Meet Tim Bottenfield
Welcome to the State Information Technology Services Division (SITSD). SITSD delivers information technology services, plans, coordinates, trains, monitors, and secures information resources throughout Montana State government.
I am grateful to Governor Bullock for appointing me to the State CIO position, and I look forward to serving Montana in this important role. I am committed to ensuring the state of Montana remains a leader in the digital age. In this role, I will rely on my broad knowledge of IT, existing relationships, and an empathy for my colleagues’ responsibilities to further the governor’s goals of effective use of resources, boosting efficiency, and increasing transparency.
One of my main priorities is to meet Montana’s biennial State Information Technology Strategic Plan’s mission to provide secure, efficient, state-of-the art IT that empowers citizens and those that serve them. The strategies outlined in this plan are designed to create the capability and capacity to meet citizen needs expeditiously. We must accomplish this in an environment in which cyber threats are increasing in impact and frequency. As we continue to increase the ability to access and use data, we need to increase our ability to protect that data at an ever-increasing pace.
I believe the best way to serve the citizens of Montana is for SITSD to form lasting partnerships with our government agencies. I’ve instituted regular meetings with agency Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and staff to hear about their needs and concerns. I’ve also restructured SITSD’s administrative roles to more effectively serve customers and citizens. Along with technology services, we will provide outstanding security and business services, as well. The state is headed toward a more consistent approach to showcasing information and interacting with residents, but we must ensure agencies undertake the same tasks in a collaborative effort. I am committed to continuing to foster cooperation and collaboration between SITSD, agencies, and the citizens of Montana.
Chief Information Officer
State of Montana