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The Secret Business Reporting Weapon in Office 365 E5: Power BI Pro

10 Dec 2017 by Isabel Ticlo

This article was originally written Dec. 8, 2015, and has been updated to bring our readers the most up-to-date technology information.

In today’s highly disruptive technology landscape, successful businesses are those that are enabled by reporting, collaborate and respond quickly and deliver high-quality products and services while creating a customer-centric culture. Whether you’re running a small business or serve at an international conglomerate, you need a strong foundation of business intelligence tools in place to ensure your team can meet these objectives.

According to a study by Vanson Bourne, 70% of Fortune 500 companies purchased Office 365 in support of cloud migration. Although every organisation requires a unique application architecture to run smoothly, Office 365 Enterprise E5 was specifically designed to enable businesses of all sizes to deliver better results with increased reporting and collaboration.

Better mobility and cyberthreat detection with Office 365 E5

One of the biggest prerequisites for successful collaboration is secure communication on a unified platform. With more professionals working remotely, mobility is a key initiative of many modern workplaces. Without reliable enterprise business solutions in place, you run the risk of a disconnected workforce and missed business opportunities. That’s why Office 365 E5 now offers Skype for Business with Cloud PBX, so you can easily connect with teammates anytime, anywhere and on any device. Plus, Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) conferencing lets you interface with clients or teammates even if they don’t have internet or audio access.

Enterprise success also runs parallel to a company’s ability to secure sensitive information. As networks become more complex, so do security breaches. That’s why it’s crucial to leverage Microsoft BI tools like built-in Advanced Threat Protection and Advanced Security Management for enhanced visibility and control. Features include:

  • Safe Attachment detects unknown malware and viruses.
  • Safe Links provide real-time, time-of-click protection against malicious URLs.
  • Click Trace offers rich reporting and URL trace capabilities.
  • Advanced Security Alerts react quickly to suspicious activity.
  • App Permissions revoke third-party access.
  • Cloud App Discovery helps IT monitor the cloud services users connect to.

Business intelligence tools power productivity.

But maybe you’re looking for something more specifically geared toward Business Intelligence (BI), data and analytics. In that case, consider Microsoft Power BI Pro. With real-time data that’s easy to access, it’s an innovative cloud-based BI system extension of the Office 365 E5 bundle. The Power BI Pro edition enables:

·         Greater speed, efficiency and flexibility with 10x the data capacity of the standard version

·         Access to on-premise data using the Data Connectivity Gateway

·         Enhanced collaboration tools to create, manage and share files with ease

Speed and quality underscore the best reporting tools.

It goes without saying that the faster you can respond to a potential client with valuable insights, the quicker you can secure a profitable relationship. With Power BI Pro, you’ll be able to explore all the data you need through this solution’s fast and easy access. Plus, with the Power Query, Tiling and Power View commands, everyone from marketers to IT professionals can share data and reporting, ultimately, giving you more time to focus on what matters most: your clients. 

Power BI Pro enables real-time and comprehensive analysis.

Power BI Pro also provides a user-friendly central dashboard for instantaneous business analytics for the enabled company to access more reporting than ever before. The advanced data reporting system facilitates analysis among employees and teams with collaboration tools, higher data capacity and increased data streaming as compared to the free Power BI version. This makes it easier to drill down into data with real-time feeds.

Plus, you can add content packs with virtualisation features from Salesforce, QuickBooks Online and Marketo. With these additions, a teammate can interact with data just as easily as a business intelligence analyst, in addition to create and modify reporting visuals and pin them to a holistic dashboard for end-to-end viewing.

The secret business weapon of data discovery.

With the Office 365 E5 useful business intelligence tools, data exploration can result in new and unforeseen profitable opportunities. To illustrate, a laundromat was in search of a custom-built solution to accurately tap into and optimise its machinery. Microsoft introduced Power BI Pro to help determine their equipment’s frequency of use, breakdowns and repair times. This information gave the company improved visibility so that it saved time, money and resources on maintenance and repairs — overall accelerating its profits.

The opportunities are truly endless when you have the right solutions in place. If you’re ready to gain an unparalleled level of insight into the performance of your company, contact a specialist to learn more about Microsoft Office 365 E5 Power BI Pro.