Each spring, Arbor Day is observed annually to celebrate trees and encourage tree planting. Many communities around the world gather on this day to plant trees and take care of their parks. At the Arbor Day celebration in the new Co-op Park in Shawano, Wis., NISC was awarded the 2018 Commercial ‘Nature’s Friend Award’ by the Shawano Tree Advisory Board for its outstanding property. The facility features a well-manicured lot and an abundance of trees. The Mayor and City Forester of Shawano were pleased with NISC’s mindfulness of nature during the construction of this facility. “We look for outstanding properties, with trees that are taken care of,” said Tree Advisory Committee Chairman Bill Erdmann in explaining how the winners are chosen. NISC employees also appreciate the forest of trees that surround the property. “I especially appreciate the trees in our lot when I sit out on the back patio during lunch,” said NISC Lead Senior Technical Systems Specialist Rich Lemons. “They offer a sense of privacy and a nice escape from nearby traffic. I also enjoy the beautiful scenery and watching the animals, including birds, squirrels, and even an occasional muskrat.” The City of Shawano was given $160,000 by United Cooperative to create Co-op Park, and with the support and donations from other members in the community – like Belmark Inc. and the Shawano Rotary – the park will be undergoing many additions this summer, including a playground as well as a bike path that will connect the park to the adjacent Mountain Bay Trail. “It’s an example of how people in this community work together,” said Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks. Like the City of Shawano, NISC truly works together for sustainable development [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
Earlier this month, NRECA hosted their annual CEO Close-Up Conference in Palm Desert, Ca., bringing together hundreds of CEOs/General Managers and industry partners to collaborate and discuss key areas of concern for electric cooperatives across the country. It was a great week of leadership and insight, with many innovative ideas shared.
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 [...]
As NISC prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday next year, we will kick off a series of celebrations by what co-ops do best: Helping our communities - at home and abroad. Nearly four months ago, we launched our Giving 50@50 campaign in conjunction with our upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration. We have been blown away by the response from employees, and are proud to announce we are nearing our goal of raising $25,000! NISC’s Board of Directors will match that donation, for a total impact of $50,000. On November 2, we welcomed Jessica Golden, executive director of Foundation for Rural Service to our office in Missouri. Jessica spoke to our employees on the importance of rural America and how the advancements in broadband and technology have helped strengthen rural communities. Jessica also shared how telemedicine is drastically changing healthcare for citizens living in rural areas. Dedicated to providing educational resources and enhancing the lives of rural Americans, FRS uses funds to provide grants to rural communities and scholarships for rural youth. Oftentimes, receiving a scholarship can be the deciding factor in whether students are able to afford college. Making those phone calls to the recipients is one of Jessica’s favorite things about FRS. To view Jessica's presentation in its entirety, please click here. This past summer, employees also had an opportunity to hear from Ingrid Hunsicker, Senior Program Manager for NRECA International, in our North Dakota office. NRECA International strives to provide safe and reliable electricity in developing countries, promoting the power of the cooperative business model. Over the last 55 years, the program has brought electricity to millions of people, greatly improving their economies and way of life. And not only have these efforts affected [...]
At the heart of NISC are people. The people we serve. And the people who serve our Members. Through innovation, out-of-the-box ideas, collaboration and teamwork, NISC’s employees and Members collectively keep America and beyond connected and electrified. There is no greater reward for our efforts than to spend a week with our Members. Our 2017 MIC Conference was just a month ago, but we continue to revel in the 2,400-plus turnout. Seeing so many Members in one space is gratifying, exciting and rewarding all at once. Our opening video centered on the theme of the MIC: Driven to Serve. We continue to share it at our Regional Meetings, which are held in conjunction with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Regionals. We also shared it at the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) Fall Conference. It is a message bearing repeating. NISC and our Member-Owners were built on service, and that’s what encourages us every single day. NISC employees are driven to create, enhance or support the solutions that improve the lives of our Members. Our Members are driven to serve their communities by providing reliable and critical electric and telecommunication services. Service means something different to each of us, but dedication to service is one notion that powers us. NISC and our Members, we’re all driven to serve. This video says it all.