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Personalize Your Analytics

Learning Objectives

After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
  • Set up, view, and manage notifications from dashboards.
  • Follow a dashboard.

Let’s Get Personal

The meeting with your manager went well, and you picked up some suggestions. For one, there are certain metrics you want to track daily in order to make decisions about how to allocate your time. To do that, you can customize the My DTC Sales app to meet your specific needs.

Analytics can notify you about key performance indicator changes right on the Analytics home page. Using notifications, you set up Analytics to tell you when a milestone is reached. The Analytics notifications also appear in Lightning Experience and in your email.

Another way to personalize your analytics is to follow dashboards. That’s right, you can get the latest about a dashboard in your Chatter feed, just as you would when following someone on social media. Then you can be in the loop on conversations about the dashboard and the data displayed in its charts.

Stay on Top of Your Business with Analytics Notifications

Analytics dashboards can work for you, even when you’re not in Analytics. Behind the scenes, they can analyze your data for KPIs that you track, and then notify you when you hit your numbers. You receive notifications via the bell in Salesforce, your email, and the tracking tile on your Analytics home page.
How do you get this essential information to flow to you? Simply set up notifications on your Analytics dashboards.

Remember that you wanted to keep an eye on the Open Pipeline KPI? This KPI is actually a number widget in your dashboard. You can create notifications on any widget in your dashboard (except for timelines and values tables).

  1. Open the Opportunity Details dashboard.
  2. Hover at the upper-right corner of the Open Pipeline number widget, and click the arrow to drop down the menu. Select Set Notification to open the notifications panel.
    Drop-down Menu with Set Notification
    You set the condition and value to test against your data. For open pipeline, you want to know when the amount is at or falls below 174 million.
  3. In the Notifications panel, select Equals or is less than from the upper drop-down menu. Enter 174000000 as the threshold value.
    Create a new notification in the notification panel
    Note the criteria for your query in the middle section of the panel. “Closed equals false” is the first filter applied to limit the data that’s queried. The Open Pipeline widget requires the “closed equals false” filter by definition. Next is the “close date” filter, which reflects what’s set in the dashboard’s Close Date selector. For this example, let’s assume that the period covered in the date selector is the period that you want to track.

    You don’t need to make any changes now. But to apply different filters, simply change the dashboard by using the list selectors or clicking chart elements, as you learned in the last unit. That additional filtering is listed in the Filters section of the Notifications panel.

    Next, tell Analytics when to notify you by setting the time when Analytics runs the query against your data. Your admin suggested that 5 AM is the best time for Analytics to run notification queries, after the daily Analytics dataflow completes each night. (For your individual notifications, the timing may not matter much, but each Analytics user in your org can set up to five notifications. That could mean many queries running at once, in addition to all the other calls on the system. It’s a good idea to check with your admin about the timing.)

  4. Set the notification to run at 5:00 AM on Every Weekday.
  5. Click the pencil icon and change the title of the notification to Open Pipeline Test.
  6. Click Save and Run.
Now you’ve got an active notification, and the Save and Run button has run the query. Since the conditions you set in your notification are met, you receive an email. Take a minute now to check for the email in your inbox.

Put the Analytics Home Page to Work for You

Was the email there? Great! That’s because the Save and Run button lets you test your notification instantly. But usually you just receive an email once a day, as long as the notification is active and its conditions are met. (To receive an email only the first time that conditions are met, check the box in the Set Notification panel.)
What if you want to see daily progress, without waiting for emails? You can do that on your personalized Analytics home page.
  1. Click the Analytics link above the dashboard title.
  2. Click Notifications in the left panel.
    Wave Home Page with Notification
    Because you’ve set a notification, you have a notification tile on your home page! The tile shows the current value of the KPI and your progress toward the set conditions.
  3. From the tile, you can go directly to the dashboard. Click Open Pipeline Test.
    The dashboard opens showing the notification in the panel on the right, and the notification’s widget is identified with a number in a blue square.
    Notification on a Widget
  4. You can also access the notifications panel from the icon controls. Go ahead and click Bell Icon.
    In this view, you see each notification summarized on a tile.
    All Notifications Panel
  5. From the notifications panel, you can edit or delete notifications. Hover at the upper-right corner of the Open Pipeline Test notification tile, and click the arrow to drop down the menu. Select Edit.
    When the panel is in edit mode, you can access additional options. Track on Analytics home page lets you set whether the notification appears on your home page. Active lets you control whether Analytics runs your query and sends notifications. You don’t have to delete a notification in order to stop it from running; you can save it for another time when you want to activate it.
    The notification edit panel has options to activate/deactivate and track the notification on the home page

    When it comes to your test notification, you don’t need to get email about it every day, so you want to deactivate the notification.

  6. Click to remove the check from the Active checkbox. Note that inactive notifications are not tracked on the Analytics home page.
  7. Click Save.

Follow That Dashboard

Now let’s talk about another Analytics personalization: Following dashboards to keep up with conversations about them. Your manager is following the DTC Sales dashboard, and you want to do that, too.
Analytics users can make comments on dashboards. They do that by annotating widgets on the dashboard. (We’ll cover annotations in the next unit.) Following a dashboard lets you see those comments in posts in your Chatter feed.
  1. Click Annotation Icon to open the annotations panel.
  2. Click Follow Button.
Now it’s personal. Whenever someone makes a comment on the dashboard, you see the comment in your Chatter feed. You can like the comment, post a reply, or click the link in Chatter to go to the dashboard. When you follow dashboards, you tailor your analytics experience and stay focused on what matters amidst oceans of data.

You’ve Got Notifications!

When your conditions are met, you see a number in a red circle on the bell icon in Analytics and in Lightning Experience.
  1. Click Open in Studio icon located at the upper right of the dashboard to move to the Analytics Studio.
  2. Click the bell icon Bell Icon with Number in the upper row of controls.
    Notification Listing
  3. From the menu, you can click a notification to go to the dashboard where the notification is set. But for now, select Manage Analytics Notifications.
    Manage Wave Notifications
    From this view, you can see all your active and inactive notifications across all dashboards. This is also where you can keep track of how many notifications you’ve created. Remember, each Analytics user can have up to five notifications at a time.
  4. Click the X to close the manage panel.
Great—now you know how to set up notifications to help you keep your team and yourself on track to make your numbers every quarter. Awesome!

Many Signposts and Trailmarkers through Your Data

Great job personalizing your Analytics app! You can see how setting and tracking notifications increases the power of Analytics. When you’ve got Analytics working for you behind the scenes, you can easily keep current with your KPIs, save time, and stay on track. The notifications and emails have a link to the dashboard, so you can quickly check for other changes related to your KPI.

And now that you’re following the top-level dashboard in your app, you’re ready to collaborate with your sales reps.

But first, take the hands-on challenge, create a new notification, and get your points!

Important

Important

Before you click the green button, make sure that your Analytics-enabled Developer Edition org (not the Playground) is selected in the picklist next to the Launch button.

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