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


BIT provides digital services for voice, video and data applications to connect computers together to form local and wide area networks.

Wide Area Network links are typically characterized by connecting offices across a geographically dispersed area.  This can include offices across the street or across town from each other, but could also include offices across the state, region and country. 

Network connected computers  have access to a wide range of technology resources including printers, electronic mail, departmental applications, statewide applications, work files, Internet and more. Local Area Networks are connected to the Digital Dakota Network (DDN) through a variety of industry standard telecommunication methods. Speeds for connecting to the DDN are determined by the client and BIT. Application requirements are the most important factor in determining network speeds.

Specific services include research, design, procurement, configuration, installation, bandwidth management, network management, software support, hardware support, vendor software maintenance and vendor hardware maintenance. BIT responsibilities will vary as needed.

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Constitutional and Elected Offices
  • Public Higher Education
  • Public K-12 Education
  • Public Technical Institutes
  • Municipal (City – County) Government
  • Trading Partners Providing Medical Services for State Residents

What We Provide

  • Connectivity to state government computing resources through Wired, Wireless and Cellular networks.
  • Access to the Internet.
  • Hardware, software and telecommunication standards.
  • IP address management.
  • Domain Name Services.

Client Responsibility

Major Investment Costs

  • Networking equipment and services, including:
    • Wiring
    • Routers
    • Switches and wireless access points
    • Firewalls
    • Leased Circuits

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Access to entertainment based Internet resources such as Internet Radio or Video consumes a great deal of bandwidth.  By reducing or eliminating the use of these resources, you can keep the cost of networking down. 


  • State government accounts covered in the BIT Access Fee which is billed monthly to agencies per user ID.
  • Higher Education Per Mb Rate
  • K-12 Connectivity funded through the Department of Education.