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Monthly Archives: June 2013

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NISC Listed Among Computerworld’s “Best Places to Work in IT” for 10th Straight Year

Training Opportunities, Dedication and Shared Values Boosts Ranking to 14 Overall Lake Saint Louis, Mo. — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of information technology products and services to utilities and telecommunications organizations, has once again been listed among the “Best Places to Work in IT” by IDG’s Computerworld magazine. The 2013 honor marks the 10th-consecutive time that NISC has been named to the list. “This recognition is special, not because of the award itself, but because it’s based on feedback directly from our employees, the people that make NISC the best place to work,” said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. “Our organization is based on innovation and collaboration, a workplace dedicated to serving our Member/Owners and an organization that likes to have a little fun.” Starting in 2004, NISC has been listed among the “Best Places to Work in IT” for 10 years running, listed 11 of the past 12 years overall. This year, NISC achieved its second highest ranking in that time period, 14th overall, including a No. 5 ranking for small business. While NISC focuses on providing the best technological solutions possible to their Members and Customers, Computerworld takes many factors into consideration, including NISC’s dedication to shared values – integrity, relationships, innovation, teamwork, empowerment and personal development. "We applaud the organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list for creating and sustaining dynamic IT work environments," said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. " It's clear that the best IT workplaces are constantly raising the bar with great benefits, new learning opportunities, access to cutting-edge technologies and challenging business-critical projects." NISC also achieved a top 10 ranking for training (No. 5 overall), recognizing the variety [...]

By | June 17th, 2013|Press Release|0 Comments

Callaway Electric Leverages Mobile WorkForce Through Motorola’s MOTOTRBO

Callaway Electric Cooperative wanted to update its fleet of analog radios before the January 2013 FCC narrowbanding deadline. As a cooperative that distributes power to more than 13,000 residential, agricultural and commercial customers across central Missouri, Callaway’s adoption and integration of MOTOTRBO radios from Motorola with NISC’s software improved workflow and communications between the office and the field. “Whether crews are working in a severe storm or on a simple meter change, MOTOTRBO allows them to do their jobs safely and efficiently and restore service to our members as quickly as possible,” said Tom Howard, CEO/General Manager, Callaway Electric Cooperative. NISC’s Mobile WorkForce enables Callaway employees to access service order scheduling information from the field, alleviating lost paperwork since tasks are managed electronically. How does it work? The streamlined process starts at the very beginning of the day when Callaway field employees boot up their radios and laptops and log on. “Service orders are transferred to the laptop in the truck via the MOTOTRBO radios. When our field employees start their day, they turn on their radios, power up their laptops and sign in,” said Lesa Akers, Operations Support at Callaway Electric. “Then they connect the Bluetooth to their MOTOTRBO radios and sign in to NISC which communicates with MOTOTRBO via Bluetooth.” The Bluetooth connection enables service orders to be pushed out to field workers, including additional requests throughout the day, which they see on their iVUE screens. “Our linemen enter their data right into the computer instead of having to write it down on a service order. Everything is sent back to the office electronically,” said Akers. “We no longer have trouble reading their writing and actually get much better information from them.” No [...]

By | June 3rd, 2013|News|0 Comments

NISC Programmer Jamie Wetsch Recognized with Trail Worker Award

NISC employee Jamie Wetsch was named the 2013 North Dakota Trail Worker of the Year following his work developing, creating and maintaining the “Otter Creek Trail,” an 8.9-mile bike trail located in the Harmon Lake Recreational Area outside of Mandan, N.D. “I always say my motivations were partially selfish, because being an avid mountain biker, having a trail five minutes from your house is a bonus,” Wetsch said. “So, that’s kind of what got me interested in it.” While Wetsch likes to humbly admit that the prospect of having a new trail close to home was exciting to him, it wasn’t the main motivating factor behind his work. He’d spent time on a number of trails around the area, performing maintenance, which includes everything from re-routing a trail to simply taking care of weeds. “There’s a crew of regulars that do trail maintenance on the existing trails around, so I’ve done much smaller-scale projects, but this was the first time I’ve ever started with a blank slate,” Wetsch said. For the past six years, Wetsch has spent his weekdays at NISC, serving as a programmer in end-user billing for telecom, while putting in night and weekend work developing and maintaining the Otter Creek Trail. The project began with Wetsch and his crew looking at aerial maps of the area where the Morton County Water Resource District was working on a new recreation area. After that, Wetsch mounted an ATV and, working with a partner that specialized in GIS mapping and guidelines from the International Mountain Bike Association, hit the trail to physically determine the layout. “We knew our goal was views of the lake,” Wetsch said. “It kind of ends up being a big game [...]

By | June 1st, 2013|News|0 Comments