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Office 365 E5: Business Benefits of Power BI Pro

6 Dec 2016 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 competitive and global environment, successful businesses are those that can adapt to changing needs, offer customized solutions, respond quickly to inquiries and deliver high-quality products and services while creating a customer-centric culture throughout. Do a majority of those already match your business goals? Whether you’re running a small organization or piloting an international conglomerate, you need a strong foundation in place to make sure your team can meet the objectives above.

According to a study by Vanson Bourne, 70% of Fortune 500 companies purchased Office 365 in support of the cloud movement. Although every organization is different and requires a unique setup to run smoothly, it’s undeniable that Office 365 Enterprise E5 was specifically designed with businesses in mind.

New and improved Office 365 E5

One of the biggest prerequisites for a successful business rollout includes unified enterprise communication. Mobility is at the forefront of the modern workplace with more professionals working remotely. Without a proper solution in place, you run the risk of bad signals, broken responses and delayed deadlines. 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, PSTN conferencing lets you interface with clients even if they don’t have internet or audio access on their PCs.

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

  • Safe Attachments detect 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.

Power your productivity.

But maybe you’re looking for something more specifically geared toward collaboration, data and analytics. In that case, consider Microsoft Power BI Pro. With real-time data that’s easy to access, it’s another innovative cloud-based business analytics service that is an extension of the Office 365 E5 bundle. Unlike in Power BI, the Pro version enables greater speed, efficiency and flexibility with 10x the data capacity , access to on-premise data using the Data Connectivity Gateway and enhanced collaboration tools to create, manage and share files with ease.

Speed and quality define everything.

In a world of instant gratification and satisfaction, the faster you can return an inquiry, the faster you can connect with a potential client and secure a quality relationship. With Power BI Pro, you’ll be able to explore all the data you need to gain valuable insights 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 leverage this solution and put data into the hands of users on demand, ultimately, giving you more time to focus on what matters most: your clients. 

Real-time and comprehensive

Power BI Pro also provides a central dashboard for instantaneous business analytics that enable your company to gain access to more information 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 virtualization features from Salesforce, QuickBooks Online and Marketo. With these additions, you’ll be able to interact with your data, create and modify visualizations in your reports and pin them to your dashboard for a holistic end-to-end view.

Data exploration and discovery

With this useful technology, you can explore new opportunities for data, uncovering new insights along the way. To illustrate, a laundromat company was in search of a custom-built solution around its need to accurately track the status of its machinery. Microsoft introduced Power BI Pro to help determine the 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.