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Office 365 Adoption Content Pack Enter Public Preview in PowerBI

The public preview of Office 365 Adoption Content Pack in Power BI, which merges intelligence of usage reports with interactive analysis capabilities of Power BI made available on Monday.

The content pack provides rich usage and adoption insights that enable administrators to better understand how employees uses services within Office 365 and prioritize training, communication and collabroation efforts.

The centerpiece, a dashboard that provide a cross-product view of how users are accessing Office 365 suite of products allows admins to visualize and analyze usage data of the past 12 months by department, organization and location, leverage built-in filters to get relevant insights, quickly identify knowledgeable users who can help train others, customize the content pack based on an organization’s needs, create custom reports, and share the content pack with people inside and outside of the organization.

The dashboard is split up into four main areas:

Office 365 adoption content pack in PowerBI

Understanding adoption area offer an all-up summary that helps understand users adoption of Office 365 with information such as number of licensed users actively using Office 365 services, popular products within organization, and adoption trends for individual products.

Communication area highlights communication services most used by users such as Skype for Business, Exchange and Yammer.

Collaboration area shows usage of OneDrive for Business and SharePoint —including how many users are active on their own accounts versus accounts owned by others.

Activation area give insights on Office 365 ProPlus, Project Pro and Visio Pro activations within an organization along with information of devices the products have been activated on.

Using the content pack you can even access richer usage insights enabling you to pivot, analyze, customize and share information.

Analyze usage by department, organization or location data with users information in Azure Active Directory (AAD) that can be pivot by AAD attributes like location, department or organization information.

Leverage built-in contextual filters to get insights relevant to you—for example, to understand adoption trends for individual products.

Quickly find out who your power users—typically those with thorough product knowledge and can help train other users, as well as it also helps identify users that have yet to use a particular product.

Customize the content pack based on an organization’s needs in following three ways:

  • Take one of the pre-built visuals and modify it—by removing information or by changing the visual format, for example.
  • Create a brand-new visual by leveraging the underlying data sets.
  • Connect to the pbit file in Power BI Desktop, which enables you to bring in your own data sources.

Share the content pack using the Power BI Pro’s sharing capabilities with people both inside and outside of organization.

When on Usage Reports, a new card at the bottom of the page enable opting in to the content pack, and kicks off a workflow that generates historical usage trends, that takes between 2 and 48 hours to process depending on the size of organization and usage of Office 365, the team said.

The content pack is available today, free to all customers, and need to have a free Power BI service.

To connect to the content pack, use an Office 365 admin account with either a global or product admin of Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint to enable it in admin center.

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