.
  • Software licenses for development tools.
  • Agency commitment and staff resources.
  • BIT costs to develop and maintain development staff.

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Complete and thorough user testing.