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Employees of the Quarter!

On a quarterly basis, BIT recognizes staff in honor of their outstanding performance and dedication to our agency, state government and the citizens of South Dakota. This time around, we gladly recognize:

Todd Mahoney
 Todd Mahoney is a Technology Engineer 4 for BIT. He has been a member of BIT for two and a half years. Before working for BIT, Todd had over 20 years of experience in the Windows-based technology industry, most recently working for a South Dakota software reseller in Sioux Falls. In his previous employment he worked with agencies across state government, supporting their migration to and implementation of the state’s standard Imaging service, FileDirector. Through his years of experience selling and supporting FileDirector, Todd has developed deep knowledge in the inner workings of not only imaging technologies, but also the inner workings of the vendor who developed the state’s standard imaging system.

One of Todd’s passions is automating system-level work and tuning. Together with his BIT Imaging partner, Ken Hutchinson, he led the recently completed detailed integrity review of 12.3 terabytes of imaging data as part of the migration to the newest version of the software. This work was required as the file formats changed and every migrated imaging file needed to be checked to assure its integrity remained intact after its move. To accomplish this monumental data review, Todd drew on his years of system automation, programming experience, and relationship with our vendor to partner with Ken and our vendor to automate an integrity checking process.

While that process was a key component to proving data integrity had been maintained during the migration, FileDirector has always also been a large consumer of backup resources. Knowing this, Todd also took advantage of the integrity work being done to look for ways to optimize backup and recovery. Using tools provided by the vendor, he aggregated hundreds of millions of image files into a specialized storage format that dramatically reduces the time required to run daily backups. As a result, daily backups now run faster and more efficiently.

Most recently, Todd also played a key role in automating the search of hundreds of thousands of imaging files to detect and redact PII data before it is subjected to a final human verification and made available to citizens. It’s reasonable to assume the task would have consumed thousands more hours of people effort without the automated process Todd developed.

Todd’s years of work as an imaging software reseller and support technologist have put him in good standing to support his team in speaking up about the value and effective use of imaging at the state. These qualities among many others make Todd a valued member of BIT and the Data Center.

Two of Todd’s hobbies are darts and hunting. Most recently he went with some family to Idaho on a successful black bear hunt (you may want to ask him yourself whether his darts skills came into play on the hunt, he’s been very quiet on this aspect of the hunt). Where the resulting bear rug will reside in their residence is, apparently, a delicate subject at home.

Todd grew up around the Parker area in South Dakota and studied at South East Technical Institute. Most recently he lived in Beresford before coming to Pierre and BIT. Todd, his wife (Michelle) and son (Soren) enjoy life in Pierre with a few family pets, a Great Dane (Emmitt, and yes, the name does in fact reflect that Todd is a Cowboy’s fan) a Basset (Bailey, named after a Bronco’s player), two cats (Peyton–after Peyton Manning, and Carter, of course named after Cris Carter).

Jordan Block

Jordan started as an intern with BIT Development team 2 in May and was hired as a full time Software Engineer after two months of interning. Since joining BIT in May, Jordan has been working on the DENR 37 FoxPro System rewrite project and has excelled at everything he has been working on within that project.

Prior to the 2015 calendar year, the project previously had eight systems completed in a course of two years. Within the 2015 calendar year alone, there is projected to be 17 new systems completed. Jordan has been a driving force in getting those systems completed this summer which involved not only his GIS skills, but android development, in addition to his overall software engineer skills. His skillset is very advanced.

Furthermore, Jordan has taken the lead in migrating several DENR FoxPro systems into .net/sql with GIS integration including: Observation Wells, Lake Level, Lake Information and Ground Water Monitoring. He was able to build interactive hydrographs into both Observation Wells and the Lake Info/Level applications for DENR. The hydrographs are active on the website to allow zooming and hovering over specific points to gather data, as well as the ability to remove erroneous data entries. The hydrographs can also be exported along with the data for offline use or reports by DENR.

Additionally, Jordan took it upon himself to learn how to code in android so that the Observation Wells and Lake Info/Level Tablets could be updated to work with the new system and update well and lake data over the internet. The old process involved manually emailing/copying a .csv file and importing into FoxPro.

Miguel Penaranda

In 2005, BIT began looking for someone with creative talent, graphics skills and great website design abilities. Miguel was selected from a pool of great candidates, and quickly developed an outstanding rapport with agency staff and webmasters, working with them to solve their development problems and improve their websites. Currently Miguel serves as a security engineer for BIT and was nominated for EOQ based on a request from Public Safety. This request is unique in the case that an agency had been so impressed with Miguel’s outstanding service that they felt compelled to request that he be recognized for it. Below is some text attributed to Miguel from Maria King of Public Safety.

“I would like to nominate an employee for the BIT quarterly employee recognition employee. Miguel Penaranda was a lifesaver for me in getting the CLIPS software scanned that SDHP and Huron State Radio are now using as part of the Zuercher consolidation. It took a bit more time to get a few of the bugs worked out, but all 3 dispatch centers throughout the state are now using the same Zuercher system for CAD and maps and use CLIPS for NCIC records maintenance. “

“I also wanted to relay how important this part of the process was for the entire consolidation. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Miguel’s dedication and patience in getting this scan taken care of for DPS/SDHP/State Radio and this email just brushes the surface of how complicated this process was and how much Miguel’s efforts helped in that process. “

Again, congratulations and thank you all for your efforts and for all the years of dedication of service to the State—BIT looks forward to many more!

 

‘Twas the Internet Night Before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the Net,
There were hacker’s a surfing. Nerds? Yeah, you bet.
The e-mails were stacked by the modem with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The newbies were nestled all snug by their screens,
While visions of Java danced in their dreams.
My wife on the sofa and me with a snack,
We just settled down at my rig (it’s a Mac).

When out in the Web there arose such a clatter,
I jumped to the site to see what was the matter.
To a new page my Mac flew like a flash,
Then made a slight gurgle. It started to crash!!

I gasped at the thought and started to grouse,
Then turned my head sideways and clicked on my mouse.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear?
My Mac jumped to a page that wasn’t quite clear.

When the image resolved, so bright and so quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than mainframes, more graphics they came,
Then Nick glanced toward my screen, my Mac called them by name;

“Now Compaq! Now Acer!”, my speaker did reel;
“On Apple! On Gateway!” Santa started to squeal!
“Jump onto the circuits! And into the chip!
Now speed it up! Speed it up! Make this thing hip!”

The screen gave a flicker, he was into my “Ram”,
Then into my room rose a full hologram!
He was dressed in all red, from his head to his shoes,
Which were black (the white socks he really should lose).

He pulled out some discs he had stored in his backpack.
Santa looked like a dude who was rarin’ to hack!
His eyes, how they twinkled! His glasses, how techno!
This ain’t the same Santa that I used to know!

With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
Santa soon let me know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, gave my Mac a quick poke,
And accessed my C drive with only a stroke.

He defragged my hard drive, and added a “Dimm”,
Then threw in some cool games, just on a whim!
He worked without noise, his fingers they flew!
He distorted some pictures with Kai’s Power Goo!

He updated Office, Excel and Quicken,
Then added a screensaver with a red clucking chicken!
My eyes widened a bit, my mouth stood agape,
As he added the latest version of Netscape.

The drive gave a whirl, as if it were pleased,
St. Nick coyly smiled, the computer appeased.
Then placing his finger on the bridge of his nose,
Santa turned into nothing but ones and zeros!

He flew back into my screen and through my uplink,
Back into the net with barely a blink.
But I heard his sweet voice as he flew from my sight,
“Happy surfing to all, and to all a good byte!”

 

Congratulations Hannah Booth!

Hannah Booth, daughter of Development Manager Deanne Booth, is a 17 year old junior at T.F. Riggs High School who has been on the school’s oral interpretation team for the last three years.

This past weekend, all of Hannah’s time and effort paid off at the 106th Annual South Dakota Oral Interpretation State Festival in Sturgis, South Dakota. She won “Superior” awards for her individual performance of “Why A Good Book Is A Secret Door” by Mac Barnett in the non-original oratory category and in the duet interpretation category for her performance of “Peanuts” with partner, Judah McKinley.

Hannah’s individual performance was inspired by the below TED talk. The original orator, Mac Barnett, explained “I write children’s books, and there’s a quote from Pablo Picasso, ‘We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth or at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.’” Throughout this 17 minute clip, Barnett incorporates humor and light-hearted stories as he unpacks this concept and urges his audience to never lose their childlike imagination and sense of wonder.

https://www.ted.com/talks/mac_barnett_why_a_good_book_is_a_secret_door?language=en

Hannah’s oral interpretation coach, Ms. Boone, recommended she watch the performance by Barnett. She liked it so much that she decided to replicate his performance in her oral interpretation piece. Obviously it was a hit with the judges!

Deanne exclaimed, “I am very proud of Hannah and her ability to make the oral interpretation pieces she did look so easy. She is a blessing to me and my shining star! :)”

Congratulations, Hannah! With a mother like Deanne, it’s no wonder you are a shining star!

Keeping Up With Kaitlyn!

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Kaitlyn’s parents came to visit her and husband, Ozzy,in Germany! Compared to previous years, this Thanksgiving was a little different being that Germany does not celebrate the holiday. She explained, “Since we don’t have an oven in the apartment, cooking a turkey wasn’t really an option.”

[Berlin Parliament Building, Brandenburg Gate, Dresden]

While her parents were there, they visited Rothenburg – the full name of this city is Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which translates to Rothenburg on the Tauber (river) – as well as Dresden, Wernigerode, and Berlin.

[Magdeburg Street, Munich Palace, Neuschwanstein Castle]

Kaitlyn explained Rothenburg as being a fairly old and historic town. It was found in the Middle Ages. Since its establishment, the town has endured a few wars, such as the Thirty Years’ War and WWII. Both wars left parts of the city in rubble. Today, the city has been restored. In addition, they also went on a tour of the city with the night watchman, who was able to provide his own interesting flair of the city’s history.

[Neuschwanstein Castle, Potsdam, Rothenburg]
Dresden was also another city that was heavily bombed during WWII. One place in particular that suffered quite a bit of damage was the palace which is still in the process of being repaired and restored. Another castle that Kaitlyn and Ozzy visited was the Neuschwanstein Castle (which inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty). 
[Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, Wernigerode Castle]

In addition to exploring Germany, Kaitlyn has also enrolled in a German class. She explained that the class is going well, but is getting more difficult as time passes. Evidently, German words have feminine, masculine, plural, and neutral cases. She said compared to learning Spanish, German is much harder!

With Christmas just around the corner, Kaitlyn is excited to spend time with her husband Ozzy’s family. Since Germany does not celebrate Thanksgiving, Kaitlyn said that Christmas shops have been open since around that time. While touring the shops, Ozzy tested out some “hot wine” (essentially just warmed up red wine), whereas Kaitlyn just stuck to the hot chocolate!

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Christmas At The Capitol

Have you seen the Christmas at the Capitol website yet? No? Well check it out!
This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World” featuring Christmas traditions from countries all over the world!
A few things to check out:
1.Pie Day. On December 12, celebrate the 18th Annual AG Pie Day with a free piece of pie, coffee and ice cream on the first floor of the Capitol Building. Volunteers will be serving pie from 11 am to 3 pm. While you are at the Capitol, tour three floors of gorgeous trees on display.
2.Our very own, Andrew Ogan, snapped a couple pictures that are featured on southdakotamagazine.com: http://www.southdakotamagazine.com/capitol-christmas-2015?articleCategoryPostBrowserPageNo8=0. Way to go Andy!!!  
In addition, two of BIT’s very own, Kaitlyn Martinez and Jessica Fosheim, were responsible for designing this beautiful site in collaboration with Heather Davidson from the Department of Tourism! 
Jessica explained, “I was very happy to be able to be a part of one of Pierre’s greatest traditions. My favorite page is the tree page; the trees are all so beautifully decorated. The trees are fun to scroll through and view all the creativity and hard work everyone put into them.”
Kaitlyn also stated, “My favorite page is the tree page. It’s done in a Pinterest-like style and makes it fun to scroll through the different trees. Also, I really like this year’s theme. I have lived in three countries and each celebrates Christmas differently. It is fun to learn the different traditions.”
Heather went on to add, “I always feel honored to work on events that bring people into the Capitol City. This year I had an extremely capable and fun team build the website. My favorite page is the home page, because of the image of the Governor and First Lady. The love and joy in that picture reminds that, that is what this time of year is about. Family, love and joy shared through a smile from the heart.
Great job, ladies!

Alan Peterson: Serving the State for 45 years!

On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 Alan Peterson will be retiring from the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.

Alan started working for the State of South Dakota in June 1971 as a part-time student employee at what was then Dakota State College (DSC) in Madison as a data processing assistant, while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in business and his Associates Degree in the first computer science program at DSC.

In May 1976, Alan began working for what was then called Central Data Processing (CDP).  After 45 years with the state, he serves as a Technology Engineer IV.

When asked how technology has changed throughout the past 45 years, Alan explained ,“When I started at the college we were using punch cards and wires.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term, punch cards were cards used by a key punch machine.  Each line of a computer program had to be typed on a punch card and the cards were read by a card reader and to get the program to a mainframe computer.  If there were errors on the card – the card had to be retyped. It’s safe to say, BIT has come a long way since then!

Among his most memorable moments, Alan lists the design of a new payroll system to run on a new database package (ADABAS) and the Y2K project. In addition, when asked what he believed to be his biggest accomplishment, Alan modestly replied, “Natural and EntireX.”

Fellow co-worker, Frenchy Taft, stated, “For Natural and EntireX, Al has been the technician who received the initial versions from Software AG, implemented them, tested them, and then rolled them out in production for Development shops to use.  Over the years, he has continued to receive new versions of this software, migrate it up thru the environments, and ultimately make these versions the new standard for use by all the developers in all branches of State government.”

Frenchy also noted that another major accomplishment for Alan was the State Central Payroll System. He explained, “In 1979, Al was part of a two-person team that was responsible for requirements gathering, designing, managing the programmers, and implementing a new Central Payroll system for the State.  The system utilized the new mainframe database system (ADABAS) and the system was written in COBOL with ADABAS Macro Interface (ADAMint) modules.  This was before the State got Natural.  During those days, the life expectancy of a computer system was 5 to 7 years.   To their credit, the payroll system they developed was used for 22 years before Lawson replaced the payroll calculations part of Central Payroll.   The part of the Central Payroll system they designed and developed that interfaces with the State’s budget and accounting systems is still being used 37 years later!


Alan will miss the challenges of supporting new requirements, but looks forward to continuing to hunt, fish, travel, play with his grandson and finally being able to turn off the alarm clocks!

When asked to give a few words of wisdom to his fellow colleagues that he will be leaving behind, he stated, “Remember there will always be a new requirement and a new technology and they may not complement each other.”

Although the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications has been thrilled to have you these past years Alan, there are a few other people who are also very proud of you as well…

Jeannie Peterson:
“Alan and I moved to Pierre/Fort Pierre after he graduated from Dakota State College in 1976. The plan was to stay here for two years and then move on to somewhere else. Well, here we are almost 40 years later with Alan retiring from the same office, although there have been many name changes over the years.


The Pierre/Fort Pierre area was a bit of a change for these flatlanders but we’ve come to love it. We spent a lot of time fishing when we first moved out here and hope to get back to that on our pontoon now that we are both retired.


We raised our son; Adam, here and he surprised us by moving back here to start a family of his own. With two granddaughters and a little grandson, I’m sure they will keep us busy with athletic events and concerts to attend.


Alan has enjoyed the people he has met over the years and also enjoyed the challenges of the job. I’m sure he’ll find other challenges to keep him busy and if he needs more to keep him busy, I’m sure I can line up some things for him!


We plan on doing some traveling. We already have a trip to Alaska planned for June 2016 and hope to get another “bucket list” trip checked off by driving down Highway 101 from Washington to Central California soon! There will also be East Coast trips to visit family.


Let the fun begin!”

Adam Peterson:

“What can I say about my dad in his retirement? He gave 45 years to the State of South Dakota. That is approximately 81,300 hours of dedication and perseverance. Through the good and the bad he stuck with it. I’m proud of him.

Mom turned in her keys 18 months ago and now it is time for Dad to do the same. I hope they make the best out of their retirement years together.

Congratulations, Dad! I love you! Thanks for all you have done and all I know you will do in the future.

And remember, if you are looking for some extra work in your free time, you can always babysit your grandson! The pay sucks but even in retirement some things never change.”

Congratulations on your retirement Alan! We will miss you!

Linda Schwartz: Serving the State for 10 years!

On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 Linda Schwartz will be retiring from the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications.

Linda started working for the State of South Dakota almost 10 years ago as a Programmer/Analyst III and now serves as a Software Engineer III. Before coming to work the State of South Dakota, Linda worked for GE in Kansas City doing documentation, First Data Corp in Omaha where she analyzed credit card portfolio conversions, and Huntel in Blaire, Nebraska working on phone conversions.

She says since first starting, there have been more and more web and PC interfaces with the mainframe applications for DSS. Additionally, although Linda couldn’t cite one particular memorable moment that stood out to her, she joked, “I haven’t done a face plant in front of a crowd here, yet.”

Linda’s big accomplishments at BIT include bringing the Victims Services Management system online and creating the temporary Title 19 NEMT claims system that is still in use.

Although Linda will miss the people she has worked with, she is excited to have more time for reading, sewing and genealogy. Even though her work at BIT will be ending, don’t think Linda’s done working quite yet! She plans on becoming a certified genealogist, reading the backlog of 150 books in her bookcases, finish painting the inside of her and her husband, Dennis’,  home (3 rooms to go!), and laying new flooring in the living/dining/kitchen rooms. Phew!

Linda’s words of wisdom to those she is leaving behind? “Work hard, have fun and relax!”

While we will miss you, Linda, here are a few people who will especially miss you:

“When I moved into the Manager position for Team 4, Linda was always available to answer any questions I had.  I’m pretty sure she just felt sorry for me and was being nice; but none the less, she has been a great help to me and our team and we will miss her a great deal when she is gone.  Linda, enjoy retirement and if you come back to visit, bring us treats! JDeanne Booth

“It has been a pleasure to work with Linda over the years. I wish her a very healthy, relaxing and enjoyable retirement.”Janel Intorn

“I enjoyed my time working with Linda. She is able to appreciate humor, even some of mine!” Thomas Neugebauer

“Linda, it has been nice working with you! I wish you the best as you embark on the next adventure.” Sandra Ankrum
“Linda, your take charge attitude has always impressed me.  As retiring allows you to spend more time with family, please don’t forget:     

Family should obey direct commands.

If they doubt what you say, they should check your validation tables.

You should produce the final document.

You control all versions of your document.

I sincerely wish you the best of luck, and please do not use Jetforms to create your life’s document.  J Bruce Zachmeier


“It has been a pleasure working with my sister through the years. We have worked at different companies in different jobs together. Although I’m sure I was a trial to her growing up (Mom wouldn’t let her kill me), we have always been supportive of one another in the ups and downs of our adult lives.” – Crystal Drummond

Congratulations on your retirement Linda! We will miss you!

Lessons Learned Along the Way

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Albert Einstein

“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”
– Vince Lombardi

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end, it’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” –Margaret Thatcher

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to him know that you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Citations:
Stephen R. Covey. Great Quotes on Leadership and Life. Franklin Covey Co, 2013.

Safe Online Holiday Shopping

From the Desk of Thomas F. Duffy, Chair, MS-ISAC

It’s that time of year again – food, fun, parties, and lots of online shopping. Online shopping can be a savior, allowing you to find the perfect gift while saving time, but it can also end with identity theft, malware on your computer, and other cyber unpleasantness. Rather than letting it ruin your holiday season, you can take a few simple security precautions, and be careful where you shop, to help reduce the chances of you being a cyber victim.

When purchasing online this holiday season—and all year long—keep these tips in mind to help minimize your risk:

1.     Be cautious what devices you use to shop online.Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, make shopping convenient at anytime and place, but they frequently lack the security precautions of a regular computer. If you use a mobile device to shop, make extra sure you are taking all the precautions listed below.

2.     Do not use public computers or public wireless for your online shopping. Public computers and wireless networks may contain malicious software that steals your information when you place your order, which can lead to identity theft.

3.     Secure your computer and mobile devices. Be sure to keep the operating system, software, and/or apps updated/patched on all of your computers and mobile devices. Use up-to-date antivirus protection and make sure it is receiving updates.

4.     Use strong passwords. The use of strong, unique passwords is one of the simplest and most important steps to take in securing your devices, computers, and online accounts. If you need to create an account with the merchant, be sure to use a strong, unique password. Always use more than ten characters, with numbers, special characters, and upper and lower case letters. Use a unique password for every unique site. The August Newsletter contains more information about the dangers of password reuse and is available at: http://msisac.cisecurity.org/newsletters/2015-08.cfm

5.     Know your online shopping merchants.Limit your online shopping to merchants you know and trust. If you have questions about a merchant, check with the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission. Confirm the online seller’s physical address, where available, and phone number in case you have questions or problems. Do not create an online account with a merchant you don’t trust.

6.     Pay online with one credit card. A safer way to shop on the Internet is to pay with a credit card rather than debit card. Debit cards do not have the same consumer protections as credit cards. Credit cards are protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act and may limit your liability if your information was used improperly. By using one credit card, with a lower balance, for all your online shopping you also limit the potential for financial fraud to affect all of your accounts. Always check your statements regularly and carefully, though.  

7.     Look for “https” when making an online purchase.The “s” in “https” stands for “secure” and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted. This helps to ensure your information is transmitted safely to the merchant and no one can spy on it.

8.     Do not respond to pop-ups. When a window pops up promising you cash or gift cards for answering a question or taking a survey, close it by pressing Control + F4 for Windows and Command + W for Macs.

9.     Be careful opening emails, attachments, and clicking on links.  Be cautious about all emails you receive, even those purportedly from your favorite retailers. The emails could be spoofed and contain malware.

10.Do not auto-save your personal information.When purchasing online, you may be given the option to save your personal information online for future use. Consider if the convenience is really worth the risk. The convenience of not having to reenter the information is insignificant compared to the significant amount of time you’ll spend trying to repair the loss of your stolen personal information.  

11.Use common sense to avoid scams.Don’t give out your personal or financial information via email or text. Information on many current scams can be found on the website of the Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx and the Federal Trade Commission: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts.

12.Review privacy policies. Review the privacy policy for the website/merchant you are visiting. Know what information the merchant is collecting about you, how it will be stored, how it will be used, and if it will be shared with others.

What to do if you encounter problems with an online shopping site?

Contact the seller or the site operator directly to resolve any issues. You may also contact the following:

·         Your state’s Attorney General’s Office or Consumer Protection Agency

·         The Better Business Bureau – www.bbb.org

·         The Federal Trade Commission – http://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov

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