Office 365 Chargeback Reporting
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Customizing Chargeback Reports in 4ward365
Within the Analyze area of 4ward365 there are different data views which can be modified to create and save the type of billing reports you require. Any number of columns and categorizations can be configured to showcase the information you need in your chargeback report. A common model is to include additional data columns besides just the overall cost associated with the licenses consumed. An example of a 4ward365 billing report is shown below. In this example, the user accounts and licenses are categorized by Department and we have included additional columns to showcase the number of inactive accounts which the department is being charged, and what that cost is related to those inactive users.
Monitoring License Component Subscriptions
A usual question we field from customers is related to the different workload components associated with a specific license plan on Office 365. This is especially viable for the E3 and E5 plans which include numerous application workloads under their umbrella. For instance, the E3 plan includes special workloads such as Sway, Yammer, etc. To help customers understand how those are distributed within the user community and assist with the monitoring for which users are provisioned and activated for those features, we have created special reports to help showcase the associated costs.
based on real metrics. With this detailed information, the appropriate license types can be assigned to the users that have the business need for the corresponding workload functionality provided in Office 365.
Summary of Chargeback Accounting
The admin center portal was never designed for chargeback accounting purposes or license management. It would take an enormous development effort to create a billing system for Office 365 through the use of Powershell scripts and custom spreadsheets, not to mention the countless hours to perform the processing cycles each month. To help customers easily setup a chargeback process, the 4ward365 solution has all the built-in functions necessary, and they are completely flexible and configurable to meet your chargeback billing requirements as this blog has shown. You can even include the listing of inactive accounts that a department is paying for to prompt them to remove the old, stale accounts and recycle those associated licenses.