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

Environmental Management

BIT maintains server rooms in multiple locations used to house electronics such as servers, network equipment and storage devices.  Environmental Management includes providing the infrastructure to ensure equipment is well- insulated from outside disruptions. 

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Constitutional and Elected Offices
  • Board of Regents
  • K-12 Education

What We Provide

  • Un-interruptible power supply (UPS) in addition to city power.
  • Air conditioning and humidity control.
  • 24/7 monitored environment.
  • Physical security.
  • Fire suppression.
  • Vault storage.
  • Disaster recovery environments.

Client Responsibility

  • Whenever possible, use equipment that meet state standards to facilitate the sharing of equipment among several applications.
  • When starting a project, identify equipment needs, so BIT has sufficient time to ensure adequate environmental controls will be in place when the hardware is brought online.
  • Accurate estimations of server resource requirements early in a project can reduce the number of physical devices needed to support the system, and in turn, reduce the environmental resources needed to maintain the hardware.

Major Investment Costs

  • Diesel motor generators.
  • Battery backup UPS units.
  • Fire monitoring and suppression systems.
  • Room specific air and climate conditioners.
  • Large capacity power circuits.
  • Raised floor environment.

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Support consolidated data centers.
  • Use shared data storage devices.
  • Use shared networks.
  • Support server virtualization.


  • The costs for these services are incorporated into all Data Center processor usage and subscription fees, as well as the Infrastructure Information Management fee.
  • Special server and/or storage device requirements may be subject to additional expenses which will be passed on to the requesting agency.