The goals of the CTS were daunting. Connecting all schools with Internet access and providing the equipment and expertise needed for it; delivering email and web hosting services to teachers, students and administrators; providing network equipment to link all of the cabling together from the WTS project; computers for students and servers to host applications on, storage facilities to host far before anybody invented the ‘cloud’, technical support for schools and many other critical technology services.
Denny re-prioritized all existing projects and assigned whatever resources were needed to meet our twelve month goal. We accomplished our timelines and to this date our K12 technology services are unique across the country. Nobody provides the breadth and depth of services that South Dakota has accomplished.”
Denny’s words of wisdom for those he is leaving behind:
Folks across BIT and Telecommunications rarely got an opportunity to see the amount of research and analysis that Denny has performed on various critical issues. There was never a fight regarding fair treatment of ‘his people’ that he backed away from. His passion for supporting staff was limitless. He understands the limits of government but didn’t accept them as an excuse. The rewards he fought for always exceeded what was available and that was by design. He wanted all levels of government to know that it was a ‘compromise’ but that he wasn’t going to leave any stone unturned in the pursuit of fair and equitable compensation.
Denny’s other greatest asset was his ability to negotiate. SD state government has saved $millions$ over the years because of his tenacity in contract and service negotiations Telephone contracts were his specialty whether it was Centrex, digital circuits, cell phones, etc. South Dakota has always been blessed to have extremely competitive telephony costs over the years. Denny and working hard with our partners is the reason for that success.