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NISC Building Expansion Kicked Off By Ceremonial Groundbreaking

IT Cooperative Adding 33,000 Square Feet to Accommodate Continued Growth Mandan, N.D., June 24, 2015 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, officially broke ground today for their newest building at the Mandan, N.D. campus. This expansion will accommodate the current and projected growth of the IT cooperative as well as connect all buildings on the campus. "Breaking ground on a larger facility reflects NISC's commitment to our growing Membership and to North Dakota. We are very thankful for the community support we have received," said Jasper Schneider, Vice President of Member Engagement at NISC The groundbreaking was marked by speeches given by Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO, John Smith, NISC Board of Directors Chairman, and Arlyn Van Beek, Mayor of Mandan. Smith, Van Beek as well as Jim Keller, NISC Team Lead Automated Mailroom Operations and Facilities, shoveled the ceremonial dirt to officially begin the $7.5 million project. The event was attended by many NISC Mandan employees and members of the Bismarck-Mandan community. The Mandan location, one of four NISC campuses in the United States, has been the North Dakota campus of the technology cooperative since 1966 and is home to more than 400 employees. The Mandan facility will expand by 33,000 square feet in an effort to accommodate the demands of a growing organization, offering additional office space, meeting rooms, a dining facility and fitness center. At NISC, employees focus on service excellence and innovative information technology solutions that enable their Member-Owners to excel in customer service, maximize diversification opportunities, and compete effectively in the changing utility and telecommunications industries. Due to the continued steady growth of the IT cooperation, NISC [...]

By | June 24th, 2015|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Building Expansion Kicked Off By Ceremonial Groundbreaking

NISC One of the Best Places to Work in IT for 12th Straight Year

IT Cooperative Recognized by Computerworld, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Lake Saint Louis, Mo., June 22, 2015 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of IT and software solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations, has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT by Computerworld Magazine. The recognition marks 12-straight years that NISC has been included on the Computerworld list. “This recognition is very special, because it comes directly from the NISC employees,” said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. “We work very hard as an organization to make sure that we have a positive, productive and enjoyable workplace. Being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work shows that our employees are passionate about what we do as an organization.” This year, NISC is ranked No. 13 in Computerworld’s small business category. Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT list is built from a comprehensive survey sent to employees that judges satisfaction with the organization for several categories including benefits, career development, retention and training. NISC has made the 100 Best Places to Work in IT 13 times. "The 100 organizations on Computerworld’s 2015 Best Places to Work in IT list realize that attracting and retaining a highly-skilled technology workforce leads to competitive advantage,” says Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief of Computerworld. “In a tight market for tech talent, these outstanding employers attract the best and brightest IT pros with generous salaries and top-drawer benefits, then deepen their teams’ engagement with challenging, business-critical projects built around cutting-edge technologies. As a result, these winning organizations are best positioned to take advantage of the digital transformation sweeping through every industry.” Along with the Computerworld recognition, NISC has also been named one of [...]

By | June 22nd, 2015|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC One of the Best Places to Work in IT for 12th Straight Year

University of Mary and NISC Announce Capstone Course with NISC CEO and Employees as Adjunct Professors

BISMARCK, N.D. – University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea announced Tuesday, April 14, 2015, a new capstone course in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, to be taught by National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) President and CEO Vern Dosch and NISC employees. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the noon Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the University of Mary. Today's program was entitled "Wired Differently: Leadership Through Service." Wired Differently is the name of NISC's newly released business book that highlights the company's unique business model, servant leadership principles and shared values. Wired Differently will be the textbook for the new college course. "We are truly excited to have Vern and his team work with our students and teach from a book that humbly describes how to spark better business results," said Monsignor Shea. "This new capstone course is a perfect example of our university's work to strengthen relationships between the business community, our students and our faculty." NISC is a nearly 50-year-old technology business built on the cooperative model. It started out providing software and IT services for three rural cooperatives a half-century ago and has grown to 14 million end users in 49 U.S. states or territories and in Canada. NISC has four locations and employs more than1,000 individuals in Mandan, N.D.; Lake Saint Louis, Mo.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Shawano, Wisc. Dosch is an alumnus of the University of Mary as are 61 NISC employees, or 17 percent of NISC's Mandan campus employee population. He says he hopes NISC employees will help students see what servant leadership looks like in a business setting and he wants students to better understand how shared [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|News|Comments Off on University of Mary and NISC Announce Capstone Course with NISC CEO and Employees as Adjunct Professors

RUS Acting Administrator to Join NISC Staff, Lead Member Engagement Division

Mandan, N.D., April 13, 2015 — Jasper Schneider, most recently acting Administrator of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utility Service, will join NISC as the organization's Vice President of Member Engagement. Schneider, who brings to the position professional experience in technology, law and rural issues, is a North Dakota native. He holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D., and a law degree from the Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minn. Before attending law school, he worked as a business analyst for Cisco Systems. He has served in the North Dakota Legislature and was in private law practice before becoming USDA's North Dakota Rural Development State Director in 2009. Schneider was appointed acting Administrator of the USDA Rural Utility Service in the fall of 2014. "Throughout the nation, companies are competing to attract the best and brightest technology talent to meet the surging demand for technology systems and software," said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. "It's with that perspective that NISC is especially pleased that Jasper will be joining the organization. It's rare to find an individual who has a deep understanding of technology and experience providing support to the nation's electric cooperatives and independent telephone systems. He is an ideal fit to help advance NISC's culture of service." According to Dosch, Schneider will lead NISC's new Member Engagement Division. "Today, our Members' business, technology and consumer environments are rapidly changing," Dosch said.  "Utilities and telecoms are embracing new technology and putting a greater emphasis on operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. We are proud to support their efforts to achieve these goals.  Jasper and his team will work closely with Members and our development staff to make sure, at [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|Press Release|Comments Off on RUS Acting Administrator to Join NISC Staff, Lead Member Engagement Division

Advancing the Annual Meeting with NISC’s New Annual Meeting Tools

How many times have you hauled stacks of printed membership records or set up PC workstations at your annual, regional or district meetings in order to register your attendees? Does your method of tracking progress toward quorum involve tick marks on pieces of paper or having someone continually tabulating registration counts of everyone who’s walked through the door? With NISC’s new Annual Meeting tools, these issues are things of the past. Enhancements to iVUE® Customer Care & Billing and iVUE AppSuite empower NISC Members with new registration functionality that will bring speed, efficiency and security to their meetings. With iVUE AppSuite running on smart phones or tablets, you’ll be able to register attendees as they arrive with just a few taps. If you mail barcoded annual meeting notices to attendees in advance, the registration process is even faster as the barcode can be scanned using the device’s built-in camera to immediately access a member’s information. Keep tabs on your progress toward quorum with a dynamic graph and registration count, along with a total number of attendees including guests. Your consumer data is securely transported to iVUE AppSuite, and on-device encryption and remote-wipe capabilities enhance its security. When you get back to the office, all of your meeting registration information will be available in iVUE CC&B. You’ll be able to generate reports quickly and easily for management or to help you prepare for future meetings. If you’d like more information about NISC’s Annual Meeting tools, or about CC&B or iVUE AppSuite, please contact us!

By | February 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Advancing the Annual Meeting with NISC’s New Annual Meeting Tools

NISC Publishes Business Book Entitled Wired Differently

Orlando, Fla., February 23, 2015 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) President and CEO Vern Dosch has authored the business book Wired Differently which shares the compelling story of the organization and its nearly 50-year history of being based on the cooperative business model. Dosch unveiled the book during NISC's annual meeting on Feb. 22, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. "There are tangible reasons why NISC has seen consistent growth over the years, and why so many of our employees have chosen to build a career at NISC rather than consider us merely as a stop along their journey," Dosch said while addressing an audience of over 500."To the best of our ability, through story and example, Wired Differently offers NISC as a business, cultural and leadership model for the reader's consideration." NISC leaders have discovered that the power of leadership through service, the importance of putting values in action, and the foundational strength of operating as a cooperative combined to deliver a collaborative culture in practice, according to Dosch. "Wired Differently seeks to present an intriguing business case for these elements because, at NISC, we have seen how effective they are at drawing out the best in people, empowering them to consistently deliver positive bottom-line results to our Member/Owners and our customers," Dosch said. Readers of Wired Differently are taken inside the IT cooperative where one out of every 10 employees has chosen to stay and contribute for more than two decades, and the average tenure of over 1,000 employees exceeds 10 years. Wired Differently offers insights, errors and the story of NISC's successful evolution into the well-respected community partner and industry leader that it is today. NISC is [...]

By | February 23rd, 2015|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Publishes Business Book Entitled Wired Differently

Cobb EMC Completes NISC Customer Care & Billing Implementation

Georgia Co-op is fully operational on NISC software after completing first month of billing Lake Saint Louis, Mo., February 17, 2015 — Marietta, Ga.-based electric cooperative Cobb EMC has successfully implemented National Information Solutions Cooperative’s (NISC) Customer Care and Billing (CC&B) suite of applications.  During the fall of 2013, Cobb EMC chose NISC to be its primary utility software service provider. Now, just more than one year later, Cobb EMC is fully operational and has completed its first month of billing on the new software. As part of the project, Cobb EMC also began using NISC’s Automated Mailroom Services for its printed billing and delinquent statements.  Cobb EMC’s members have also migrated to SmartHub®, a contemporary Web and app-based platform to manage and pay their bills.  Cobb EMC completed a conversion to NISC’s Meter Data Management System at the same time to take advantage of tighter integration between the NISC applications and the Cobb EMC AMI infrastructure. "We are excited to be part of NISC and to be using solutions that are built for cooperatives by a cooperative," said Chip Nelson, President and CEO of Cobb EMC. "The hard work that was put in by the Cobb EMC and NISC teams should be commended.  This has been a good partnership and one we expect to build on for many years to come." Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO, also commended the project teams. "When you take an organization the size of Cobb and implement CC&B, SmartHub and MDMS in just over a year, it takes a lot of communication, hard work and commitment by both organizations," Dosch said. "Cobb EMC has made us a better organization, and we hope that our tools continue to improve [...]

By | February 17th, 2015|Press Release|Comments Off on Cobb EMC Completes NISC Customer Care & Billing Implementation

Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc. Selects NISC’s iVUE Enterprise System

Mandan, N.D., January 7, 2015 — Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc. (MATI), headquartered in Mescalero, N.M., has selected National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) as its primary software solutions provider to support its operational and customer service efforts. MATI is a full service, state-of-the-art telecommunications company specializing in telecommunications equipment planning/designing, installation, maintenance as well as central office design and management. MATI serves the entire Mescalero Apache Reservation, more than 1,200 subscribers, with long distance, internet and VoIP services. MATI has selected NISC’s fully-integrated iVUE® Enterprise System to support its accounting, engineering and customer care functions, as well as NISC’s SmartHub Web and mobile tools for payment processing and order management. MATI will also utilize NISC’s Mapping and Mobile WorkForce Solutions to enhance their engineering capabilities. "MATI is very excited about our upgrades to the NISC system and look forward to providing our customers with more user-friendly alternatives as well as increasing productivity throughout our workforce," said Godfrey Enjady, MATI founder and General Manager. "We are very pleased to welcome MATI to the NISC family,” said Todd Henecke, NISC Business Development and Sales Manager.  “The goals of MATI today and in the years to come align perfectly with the focus of NISC. We are very much looking forward to working with MATI and growing together in this IT partnership.” About NISC National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for their Members/Customers. NISC delivers advanced solutions, services and support to more than 700 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including billing, accounting, operations, automated mailroom services, third-party integration as well as many other [...]

By | January 7th, 2015|Press Release|Comments Off on Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc. Selects NISC’s iVUE Enterprise System

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Selects iVUE® to Better Serve Members

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., December 11, 2014 — Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) headquartered in Chase City, Virginia, has selected National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) as its primary provider of software services to support its operational and member service efforts. MEC provides electric service and energy solutions to nearly 32,000 member/consumers in 9 counties served between North Carolina and Virginia. NISC's iVUE® software platform offers MEC members the benefits of a comprehensive software package designed for and used by distribution cooperatives and mid-size utility systems in 48 states. "As MEC moves to offer more services to its members such as prepay, smartphone apps, online applications, and outage notifications, just to mention a few, and instead of blending and tying together multiple applications offered by various vendors, MEC decided to move to one vendor that could offer all these options under one contract. After a thorough selection process and exhaustive due diligence we selected NISC to provide the solution," said Phyllis Williams, Director of Computer Information Systems. "We look forward to this move knowing the value it will bring to our members, and the efficiency the automation of processes will yield for our employees. With many MEC employees approaching retirement in the near future, we are also looking for this move to help us to continue tightening our workforce as well." MEC selected NISC as a strategic information technology business partner to help leverage various technologies for their membership. Through integrated solutions, MEC will be able to improve the way they do business and experience the benefits the software will bring to their members. "With our current legacy system, MEC relies on two employees to maintain and develop the system," said Carol Ann Jones, Manager of Accounting [...]

By | December 11th, 2014|Press Release|Comments Off on Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative Selects iVUE® to Better Serve Members

NISC Announces the Launch of Sales and Marketing App at Annual User Conference

Mobile App Integrated with Salesforce to Streamline Sales and Increase Revenue for Telecoms Mandan, N.D., September 15, 2014 — National Information Solutions Cooperative® (NISC), a leading provider of information technology products and services, has announced the release of NISC LeadAgent™, a powerful sales tool integrated with Salesforce® and presented in a convenient app. When paired with the robust iVUE® Enterprise System, NISC’s broad, scalable suite of accounting, customer care and billing, and engineering and operations solutions, NISC LeadAgent delivers effective marketing campaign management for sales teams on the go. With NISC LeadAgent, you can now mine the valuable data you have in the iVUE Enterprise System, as well as leads from outside sources such as your website, to create a dynamic sales lead repository for your marketing team to leverage and grow your customer base. “It is imperative for all telecoms to better understand their target audience and more effectively track interest in products and services, not to mention when prospects’ contracts are up with competitors,” said Mark Momerak, NISC Executive Product Line Manager. “Customer and potential customer information is vital to effective marketing and getting the most of your marketing dollars. A common obstacle was there wasn’t a centralized area to house this data…And now there is with NISC LeadAgent.” With NISC LeadAgent, telecoms can harness the power of NISC’s iVUE to track and analyze potential customers. Not only does it serve as a customer relationship management tool, this powerful app integrated with Salesforce will give your on-the-go sales team the tools they need in the palms of their hands. “Today’s sales teams need to be highly connected and highly mobile at the same time,” said Ed Wolff, NISC Vice President of Telecom and [...]

By | September 14th, 2014|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Announces the Launch of Sales and Marketing App at Annual User Conference