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Clean Up Your Azure Active Directory to Improve Office 365 Reporting Capabilities

Posted by Juliette Ollagnier on Tue, Nov 08, 2016

muddy-glasses.jpgAn unorganized, cluttered Azure Active Directory should be an Office 365 administrator’s worst nightmare. For one, an AD that isn’t up-to-date can create security risks. If you have unused accounts that should no longer be in Active Directory, it can make your organization more vulnerable to threats. Verification becomes nearly impossible, which leads to security issues that could impact the entire organization. Making sure to delete, disable, or move unused accounts can help keep your Azure AD organized, preventing security threats and making your Office 365 environment more manageable.

Another reason you don’t want a cluttered Active Directory is that it makes it very difficult to run accurate reports. If you report on your Azure Active Directory often, you’ll run into issues trying to generate insightful reports because you’re drawing results from outdated information, such as user IDs, that should no longer be in the system. You’ll also run into inconsistencies,  such as locations being entered incorrectly, that prevent you from getting a complete view of your Office 365 usage. Inaccurate reports can lead to organizations continuing to pay for more licenses than they’re actually using.

So, once you’ve recognized the problems with a cluttered Azure AD, and started to keep yours more organized, you’ll start to reap the benefits. Those benefits start with getting accurate, actionable Office 365 reports. Office 365 administrators know the importance of reporting features, both for their own insights and to provide insights to executives or different departments. So what’s the best way to generate these reports? GSX 365 Usage is a simple-to-use web application that allows you to create reports about your Office 365 environment. GSX 365 Usage lets admins identify unused licenses and analyze how cloud services are being used.

GSX 365 Usage contains 90 built-in reports designed to help save organizations money and maximize the value they’re getting from Office 365. It provides support for Office 365 including Exchange Online, Skype for Business, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Azure Active Directory. The first step to getting accurate insights into your Office 365 environment is cleaning up your Active Directory. After that, let us do the heavy lifting! GSX 365 Usage gives you easily accessible reporting features to gain insights into your cloud environment.
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Tags: Office365, office 365 reporting, Active Directory