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Please Welcome Brian Reed!

Please give a warm welcome to BIT’s newest employee! 

Brian Reed has recently joined BIT as a Software Engineer. He will be working with the development team that develops and supports DOE .Net applications.

Brian grew up in southeastern South Dakota and attended Elk Point-Jefferson High School. After four years of college at the University of South Dakota, he moved to Hokkaido, Japan to study at Otaru University of Commerce for one year. After returning to the United States, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a minor in Computer Science. After graduation, he started his own web design and hosting business called Prairie Portals.

Brian enjoys a number of hobbies, including hunting and fishing, but most of all he enjoys volunteering his time. Brian volunteered his time every summer to help the city of Jefferson, SD put on a city-wide summer festival. His responsibilities as a team member organizing the event also included creating and maintaining the event website. This past year he also helped build a human foosball arena.

Welcome to the team, Brian. BIT is happy to have you!

Please Welcome Tom Hammrich!

Please give a warm welcome to yet another new BIT employee!

Tom Hammrich has joined BIT in Pierre as an I/T Business Analyst on Team 4.  He will be working on the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) for the Department of Social Services Division of Medical Services, Recoveries, and other miscellaneous systems as assigned.

Tom grew up in and attended school at Ipswich, SD.  After graduating from South Dakota State University in 1990, he was hired by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) as a Systems Analyst in Plano, TX but was assigned a position at a General Motors (GM) plant in Anderson, IN.   He later moved to Minneapolis, MN continuing to support General Motors as an EDS employee.   

In 2000, he moved back to Ipswich continuing to support GM remotely.  While working for GM he mainly supported manufacturing applications including Material Global Application (MGO) and Global Export System (GES).  These applications main functions were to keep track of part specifications, orders, scheduling, inventory, receiving and shipping for the many GM plants. 

Tom and his wife Paula have been married for 24 years and have two daughters and many animals around their hobby farm.  His oldest daughter, Sydney, will be starting to attend the University of South Dakota this fall while his other daughter, Bailey, will be a freshman at Ipswich High School.  Tom’s main interests are activities his kids are participating in or anything music related.   

Welcome to the team, Tom! BIT is thrilled to have you!

BIT Employee Spotlight: Dan Maxfield

VMWare, Inc is a US software company that provides cloud and virtualization software and services. Since the inception of VMware, user groups that use the software have surfaced as well. Probably the most familiar being the VMware User Group (also known as VMUG).

VMUG officially launched in August of 2010. It identifies itself as an independent, global, customer-led organization that was created to help members maximize the use of VMware as well as provide knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events amongst its members. Today VMUG has over 110,000 members worldwide!

Recently, VMUG released its very first quarterly digital publication known as the VMUG Compass! I had the pleasure of chatting with one of our very own, Dan Maxfield, who had the opportunity to help partake in the creation of this publication. Maxfield explains, “This is the very first one. We are trying to get more category-based articles, whether that be ‘how-to’ tutorials or ‘tips-and-tricks’ editorials. We are trying to target a large audience so it appeals to a wider variety of people.”

Through fellow BIT employee, Bonnie Bauder, Dan was initially introduced to the South Dakota VMUG chapter. The South Dakota chapter was first started in November of 2011 and Dan later joined in 2013. Dan explained that Bonnie really helped “open channels” for him, offering him the position as co-leader for the South Dakota chapter, which enabled the two to share the responsibilities of lining up vendors and speakers for the group. However, the growth didn’t stop there.

Bonnie currently serves on the Board of Directors for VMUG at an international level and Dan has since then obtained positions on the Communications and Content Committee, Nominations Committee, and Editorial Advisory Board on the international level. Being on these Committees enables Dan to look over the articles submitted for the Compass and partake in reviewing abstracts for the VMUG eLearning center.

Bonnie explained, “One thing to note is that VMUG is an international group, not just for the US.  All the committees and the board are composed of members from around the world, so to be on the number of committees he is on, especially as a new leader, is a testament to his commitment and recognition as a valued member of the community.”

Currently, Dan is already working on the next issue for the VMUG Compass. They are hoping to get out after VMWord in August.

VMUG is free to join! For more information about becoming a member, head to their website:

You can subscribe to get newsletters, webinars, and product offerings. To check out the first edition of VMUG Compass click this link:

Way to go Dan & Bonnie, BIT is proud to have you as one of our own!