Take a look at the tech industry lately and you’ll notice one prominent trend superseding all other: the Cloud. As organizations have begun to fix their gaze upon it, their need for SaaS based solutions have grown as well. Gartner defines SaaS as “software that is owned, delivered and managed remotely by one or more providers. The provider delivers software based on one set of common code and data definitions that is consumed in a one-to-many model by all contracted customers at any time on a pay-for-use basis or as a subscription based on use metrics.”

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So then, it only makes sense that as organizations migrate towards solutions like Office 365, they’d select additional SaaS based solutions to complete their cloud-based, IT vision. Third party analytics solutions for SharePoint and Office 365 have been major players in the Microsoft SharePoint evolution, contributing major insights and resources and thus allowing organizations to achieve a holistic understanding of their portals. With the onset of the major industry shift to cloud, some of the major players within this realm have stood up to the plate, offering complete SaaS based analytics solutions for SharePoint and Office 365. Some organizations, like CardioLog Analytics, are integrating with Microsoft’s Power BI to make the user experience as flexible and seamless as possible. These strides towards making SharePoint reporting accessible and easily consumable set the stage for organizations to fundamentally shift how they consume, interpret and put their enterprise portal usage data into action.

Last year, Microsoft made its point that the future rests on Azure cloud. As we look forward to this year’s Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta, it’s quite obvious that the “mobile first, cloud-first” model is still remaining a common theme. The convergence of these themes with Enterprise decision making leads to the logical conclusion that although the move to the cloud won’t happen and hasn’t happened overnight, it will be a game changer.

Here’s a list of reasons why SaaS Analytics for SharePoint and Office 365 will change the way organizations make important decisions regarding their portals:

Quick setup and low efforts

A SaaS Analytics solution is easy to implement, complimented by a quick setup process. Any type of user, whether they’re an IT admin or a business end user can create insightful reports with minimal efforts. This means that organizations can almost immediately start realizing the benefit of what SharePoint SaaS Analytics have to offer. There’s a whole world of insights out there, waiting to give portal decision makers and IT admins the proper data to make these important business decisions. The sooner and more easily organizations can begin to really understand their portal activity and usage statuses, the sooner they can take action to improve their portal adoption rates and see a portal return on investment If improving enterprise productivity is the main goal, it only makes sense that organizations would choose to implement solutions that can meet these requirements and help them achieve these goals.

Higher Adoption Rates

Because SaaS applications are easily accessible through famililar web browsers, SaaS based solutions tend to have lower learning curves and higher adoption rates. Users can become more comfortable as a quicker rate with a solution that doesn’t prove to have as many technical roadblocks, and is available to them with around-the-clock access. Imagine a SharePoint team site leader who needs to produce some vital reports for management by the end of the week. Perhaps they’re working from the train on the way in to work. They can easily access these insights via tablet and easily share these reports on the go via email.

Lower Operation Costs

With a SaaS based solution, organizations simply pay what they need. The days of buying hardware and infrastructure to host On-Prem softwares are simply a thing of the past. Instead of provisioning vast amounts of internal resources to implement and install the software, the vendor provides APIs and essentially performs the bulk of the work to get the service up and running. With On-Prem solutions, the time to get a software up and running could span anywhere from months to weeks. With a SaaS based solution, organizations can expect to have a full service up and running within days or even hours.

Robust and high availability

A major factor that plays into the decision making process for organizations selecting SaaS based solutions is the reliability and availability of these types of solutions. Backups and data recovery are all taken care of by the provider, thus saving organizations laborious hours of backing up data on a weekly basis. SaaS solutions eliminate this tedious task, by providing automatic backups without user intervention and thus ensuring organizations that their data is available and protected. Guarenteed levels of services are also major gamechangers when it comes to selecting SaaS solutions, as service providers guarentee how well a solution will perform and how often it will be available (typically 99.9% of the time.)

Unlimited Scaling Options

Organizations often times need to scale up or down on the amount of users using the portal. With major organizational shifts, this could mean adding large amounts of users to the portal and thus changing the SaaS solution scaling package. This process is seameless with SaaS analytics solutions, which can support small to medium size business as well as large traffic volumes for enterprises.

Interested in learning more about SaaS Analytics for SharePoint and Office 365? Schedule a Demo with CardioLog Analytics.