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Please Welcome Jessica Fosheim!

Another new face around the office is Jessica Fosheim. 


Jessica Fosheim has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer. She will be focusing on web development initially and ultimately working with back end coding and SQL coding as well. Jessica Fosheim grew up on a farm in the Winner, SD area. After high school, she attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD. She majored in Digital Arts and Design emphasizing in Computer Graphics, with minors in both photography and art. Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2013. After graduation, she worked as a graphic artist at the Winner newspaper.  In the fall of 2014, Jessica moved to Pierre to live with her then fiancé and commuted to Winner. In February, Jessica accepted a position at Damon Law Office in Pierre, SD. In June of this year, she upgraded her status from Ms. to Mrs. by marrying Bryce Fosheim, who is a member of BIT Development Team 6. Jessica started with BIT Development Team 1 on July 9th.
Welcome to the team Jessica, BIT is happy to have you! 

BIT’s Strategic Plan Overview

The Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) strives to partner and collaborate with clients in support of their missions through innovative information technology consulting, systems and solutions.  BIT is made up of the following divisions: Administration, Data Center, Development, Telecommunications and South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB). Each division is committed to providing quality customer services to ensure the state’s I/T organization is responsive, reliable and well-aligned to support the business needs of the State of South Dakota.

BIT is working toward three common goals focused on intended outcomes/results. BIT’s Strategic Plan shapes and guides what BIT is, who we serve, what we do and why we do it, with a focus on the future.  Visit http://bit.sd.gov/about/BIT-Strategic-Plan for a complete look at BIT’s strategic plan including the goals, strategies, tactics and projects that make it up.

The following are BIT’s Strategic Plan goals:

  1. Provide a Reliable, Secure and Modern Infrastructure.Provide a well-designed and architected, secure computing and communications environment to ensure optimal service delivery to our business partners. Architecture and process will be optimized to support agile and reliable computing and communication services.

    Technology assets must be high-performing and dependable to ensure services are available whenever needed. Centralization, standardization, and collaboration are vital to efficiently leverage investments. To maintain public trust, we must secure data and technology assets through leading security tools, policies, and practices.

  2. Deliver Valuable Services at Economical Costs.Develop innovative and cost-effective solutions through collaboration, cooperation, and in partnership with our clients. The solution sets include developing customized business solutions, efficient project management services and productive relationships with clients.

    “People should be online, not waiting in line.”

  3. Build and Retain a Highly Skilled Workforce. Improve the effectiveness, productivity and satisfaction of employees in order to attract (and retain) a highly qualified workforce to foster individual innovation and professional growth. Appropriate training and tools will be provided to enhance and improve career skills in the workforce.

BIT’s Strategic Plan Overview

The Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT) strives to partner and collaborate with clients in support of their missions through innovative information technology consulting, systems and solutions.  BIT is made up of the following divisions: Administration, Data Center, Development, Telecommunications and South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB). Each division is committed to providing quality customer services to ensure the state’s I/T organization is responsive, reliable and well-aligned to support the business needs of the State of South Dakota.

BIT is working toward three common goals focused on intended outcomes/results. BIT’s Strategic Plan shapes and guides what BIT is, who we serve, what we do and why we do it, with a focus on the future.  Visit http://bit.sd.gov/about/BIT-Strategic-Plan for a complete look at BIT’s strategic plan including the goals, strategies, tactics and projects that make it up.

The following are BIT’s Strategic Plan goals:

  1. Provide a Reliable, Secure and Modern Infrastructure.Provide a well-designed and architected, secure computing and communications environment to ensure optimal service delivery to our business partners. Architecture and process will be optimized to support agile and reliable computing and communication services.

    Technology assets must be high-performing and dependable to ensure services are available whenever needed. Centralization, standardization, and collaboration are vital to efficiently leverage investments. To maintain public trust, we must secure data and technology assets through leading security tools, policies, and practices.

  2. Deliver Valuable Services at Economical Costs.Develop innovative and cost-effective solutions through collaboration, cooperation, and in partnership with our clients. The solution sets include developing customized business solutions, efficient project management services and productive relationships with clients.

    “People should be online, not waiting in line.”

  3. Build and Retain a Highly Skilled Workforce. Improve the effectiveness, productivity and satisfaction of employees in order to attract (and retain) a highly qualified workforce to foster individual innovation and professional growth. Appropriate training and tools will be provided to enhance and improve career skills in the workforce.

New Aquatic Invasive Species Website Launches

The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new website this month! The intention of the new website is to help inform anglers and boaters about the new statewide, invasive aquatic species rules.

GFP partnered with BIT to design and implement the new SD Least Wanted website. BIT worked with communications staff of GFP to create the site using responsive web design so it will allow users to easily use it on any smartphone or tablet device.  SD Least Wanted allows users to access information on: new laws and regulations; species information, including locations; boat washing techniques; maps; how to report an invasive species; news; a media gallery; easy access to social networking platforms; and other frequently asked questions.

You can check out the new site at http://sdleastwanted.com/.

* BIT strives to help agencies meet the growing needs of all their digital customers. If your agency would like more information on website construction, redesign, mobile-ready and responsive website services and applications BIT provides, please contact your BIT Point of Contact. 

The below press release was released by GFP to inform the public of the new website they launched along with a new hashtag campaign #sdleastwanted.

New Aquatic Invasive Species Website Launches

PIERRE, S.D. –With spring well underway, so is this year’s fishing season. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) launched a new website today to help inform anglers and boaters about the new statewide aquatic invasive species rules; expected to take effect the middle of May.

“In an effort to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota, anglers and boaters, residents and nonresidents, will soon be required to change their old ways of transporting bait and fish and comply with newly established regulations,” stated Kelly Hepler, GFP Secretary. “With that, we have launched a new website that serves as the hub of all information related to aquatic invasive species in our state.”

The website, http://sdleastwanted.com/, features information on the new laws and regulations; species information related to zebra and quagga mussels, Asian carp and invasive plants; boat washing techniques and locations; a map depicting water bodies and any invasive species it may contain; frequently asked questions related to the new laws; how to report an invasive species; a news section; and a media gallery with images and videos. The website is also designed to be responsive; meaning that it will render on any smartphone or tablet device in an effort to meet the growing needs of digital customers.

In addition to this website, a new hashtag campaign called #sdleastwanted has also been implemented allowing anglers and boaters, along with their friends and family, an opportunity to share what they are doing to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in South Dakota. Digital users can share their images using #sdleastwanted via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
New laws will require boaters and anglers to:

1. Clean all vegetation and aquatic invasive species from a boat, trailer or other watercraft.

2. Open or remove all drain plugs or similar devices; except when in the boat ramp parking lot or when the boat is being launched or loaded. A boat may have these devices closed or in place while in route to a fish cleaning station immediately adjacent to where the boat was loaded, but they must be opened or removed before leaving the fish cleaning station.

3. Not transport bait or fish in water taken from a lake, river or stream. Bait may be transported in water taken from a lake, river or stream only while in route to a fish cleaning station located immediately adjacent to the lake, river or stream, but must be drained prior to leaving the fish cleaning station.

“Fishing, boating and other outdoor recreational activities are deeply engrained in the culture of this state. If each of us takes responsibility to do what we can to protect our resources today, these outdoor activities will continue to be enjoyed by future generations for years to come. Many thanks to South Dakota’s anglers and boaters for their patience and cooperation with the implementation of these new regulations,” concluded Hepler.

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks will continue to keep anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts informed as to the exact date of when the new laws take effect.

For more information on aquatic invasive species and how to help slow their spread in South Dakota water bodies, please visit http://sdleastwanted.com/.

-GFP-

BIT and DENR Work Together to Upgrade FoxPro Applications

BIT is working closely with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) staff on a project to rewrite 37 existing FoxPro systems to .net applications with GIS components utilized in all applications. Microsoft is no longer supporting FoxPro which is why BIT is taking the systems off that platform, adding enhanced system functionality, and building desired GIS functionality into each system.  The added GIS functionality is allowing for direct online user access of information being displayed in a user friendly format.  Providing this information online is saving DENR staff time and money of retrieving it manually for taxpayers when requested.

BIT Development, Network, Data Center and DENR staff have worked to be the first state in the nation to flow data through EPA’s Virtual Node. This allows data to be shared from the EPA through a secure channel in order for it to be shared on one of DENR’s websites with the public. The same group has been working to land a 2015 grant from the Western States Water Council.  If awarded this grant, this project will allow data to be exchanged between several states to provide better access to water allocation, supply and demand through a shared site.
(For more information visit:  http://www.westernstateswater.org/wade/about-wade/)

BIT has been fortunate to be able to work closely with knowledgeable DENR staff to upgrade their systems from FoxPro to SQL and .NET. Having the ability to better serve DENR and the public’s needs by making improvements and enhancements is the icing on the cake for BIT.

For more information, the below article was recently released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

PIERRE, S.D. – Today at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental and Ground Water Quality Conference, DENR demonstrated four new interactive database GIS maps to a crowd of more than 100 people.

Located at http://arcgis.sd.gov/server/denr/gallery/default.html, searchable maps have been added to DENR’s GIS Interactive Map Dashboard. The maps provide data for more than 13,250 spill sites, about 5,000 closed and active regulated storage tanks, more than 150 locations to take recyclable materials and 97,620 filings for water right dry draw location notices.

These four interactive maps are in addition to the department’s interactive oil and gas map and construction aggregate map that have been available online. The oil and gas map opens 1,900 files for oil and gas holes and geologic logs from 96,595 other holes with a simple mouse click. The construction aggregate map shows the location of 4,651 active and closed construction aggregate mines across the state.

“As part of DENR’s continuing efforts to implement Gov. Daugaard’s priority of making state government more open by expanding e-government, these interactive maps provide information from four more huge databases that can be searched online by the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner.

(State News posting)