Louisville, Ky., Sept. 14, 2021 – National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and broadband providers, has selected AWS as its preferred cloud supplier to support ongoing development of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for customers. NISC will use AWS to expand the capabilities of its current offerings including meter data management while also building new cloud native solutions for customers on AWS. Leveraging AWS’s extensive portfolio of cloud capabilities, including analytics, machine learning, serverless, compute, storage, and database, NISC will develop and scale cloud-based solutions and services for its customers, meeting and strengthening stringent security, privacy and compliance standards.
With a heritage that started in 1967, NISC (pronounced by vocalizing each letter, “N-I-S-C”) has a mission to deliver information technology solutions and services that are Member and customer focused, quality driven and value priced. NISC provides a full enterprise suite of solutions in areas including financials, service, operations and marketing, along with offerings for data analysis, customer engagement and cybersecurity. DG Insider Pro and Computerworld named NISC a best place to work in information technology, ranking NISC no. seven among midsize organizations (1,001 – 4,999 employees).
Cooperative Values Meet Shared Needs
Because utility cooperatives are owned by Members with very similar needs and businesses, they’re often guided by the cooperative values of integrity, relationships, innovation, teamwork, empowerment, and personal development guide NISC, and align well with AWS’s leadership principles.
“NISC and AWS both represent excellence in their fields,” says Dave Bonnett, NISC vice president of Product Management. “The AWS approach to customer obsession has lined up well with our vision to enhance the success of our Member-Owners by providing world class information technology solutions while building lasting business relationships.”
NISC Members include more than 880 electric cooperatives, public utility districts, broadband organizations, municipalities and public power entities serving more than 20 million end consumers across all 50 United States as well as in American Samoa, Canada and Palau. NISC’s payroll products calculate more than 1.2 million paychecks annually and track an annual payroll in excess of $3.5 billion for 46,000 professionals employed by NISC Members. NISC is owned by the Members it serves and is governed by a 14-person Board of Directors, who are elected by Members.
AWS Supports NISC Member Information Conference (MIC) 2021
As part of the partnership with NISC, AWS power and utilities sponsored the 2021 NISC Member Information Conference (MIC) in Louisville Ky. Sept. 16-19, where AWS’ director of customer solutions Joseph Santamaria presented a keynote panel on cloud for utility cooperatives and broadband companies.
MIC has been held for more than 50 years, bringing together NISC Members, staff, partners, and friends for a dynamic week of learning, networking, and fun. At MIC 2021, more than 100 sessions were offered to help Members and invited guests to gain a better understanding of NISC solutions and greater efficiency in use of the iVUE Enterprise System.
Amazon eero also sponsored MIC. Eero features a mesh system that brings wifi down halls, around walls, and to every corner of a home. Unlike a traditional router—which can leave some rooms out of wifi’s reach—an eero system uses multiple devices that work together harmoniously to send connection in every direction.
“NISC is looking forward to working with AWS to innovate on behalf of our members,” Bonnett said. “We’ve already seen the positive impact of AWS for NISC with significant cost and performance improvements. We’re looking forward to building on our success together in the years to come.”
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 882 independent broadband companies, electric cooperatives and other public power entities. NISC is an industry leader providing information technology solutions including financials, service, operations and marketing as well as many other supporting platforms and business services. With facilities in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Blacksburg, Va., NISC and its subsidiary employ more than 1,200 professionals between the four locations and remotely throughout the United States.
Additional information about NISC can be found at www.nisc.coop.