Happy 19th Birthday, Digital Measures!

Happy 19th Birthday, Digital Measures!

Digital Measures turns 19 today! As we blow out the candles on our birthday cake, here’s a look back at some highlights of the last 12 months—what a year it’s been!—and at what we’ve set our sights on as we kick off our 20th year.

Empowering Faculty Stories

A major focus for DM in the past year has been empowering faculty to share their stories—within their universities and the world. “Faculty are doing incredible things. We want to help you shine a light on them,” Matt Bartel, CEO and founder, told User Group attendees in his annual DM Download keynote. “Every university’s story starts with faculty stories.” In the last 12 months, faculty have entered more than 8.6 million records of teaching, research and service into Activity Insight.

Investing in Our Clients’ Success

We delivered a  host of new Activity Insight features and functionality, including:

  • Customizable CVs for faculty, allowing faculty to leverage the data they capture in Activity Insight for use in CVs for grant applications, conference presentations and more.
  • Self-service reporting tools, allowing universities to create the reports they need without a work request.
  • Effortless data entry, with two new data integration partners, Scopus and Web of Science.

Getting Rid of Binders on Campus

We greatly extended the power of Activity Insight with Workflow, which digitizes complex campus processes including promotion and tenure, annual reviews, sabbatical requests, program review and more. Faculty and reviewers now submit materials and review and respond within a single system.

Our New Digital Measures Home

Last September, we moved into our spacious new headquarters. And we did it in style—with a zip line from our old building to our new one, just down the block. We think our new office is pretty special, and so does the Milwaukee Business Journal, crowning us one of Milwaukee’s Coolest Offices of 2018.

5th Annual User Group

Our fifth annual User Group set an attendance record and brought former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the stage as our keynote speaker. User Group 2017 attendees were the first to join us in our new space for a kickoff reception and office warming. Our annual Milwaukee outing featured a local horticultural treasure known to Wisconsinites as “The Domes.”

Giving Back

Digital Measures provides all DMers two paid days per year to volunteer and offers multiple community outreach opportunities to get involved.  In 2017, DMers contributed more than 1,000 hours to various non-profits, including:

  • Sharing college experiences with high school students through College Possible
  • Staffing a phone bank for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee
  • Getting our hands dirty helping the Victory Garden Initiative, the Hunger Task Force Farm and the Urban Ecology Center
  • Collecting food donations during a pre-Thanksgiving drive for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Giving the gift of blood during a Blood Center of Wisconsin donation drive
  • Educating the community and led tours during Doors Open Milwaukee
  • Feeding breakfast to Milwaukee’s hungry with The Gathering

Thought Leadership

Matt Bartel, CEO and founder of Digital Measures, spoke at the American Council on Education conference, Milwaukee’s Startup Week and was recognized by Milwaukee Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 leaders to watch.

What’s Ahead

We’re debuting DM University LIVE at User Group 2018—a new suite of training opportunities to help you take Activity Insight and Workflow to the next level. And we have some exciting new product and service announcements to share soon, so watch the blog to learn more.

Thank You, Clients

In the past year, you’ve given us hundreds of hours of interviews, as well as many hours of service on our Client Insight Boards. Your insights are critical to our design philosophy, and shape the products and services we offer. It’s a privilege to work with and for you.

Special thanks to the faculty who shared their input—we’re working make Activity Insight easier and more useful than ever so that you can leverage the teaching, research and service you enter into the system to support your career.