Microsoft Releases New Office 365 Tool To Help Managers Track Employee Application Usage
A study from BitGlass showed that Office 365 has become the number one most used enterprise cloud application, and now, businesses will have the ability to analyze employee work habits using Power BI, Office 365’s new business intelligence (BI) service, according to eWeek.
Countless businesses have been making the transition to cloud-based storage. In fact, more than 60% of businesses now utilize the cloud for performing IT-related operations. This new feature means improved customer experience and workforce management.
About 46% of people say a website’s design is their number one criterion for determining the credibility of a company, and the same applies for judging a cloud service’s interface. The preview release of the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack for Power BI features an improvement to the dashboard — it’s now organized into four sections: Understanding Adoption, Communication, Collaboration, and Activation, according to Anne Michels, senior product marketing manager of Office 365 Marketing at Microsoft.
Up to 64 million U.S employees hold a job that is compatible with at least part-time telework. This means that many employees are not being monitored in a traditional office setting. Therefore, one of the biggest benefits of this new, optimized technology is the ability of administrators to monitor employee enterprise communications technology usage such as Skype for Business, Exchange, and Yammer, anytime, anywhere. Supervisors can get a more accurate picture of what their employees are using specific applications for, which ensures businesses the chance to make sure they’re getting the most out of the services they’re paying for.
Michels made it clear that the improvements can help get the ball running toward digital migration. Any advanced users will be quickly spotted out, giving other opportunities to learn and work together in a more collaborative environment.
“These users typically have very thorough product knowledge and can help train other users. They can share how they are using the service, how it helps them every day to be productive and offer tips on how to get started,” she said.
Ultimately, Michels feels that “power users” are the key to successful digital evolution.
“Power users can help lead the digital transformation in your organization by example,” she said. “The user activity report also lets you identify users that have yet to use a particular product. Armed with this information, you can be very targeted in your adoption campaigns.”