Life can be hectic. From trying to balance a career with family needs or making time to go to the gym or meet up with family and friends, the last thing customers want to do is worry about paying their bill. Since 2012, NISC’s SmartHub web and mobile app has been a tool that can help telecom and utility customers manage their account while balancing their other responsibilities and activities. Do your customers know how SmartHub can help them manage their account? If not, NISC’s SmartHub Marketing Kit can help! The new kit, available on the NISC Community, is designed to help NISC’s Members promote the benefits of the web and mobile app. Featuring fresh, eye-catching designs, the kit contains bill inserts, social media materials, videos, banners, posters and other promotional material that will help customers understand the benefits of using SmartHub for their account management. SmartHub not only helps customers but provides added benefits for NISC Members as well. When customers use SmartHub for bill pay, they’re going paperless, saving money on a bill print. They also have a convenient way to view their usage and report service interruptions, while NISC’s Members can send messages with important information. This leads to more efficient customer service, fewer calls and increased customer satisfaction. Download the new SmartHub Marketing Kit today, and start getting the most out of the web and mobile app! Visit smarthubkit.com for more info and to download materials.
Lake St. Louis, Mo., April 23, 2019 – To offer NISC's Members enhanced broadband solutions, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has acquired Affinegy. Based in Austin, Texas, Affinegy provides cloud-based, service enablement software and connected device management for broadband service providers. Affinegy's secure and scalable solution provides Auto Configuration Server (ACS) Management for customer-premises equipment (CPE) and managed WiFi orchestration for any TR-069 enabled CPE. "NISC has become acquainted with the Affinegy team and discovered we share the same passion for service and delivering world-class information technology solutions," said David Bonnett, NISC vice president of Product Management. "While technological advancement is paramount, the affirmation of sharing the same values was key in this acquisition." "NISC is a cooperative whose mission and vision aligns perfectly with Affinegy's," said Melissa Simpler, Affinegy CEO. "By joining NISC, Affinegy will be a part of an organization that can continue to develop and enhance the technology so that it will continue to meet the needs and demands of the industry well into the future." With this acquisition, NISC launched the NISC User Services System, leveraging the Affinegy product as part of its overall solutions portfolio. The solution can be operated independently, or it can be integrated with NISC's customer care and billing solutions along with NISC's SmartHub web and mobile tools for payment processing and order management. The acquisition marks the next milestone in NISC's iVUE fully integrated Enterprise System, which provides accounting, engineering and customer care functions. Affinegy's solution will integrate across NISC's enterprise platforms and will allow its Members to provide enhanced broadband services to their end consumers/customers. "NISC Members have asked us to provide them with [...]
Orlando, Fla., March 11, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) welcomed more than 600 Members and guests to its 2019 Utility Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla., held in conjunction with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) TechAdvantage Conference and Expo at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando. NISC's Board of Directors and executive team conducted the business meeting, where four NISC Board Members were ratified: District 4 - Ron Salyer President at Pioneer Rural Electric Cooperative in Piqua, Ohio District 6 - Wayne Martian General Manager at North Central Electric Cooperative in Bottineau, N.D. District 8 - Jeff Churchwell General Manager at Northeast Louisiana Power Cooperative in Winnsboro, La. District 14 - Harry Barnes Director at 3 Rivers Communications in Fairfield, Mont. The business meeting also recognized former Board Director Mickey Miller of Nolin RECC for his 20+ years of combined service to the CADP and NISC Board of Directors. Carol Wright, President/CEO at Jackson Energy Cooperative in McKee, Ky., will fulfill the remainder of his three-year term for District 3. NISC President and CEO Vern Dosch delivered a keynote address centered on what it means to be a part of the NISC family: value with Membership and solutions with impact. "The focus of NISC is not just development of solutions and services," said Dosch. "We also pride ourselves in the differentiators: the 24/7 support, dedicated business managers and a commitment to collaboration. The relationship between NISC and its Members is truly Membership, amplified." Dosch also announced the acquisition of Electrical Distribution Design, Inc. (EDD), headquartered in Blacksburg, Va. EDD is a private corporation providing advanced engineering modeling software and services to the electric utility and related industries. NISC has been working with [...]
Lake Saint Louis, Mo., March 1, 2019 – To better serve its Members, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has acquired Electrical Distribution Design, Inc. (EDD). EDD is a private corporation headquartered in Blacksburg, Va., that provides advanced engineering modeling software and services to the electric utility and related industries. NISC has been working with EDD for several years, integrating EDD’s analytics into NISC’s Geographic Information System, Outage Management System and Operations Analytics product offerings. EDD’s commercial software product, DEW, stands apart from others in its ability to deliver near real-time operational analytics for electric utilities. “EDD is a great fit with NISC in both the quality solutions and diligent service they provide their customers,” said Todd Eisenhauer, NISC vice president of Strategy & Operations Solutions. “Driven by new technologies, regulations, and end-user expectations, the utility industry is changing and evolving at a rapid pace. This acquisition will help ensure NISC’s Members are empowered to keep up with that pace by making more-informed decisions at a rate faster than ever before.” “We feel NISC is a natural fit for EDD,” said Dr. Robert Broadwater, EDD chief technology officer. “We’re excited to combine our technology and years of experience with NISC’s large active community in order to enhance our products to the benefit of all NISC’s Members.” With the acquisition, EDD and its 15 employees will become a subsidiary of NISC. About NISCNational Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) is an information technology organization that develops, implements and supports software and hardware solutions for our Members. We deliver advanced solutions, services and support to 832 independent telephone companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an [...]
New Orleans, La., February 12, 2019 – NISC Membership means more than just solutions, it’s a partnership between the software provider and the Member that drives all organizations forward. This was the theme of NISC’s 2019 Telecom Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the NTCA RTIME Meeting and Expo in New Orleans, La. NISC president and CEO Vern Dosch took the stage at the 2019 NISC Telecom Annual Meeting to discuss what it means to be an NISC Member. Of course there are solutions, but with 24/7 support, dedicated business managers and a commitment to collaboration, the relationship between NISC and its Members is truly Membership, Amplified. "Every time we can have a conversation with our Members is important," Dosch said. "We're committed to building relationships with our Membership and having the opportunity to talk face-to-face is not one we take for granted. These meetings give us a chance to engage with our Members and collaborate to solve industry challenges and build new and exciting things together." During the NTCA Excellence Awards Ceremony, Dosch was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Associate Member Award. He joined NTCA chief executive officer Shirley Bloomfield on stage during the ceremony to accept the award and gave thanks to NTCA for being a great partner with NISC. NISC also launched a new exhibit at the RTIME Expo. The exhibit focused on NISC’s Membership Amplified campaign and featured multiple areas designed to showcase NISC's collaboration with its Members. While NISC Membership goes far beyond technology, the solutions are still extremely important. The new exhibit featured several areas for demonstrating the latest NISC innovations. "NISC provides world-class technology solutions, but that's not where our relationship ends," said Jasper Schneider, NISC vice president [...]
Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Nov. 20, 2018 -- NISC’s web and mobile app, SmartHub, along with several Virginia-based NISC Members were recognized by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council for contributions to energy efficiency. SmartHub, along with A&N Electric Cooperative, Community Electric Cooperative, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, Prince George Electric Cooperative, Southside Electric Cooperative and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, were presented a second-place award in the Residential category at the 2018 Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards luncheon Nov. 14 in Richmond, Va. SmartHub is a customer engagement web and smartphone app for NISC Members’ consumers that provides an easier way to pay their bill and monitor their energy usage. To Rappahannock Electric, one of the award recipients, this has meant increased efficiency and enhanced customer communication. “Through anecdotal evidence, cooperative consumers make changes to their behavior to reduce their electricity use once presented with their personalized energy analysis,” said Kris Sieber, director of member services for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. “In contrast to receiving an electric bill once a month, consumers are able to draw meaningful correlation to controllable factors like thermostat settings, appliance use, and see the impact external factors such as weather have on their electric use. SmartHub brings tremendous intangible value to Rappahannock Electric.” “We’ve long-known our Members are leaders in the utility industry when it comes to energy efficiency,” said Doug Remboldt, NISC vice president of Member Support. “We’re proud that SmartHub is helping these Members truly communicate with their end consumers and make a difference when it comes to energy efficiency. It puts much more information in the hands of the person at the end of the line, and allows them to not only have access to this information but select how they will [...]
The 2018 Member Information Conference (MIC) has come to a close, and it was a great week full of learning and fun. The week wouldn’t have been as successful, though, without the help and participation of our Members. More than 40 sessions were led by NISC Members throughout the week and were among the most popular sessions offered at the conference.
Saint Louis, Mo., Sept. 11, 2018 — At the annual Member Information Conference this week in St. Louis, Mo., National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) announced a new, modernized design with enhanced features for its iVUE Mosaic solution, a cloud-based tool helping organizations better leverage data and identify trends to make more informed business decisions. Along with a sleek, new design and improved user navigation, iVUE Mosaic now has over 300 pieces of standardized content available to users, providing a baseline to work towards their specific organization's goals. Depending on their needs, users also have the option to build their own content from scratch, with support readily available from NISC staff. "These new features allow our Members to gain immediate insights into their data by using out of the box content," said John Weber, NISC product line manager. "In addition, they can also easily customize an existing visualization to meet their unique needs." Other new features available to users include improved portal creation tools, expanded iVUE data sources as well as a New Data Source Explorer for navigation. Egyptian Electric Cooperative, located in Murphysboro, Ill., deployed iVUE Mosaic in February of 2018. The cooperative was looking for a better tool to not only analyze their data, but to present that data in an effective way to the decision makers at Egyptian. "Before we began using iVUE Mosaic, we gathered information from various NISC modules and developed reports from spreadsheets or Word documents," said Art Pontow, projects manager for Egyptian Electric. "It was very time-consuming, and the reports didn't have the flexibility that we were looking for. iVUE Mosaic gave us the ability to get at the data the way we wanted to and present it in [...]
Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Sept. 6, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, announces its annual Member Information Conference (MIC) Sept. 11-13, 2018, in downtown St. Louis at the America's Center. NISC's premier learning event, the MIC, brings together more than 2,500 Members, NISC employees, invited guests and national speakers for a three-day conference featuring more than 190 concurrent sessions and three power-packed general sessions. "At the heart of the MIC is learning," says Jasper Schneider, NISC Vice President of Member and Industry. "We're able to emphasize our enterprise-wide technology solutions to help Members better enhance their operations and utilize the NISC solution suite to its full potential. Our scope spans a wide range of industry professionals, from executives to communications/marketing, accounting, finance, human resources and information technology professionals." This year's MIC celebrates NISC's 50th anniversary with special tributes to our rich history and a focus on the next 50 years. Highlights: Sessions From accounting and billing to engineering and all points in-between, the 2018 MIC will provide a record 191 sessions on the latest enhancements to NISC solutions, updates on the technology roadmap and discussions of issues facing the utility and telecom industries. Of these sessions, 46 will be Member-led, featuring best practices and case studies. Partner Pavilion As the hub for the MIC's events, the Partner Pavilion is home to NISC's Consulting Booth and Innovations Lab, where attendees can meet with NISC subject matter experts, as well as more than 30 exhibiting partners and vendors showcasing a variety of solutions and services valuable to our Member organizations. Thought-provoking General Sessions Sept. 11 Vern Dosch President and CEO of NISC Dosch will share [...]
Lake Saint Louis, Mo., July 18, 2018 — National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has long been a supporter of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA). The IT cooperative continues to strengthen its presence in the region with the addition of Lebanon Utilities in Lebanon, Ind., and Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities in Lawrenceburg, Ind. “IMPA serves as an energy partner to communities in Indiana and Ohio,” said Jasper Schneider, Vice President of Member & Industry for NISC. “We are excited to help serve this region by offering integrated software solutions that will not only benefit customers in Lebanon and Lawrenceburg but will also make their operations more streamlined and efficient.” Lebanon Utilities (LU) offers electric, sewer and water services to more than 8,800 customers in central Indiana. Additionally, the company manages and operates storm water and telecommunications facilities for the City of Lebanon. LU currently uses NISC’s automated bill printing services and is expanding their use of NISC solutions by implementing the fully integrated enterprise for billing, accounting and operations management. “We realized we needed a modern, robust, fully integrated platform to manage our business more efficiently,” said Sandra Morgan, CFO for LU. “NISC offers a suite of functionality that provides us a one-stop-shop for all our business process needs – including billing for all services, meter data management and an App for field service management. In addition, they offer award-winning support, so we know we will have a lasting, stable relationship.” Lawrenceburg Municipal Utilities (LMU) offers electric, water and waste water services to more than 3,400 businesses and residents in southeastern Indiana. LMU is also launching broadband services to meet their customers’ needs. LMU will [...]