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

Business Continuity

Business continuity refers to activities performed daily to maintain service, consistency and recovery for applications defined as critical business functions. BIT offers high availability service options for both data storage and application availability through recovery, multiple data centers and mirroring.

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Constitutional and Elected Offices

What We Provide

  • Highly available storage.
  • Storage replication services between data centers.
  • Backup and recovery services.
  • Contingency planning for loss of a data center facility.
  • Server mainentance.

Client Responsibility

  • Data storage.
  • Assist BIT in understanding the business data.

Major Investment Costs

  • Storage management and replication hardware.
  • Staff training.

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Remove data that is no longer necessary or outdated.
  • Only store work-related data.


  • Basic Business Continuity Services are covered in the BIT Information Management Fee which is billed monthly to agencies per user ID and the mainframe CICS transaction fees.
  • Any special high availability requirements may be subject to additional costs incurred by the agency.