CardioLog Analytics is a unique solution in today’s SharePoint usage reports arenas. While several web analytic solutions – such as Webtrends, Google Analytics and Omniture – are currently available, most of these competing products lack the key benefits offered by CardioLog Analytics. These competing solutions mainly focus on the online arena, while failing to provide SharePoint related usage reports.
CardioLog Analytics, unlike Google analytics and many other web analytic tools, is specifically designed for SharePoint. It provides true and insightful analytic information about the implementation and usage of SharePoint web sites, based on SharePoint’s structure, taxonomy, content, and user metadata.
The following comparison list displays the benefits of using CardioLog Analytics compared with Google Analytics, for SharePoint sites (including internet websites and intranet portals):
- Ownership of Business Data – Being on-premise solution, CardioLog Analytics stores all analytic data within the organization, and thus ensures data privacy.
- Single Reports for Multiple Websites – CardioLog Analytics’ reports can aggregate data for multiple websites – encompassing different domains. For example, in a Microsoft SharePoint portal, a single “Page Views” report can display aggregated data for all web sites in a farm.
- Sub-sites Analysis (Enhanced Content Drilldown) – All reporting features and dashboards can be applied to sub-sites, sub-directories, single web pages, documents, or any other level of the portal hierarchy. This is achievable due to CardioLog Analytics’ familiarity with the portal structure (through portal adaptors).
- Custom Aggregation of Usage Data – Reports can provide aggregated data for any combination of sites and directories. For example, in a Microsoft SharePoint web site, a single “Page Views” report can provide usage data for a selection of separated sub-sites. This enables content owners to view usage reports for the content they own, regardless of where their content resides.
- Report-Filtering by Page Metadata – Due to its familiarity with the website structure (through portal adaptors), CardioLog Analytics provides the capability to filter usage data according to page metadata. For example, in a Microsoft SharePoint portal, reports can be filtered by page type, such as team site, blogs, lists, list-items, documents, etc.
- Authenticated Visitors Reports – In websites with authenticated visitors, CardioLog Analytics provides report filtering by visitor attributes, such as name, group, gender, department, etc. This is achievable by CardioLog Analytics’ integration with Active Directory, SharePoint user profiles, and other custom data sources. Report users can drill down on specific visitors, to see their personal usage behavior.
- Capturing Document Usage – CardioLog Analytics provides document usage data out of the box. Clicks on document links within a website are all captured and analyzed.
- Administrative Reports – Portal managers can easily see how fast their portal is growing (number and size of items), who are the top content contributors and what is the magnitude of editorial actions performed throughout the portal (additions, deletions, modifications, etc.).
- Unused Pages Reports – Thanks to its familiarity with the portal structure, CardioLog Analytics provides lists of unused sites, directories (sub-sites), pages and documents.
- External Destinations Reports – CardioLog Analytics tracks visitors who click on links to external websites, and provides reports for this action.
- Content Areas Reports – CardioLog Analytics provides reports about the usage of various content areas in the pages, such as toolbars, menus, headers, footers, etc.
- Report Permissions – Through its seamless integration with Active Directory, CardioLog Analytics provides the ability to set Report permission levels to users and groups within the organization.
- Report Distribution – By setting read permissions to reports, it is possible to control their distribution throughout the organization. Reports can be automatically emailed, exported to SharePoint web parts, or launched directly from portal pages.
- History Data – Importing IIS Log Files – In order to view usage reports for the period prior to the implementation of the CardioLog Analytics tracking agent, CardioLog Analytics includes an IIS log import feature. The IIS log entries are available for reporting after they are processed, analyzed and linked to the structure of the portal.