Gov. Gianforte Decommissions Mainframe, Saves Taxpayers Millions

Governor's Office
  • November 16 2021

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today decommissioned the state’s mainframe system, a move which will save taxpayers approximately $2 million a year.

“Today, we took a significant step to modernize the way state government does business, saving Montana taxpayers millions along the way,” Gov. Gianforte said. “As we lead Montana’s comeback, we’ll continue to look for ways to cut waste, eliminate inefficiencies, streamline operations, and modernize state government for the benefit of Montanans.”

Mainframe Decommission
Gov. Gianforte celebrates with SITSD and DPHHS employees after decommissioning mainframe.

A mainframe system consists of powerful on-site computers used for large information processing jobs. To decommission its mainframe, the state evaluated current applications and programs to determine modern cost-effective solutions such as moving services to the State’s Private Cloud.

“I’d like to recognize our IT team for partnering with other state agencies to find solutions and successfully complete this project,” Department of Administration Director Misty Ann Giles said. “Modernizing the way we do business helps us better serve the citizens of Montana while being financially responsible with taxpayer dollars.”

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