Set up data alerts for the Power BI dashboard

Note

This article is part of a tutorial series on using PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and Power BI with SharePoint Online. Make sure you read the series introduction to get a sense of the big picture, as well as related downloads.

In this task we'll add an alert in Power BI to let us know if pending projects are taking too long to approve, and a flow that responds when that alert occurs. For more information on alerts, see Data alerts in Power BI service.

Step 1: Create an alert

  1. In the Power BI service, open the dashboard you created in the last task.
  2. On the card with the single number, click or tap the ellipsis (. . .).

    Max days pending approval card

  3. Click or tap Bell icon.

    Tile menu

  4. In the right pane, click or tap Add alert rule.

    Add alert rule

  5. Look at the options that are available for alerts, such as how frequently an alert should run. Enter a value of 25 for Threshold, then click or tap Save and close.

    Set alert threshold and save

The alert won't fire right now even though 56 is above the threshold of 25. It will fire when data is updated, which we'll see when we run through the scenario end-to-end.

When the alerts fires, Power BI sends email to the creator of the alert, and we'll see how to send additional mail using Microsoft Flow, in the next step.

Step 2: Create a flow that responds to the alert

  1. Sign into flow.microsoft.com, click or tap Services, then Power BI.

    Power BI in Microsoft Flow

  2. Click or tap Send an e-mail to any audience when a Power BI data alert is triggered.

    Send email when a Power BI data alert is triggered

  3. Click or tap Use this template.
  4. If you're not already signed in, sign into Outlook and Power BI, then click or tap Continue.

    Sign in and continue

  5. In the Alert Id drop-down list, select Alert for Max days pending approval.

    Specify and alert as a trigger

  6. In the To box, enter a valid email address.

    Specify who to send email to

  7. Click or tap Edit to see other fields that you can update.

    Edit alert email

  8. At the top right of the screen, click Create flow, then Done.

    Done button

We will see this flow run when we run through the scenario end-to-end. Now we'll move on to the last task in this scenario - embedding a Power BI report into SharePoint.

Next steps

The next step in this tutorial series is to embed the Power BI project report in SharePoint Online.