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Howdy folks,

We’ve heard from many of our largest customers that it’s critically important to them to have easy access to information that helps them understand how their employees and partners are using Azure Active Directory. That understanding allows them to plan their IT infrastructure, to increase usage and maximize the business value they get from Azure AD.

The usage and activity reports in the Azure admin portal are a great starting point for accessing and digesting usage trends. But many of you have told us you want the ability to gather richer insights into what’s going on with the various capabilities you rely on in Azure Active Directory. So, today I am excited to announce the new Power BI Content Pack for Azure Active Directory!

With this integration of Azure Active Directory APIs with Power BI, you can easily download pre-built content packs and dig deeper into all the activities within your Azure Active Directory, and all this data is enhanced by the rich visualization experience Power BI offers. And you can create your own dashboard and share it easily with anyone in your organization.

Richer Usage, App Trends and Audit insights

The Azure AD Power BI content pack has three main reports you can use to create your dashboard view. The default dashboard view shows the specific metrics around usage of your Azure AD features. You can get detailed access by clicking into the metrics.

Here are the key reports you get with this content pack:

  • App Usage and Trend report: Provides insight into the apps used in your organization, including which ones are being used the most and when. Use this report to see how an app you recently rolled out in your organization is being used or find out which apps are popular. By doing this, you can improve usage if you see the app is not being used.
  • Sign-ins by location and users: Provides insight into all the sign-ins performed using Azure Identity and into the identity of the users. With this report, you can look at individual sign-ins to find information such as where a user signed in from, which user has signed in the most, and whether the sign-in was successful. And you can drill into details by clicking on a specific date or location.

Let us know what you think!

It’s important to note that you need to have Azure AD Premium to access this content pack. You can learn more about how to install and get started with the Azure AD content pack by checking out the Azure AD content pack documentation.

Give these new features a try and let the AAD Reporting team know what you think! We read every piece of feedback to make sure the Azure AD administration experience is top-notch, so let us know what works for you and what doesn’t. I look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Director of Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division