For some reasons, Web Analytics in SharePoint 2010 is going to be entirely revamped. Microsoft shared that the Web Analytic in 2010 is with the following drawbacks.
- There was no concept of item to item recommendations based on user behavior. i.e. people who viewed this also viewed other
- Couldn’t promote search results based on an item’s popularity as determined by Number of items an item was viewed.
- It required a ver powerful SQL box and significant storage and IO
- Lists don’t have explicit view counts (Though you can rough estimate it via the default url of the default list view)
- Architecture could have problems scaling to large numbers
That is a bad and good news.
The bad news is, for any existing application that leveraged on Web Analytic requires re-development. So please test your application before upgrading from 2010 to 2013.
The good news is, Web Analytic sucks! Many people have been complaining on the usability of web analytic in technical point of view. Things like manual triggering of web analytic stats is not possible, page view is not being updated and always show 0 and many more.
Analytic System (2013)
It is now possible to find relevant information such as relevancy for search results. the analytics provide view and click through rate as well as what’s popular content based on number of view and unique view.
The model is extensible for 3rd parties to build into the platform.. hmmm
The new analytics system are additionally enhanced to allow filtering and normalisation. Things like Special Handling where certain type of events will be directly written to the usage file. Some events like those from robots, should not be counted (Filtered Out). Rewrite the log so it can be counted along with other hit types e.g. document reads through the WAC should be counted as reads against the document.
You may now configure up to 12 custom events in addition to what comes OOB. We may also calculate the sum or average across events.
By default, a series of reports are available (like in Web Analytics) – Yawn…
Below is the list of reports provided in 2013
- Usage Report
- Number of Queries
- Top Queries by Day
- Top Queries by Month
- Abandoned Queries by Day (search that received low click-through)
- Abandoned Queries by Month
- No Result Queries by Day
- No Result Queries by Month
- Query Rule Usage by Day (how often query rules fire and etc.)
- Query Rule Usage by Month
Just to make an overview of SharePoint 2013
- Major changes on UE. More AJAX is incorporated. Things like Site Setting. No more Traditional Page Refresh.
- Office Web Apps is no longer a service application. That means, the installing of Web Officer Apps is separated and can be shared for Lynch and Exchange.
- eDiscovery capabilities, support for searching and exporting content from file shares, exchange and SharePoint. Team folder can be extract and shared via Exchange.
- Web Analytic is now part of the search. Click through rate is integrated to enhance the preciseness of search. Things it tracks is like People who view this item also view other item.
- SharePoint theme is now based on HTML. Designer can make use of this HTML and render back to MasterPage and etc.Additionally, SharePoint 15 provides “Tri it Out” feature which you can see how the new theme looks. Note: PowerPoint is no longer used to create custom theme.
- Web Part is now rendered using DIV! no more TABLE =)
- SEO friendly. In term of SharePoint URLs.
- Feed is enhanced to allow user participating, like putting # tag. Design for My Site is much more simplified now.
- Search. Personalized search results based on search history. Previously searched Content will be promoted. Previewing of content is enhanced as well.
- Excel BI. Instant analysis through in Memory BI engine.
- Excel Services. Improved data exploration. User can easily explore data or report. User can point the value in chart or pivot table. Comments for drill down is supported. Calculated measures and members.
- Performance Point Services
- Enhanced Filter and search
- Dashboard Migration. Dashboard can now be exported from server to server!! User can create the dash in Staging Environment and then exported to Production.
- Visio Services is now allow more data sources. Comments on Visio drawing can be added directly to the file for discussion =)
- Mobile Agent auto redirection can be turn on/off. (SharePoint 2010 will always redirect user to Mobile view first … and this feature is not really useful, personally)
- Services does not compromise performance of SharePoint. As they are not actually sit inside SharePoint now. They are patched outside of SharePoint.
- Major enhancement for Request Permission feature in SharePoint 15. Previously, user can only request access to the site collection admin. They couldn’t request on someone’s behalf, they couldn’t check the request status as well as all the sent requests. With SharePoint 15, the user is now able to send Any Permission Type (including those that the request current’t does not own) request to site collection admin. Also, the requester is able to view the existing users who is also with the same permission and etc. Admin would then be able to response the request with comment in conversional manner.