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.”
People who attend User Group tell us that they really value learning from their peers in higher education—and they love being the first to learn about what’s on the horizon at Digital Measures. This year’s attendees have several chances to get our roadmap story and learn about Activity Insight, Workflow and what’s ahead for 2018.
DM Download with Matt Bartel
Every year, Digital Measures CEO and Founder Matt Bartel shares his look at the current state of higher education and his vision for the company . He’ll discuss the opportunities that Digital Measures sees to provide universities with tools that allow you to effectively and accurately share your stories of individual and university accomplishment and impact.
It’s been an exciting year of development and new releases at DM. In “Our 2017 Roadmap Story,” Product Management team lead Ella Ozier will share the new features and capabilities we’ve developed since User Group 2016, and how that impacts our colleagues Professor Harry Brown and Activity Insight Administrator Naiobi Richards at the fictional (but very relatable!) Your University. You will also meet a new Workflow Administrator at YourU.
Preview New Features
Choose one of three tracks during our DM Product Hour for a deeper dive into:
- Reporting: How You Want It with self-service reporting tools
- Transforming Processes With Workflow
- Supporting AACSB’s Revised Standards
In each session, we will show you what DM has planned and you’ll have the opportunity to help us chart a course for the capabilities that will have the most impact for your university.
New This Year: Labs@DM
During breaks between sessions, visit Labs@DM and make your voice heard—you’ll have the chance to test drive new Activity Insight and Workflow features and give your feedback! (It’s fun, interactive and brief, so you won’t miss anything on the conference agenda.) Members of the Development team, Success Consultants and Technologists will also be available to talk about using these new capabilities at your institution.
Around noon on any given day at Digital Measures, you’ll find trios of DMers meeting up in the lobby to head out for “Lunch with DMers,” a tradition that developed as our company grew big enough that we don’t all work with everyone on the team every day.
The rules are simple: each month, choose two other DMers with whom don’t directly work and eat lunch together offsite—DM picks up the tab. DMers pop into our lively #lunchwithdmers Slack channel to connect with colleagues looking for lunch partners.
“The goal here is to give you an opportunity to connect with people that you don’t really interact with , outside of monthly meetings,” said Katelynn Schneider, Human Resources Manager. “These lunches don’t have an agenda, just some suggested questions to get the conversation started.” Continue reading “Talking Among Ourselves at Lunch with DMers”
Digital Measures has grown a lot in recent years—in fact, we ran out of space. Almost a year ago, we announced the construction of a new Digital Measures headquarters, and last week we took a tour of the final stages of construction. Here’s a sneak preview—we’re counting down and can’t wait to move in! Continue reading “New Office Update: The Countdown Is On!”
Volunteers from Digital Measures recently spent an afternoon weeding and staking tomato plants, moving the pipes used to water fields, and hoeing the broccoli patch at The Farm, The Hunger Task Force’s 200-acre farm in Franklin, Wis. There, a small staff supplemented by local volunteers tend crops to grow the fresh produce that Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force distributes to its local network of food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Continue reading “DMers Tend Crops to Feed the Hungry in Milwaukee”
Once a quarter, the whole Digital Measures team comes together for an offsite event to get us out of our routines and into something surprising and fun. DMers have gone curling, cooked tapas, played maker’s golf and more. This time, we found ourselves at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. After a quick tour of the Rep’s three performance spaces and extensive backstage workshops, we spent the afternoon improvising together. We had a blast, and came away with some fresh ways to creatively collaborate. Continue reading “DMers Learn Improv Techniques for Creativity, Collaboration”
Great stories empower and inspire us, so they need to be shared! Which is why we’re excited to announce the theme for this year’s Digital Measures User Group 2017: Share Your Story. Whether you’ve done something innovative to achieve your university’s strategic objectives or used Activity Insight to measure the impact of your faculty and university, we want to hear your story—and help you tell it.
User Group 2017 is October 8-10 in Milwaukee. You can register here. Continue reading “User Group 2017: Share Your Story”