For an open, honest, multi-directional exchange of ideas, nothing beats a group of people with a vital shared interest. Digital Measures was founded by entrepreneur and then-student Matt Bartel, who saw a need—capturing information digitally from the start, rather than gathering information on paper—and set about creating a solution to streamline that process. Matt’s initial inspiration and his approach of engaging higher education professionals in conversation continue to define DM’s approach to creating solutions. We engage faculty, department chairs, deans and provosts in conversation several ways, including our Client Insight Boards (CIBs). Here’s a Q&A with Kate Kaczmarczik, Product Marketing Manager and Insight Board coordinator, about how our Insight Boards inspire products and inform new features and functionality. Continue reading “Client Insight Boards Offer Information & Inspiration”
Digital Measures CEO and founder Matt Bartel was recently recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the “40 Under 40” business and community leaders making a difference in southeastern Wisconsin in 2018. We sat down with him to talk about the honor, and what it means to him and Digital Measures. Continue reading “Reflecting on “40 Under 40” Honor With Matt Bartel”
We started the Digital Measures blog in early 2016 to share stories that matter to the higher education community. Nearly two years in, it’s clear from our readership stats you share common concerns and interests. So here’s a look at the top themes you’ve been consuming in 2017, plus links to the posts you read the most. Continue reading “Best of the Blog 2017: The Posts You Read the Most”
Giving back matters. That’s why Digital Measures provides all DMers two paid days per year to volunteer and offers multiple community outreach opportunities to get involved. And, DMers always step up contributing more than 1,000 hours to various non-profits.
In 2017, volunteers from DM:
- Shared college experiences with high school students through College Possible
- Staffed a phone bank for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
- Got our hands dirty helping the Victory Garden Initiative, the Hunger Task Force Farm and the Urban Ecology Center
- Collected food donations during a pre-Thanksgiving drive for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
- Gave the gift of blood during a Blood Center of Wisconsin donation drive
- Educated the community and led tours during Doors Open Milwaukee
And those are just the volunteer opportunities organized by DM. DMers also give their time to a range of organizations, from those helping animals to supporting the arts and other causes.
It’s deeply rewarding to give back to a community that’s been Digital Measures home for 18 years. Thanks, Milwaukee!
Recently, DMers helped serve breakfast at The Gathering, an organization dedicated to feeding Milwaukee’s hungry.
We recently had Bring Your Dog to Work Day at Digital Measures, and it raised the question: are we dog people or cat people? The Team DM survey results are in, and the answer is a resounding “yes.” Continue reading “Meet Team DM: Dog People or Cat People Edition”
There’s a new mug on our Digital Measures mug wall! We are pleased to announce that the University of Arkansas (UArk) has joined the rapidly growing number of universities using Activity Insight university-wide to capture and report on faculty activities and achievements. Continue reading “Digital Measures Welcomes the University of Arkansas!”
User Group 2017, our largest ever, wrapped up on Tuesday, and we can’t believe it’s over! With more than 200 attendees representing 130 universities, this was an unprecedented learning opportunity for everyone, including DMers. Our theme this year was Share Your Story, and share we did—from innovative ways to engage faculty to reports that fuel strategic initiatives and continuous improvement. Continue reading “Thanks for Coming to User Group 2017”
We celebrated the move to our new Digital Measures headquarters with our families on Saturday, September 9. It’s such a big milestone that DM CEO and Founder Matt Bartel wanted to do something truly exceptional—zip from our old headquarters to our new one, half a block away. And we did, with a zip line on Buffalo Street, food trucks and a chance to share our new space with the people who matter the most, our families. Here’s a look at our celebration. Continue reading “Zipping Into Our New Digital Measures Headquarters”
User Group is Digital Measures annual conference for clients who use Activity Insight, but it’s an exciting event for DMers as well. Our clients tell us they appreciate our informative agenda, interesting keynote speakers and the chance to network with DMers and colleagues from other universities. As all DMers attend User Group, they each have particular elements they love best. Here’s a few of their stories. Continue reading “Why DMers Love User Group”
Digital Measures is proud to open our new headquarters on E. Buffalo Street to visitors for Doors Open Milwaukee, the annual two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history taking place September 23-24. It’s exciting to share our newly completed space in the Third Ward with our fellow Milwaukeeans.
Our offices are part of an addition to Milwaukee’s historic Mercantile Building, built in 1908 by Alfred Uihlein. “The new structure is a modern interpretation of the original building, which blends the two, but also represents the future of the Third Ward,” said Matt Bartel, Digital Measures CEO and founder. “Our employees, called DMers, provided input every step of the way in the thoughtful design of this space. Our new footprint takes into account the various ways people like to work, fostering interaction and creativity in a comfortable, light-filled environment. At the center of our space we’ve also incorporated a two-story custom wall with mugs representing each university campus visited by a DMer, a reminder of our clients who are at the heart of the work we do each day.”
A key goal of our modern workplace includes having everyone on the same floor to create a sense of home for all. You won’t find traditional conference rooms, as the design approach is more of a lounge with residential finishes .There are several collaboration areas and a rare wrap-around terrace for work and break time. The “Union” area is the hub of activity, anchored by our kitchen stocked with food and drink where people naturally bump into one another.
Our new space is one of 170 buildings throughout the city participating in Doors Open, which is put on by Historic Milwaukee. Doors Open sites include commercial properties, sacred spaces, apartment buildings, breweries, art galleries, community gardens and more stretching from downtown to the surrounding suburbs, and the neighborhoods between. In 2016, more than 30,000 visitors participated in the event, a number that’s expected to grow this year.
“The Third Ward has been our home since the beginning,” Bartel said. “We’re happy to participate in an event that showcases the architecture and community stories of Milwaukee’s downtown and raises awareness of the critical role design plays in a vibrant and livable city.”