Powerful reporting & analytics tools at your fingertips
Knowledge is power. As an administrator, content owner, or business stakeholder, you know this more than anyone.
However, you also know that gathering the data you need to make intelligent business decisions for your organization can be a time-consuming process. Until SharePoint’s centralized reporting services, data had to be collected individually on the site level—which not only consumed valuable resources, but also made real-time reporting virtually impossible.
Thankfully, since SharePoint, the reporting process has been revolutionized.
SharePoint’s reporting software is a powerful combination of Microsoft’s SQL Reporting Services and the data storage and management capabilities of the SharePoint solution. By taking advantage of SharePoint designer reporting, companies and organization are able to see the “bigger picture” by gaining a comprehensive understanding of their SharePoint server’s performance, security and usage.
Specifically, SharePoint’s reporting tools focus on five critical areas of enterprise management:
- Permissions - troubleshooting content accessibility issues, customized reporting for different types of compliance, controlling who has access to sensitive data.
- Usage/Activity – identifying content that is, or is not, being used, strategic planning for future growth, understanding hardware requirements.
- Storage – monitoring progress, anticipating technology needs, reorganizing data categorization based on specific usage.
- Audit – commissioning reports that show who accessed what, when and how long in order to comply with internal and external requirements.
- Performance – observing page load times to uncover problems and plan for peak usage.
Why Bother with SharePoint’s Reporting Tools?
A question we often get from administrators is if SharePoint utilizes the features of general SQL reporting software, why not go directly to the source and sidestep SharePoint altogether? Because there is one major downside to SQL servers: they aren’t very customizable.
This is where SharePoint picks up the slack. SharePoint SQL reporting allows you to create a customized portal to store various data source views and reports inside of your document libraries. Administrators and authorized users can then generate report subscriptions, delivery, design, and scheduling—all from one dashboard.
In addition, SharePoint’s customizable reporting tools enable your organization to:
- Monitor and log all facets of your SharePoint platform with real-time or scheduled reporting.
- Manage the wellbeing of your SharePoint environment by making sure you are adhering to best practices and compliance standards, as well as scheduling automatic alerts when usage or storage limits are exceeded.
- Streamline workflow by running robust, informative reports about your SharePoint sites, users, content, storage and social activity.
- Ensure governance compliance with vital monitoring intelligence, including the access and usage of your SharePoint and its content.
Experience the benefits of SharePoint reporting for yourself by letting an IA consultant show you how Microsoft reporting tools can equip your administrators with the knowledge necessary for delivering peak SharePoint performance and successful strategic planning.
Contact us today to learn more.