State of Montana Data Center Electrical Changes

Recent law changes will impact Data Center processes. OSHA and NFPA-70E laws have changed and a Data Center can no longer have an exception for performing live electrical work. When power is installed or removed, the main breaker must now be turned off for work to be performed.

If your equipment is not dual powered, you may experience an outage when electrical work is being performed. If your equipment is dual powered and properly supported, you should not get an outage but will have a notification that a power supply went down and came back up. In an effort to eliminate concerns or issues, Data Center customers are encouraged to schedule a visual walk-through of their racks to ensure their equipment is dual power supplied and plugged in properly.

The deadline for these changes to be implemented will be April 1, 2016. To schedule an onsite visit with Data Center staff, please call 406-444-2000. In addition, customers will be notified when power work is to be performed and you will be impacted. Thank you for your continued support.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Categories: Current SITSD News

Montana recognized as national leader in transparency in government spending

A report released March 18 by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) heralds Montana as a national leader in providing transparency in government spending. According to the report Following the Money 2015: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, Montana received an 92 percent, A- rating for spending transparency, up from 86 (B) percent last year and 57 percent when Governor Steve Bullock took office. The report was released during Sunshine Week, a week to promote public access in government. In recent years, state governments have created transparency websites that provide checkbook-level information on government spending. Montana's Transparency in Government portal includes checkbook data, state employee data and a link to the state's data portal, a repository for various data sets. This year, the states receiving A level ratings with the most comprehensive transparency websites are Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oregon, Louisiana, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Montana, New York, Texas, and South Dakota. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

ECM pilot moving into fifth sprint

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and SITSD are partnering on a pilot project designed to evaluate Perceptive Software's suite of enterprise content management (ECM) products on DLI's workforce assistance application process. The pilot is structured around five key "sprints" and continues through May 2015. At the conclusion of each sprint, SITSD and DLI assess the software's performance. Matt Hosking, project leader, said the pilot is on budget and progressing smoothly. Hosking said the final sprint - to demonstrate enterprise integration and interoperability - runs March 6-27. The sprint offers any state agency an opportunity to understand how its own ECM challenges would be addressed by this solution. Agency teams will be invited down to the pilot test lab and solutions will be explored, and specific aspects of the software demonstrated.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Montana's eGovernment services result in significant cost savings

The state's online services have grown tremendously since its first web-based presence was launched in 2001. Today, citizens can access more than 300 eGovernment services available from 23 different state departments and agencies that process more than 10 million online transactions annually. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana (BBER) recently worked with Department of Administration officials to perform a cost savings and customer satisfaction analysis for specific eGovernment services that are provided via the state’s web portal, BBER also surveyed users (customers) of eGovernment services to assess their level of satisfaction with Montana’s online services. Respondents overwhelmingly indicated that these services were reliable and saved significant time. In addition, over a five-year period ending in June 2014, the State of Montana realized $3.4 million in operational savings by providing eGovernment services for just four services in place of the older, paper-based forms. Visit the eGovernment study webpage or read the Study Summary Document. View Montana's eGovernment Services.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

2015 Biennial Report on information Technology now Online

Did you know: Montana offers 23 mobile applications that let citizens access a variety of state services, 24-7, via cell phone or tablet.  You can learn more about these innovative apps, most of which have been deployed in the past two years, in the state's 2015 Biennial Report on Information Technology (IT). The report is now available on SITSD's new websiteThe 2015 Biennial Report outlines Montana's progress on goals identified in its 2012 IT Strategic Plan. The state has made significant progress in the past two years in enhancing digital services, security of IT systems, and sharing of enterprise IT services and architecture. 

Monday, January 26, 2015