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allow admin to be able to monitor site usage without a third party tool

It is so frustrating to not be able to know how much a site is being used. The current stats offered in SharePoint 2013 are a joke! 2010 was pitiful, but then in 2013 those were taken away for something that was completely convoluted. Please open up search and usage analytics for people to use to let our site admins know whether or not people are using SharePoint without paying an arm and a leg for third party tools!

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BJ Fentress shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
declined  ·  Adminhanil (Product Manager, Microsoft SharePoint) responded  · 

Thanks for your feedback!
The SharePoint team considered this feature at one point. Unfortunately there are no plans at this time to provide pure on-prem or hybrid site usage monitoring solution for SharePoint on-prem environments. Customers interested in this scenario will need to continue to leverage existing 3rd party tools”

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  • Piotr Siódmak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Jorge: Theoretically they announced SPInsights, which does just that, but seeing as it requires O365 I'm not satisfied.

  • Jorge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Working on it since 2015. Is anyone still monitoring this wailing wall?

  • Dina commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, this would be a very useful tool and would save some cost for the organization, rather than going for any third party tools.

  • Victor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would be great to have a full suite of reporting. Can't seem to get anything on Office 375/SharePoint Online

  • Tom Burke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A few things that would be invaluable as part of this addition:
    * Knowing which pages have ZERO hits. A tougher stat to grab but very valuable.
    * The ability to know what search refiners people have clicked on, and how many times. We're using Search Results web parts with Refiner web parts everywhere, and can't currently get those stats, which are very important to our site administrators.
    * The "Who / Where / What / When" of the stats. For example, slice things by a user: what pages on a specific site has he visited in the last N days? Which has he not visited? Or, slice things by a page: What users have visited it? What was the bounce rate? How long were the sessions? Some of this was not available in SP 2010 and would be great to have now.

  • Jorge Guimarães commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have the same problem, I need to know if I need to keep paying the extra storage, but I have no clue because there is no data about it. That makes no sense!

  • Jay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Enable the filtering of search analytics to identify where people are searching from and filter our certain sources. For example our company uses the search web part to dynamically display content. As a result the search analytics is waaaay off and we are unable to find out how to better design our site because the analytics are so wrong. Search terms that are ranking high are only ranking high because of our page hits. It is invaluable to find out what people are really searching for. i.e. Only analytics from search page "XYX" as opposed to all search activity.

  • MSGL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    List everyone who visited a particular site/page within a certain time span

  • Dina commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I work heavily with the SharePoint 2010 Analytics for our client's site. They rely heavily on the data that I pull from the site: Top Pages, Top Referrers, Site Summary and Top Queries. I now have to inform them that there is no OOTB solution in 2013, to pull these reports; everything requires a custom build of some sort or another. Having these reports available in 2016 would be super key for us...

  • KTNN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate
  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Use google analytics. Far more powerful and more widely used.

  • PaulE commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In this day and age, I'm hoping this means we'll be able to get stats via an API. The API endpoint I've found for SharePoint Online always returns zero for users and hits even though the Excel report shows otherwise.

  • Tom Burke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Three suggested slices of data (although many more would be helpful):
    - What user is accessing what page (and include ZERO hits to a page where applicable--not per user, but per page)
    - The user's location (either based on an Active Directory/federated attribute or IP/location-based metadata)
    - Number of new and unique users per day

  • BJ Fentress commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just posted my priorities in 'allow admin to be able to monitor site usage without a third party tool'

  • BJ Fentress commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just posted my priorities in the 'allow admin to be able to monitor site usage without a third party tool'

  • BJ Fentress commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Highest priority in my book and what my site admins want to know is who is accessed the site in the last 7-14-30 days.
    After that, I would say how long the users stayed on the site.
    Finally, what they clicked on, read, downloaded, uploaded, or modified.
    Without this its hard to know if a site is successful or dead

  • KTNN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same as 'allow admin to be able to monitor site usage without a third party tool' - let's not divide our votes :)

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