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Yearly Archives: 2018

|2018

NISC Expands Presence in TVA Market

Enterprise, Broadband Solutions Becoming More Important to Utility Providers Across the Country Lake Saint Louis, Mo., May 21, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software and solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has long been a supporter of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its members. The IT Cooperative continues to strengthen its presence in the region with the addition of City of Dayton Utilities in Dayton, Tenn., Decatur Utilities (DU) in Decatur, Ala., Murray Electric System (MES) in Murray, Ky. And Sequachee Valley Electric Co-op (SVEC) in South Pittsburg, Tenn. “TVA has been essential to the southeastern United States as an energy provider and partner in economic development,” said Jasper Schneider, Vice President of Member & Industry for NISC. “We’re excited to continue to be the technology partner to SVEC, MES and Decatur Utilities and help them utilize technology that’s critical to their systems and improving the quality of life of their service areas.” SVEC is a distribution cooperative serving more than 34,000 residences and businesses across 3,000 miles of line and 14 substations in southeastern Tennessee. SVEConnect, a subsidiary of SVEC, will provide Fiber to the Home service to the residents of Marion County, Tennessee. SVEConnect will leverage NISC’s experience in the broadband industry to utilize iVUE Connect Service with broadband functionality for their customer care, billing and accounting needs. “We are excited to work with NISC on our fiber deployment,” said Mike Partin, CEO of SVEC. “Having a partner who understands the broadband industry, in addition to the electric industry, is important to us as we begin this new venture. iVUE Connect will make our deployment more efficient for our employees and ultimately our members.” MES offers [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Expands Presence in TVA Market

Managing Your Distribution System with NISC Operations Analytics

You don't use a slide rule anymore. Why would you only look at your distribution system using monthly usage data? With NISC Operations Analytics (OA), learn how to leverage interval readings to better manage your distribution system.

By | May 17th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Managing Your Distribution System with NISC Operations Analytics

Utility Broadband Directors Conference 2018

Utility broadband is an important topic in the industry, and questions surrounding the rollout and adoption, among other aspects of the technology, are at the forefront of many minds in the utility industry. Maybe none more so than the Boards of Directors at utility cooperatives across the country.

By | May 9th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Utility Broadband Directors Conference 2018

Analyze, Mobilize, Stabilize – NISC Operations Analytics has your system covered 24-7

Technology and data are touching all aspects of today’s utility. More than ever, engineering professionals are turning to data to make informed decisions that have significant implications for their systems. NISC is excited to launch NISC Operations Analytics (OA), an integrated platform designed for engineers and system operators of electric systems, to help aggregate and analyze data like never before. OA harnesses the granularity of time-series data, enabling users to look beyond peak system analysis to better grasp real system performance. Working in tandem with EDD’s Distributed Engineering Workstation (DEW), NISC’s OA allows users to pool together large quantities of real data in order to make better-informed estimations and energy consumption predictions. Before deploying OA, NISC Member Verendrye Electric Cooperative was using seasonal models to make its estimations. This process often led to transformer loading and line loss issues and inaccurate equipment sizing. Check out the video to learn more about how OA has helped Verendrye provide better service to members, increase cost savings in their operations and better manage their electrical grid. You can also [click here] to read Verendrye’s NISC Operations Analytics Case Study. With the launch of NISC OA, NISC’s platform of engineering and operations solutions continues to grow. “We strive to come up with innovative solutions to make operational tasks more efficient,” says Todd Eisenhauer, NISC vice president of Strategy and Operations Solutions. “Just recently, NISC celebrated 350 live sites for MapWise, 300 live sites for our Outage Management System (OMS) and 500 live sites for AppSuite. We are extremely grateful for this success, and we look forward to continuing to expand our E&O offerings.” To learn more about NISC Operations Analytics, visit nisc.coop/operations-analytics.

By | May 3rd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Analyze, Mobilize, Stabilize – NISC Operations Analytics has your system covered 24-7

NISC Announces Expanded Operations and Engineering Platform

The technology cooperative has launched NISC Operations Analytics, an integrated analysis platform for engineers and system operators of electric systems. Lake Saint Louis, Mo., May 3, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), an IT cooperative serving utilities and telecommunications organizations worldwide, announced the launch of NISC Operations Analytics (OA), an integrated platform for engineers and system operators of electric systems, which harnesses hourly AMI reads and the granularity of time-series data for better decision-making. “NISC Operations Analytics is a true paradigm shift,” said Todd Eisenhauer, NISC vice president of Strategy & Operations Solutions. “It changes the way utilities manage and operate for their distribution network, giving users greater visibility into system performance.” Leveraging a time-series approach, NISC Operations Analytics allows users to look beyond peak system analysis to better grasp real system performance. Data gleaned from NISC’s Meter Data Management System (MDMS), GIS, and Members’ Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) allows users to create realistic models and run calculations to make better-informed decisions. The core engine of NISC Operations Analytics is provided by EDD’s Distributed Engineering Workstation (DEW), which can analyze interval AMI data in a detailed electrical model, allowing it to be thoroughly vetted. Users can review large quantities of data collected over long periods of time, and identify trends and patterns in usage to make better planning and operational decisions. Previously, Verendrye Electric Cooperative, Velva and Minot, N.D., had been using seasonal models to make approximations, often over or underestimating equipment sizes and having to redo installations in the field. With the deployment of OA, Verendrye has saved time and money, properly sizing equipment in the field thanks to the ability to analyze real, hourly meter data. “At Verendrye, we see the implementation of OA as [...]

By | May 3rd, 2018|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Announces Expanded Operations and Engineering Platform

Now Accepting Presentations for the 2018 MIC!

While there is a lot that happens at NISC’s annual Member Information Conference (MIC) each year, the heart of the conference is really one thing: solutions. Whether it’s learning about the latest NISC innovations from NISC staff or hearing from NISC Members on how they solve problems and meet challenges, solutions are at the center of the three-day event. How do you use NISC software to solve problems in your office? What challenges are facing your organization, or your industry, that require a unique solution? Share your solutions at the 2018 MIC by submitting a presentation topic today. Collaboration is a big part of NISC, and the MIC is a great place for idea sharing and helping fellow NISC Members. Your stories help your colleagues get the most out of NISC solutions. They also help NISC understand the benefits of each solution and give us ideas on how we can improve them. If your presentation is accepted, you’ll receive $250 off your registration fee and a small gift. Also, every presenter has a chance to take home a MIC Member Experience Award! For the fourth-straight year, MIC Member Experience Awards will be presented on Day Three to the highest-rated Member sessions as selected by attendees through the MIC app. Winners will receive a customized award with the presenter’s name and session and a special prize. Ideas will be accepted until April 9, so submit your presentation for the 2018 MIC today and #ShareYourSolutions! MIC 2018 | September 11-13 | St. Louis, Mo. Click here to submit your idea!

By | March 20th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Now Accepting Presentations for the 2018 MIC!

A Focus on Cybersecurity

The focus of NISC goes beyond just protecting the Member data that is entrusted to us. In the spirit of being a true technology partner, NISC now offers Cybersecurity Services to our Members, leveraging the best practices as well as the best-in-class technology NISC uses internally to help the NISC Membership improve their own internal cyber defenses. NISC’s Vice President of Member & Industry, Jasper Schneider, is joined by Jeff Nelson, NISC Vice President of Information Security & Risk Management, to discuss the importance of securing valuable data from cyberattacks. Click here to view the video

By | March 14th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on A Focus on Cybersecurity

A Recap of RTIME and TechAdvantage

It was a whirlwind week as NISC descended upon two major cities for NRECA’s TechAdvantage Conference in Nashville, Tenn., and NTCA’s RTIME Conference in Austin, Texas. We hosted two Annual Meetings in the span of just over 24 hours and constructed booths at both expos to visit with utility and telecom Members attending both shows. It was a great week of relationship building and celebrations surrounding our 50th anniversary. We kicked off the week with our Utility Annual Meeting at Nashville’s Music City Center on Sunday. Over 800 NISC Members joined us for lunch as the Executive Board announced last year’s election results and Vern shared his thoughts on NISC’s past, present and future. We were also pleased to have NRECA CEO Jim Matheson and NRECA International Senior Vice President Dan Waddle join us onstage as we presented NRECA International with a check for $25,000 as part of our Giving 50@50 campaign. Last Monday, we held our Telecom Annual Meeting at the Austin Convention Center with over 130 Members in attendance. It was great visiting with our telecom Members face to face, and sharing in our 50th celebrations with them. We also had an opportunity to present a check for $25,000 to Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) at NTCA’s RTIME Closing Session on Wednesday. In conjunction with our annual meetings, we also had an opportunity to visit with Members and prospects at the NISC booth at both the TechAdvantage and RTIME expos. The expos were a great opportunity for our RBMs and Sales Managers to connect with Members and visitors on NISC’s latest solutions and product offerings. We were excited this year to focus on advancements with Cybersecurity Services, iVUE Connect and our broadband initiative [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on A Recap of RTIME and TechAdvantage

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