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NISC Named by Prairie Business Magazine as One of the 50 Best Places to Work for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Mandan, N.D., August 30, 2017 — For the fourth consecutive year, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) has been recognized by Prairie Business magazine as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in the northern plains. Earlier this year, employees nominated companies by submitting an anonymous employee-satisfaction survey, which sought out input on each employer’s benefits, workplace culture and employee morale, among other factors. Prairie Business received more than 1,000 nominations from employees from around the region according to Tom Dennis, Prairie Business editor. “The 50 Best companies clearly recognize employee satisfaction as one of the keys to productivity and profitability,” Dennis said. “That comes through in the surveys over and over again. We all know how hard we’ll work to satisfy a good manager. Turns out people feel the same way about the companies they work for – and when an employer goes the extra mile for its workforce, the workers go all out to return the favor.” The 50 Best Places to Work award is now in its fourth year, and the businesses have been honored in the magazine’s September issue. “This award is an honor for NISC because it is truly driven by the employees and their satisfaction working here," said Kari Reichert, NISC Vice President of People Services. "We are constantly looking for ways to bring a more fulfilling experience to the staff at NISC, as they are the cornerstone of NISC's success. This honor for the fourth consecutive year is an affirmation we are working in the right direction to ensure our employees feel appreciated and empowered.” About NISC National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our [...]

By | August 31st, 2017|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Named by Prairie Business Magazine as One of the 50 Best Places to Work for the Fourth Consecutive Year

‘Partners in Broadband’ Promote Collaboration in Sustainable Rural Broadband Deployment

San Antonio, TX, June 12, 2017 — Several leading rural infrastructure groups today announced a joint campaign to help promote collaboration and strategic partnerships in deploying and operating broadband networks in unserved parts of rural America. The "Partners in Broadband" campaign, officially launched during the 2017 CFC Forum, focuses on creating alliances through a website that looks to connect those interested in delivering robust broadband to unserved rural communities with nearby partners that share a community commitment and have expertise in broadband network deployment and operation. NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, the National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), NRTC and National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC) developed the new site, available at www.PartnersInBroadband.com, and will promote it to their respective customers and members, representing more than 1,500 community-based broadband and electric service providers in 49 states. The site seeks to create greater recognition that broadband is an essential tool for many individuals, businesses, and anchor institutions and that making robust and affordable services available and sustainable in rural communities is a challenge requiring resolve, resourcefulness, industry expertise and a special commitment to community. By filling out a simple online form, electric cooperatives, utilities and municipalities will be matched with nearby partners with telecom expertise to evaluate options to address the broadband gap and promote partnerships wherever possible. "NTCA members have an unparalleled track record in deploying and sustaining state-of-the-art, advanced communications infrastructure in the most rural, hard-to-reach areas of the country," said NTCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Shirley Bloomfield. "But not all rural communities are lucky enough to be served by a rural telco. Millions of Americans in these other areas have limited or even no access to the broadband they need, and we [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|News, Press Release|Comments Off on ‘Partners in Broadband’ Promote Collaboration in Sustainable Rural Broadband Deployment

With Malicious Attacks on the Rise, NISC® Launches Cybersecurity Offering

Mandan, N.D., May 31, 2017 — Regardless of your business reach – local, international or somewhere in between – the reality of cyberattacks affecting your organization is not only possible but probable. In response to the growing and ever-evolving threat, National Information Solutions Cooperative® has launched Cybersecurity Services to help independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities defend themselves against ever-present threats. "Cyberattacks are increasing in frequency and complexity," said Jeff Nelson, NISC Vice President of Information Security & Risk Management. "It's an everyday risk companies can no longer ignore. Our Members asked us for a solution to meet the industry's ever-evolving list of cybersecurity needs. To this end, NISC Cybersecurity Services leverages what we ourselves have learned from implementing our own cybersecurity tools and puts these resources directly in our Members' hands." NISC Cybersecurity Services offers of a complement of solutions to protect vital operational data: NISC CyberAcademy – Online user awareness training and phishing simulation NISC CyberDetect – Incident detection and incident response (currently in beta testing) NISC CyberProtect – Endpoint protection with 24/7 monitoring NISC CyberDefense – Perimeter defense leveraging firewalls and report monitoring NISC CyberScan – Vulnerability management with advanced scanning, reporting, tracking and risk scoring "NISC Cybersecurity Services takes a multi-tiered approach in addressing a company's security needs," said Nelson. "It doesn't matter whether it is perimeter defense, endpoint protection and monitoring, end-user training, or vulnerability management. Cybersecurity now involves all facets of an organization, and we are excited about what this offering can do to meet our Members' needs." NISC's Cybersecurity Services can help you protect your organization. Visit www.cybersecurity.coop or call 1.866.999.6472 today to learn more. About NISC National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Press Release|Comments Off on With Malicious Attacks on the Rise, NISC® Launches Cybersecurity Offering

NISC, Survey & Ballot Systems Integrate for New Engagement Opportunities

Members Can Utilize SmartHub® End-Consumer App with SBS Integration for Electronic Voting St. Louis, Mo., December 8, 2016 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, announces seamless customer integration with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS), a leading provider of election services to Member organizations. "The integration with SBS is a prime example of integrating technology for the betterment of engaging members with their cooperatives," said Nate Boettcher, NISC's Utility Solutions Product Line Manager. Cooperatives that utilize both SBS and NISC solutions will now have the ability to provide their Members an easy way to promote their Board elections. Those Members will be able to log into SmartHub and cast their Member vote alongside making a payment or viewing their usage. "We're excited to be partnering with NISC, an organization we consider to be truly innovative. This is a wonderful opportunity for SBS to help NISC Members improve their elections with secure and easy voting," said Peter Westerhaus, Vice President of SBS. A testament to the success of this integration, Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC), located in Rushford, Minn., and Hawkeye Electric Cooperative located in Cresco, Iowa, recently held an election with their Members on a merger vote. "Our successful merger vote can be directly attributed to our cooperative’s communications plan and the new partnership with Survey & Ballot Systems and NISC that allowed fast, easy, electronic and paper balloting to our individual cooperative memberships," said Brian Krambeer, President and CEO of the new MiEnergy Cooperative. "We achieved over 60 percent member participation in our vote through using this exciting new format." Krambeer added that Members liked the electronic voting. According to SBS survey data, following [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC, Survey & Ballot Systems Integrate for New Engagement Opportunities

Get the Big Picture From Your Data, Introducing iVUE Mosaic

NISC Launches Actionable, Results-Driven, Cloud-Based Business Intelligence Solution at Annual Member Conference Saint Louis, Mo., September 7, 2016 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) announces business intelligence solution at the 2016 Member Information Conference (MIC). NISC’s business intelligence solution, iVUE Mosaic™, turns data into actionable insights. With iVUE Mosaic, NISC Members now have the tools and technology at their fingertips that analyzes data across a variety of systems. “iVUE Mosaic allows you to make more informed business decisions to achieve your organizational goals,” said David Bonnett, Vice President Marketing at NISC. “If you are a business user wanting to easily configure your own data visualizations, this solution was designed for you.” This solution is especially powerful for anyone who uses data across the entire enterprise, including from non-NISC systems. iVUE Mosaic is a cloud-based solution and is accessible from a browser on any computer or mobile device. Access critical data anytime, anywhere through an internet connection. iVUE Mosaic works by leveraging enterprise data to show trends and new connections, in real time. “The standard visualizations are designed to help you quickly assess and react to what the data is telling you,” said John Weber, Senior Product Line Manager at NISC. “When this data comes together, a whole new world of connections become visible and you are able to take action.” With iVUE Mosaic, strategic decisions are made clear through leveraging iVUE enterprise data, industry sources and NISC’s Cooperative Cloud. Insight into data will be aligned and customized based on roles in the organization helping each individual to be empowered to make informed business decisions. Board members to operational employees are able to see the big picture with iVUE Mosaic. For more information about iVUE Mosaic [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|News, Press Release|Comments Off on Get the Big Picture From Your Data, Introducing iVUE Mosaic

NISC Once Again Named by Prairie Business Magazine as One of the 50 Best Places to Work

Mandan, N.D., August 30, 2016 — For the third consecutive year, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) has been recognized by Prairie Business magazine as one of the 50 Best Places to Work in the northern plains. Companies were nominated through an anonymous employee survey that outlined work environment, employee benefits and employee happiness. Consideration was also given to the number of nominations received per company. The 50 businesses have been honored in the magazine’s September issue, which is available on www.prairiebusinessmagazine.com.   “Employees in the companies nominated for this list wait eagerly to find out if their workplace has been chosen,” says Lisa Gibson, editor of Prairie Business. “It’s a point of pride for our winners because being nominated as a great place to work by actual employees on all levels of hierarchy is a testament to really being a great company. You can’t claim to be a great place to work unless the employees who actually work for you agree.”   Now in the third year of conducting the Best Places to Work contest, Prairie Business received nearly 950 surveys. “We’re happy to present this year’s winners and offer our congratulations to them all,” Gibson says. “This award is an honor for NISC. Not only because of the acknowledgment from Prairie Business but also because the nomination itself came from our staff. We operate our IT cooperative based off six shared values, values that guide how we conduct our business. Getting this honor for the third consecutive year is an affirmation of those shared values we have in place to help make this organization successful and our employees feel appreciated and empowered,” said Kari Reichert, NISC Vice President of People Services. About Prairie Business magazine: [...]

By | August 30th, 2016|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Once Again Named by Prairie Business Magazine as One of the 50 Best Places to Work

NISC a Top Workplace for 13 Straight Years

IT Cooperative Recognized by Computerworld, Bismarck YPN Lake Saint Louis, Mo., June 13, 2016 — For 13 consecutive years, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), is recognized as a top workplace. This year, for the 14th year overall and 13th straight, NISC is among Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT. The IT cooperative is known as a Top Ten Workplace by the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network. “The NISC employees make this organization a great place to work,” said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. “NISC does our best to make sure we have a productive, enjoyable workplace, but the employees are what makes our organization special. Being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work is a direct reflection of the environment our employees have created.” Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT are selected following a comprehensive survey sent directly to employees around the nation that measure several important categories for workplace satisfaction like benefits, career development, training and retention. This year, NISC has been ranked No. 13 among small organizations on the Best Places to Work in IT list. "The organizations on this year’s Best Places to Work in IT list excel at creating a dynamic and satisfying IT work environment,” says Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “In a competitive market for tech talent, these outstanding employers are able to attract highly skilled IT pros by offering great benefits, new learning opportunities, access to cutting-edge technologies and challenging, business-critical projects.” Along with the Computerworld recognition, NISC has received the Bismarck-Mandan Top 10 Young Professional Workplaces Award from the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN). The award is given to the top 10 workplaces in the Bismarck-Mandan, N.D. area based on a [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC a Top Workplace for 13 Straight Years

NISC’s Member Information Conference Hits Record for Participation, Collaboration

St. Louis, Mo., October 1, 2015 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, hosted its annual Member Information Conference (MIC) in St. Louis, Mo. More than 2,500 users of the NISC iVUE enterprise software attended the event, which was hosted over two weeks, September 23-25 & 28-30. The IT cooperative’s annual event draws users from all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, American Samoa and Palau. “Being an IT cooperative, we are owned by the users of our software. The collaboration between electric cooperatives, independent telecoms and municipalities can be powerful. They each have their challenges in their respective industries, but, working together, we can create solutions that help make them more efficient and competitive,” said Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member Engagement. The MIC is NISC’s premier learning event with almost 150 learning sessions ranging from Accounting to Billing to Engineering. Special interactive general sessions hosted by the NISC Executive Team were also offered, focusing on industry trends and challenges and how to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. “Each year we host the Member Information Conference, and each year I am completely taken aback at the incredibly powerful response from our Membership. They are so eager to join us, share with us, learn with us and support one another. The MIC is a learning event for both the users of NISC’s software…But also for NISC itself,” said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. “We were pleased to show our Members, Customers and guests new software and processes that will help them work more efficiently and connect at a higher level with their customers.” NISC once again created an app for [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC’s Member Information Conference Hits Record for Participation, Collaboration

Belmont Municipal Light Department Selects NISC as Their IT Partner

St. Louis, Mo., October 14, 2015 — Belmont Municipal Light Department (Belmont Light), headquartered in Belmont, MA., recently selected National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) as its primary integrated software solutions provider for their billing and accounting operations. Belmont Light’s objective was to replace their current system with fully-integrated customer service, billing, accounting and business solutions. They were also looking for a partner with a proven record of providing successful software implementations to make the transition as smooth as possible, allowing no interruption in service to their customers. “In searching a new billing and accounting system, we wanted something that Belmont Light could rely on for years to come. We are confident that we found this in NISC,” said Maria Makar-Limanov, Finance Manager at Belmont Light. “NISC’s user-friendly, integrated system will fulfill our electric and water billing needs, while also providing innovative data and document storage solutions, customizable functions and reliable customer service.” “Belmont Light was not just looking for a highly effective software solution, but also looking for an IT partner,” said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. “Now that Belmont Light is part of the NISC cooperative family, we will be able to offer them the partnership they need not just during the implementation, but throughout our long term relationship.” About Belmont Belmont Light is a municipally owned electric utility that serves the Town of Belmont, a suburban community located in heart of the Greater Boston, MA Metropolitan Area.  The mission of Belmont Light is to deliver safe, reliable electric power service to the community of Belmont by embracing new technology and providing superior customer service.  Today, Belmont Light provides superior service and reliability to approximately 11,200 electric residential, commercial and municipal customers, and [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|Press Release|Comments Off on Belmont Municipal Light Department Selects NISC as Their IT Partner

National Information Solutions Cooperative Hosts Record-Breaking Member Conference

St. Louis, Mo., October 1, 2015 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, hosted its annual Member Information Conference (MIC) in St. Louis, Mo. More than 2,500 users of the NISC iVUE enterprise software attended the event, which was hosted over two weeks, September 23-25 & 28-30. The IT cooperative’s annual event draws users from all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, American Samoa and Palau. “Being an IT cooperative, we are owned by the users of our software. The collaboration between electric cooperatives, independent telecoms and municipalities can be powerful. They each have their challenges in their respective industries, but, working together, we can create solutions that help make them more efficient and competitive,” said Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member Engagement. The MIC is NISC’s premier learning event with almost 150 learning sessions ranging from Accounting to Billing to Engineering. Special interactive general sessions hosted by the NISC Executive Team were also offered, focusing on industry trends and challenges and how to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs. “Each year we host the Member Information Conference, and each year I am completely taken aback at the incredibly powerful response from our Membership. They are so eager to join us, share with us, learn with us and support one another. The MIC is a learning event for both the users of NISC’s software…But also for NISC itself,” said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. “We were pleased to show our Members, Customers and guests new software and processes that will help them work more efficiently and connect at a higher level with their customers.” NISC once again created an app for [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|Press Release|Comments Off on National Information Solutions Cooperative Hosts Record-Breaking Member Conference