Who We Are
The North Dakota Information Technology team supports the IT business needs of state government, K-12, and higher education with a purpose of Empowering People, Improving Lives and Inspiring Success. With technology changing virtually every job and every industry, the NDIT Team’s vision is to be a trusted business advisor to state agencies, with goals of providing a world-class government experience, securing all government-held data, and delivering the most efficient services in the country.
Who We Serve
We serve the assorted technology needs of Legislative, Judicial, Executive, Higher Education, K12, Cities, Counties - equaling over 600 independent entities.
Making A Difference
What We Do
NDIT provides a wide range of services, including service desk management, software development, hosting, and video conferencing.
- End to End Technology Services - Handling all technology from Flintstones to Jetsons
- STAGEnet - Network backbone for all governmental entities in the state.
- Education - Improve student and teacher outcomes in every North Dakota K12 schools using SLDS and Learning Information Systems.
- Cyber - Defending the data of all branches of government and all of their customers.
- PK-20W - Every student, every school, computer and cyber science educated-kindergarten through PhD.
- Program & Portfolios - Managing hundreds of millions of dollars of IT projects across government.
Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values
NDIT focuses on solving problems and achieving business objectives through a holistic approach to people, process and technology.
Mission: Be a trusted business partner through frictionless technology and proactive services
Vision: Enable partners to provide the ‘Best Government Experience’
Core Values: Gratitude, Curiosity, Humility and Courage
Cultural Aspirations: Work as One, Citizen Focus, Making a Difference, Growth Mindset, Leadership Everywhere
What is Information Technology?
According to ND Century Code (Chapter 54.59.01), Information Technology means the use of hardware, software, services, and supporting infrastructure to manage and deliver information using voice, data, and video. To further this definition for the sake of IT budgeting, NDIT offers the following guidance.
- All computers with a human interface
- All computer peripherals which will not operate unless connected to a computer or network
- All voice, video and data networks and the equipment, staff and purchased services necessary to operate them
- All salary and benefits for staff whose job descriptions specifically includes technology functions, i.e. network services, applications development, systems administration
- All technology services provided by vendors or contractors
- Operating costs associated with providing information technology
- All costs associated with developing, purchasing, licensing or maintaining software
Agencies may wish to include other costs at their discretion. For example, an agency may wish to include digital cameras in their IT budget even though they can be operated stand-alone. Data entry personnel may be included if they are considered part of the technology staff. Costs that are excluded above may be included if they are an integral part of a computer applications or would be difficult to break out because the costs are included with other information technology costs.
- Telephone and radio equipment and switches used for voice communications.
- Traditional computer applications that include data storage and programs to input, process, and output the data.
- Software and support for office automation systems such as word processing and spreadsheets, as well as the computer to run them.
- Users' PCs and software.
- Server hardware and software used to support applications such as electronic mail/groupware, file and print services, database, application/ web servers, storage systems, and other hosting services.
- Data, voice, and video networks and all associated communications equipment and software.
- Peripherals directly connected to computer information systems used to collect or transmit audio, video or graphic information, such as scanners and digitizers.
- Voice response systems that interact with a computer database or application.
- The state radio communications network.
- Computers and network systems used by teachers, trainers, and students for educational purposes
- "Open/integrated" computer systems that monitor or automate mechanical or chemical processes and also store information used by computer applications for analysis and decision-making, such as a building management system.
- All operating costs, equipment and staff time associated with supporting the technology infrastructure of the agency, possibly including items excluded above, such as video equipment used for technology training that is included in the information systems cost center for the agency.
- "Closed/stand-alone" computer systems that monitor or automate mechanical or chemical processes, such as the fire alarm system in the capitol building.
- Audio-visual equipment which can be operated as a standalone piece of equipment, such as televisions, tape recorders, VCRs, video cameras, and overhead projectors. Stand-alone video editing equipment is excluded.
- Copy machines and fax machines.
- Licenses or subscriptions to electronic information provided to users in lieu of books or magazines.
- Salaries of staff who use technology but are not directly involved in developing, implementing or supporting technology as documented on their job description questionnaire (JDQ). Data entry staff, staff who digitize drawings, staff who do desktop publishing are excluded. "Power users" who use advanced features of spreadsheets or word processing software are excluded.
- Data entry services
Services and Strategic Alliances
In addition to NDIT's core service offerings, the organization houses or has representatives in a number of statewide alliances that are comprised of stakeholders from various government entities working towards a common goal. For example, the Educational Technology Council (ND ETC) is a state board responsible for developing technology systems and coordinating their use to enhance and support the educational opportunities for elementary and secondary education. The board is made up of representatives from NDIT, the Department of Public Instruction, University System, and State Board of Career & Technical Education, among other stakeholders. Other statewide alliances include the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS), Geographic Information Systems Hub (GIS), and Health Information Technology (HIT).