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July 2009

Drilling down with SharePoint analytics

What’s happening in your SharePoint environment? Do you know how many users visited your corporate HR site? Have people seen the latest holiday schedule? Did that change in your computer security policy get viewed by enough employees? Will searching for “vacation policy” yield any search results? These are some of the issues I’ve heard from clients. Few of them realized that the answers were already in their hands. SharePoint natively keeps track of all of these statistics and more. But not many organizations take advantage of the data. If you’re interested in what’s happening in your SharePoint environment, you can take a look at usage statistics to get an immediate handle on what your users are seeing and what they’re not seeing. Since SharePoint 2003, usage statistics have been a standard part of the SharePoint functionality. Although the 2003 version didn’t provide a ton of useful data, it did offer some of the basics. In the 2007 version, usage statistics got a major upgrade, which provides a good deal of flexibility. Here ...

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