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Aug
21
2020

Should State IT Agencies Be Recruiting More Remote Workers?

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology

Remote government work can have many benefits, as the last several months have shown. But whether state IT agencies should recruit more remote workers, regardless of where they live, remains an open question.

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Jul
24
2020

Montana CIO gets ready to retire state’s mainframe infrastructure: Part 2

By John Thomas Flynn, Federal News Network

This is the continuation of an interview which aired July 9.

Organizationally, like most states, Montana’s State Information Technology Services Division (SITSD) is situated in the state’s department of administration — the most common chief information officer governance model in the country.

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Jul
9
2020

CIO journey from the ivory halls of academia to Montana CIO

By John Thomas Flynn, Federal News Network

While state CIOs come in all shapes and sizes it was interesting that the last two CIOs we interviewed on Federal News Network have both been IT leaders at universities prior to their state appointment. Tim Bottenfield made the longest journey, traveling over 2,000 miles from Auburn University in Alabama to his post as Montana CIO in Helena appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2018. However, what really caught my eye was the fact that Bottenfield’s primary background prior to his IT career involved a far different field, or so I thought.  

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Jul
9
2020

NASCIO Voices Podcast

Developing the Cybersecurity Workforce

Amy and Matt talk with Montana Chief Information Security Officer Andy Hanks about his work developing the cybersecurity workforce in Montana, cybersecurity legislation, differences and similarities between the private and public sectors and what's he's learned about himself since the pandemic started. This publication is mentioned in the podcast: https://www.nascio.org/resource-center/resources/stronger-together-state-local-cybersecurity-collaboration/

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Apr
23
2020

Pandemic Put States' Digital Modernization Efforts in the Spotlight

StateScoop discusses legacy modernization, service transformation with State of Montana CIO, Tim Bottenfield and other CIOs from across the country.

At last year’s annual conference put on by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, before the novel coronavirus pandemic had captured their attention, state technology leaders said that “digital transformation” was one of their top priorities. Today, as unemployment systems and others are stressed by record numbers of concurrent users, the degree of success that each state has actually had in modernizing its systems has been illuminated.

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