Michael Jacobson

MichaelJacobsonMr. Michael Jacobson is an Information Sharing Specialist for SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, where he helps justice and public safety agencies nationwide to improve their use of technology and information sharing in mission-critical projects and initiatives. He assists in all facets of information sharing capability development and communications interoperability, including strategic planning, architecture development, business process modeling and analysis, service specification development, and performance management. He also contributes to publications on key issues and participates in efforts to develop and adopt national information sharing and interoperability standards.

Mr. Jacobson has more than 20 years of networking, database programming, user support, administration, and project management experience, with expertise in XML, business process modeling, and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Prior to joining SEARCH in 2009, he worked for the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ), most recently as an Information Technology Project Manager. In this position, he coordinated and completed multiple simultaneous projects, including managing project scope and timelines; developing project and communications plans; providing risk assessments; developing policies, standards, and procedures; analyzing business processes; and reporting to project sponsors, stakeholders, and team members. He managed the statewide Integrated Justice Information Sharing (IJIS) Broker program, which includes the information exchanges that allow a wide range of agencies (such as courts, jails, prisons, police, sheriffs, and motor vehicle division) to share real-time information quickly, securely, and accurately.

Mr. Jacobson also served as Chief of the Montana DOJ’s Application Services Bureau for more than 3 years, which assists the department in planning, developing, and maintaining automated information systems. He oversaw the work of web developers, programmer/ analysts, systems analysts, and database administrators, and also participated in long-range planning and coordinating development projects. He worked with IT managers statewide on enterprisewide strategic planning, standards, and policy issues as Executive Chairman of the Montana Information Technology Managers Council, an advisory group to the state Chief Information Officer.

He also served as a System Analyst for the Montana Department of Agriculture for 5 years, where he was responsible for meeting its IT needs, including user support and training; network and server administration; and programming large and small database projects. He previously worked for MoreWire, Inc., as Vice President of Information Systems; Hydrometrics, Inc., as Senior Systems Specialist; and as an Information Service Specialist for the state Office of Public Instruction, all based in Helena, Montana.

Mr. Jacobson has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Carroll College.