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NISC Named Among Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT for 16th Straight Year

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., June 17, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies was named a Best Place to Work in Information Technology (IT) by IDG's Computerworld, ranking no. 13 among midsize organizations (1,001 – 4,999 employees). 2019 marks NISC’s 16th straight year on the list and 17th recognition overall. "We are humbled and honored to be selected as a top employer in the information technology field," said NISC president and CEO Vern Dosch. "Our employees are the heartbeat of this organization and their knowledge and expertise is essential in helping NISC stay ahead of the curve in the technology industry. The fact that this award is based off feedback from our employees means even more and speaks volumes about the work we do to provide our employees with the best possible careers at NISC." While competitive salaries and benefits packages, retirement plans and paid time off all factor into Computerworld’s list, it’s also the opportunities for employee growth and empowerment that play a role in companies receiving the recognition. "The market for IT talent remains very tight, and employers continue to focus on finding and holding on to the best people," said Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis. "Our 2019 survey shows again that the Best Places to Work in IT are dynamic organizations that provide top pay and a broad array of programs and benefits designed to make them attractive places to work. Many show that they have a commitment to training, to diversity and to improved communication and teamwork." NISC was also named a 2019 Top 10 Workplace by the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network, which recognizes local businesses committed to recruiting and [...]

By | June 13th, 2019|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Named Among Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT for 16th Straight Year

NISC Sales Manager Susan Imm Promoted to Vice President of Member & Industry Division

Lake St. Louis, Mo., May 30, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has named Susan Imm vice president of the Member & Industry division. Imm, who has 25 years of experience in the utility, gas and water software industry, has led the utility sales team at NISC for more than six years. During that time, NISC has grown significantly, adding an average of 20 new utility Members per year and exceeding revenue targets. Prior to joining NISC, Imm worked as a sales director for Aclara and Nexus Energy Software where she gained experience providing software solutions focused on consumer engagement, energy efficiency, call center applications and meter data management. Prior to the utility industry, Imm held development positions in the non-profit arena including Very Special Arts and Parkland Hospital Foundation. "At NISC, we have a great tradition of promoting from within and providing career opportunities for our employees," said Vern Dosch, NISC president and CEO. "The selection of Susan as vice president of Member & Industry continues that important tradition. She has demonstrated not only her effectiveness as an integral part of NISC's growth, but more importantly, her actions have demonstrated the effective and sincere way in which she has embraced the values and the culture of our organization." As vice president of Member & Industry, Imm will be responsible for utility and telecom sales, Member engagement, marketing communications and events. Imm will begin her new role with NISC effective immediately, working virtually out of Wisconsin. 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, [...]

By | May 30th, 2019|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Sales Manager Susan Imm Promoted to Vice President of Member & Industry Division

NISC Provides a Marketing Boost with SmartHub Kit

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., May 8, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative's (NISC) SmartHub® web and mobile application has been helping telecommunications and utility customers manage their accounts for more than five years. Getting the word out on the benefits of SmartHub is now easier than ever with the SmartHub Marketing Kit, available for NISC Members through the NISC Community. "SmartHub can help telecom and utility customers in a number of ways, including providing them a convenient way to pay their bill or get information on service interruptions," said Susan Imm, interim vice president of Member and Industry for NISC. "This kit helps our NISC Members showcase the benefits of SmartHub, enabling a better customer experience and helping increase communication with utility and telecom customers." The SmartHub Marketing Kit includes everything an NISC Member needs to showcase the app to utility and telecom customers. Bill inserts, social media materials, posters, banners and videos are all included and available to use at no cost as a way to increase engagement with the web and mobile app. NISC's SmartHub launched in 2012 to improve communication and customer service for NISC Members. Available on the web and through a mobile app, SmartHub allows customers to pay their bills, report service issues, monitor their usage and receive important information from their provider. NISC Members can access the SmartHub Marketing Kit through the NISC Community by visiting smarthubkit.com. For more information about SmartHub, please visit nisc.coop. If you don’t have a Community login to access this kit, please contact Scott Wild. 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 [...]

By | May 8th, 2019|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Provides a Marketing Boost with SmartHub Kit

NISC Acquires Affinegy; Launches NISC User Services System

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 [...]

By | April 22nd, 2019|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Acquires Affinegy; Launches NISC User Services System

NISC’s SmartHub® Expands into Smart Homes

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., March 13, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software and solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has expanded its SmartHub® web and mobile app into the smart home. SmartHub’s new voice assistant functionality allows utility consumers to access the app via a Google Home or Amazon Echo, just by using their voice. "One of our goals as an organization is to keep our solutions at the forefront of technology," said David Bonnett, NISC vice president of product management. "The new voice assistant functionality in SmartHub takes advantage of the latest innovations in the smart home to help give consumers an easier way to interact with their utility." SmartHub allows utility consumers to interact with their utility provider anytime, anywhere via the web or a mobile device. Launched in 2012, SmartHub allows consumers to pay their bill, view their usage and interact with their provider by submitting outage updates and receiving important news right at their fingertips. The new voice assistant functionality takes SmartHub into the smart home. These new features allow users to utilize their Amazon Echo or Google Home devices to interact with their utility similarly to how they would when using the SmartHub app. Consumers can ask their device to talk to their utility and perform a variety of tasks like checking account balance and news updates, getting payment history, checking outage information and soon making a payment. "Consumers value convenience," said Nate Boettcher, NISC product line manager. "SmartHub's voice assistant functionality helps to continue leveraging new technology to give consumers options on how and when they communicate with their utility." For more about SmartHub's voice assistant capabilities, visit www.nisc.coop. About NISCNational Information Solutions [...]

By | March 13th, 2019|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC’s SmartHub® Expands into Smart Homes

More Than 600 Attend NISC’s 2019 Annual Meeting

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 [...]

By | March 11th, 2019|News, Press Release|Comments Off on More Than 600 Attend NISC’s 2019 Annual Meeting

NISC to Sponsor and Exhibit at NRECA’s 2019 TechAdvantage

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., March 7, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, is sponsoring and exhibiting at NRECA's TechAdvantage Conference & Expo March 10-13 in Orlando, Fla. NISC will be exhibiting in Halls B4 and C of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando Monday, March 11, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Expo attendees are encouraged to stop by booth No. 1678 to hear the latest in NISC innovations, test drive solutions and speak one-on-one with our dedicated regional business managers. Visitors will also have an opportunity to check out NISC's new SmartHub Voice Assistant, combining the features of NISC's SmartHub web and mobile app with smart home devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home. Attendees will also have a chance to win an Apple iPad or a Google Home Hub. TechAdvantage is the leading technology event for professionals in the electric cooperative sector, focused on new innovations and critical technologies that will be instrumental for electric cooperatives' success in the future. The conference brings together thousands of attendees from across the country in departments including engineering, information technology, energy services, operations and supply management. For more information on TechAdvantage, please visit www.techadvantage.org. Annual Meeting to Provide NISC HighlightsIn conjunction with TechAdvantage, NISC will be hosting its Annual Meeting Sunday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Valencia D, located in the west concourse of the Orange County Convention Center. NISC president and CEO Vern Dosch alongside the vice presidents and representatives from NISC's Board of Directors will report on NISC's finances, [...]

By | March 7th, 2019|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC to Sponsor and Exhibit at NRECA’s 2019 TechAdvantage

NISC Acquires Electrical Distribution Design, Inc.

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 [...]

By | March 1st, 2019|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Acquires Electrical Distribution Design, Inc.

NISC Announces 2019 Educational Workshops Schedule

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Feb. 13, 2019 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, announced the 2019 NISC workshops schedule in preparation for another exciting year of learning opportunities for NISC Members. NISC’s workshops are an integral piece of the continued education provided by NISC each year. They provide an opportunity for NISC staff to connect one-on-one with Members and discuss key features of the iVUE Enterprise software. Workshops also enable NISC Members to collaborate with one another, build relationships and share stories about how their organization uses NISC’s software.  “We are so excited to continue enhancing our workshops and to add even more dates to the schedule for this year,” said Jasper Schneider, NISC vice president of Member & Industry. “Though our annual Member Information Conference is our main learning event, the workshops enable us to work with NISC Members directly, providing one-on-one instruction and guidance, and really connect with our Members on how to best utilize NISC solutions for their organization.” NISC’s workshops are also one of the features highlighted in NISC’s new advertising campaign, Membership Amplified. The advertisements, which will run in industry publications including NRECA’s RE Magazine and NTCA’s Rural Telecom Magazine, focus on the key identifiers that set NISC apart, the unique advantages of partnership and how Members play an integral role in every aspect of the technology cooperative. The campaign will continue to highlight different NISC features throughout the year. NISC’s first workshop of 2019 will be held Feb. 20-21 at San Luis Valley REC in Monte Vista, Colo. To learn more about the 2019 NISC Workshops and to view the full schedule, please visit the NISC Community. To [...]

By | February 13th, 2019|Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Announces 2019 Educational Workshops Schedule

NISC Membership is Amplified at the 2019 Telecom Annual Meeting

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 [...]

By | February 12th, 2019|News, Press Release|Comments Off on NISC Membership is Amplified at the 2019 Telecom Annual Meeting