This month, Evisions is celebrating its 15th anniversary! In addition to celebrating the old-fashioned way—with a party!—we’ve also been taking a turn down memory lane. It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come in a decade and a half.
For those of you who follow our twitter account, you’ll have seen some fun facts from Evisions’ history over the past week or so. (So far, our favorite has been trying to imagine the Evisions “booth” at Summit in 1999. Manned by CEO Kevin Jones, it consisted of a folding table and a paper sign.) But we know that we wouldn’t have come all this way if our products hadn’t been growing and changing all this time to meet our customer’s needs.
So, to get an idea of where we came from, we thought we’d have a look at the history of the Evisions product line up and trace its evolution through the years.
1999 – After a year of being incorporated as a technology consulting firm, Evisions released its first two products: GradeLink, a tool for importing grades into Banner, and NoStep Check Solution, a check processing solution that would eventually form the basis for Intellecheck.
2000 – In an early effort to move away from paper-based forms, Evisions introduced FormFusion, which made it possible to design and deliver electronic versions of documents.
2001 – Just three years in, Evisions was working with over 70 Banner institutions, well on the way to establishing ourselves as experts in higher ed administrative software.
2002 – After several years of updates and improvements, NoStep Check Solution is relaunched as Intellecheck, which included check-processing support for a broader range of tasks.
2003 – Alongside the beginnings of a partnership with Ellucian (then SunGard), which is still going strong to this day, this year marked the beginning of development work on Argos.
2004 – Prior to the official launch, the first Argos implementations rolled out this year at Rockhurst University and the University of Portland. (Thanks for helping us work out the kinks!)
2005 – Along with MAPS, the Evisions software platform, which delivers all of our products in the cloud, Argos was officially launched this year. By the end of the year, it had been implemented at 25 sites.
2006 – This year, Evisions introduced Intellecard, a module for processing credit card payments, as a complement to Intellecheck.
2007 – Speaking of Intellecheck, this was a big year for the payment processing solution. In June, Intellecheck 2.0 was released, and hot on its heels, 3.0 hit the shelves in September.
2008 – Evisions added the Professional Services department this year, in order to offer custom development and training services to accompany our product line-up.
2009 – Reporting consistency became much easier to achieve this year, when Evisions added the Library of Objects and the Data Dictionary to Argos’s feature set.
2010 – Addressing a common frustration among Argos clients, the Transcript Solution was introduced this year, a turnkey service for custom transcript design and maintenance.
2011 – Evisions expanded into data security this year with DataMasque, a data transformation tool that masks personally identifiable information in non-production databases.
2012 – This year marked a dramatic expansion of Evisions’ focus. With the acquisition of Cayuse and the addition of the Evisions Research Suite, we were excited branch out into research administration and add such a complementary toolkit to our product line.
2013 – Building on the success of the 2012 Argos 4.0 release, this year marked the addition of the Argos Web Viewer in Argos 4.2. The web viewer allows users to view and interact with Argos dashboards and reports in the browser via any computer or tablet.
It’s been a long run—and a good one! We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years has in store.
We’d love hear about any stories you have from the early days of Evisions. Bonus points if you chatted with Kevin at that first, folding-table Summit. Share your stories in the comments section below!
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