The NiCE Active O365 Management Pack (MP) provides you with insight far beyond what the Office 365 Service Health Dashboard can display.
Office 365 tenant based on active collected, real-time, real-user information.
With the NiCE Active O365 Management Pack (MP) you have a tool that provides you with insight far beyond what the Office 365 Service Health Dashboard can display. Although Microsoft can display health information at the global or datacenter level, the NiCE Active O365 MP can also obtain and display detailed information about your Office 365 tenant based on active collected, real-time, real-user information.
Usage Reports and Office 365 Adaption
The hybrid approach of the NiCE Active O365 Management Pack allows us to collect and process data from both Exchange online and Exchange 2010/2013/2016. Data is stored in your existing System Center data warehouse. With the reporting engines available in your environment, we can report on Cloud adoption, mailbox migrations, and Office 365 license usage.
In a nutshell
Comprehensive discovery of hybrid Office 365 deployments
Active probing for user verification
Detailed reports on license usage and SLAs
Built on reliable NiCE components
Availability Monitoring through Probing
Do you receive calls from users complaining about mail issues even though Microsoft reports a healthy status for your region or datacenter? If this sounds familiar, read on. The only reliable way to ensure that business-critical functionality is working as expected is by performing active probing. With an intelligent and proactive approach to probing, NiCE Active O365 MP ensures that users of your tenant can always work in the way they want and you designed.
Challenges in Hybrid Environments
It is often tricky to pinpoint the root cause of problems that occur in complex, federated, hybrid environments. To provide reliable monitoring in these types of environment, you can use the strength of Microsoft System Center as a solution that is fully deployed on premise with monitoring agents running on both on premise and Cloud servers. The NiCE Active O365 MP utilizes monitoring probes in both environments and correlates the combined results in one single location to provide you with best-of-class, root-cause-analysis capabilities. The NiCE Active O365 MP is a tool that enables you to monitor all business critical functionalities in a hybrid deployment scenario, for example:
calendar synchronization between on premise and Exchange online mailboxes
mail flow between servers in different datacenters
Use the Cloud with Confidence
It’s an old adage that we do not trust technologies we do not understand. Office 365 deployments include a combination of highly complex components each of which is subject to failure at any time, and the interdependence of the various components means that it is often hard to retain an overview of the deployment when taken as a whole. To simplify this complexity, Microsoft places Office 365 as an Azure service in its public Cloud offering. Despite all the advantages that come with the service, we can sometimes lose track of what happens to our own core business services. With the NiCE Active O365 MP, our approach is to discover and reveal the details of what is happening behind the Office 365 administration dashboards and consoles. We provide insight into where individual mailboxes reside and how components are connected. Our goal is to try to reveal as much detail as possible in order to build trust in Office 365 as a public Cloud offering.
Leverage Existing Investments
Leverage Existing Investments The NiCE Active O365 MP will fully leverage your investment in System Center – either as your Microsoft or enterprise monitoring tools. Reusing the System Center data warehouse, Agent infrastructure, and Console deployments, there is no need to invest in new databases, servers, or other infrastructure, which otherwise would typically be required for monitoring tools. In addition, there is no need to make any new firewall changes or overcome any other administration hurdles. If you have integrated System Center in your alerting infrastructure, you can save both time and effort by using NiCE Active O365 MP, as all the monitoring infrastructure is already configured and setup. Even better, your IT staff is already familiar with the tools, which ensures a fast learning curve.
Support Cost Reduction
With fast and easily accessible reports, we can provide you with the facts you need to increase your insight into Cloud adoption, mailbox migrations, and the deployment of mailboxes across Office 365 datacenters. This insight provides $-value for IT organizations trying to reduce support costs. NiCE Active O365 MP enables you to quickly identify system downtime and outages as well as tenant-specific problems. With the capability to measure SLAs through active probing on the tenant, you do not need to pass on the SLA reports provided by Microsoft. Instead, you have your own, tenant-specific SLA based on data you collected and have access to.
Identify, Qualify and Solve Problems Quickly
One of the toughest challenges with Office 365 is to gain any insight into what happens in the Cloud. When users report issues with mail, accessibility, or calendar synchronizations, you have at least some chance of troubleshooting the issues on premise with Exchange 2010/2013/2016. With Exchange Online, however, your possibilities are very limited. So what to do? NiCE Active O365 includes our own smart algorithm to determine if other mailboxes are affected for the same tenant in the same datacenter. With these additional checks, the severity of the problem can quickly be rated and any required actions recommended and performed. At the same time, we can also monitor if mailboxes are being moved between Azure Datacenters.
In a nutshell
Full overview of your Office 365 landscape
Quickly identify issues impacting service availability
High ROI, great ease of use
Shallow learning curve, high ease of use
Peace of mind, high value, competitive price
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2, 2016, 1801
Microsoft Monitoring Agents
Microsoft Office 365
Microsoft Exchange Online
Planned for next versions:
Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS)
Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect (AADConnect), Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM), Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM) and others
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Integrations and References
The NiCE Active O365 MP has integrations into these solutions
“We are excited to see companies like NiCE IT Management Solutions GmbH add value by integrating their Management Packs with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and Office 365,” said Mike Ammerlaan, Director, Microsoft Office 365 Ecosystem at Microsoft Corp. “The deep product integration with both Microsoft Office 365 and System Center allows system administrators to stay informed and resolve issues more efficiently in hybrid environments.”
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