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The Ultimate Guide to Office 365 Reporting

14 Apr 2016 by Emma Robinson

As we promised a couple of blog posts ago, we have just published our first white paper, The Ultimate Guide to Office 365 Reporting: Native Reports. As the first of a two-part series, we explore the native reporting capabilities within Office 365 (both past and present) and evaluate their usability for both IT uses, and as a tool for organisation-wide business intelligence.
If you use Office 365 in your organisation and would like to understand how reporting can inform crucial business decisions, justify and maximise your cloud investment, while enabling you to save money within the platform – reading our white paper is a good place to start.
Whether your organisation is newly migrated to Office 365, or made the transition some time ago, you’re in good company. With benefits like speed, collaboration and scalability, it is clear why cloud adoption is ever-increasing amongst small and large organisations alike. In fact, IDC research predicts that by 2020, there will be no ‘clouds’ as we now know them, whether ‘public’ or ‘private’. It will not be a service to choose or move to; it will be simply the new way that business is done, and how IT is provisioned.
But what does this mean in real terms? Your cloud environment, including Office 365, is absolutely teeming with data. A truly unnerving amount. The term ‘Big Data’ is frequently thrown around in the abstract. This is partly because it can be difficult to comprehend, but also because it is evasive, and often spewed out in an unusable or unmanageable form, which is why you might be told to ‘harness’ or ‘capture’ its power – like a wild, mysterious beast. Cut out the jargon, and it is simply an ever-increasing volume of available information – visible or not, accessible or not…useful or not, it’s there.
There is little value in data that cannot be understood, and equally, you can’t get the most out of your Office 365 environment if you cannot interpret the data that it provides. It is promoted as an efficient, agile, scalable platform, but if you can’t measure these elements in specific, granular detail then how can you guarantee that your investment has been returned, either financially or through the increased performance that the platform promises? In order to achieve complete management, you have to be able to see into your Office 365 environment, and understand as much of its inner workings as possible. For that you need comprehensive, visible data – or more specifically, reports.
No matter the context, the ultimate purpose of data is to enable understanding. In order to achieve this, information needs to be processed from its raw, unintelligible form and represented in a way that can be widely consumed and actioned. Of everything that you need to know about Office 365 reporting that’s covered in our new white paper, the first is just how integral reports are to understanding the platform.
Interested in finding out more? If you want to read the full white paper, it’s sitting in our new resource center, ready to download.
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Coming soon – Make sure to keep an eye out for the second part of the series, The Ultimate Guide to Office 365 Reporting: Beyond Native Reports.