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Giving 50 @ 50 – NISC Employees Fuel Donations to Cooperative Nonprofits

A technology cooperative reaching 50 years is an accomplishment that not only requires commitment and hard work, but the support and help of others along the way. To recognize and give back to the industries that helped NISC hit this tremendous milestone, the IT cooperative and its employees came together to raise funds for NRECA International and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). Together, NISC employees raised $25,000, which was then matched by NISC for a total of $50,000. These funds were split between FRS and NRECA International and presented to them during the 2018 NRECA TechAdvantage Expo in Nashville, Tenn., and the 2018 RTIME Meeting & Expo in Austin, Texas. "We wanted to recognize and give back to the industries who have given so much to us," said Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member & Industry. "Our employees came together to raise funds for two exemplary organizations who have played a key role in the advancement of the cooperative business model." NRECA International builds sustainable rural electrification programs across the globe, improving education, healthcare, safety and economic opportunity for millions of people. Over the past 55 years, they have brought electricity to more than 120 million people in 43 developing countries, and more than 300 NRECA-member cooperatives have contributed time and resources to rural communities served by NRECA International projects. FRS provides support and resources to rural telecom companies, communities and policymakers. Their mission revolves around sustaining and enhancing the quality of life in America by advancing a better understanding of rural issues. They also have a strong focus on providing educational achievement opportunities for rural youth, encouraging them to build up their communities. For more on NISC’s 50th anniversary, please visit nisc50.coop [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|Blog, News|Comments Off on Giving 50 @ 50 – NISC Employees Fuel Donations to Cooperative Nonprofits

NISC Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation and Member Service

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., February 28, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), an IT cooperative serving utilities and telecommunications organizations worldwide, has reached 50 years in business and kicked off a year of celebrations at the 2018 NRECA TechAdvantage Conference in Nashville, Tenn., and the 2018 RTIME Conference in Austin, Texas. "A 50-year technology cooperative is really something rare," said Vern Dosch, NISC President & CEO. "We wouldn't be here without the support of our Members and the dedication of our employees, and I'm very grateful to everyone for helping us hit such a tremendous milestone." NISC was the product of a merger between Central Area Data Processing (CADP) in Missouri and North Central Data Cooperative (NCDC) in North Dakota in 2000. The two technology cooperatives have been providing IT services to utility and telecommunications companies since the late 1960s, many of which are still Members today. At TechAdvantage and RTIME, NISC recognized 29 utility and telecom Members that have been with the organization for 50 years. Today, NISC serves more than 860 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. "It's so exciting to see the dream of one NISC realized," Dosch said. "We are not done. I can't wait to see what the next 50 years bring to NISC, because it’s going to be exciting, innovative and absolutely driven by our Membership." As part of NISC's 50th anniversary celebration, the company launched a charitable component called Giving 50@50. The organization raised $50,000 – half of which came from NISC employees. During the NISC Annual Meeting at TechAdvantage, NRECA CEO Jim Matheson and NRECA International Senior Vice President Dan Waddle joined Dosch on stage to accept a $25,000 donation to NRECA [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation and Member Service

NISC Announces Solutions to Support Broadband

The technology cooperative has launched iVUE Connect® Service, a web-based customer service and provisioning solution that provides functionality for utilities deploying broadband solutions. Lake Saint Louis, Mo., January 4, 2018 — Today National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software and solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, announced the launch of iVUE Connect® Service, a web-based customer service and provisioning solution that provides functionality for utilities deploying broadband solutions. "Rural America is making great strides in deploying broadband," said Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member and Industry. "Utilities are finding areas where their members are underserved, along with upgrading their infrastructure to prepare for the future. With the release of iVUE Connect Service, NISC will ensure that these rural utilities deploying broadband will not only go fast, but also far." NISC's iVUE Connect solution takes the iVUE Enterprise System beyond the desktop into the cloud. IVUE Connect Service focuses on customer service, making it easier for staff to assist customers by finding information more quickly in a web-based, user-friendly environment. NISC's iVUE Connect Service is more than just a customer service tool. It's a unified Customer Care & Billing (CC&B) platform that enables NISC Members to provide the full complement of triple-play telecommunications services including auto-provisioning. It also supports all the needs of the contemporary utility enabling a smarter grid. David Bonnett, NISC Vice President of Product Management, says the cloud-based functionality will allow utilities greater flexibility and improved user experience. "Our unified solution will allow utilities offering broadband service more efficiencies in serving their customers by finding information in a web-based, user-friendly environment. The software isn't just a traditional CIS package, but one that can handle a variety of tasks that [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Announces Solutions to Support Broadband

Enhancing Customer Connections with Technology

Technology can be a driver of many things, one of which is enhancing connections. Whether it’s family members staying in touch via social media or a customer paying their utility bill, technology can be a connecting bridge. This was the message that NISC’s Vice President of Member and Industry, Jasper Schneider, brought to the American Public Power Association’s Customer Connections Conference, held Nov. 5-8 in Sacramento, Calif. In a session titled, “Engaging Customers through Data and Technology,” Schneider provided examples of how technology can help municipalities and other public power entities enhance their connection with their customers. As NISC’s connection with public power increases, the organization is gaining a better understanding of how technology can help build these bridges from provider to customer and the solutions that will drive the future. NISC is excited to continue working on solutions with APPA and public power providers across all 50 states in the USA.

By | November 7th, 2017|Blog, News|Comments Off on Enhancing Customer Connections with Technology

NISC Expands to 50 States

Technology cooperative welcomes Butler Electric Company into its Membership Lake Saint Louis, Mo., October 12, 2017 — National Information Solutions Cooperative® (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions and services for utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, is excited to announce it will now provide software services in all 50 states in the United States after signing its newest Member, Butler Electric Company, based out of New Jersey. The largest software cooperative in the country, NISC serves more than 820 electric utilities and telecommunications companies across the U.S., Canada, American Samoa and Palau. "True to name, we are National and NISC is pleased to welcome Butler into our membership," said Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member & Industry. "Our partnership with Butler marks our presence in all 50 states, but also marks significant progress toward serving municipals and the public power sector. We are pleased to expand our services into this market." Butler Electric Company is operated by the Borough of Butler in New Jersey and serves approximately 12,000 customers in Kinnelon, Bloomingdale, Butler and small portions of West Milford and Riverdale. The Borough has continuously operated the electric utility since the early 1900s, and today Butler Electric Company is a $30 million operation. In 2012, Butler invested in Aclara TWACS® Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and soon realized that in order to take full advantage of AMI data, they also needed to deploy robust customer care and billing solutions that are  fully integrated with work management, meter data management and outage management solutions. NISC's iVUE Enterprise System, along with other NISC mobile and data-management solutions, are able to provide an integrated system paired with a proven track record of working with Aclara's TWACS AMI. "We [...]

By | October 12th, 2017|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Expands to 50 States

National Information Solutions Cooperative Hosts Another Successful Member Conference

St. Louis, Mo., September 28, 2017 — 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 2,300 attended the event, which was held September 26-28. The IT cooperative’s annual event draws users from all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska and Canada. With more than 180 learning sessions ranging from Accounting to Billing to Engineering, the MIC is NISC’s premier learning event. Traditionally the MIC has been held over two weeks, but this year, the MIC was streamlined into one. The new format allowed for three keynote speakers, including NISC President and CEO Vern Dosch, CIA Director (2013 – 2017) John Brennan and Global Marketing Expert David Seda. Industry Enterprise Sessions were also hosted by the NISC Executive Team, focusing on industry trends and challenges and how to increase operational efficiencies while reducing costs with NISC’s solutions. "What defines NISC is our service to our Members and spirit of innovation, and the MIC is our way to demonstrate both," said Jasper Schneider, Vice President Member & Industry. The NISC Board of Directors also hosted a Board Meeting during the event. Normal business operations were discussed as well as the approval of new Members of the IT cooperative. At this meeting, the NISC Board approved a new Member from New Jersey, and with that approval, made NISC software now present in all fifty states. "I always marvel at the NISC Membership’s dedication to service," said Vern Dosch, NISC President and CEO. "We keep that in mind when we develop our solutions, so Members can continue to provide that reliable, dedicated service for years to come." [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|News, Press Release|Comments Off on National Information Solutions Cooperative Hosts Another Successful Member Conference

National Information Solutions Cooperative® Announces Expanded Engagement Solutions

St. Louis, Mo., September 28, 2017 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC®), a leading provider of technology solutions to utility and telecommunications organizations worldwide, announced engagement solutions for both utilities and telecoms, focused on empowering Members to connect with their customers in new and innovative ways. "As technology rapidly evolves, so too should Members' approach in providing their customers with the services and tools necessary to meet their growing needs," said Valerie Kniffen, Engagement Lead at NISC. "NISC offers a wealth of solutions to assist Members in developing efficient and effective operations keeping the customer in mind." With engagement tools such as Messenger, SmartHub Marketing, iVUE AppSuite and CalltoOrder, NISC's solutions provide options to strengthen customer relationships thoughtfully and intentionally, not only through electronic communications, but through a variety of processes and functions. NISC is also unveiling a newly redesigned, easy-to-use Community, which is NISC’s internal online community for Members and employees. Members can also now explore new possibilities in printing and customizing bills with the help of iVUE Automated Mailroom Services (AMS). AMS allows Members to create visually appealing printed statements, notices and letters and mail them to end-users at the lowest possible first-class postage rate. "Working with NISC's AMS department in creating a new bill for our partners was a truly enjoyable experience," said Kaye Bernard, Chief Operating Officer at MiEnergy in Rushford, MN. "There were many ideas to pull from; our merged co-op created a full-color presentment opportunity to create more information for our account." About NISC National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members/Customers. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to more than 820 independent telephone [...]

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National Information Solutions Cooperative Expands Cybersecurity Offering

St. Louis, Mo., September 27, 2017 — NISC has elevated its efforts to help its Members defend themselves against ever-present and ever-evolving cyber security threats. During the 2017 NISC Member Information Conference (MIC), NISC’s annual premier learning event held in St. Louis, Mo., the technology cooperative announced NISC CyberDetect is now available for implementation as part of its recently launched Cybersecurity ServicesSM offering. NISC is working with security and IT industry leader Rapid7 (NASDAQ: RPD) to provide NISC CyberDetect. Powered by Rapid7’s Incident Detection and Response solutions and services (InsightIDR, Managed Detection and Response), NISC CyberDetect is a fully managed and monitored service designed to detect threats and respond immediately, 24/7. “NISC has great trust in Rapid7 and their incident detection and response technology," said Jeff Nelson, NISC Vice President of Information Security & Risk Management. "We used their offering internally to protect our network and are pleased to now offer it to our Members." The launch coincided with a general session address from John Brennan, CIA Director (2013-2017), who shared insight on how to think about and act quickly in response to events and concerns that can affect your organization, including ever-increasing cybersecurity threats. "NISC is able to leverage the size of our collective Membership to offer a leading-edge technology and 24/7 managed service offering through NISC CyberDetect that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive for most Members," said Nelson. "Our Members will now be able to have seasoned security experts from Rapid7, our valued partner, monitor their systems for intrusions, malicious activity and other threats while at the same time receiving support for NISC CyberDetect directly from NISC." NISC Cybersecurity Services offers a complement of solutions to protect vital operational data: NISC CyberAcademy – [...]

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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 [...]

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