Driving actions from your data with Data Activator
A new way to drive actions from your data
See Arun Ulagaratchagan’s blog post to read the full Microsoft Fabric preview announcement.
Your data is only valuable if you can act on it. This means you need to generate insights from your data, then convert those insights into jobs to be done. If you are like many organizations, you meet this need today by manually monitoring a set of reports and dashboards. This can be time-consuming, and that time is multiplied across each department, region, and business unit in your organization.
You can reduce the time involved through automated monitoring but, to date, automation has typically required writing code. Coding can be expensive and brittle, and the costs involved mean that few organizations have found it worthwhile to invest in automation.
That is why we have envisioned a brand-new way to act on your data. We call it Data Activator. Data Activator is a no-code Microsoft Fabric experience that empowers the business analyst to drive actions automatically from your data.
Putting Data Activator to use
Data Activator can act on any type of data in Microsoft Fabric, from relatively slow-moving data in warehouses, to real-time streaming data in Azure Event Hubs. Here are a few examples of how you might put Data Activator to use in your organization:
- Sales: alert a sales manager if a particular customer is in arrears with their payments
- Inventory: check whether inventory levels for a particular product are sufficient, and notify an operations manager if not.
- IT Operations: automatically monitor data quality metrics and kick off remedial processes if those metrics are below target.
- IoT: automatically create an engineering support ticket if a refrigerator temperature is too high.
How Data Activator works
Data Activator drives actions through a 3-step process:
- Connect to your data: Data Activator can connect to a wide range of data sources in Microsoft Fabric, from Power BI datasets, Eventstreams, and more. Once Data Activator is connected to your data, it continually monitors it for actionable patterns.
- Detect actionable conditions: Data Activator gives you a single place to define actionable patterns in your data. These can range from simple thresholds (such as a value being exceeded) to more complex patterns over time (such a value trending down).
- Trigger actions: When Data Activator detects an actionable pattern, it triggers an action. That action can be an email or a Teams alert to the relevant person in your organization. It can also be triggering an automatic process, via a Power Automate flow or an action in one of your organization’s line-of-business apps.
Get started with Data Activator
You can create a Data Activator trigger directly from within Power BI. Just click a visual, then choose “trigger action” to create an alert on that visual’s data. For real-time streaming data, just point Data Activator at your Event Hub.
Data Activator’s trigger designer lets you define trigger conditions with a visual, no-code tool. Here, a trigger sends a Teams notification if a machine on the factory floor is vibrating too much:
Sign up for the Data Activator preview!
Data Activator is currently in preview. To get the preview, first get Microsoft Fabric (see below for details). Then, sign up for the Data Activator preview at aka.ms/dataActivatorPreview. We would love to hear from you!
How to get Microsoft Fabric
Microsoft Fabric is currently in preview. Try out everything Fabric has to offer by signing up for the free trial—no credit card information required. Everyone who signs up gets a fixed Fabric trial capacity, which may be used for any feature or capability from integrating data to creating machine learning models. Existing Power BI Premium customers can simply turn on Fabric through the Power BI admin portal. After July 1, 2023, Fabric will be enabled for all Power BI tenants.
If you want to learn more about Microsoft Fabric, consider:
- Signing up for the Microsoft Fabric free trial
- Visiting the Microsoft Fabric website
- Reading the more in-depth Fabric experience announcement blogs:
- Data Factory experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Data Engineering experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Data Science experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Data Warehousing experience in Fabric blog
- Synapse Real-Time Analytics experience in Fabric blog
- Power BI announcement blog
- Administration and governance in Fabric blog
- OneLake in Fabric blog
- Microsoft 365 data integration in Fabric blog
- Dataverse and Microsoft Fabric integration blog
- Exploring the Fabric technical documentation
- Reading the free e-book on getting started with Fabric
- Exploring Fabric through the Guided Tour
- Watching the free Fabric webinar series
- Joining the Fabric community to post your questions, share your feedback, and learn from others
- Visiting Microsoft Fabric Ideas to submit suggestions for improvements and vote on your peers’ ideas