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.
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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.


Microsoft Office

The State of South Dakota's current standard for Microsoft Office is Office 365. Below are some features for Office 365 that may be of interest to state agencies.

  • Office 365 is now a subscription license and will need to be renewed annually.
  • Licenses are now purchased per USER not per computer.
  • Office may be installed on 5 desktops or laptops AND 5 tablets AND 5 smartphones per user.
  • New versions of Office will download and install like a security update and will not require a complete un-install and re-install.

For a full list of current Office 365 features and applications, please visit the Microsoft Office website and view the Microsoft 365 E3 column.

To obtain current hardware and software pricing information, please contact Shellie Patterson.