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 [...]
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 [...]
National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, officially dedicated the Lake Saint Louis campus’ newest building annex. This expansion accommodates the current and projected growth of the IT cooperative as well as connect all buildings on the campus.
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 [...]
This summer, NISC’s Engineering and Operations team celebrated a milestone when the 250th Outage Management System (OMS) was implemented at Kootenai Electric Cooperative in Idaho.
Since NISC and its parent companies NCDC or CADP were formed nearly 50 years ago, the CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has never visited a campus of the technology cooperative. That changed Friday, July 17, when NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson visited NISC’s Lake Saint Louis, Mo., location for a day of technology talks and a discussion about the utility industry.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
At the annual CFC Forum 2014, Vern Dosch, NISC’s President and CEO, led a panel on cybersecurity which included Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania Governor and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and Howard Schmidt, Cybersecurity Coordinator for President Obama from 2009 to 2012. During the presentation, which can be viewed in its entirety on CFC’s website, Dosch tracked the panelists’ recommendations. You can listen to a recap of recommendations and review the panel’s list of actions designed to protect organizations against cyber attacks. Adoption of PCI compliance best practices as it relates to protection of credit card information is critical. Adopt a social engineering policy specifically as part of employee education, and do mandatory education in this area as it relates to social engineering, phishing, Internet look-alikes as well as email hoaxes such as survey and prize scams. Coordination between operations, outside employees and the IT department. Perform annual security audits, and, if possible, aligning the organization with a vendor that can do continuous cyber-monitoring. Consider purchasing cyber insurance. Perform an inventory of the system and work to identify the organization’s vulnerabilities as well as potential high profile targets. Establish a local mobile security strategy as it relates to the organization’s network to address the growth and pervasiveness of mobile devices that are either issued by the organization or belong to the employee.