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Oct
5
2020

For IT modernization, Montana CIO says 'strike while the iron is hot'

By Collin Wood, StateScoop

The coronavirus pandemic has beamed a spotlight on the work on the work state technology departments perform for their fellow government agencies. But Montana Chief Information Officer Tim Bottenfield said this week he doesn’t think the new exposure will last, and that now is the time to push for overdue upgrades.

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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