This post is the last in the series specifically about the modules in this Cloud Skills challenge. Yay! The deadline to complete the challenge is February 22, 2024, so I got there with 2 days to spare! This topic is also not covered on the exam, hence it is not being included in the Learn Together series of video topics.

In a few weeks, I will prepare and take the DP-600 exam, using the 50% off voucher I get from completing the skills challenge. I will document what else I did to prep for the exam and hopefully have what the outcome is, as I expect I will be taking the exam after it is out of beta. That will be the final post in this overall series on the challenge! Stay tuned, I expect that to be near the end of March 2024.

Microsoft Learn Module

Get started with Data Activator in Microsoft Fabric

This module reviews the Data Activator product - what it is for, understanding triggers, conditions and actions, reporting against its data etc.

The exercise has you walking through creating a Reflex based on sample data, for shipped items where the temperature is out of range (medicine in this example).

Key Takeaways

Data Activator is designed for real-time response, such as managing inventory on a real-time basis (identifying low stock and reordering it), or real-time customer engagement (a customer visits your website and you want to initiate a chat). Other examples are sending notifications when the temperature in a storage facility puts a product at risk (such as food storage temperature for perishable items). The examples themselves provide lots of interesting use cases.

Data Activator items are referred to as Reflexes. A Reflex item connects to your data sources, monitors the conditions you specify and initiates actions you prescribed.

  • Triggers ("if-then" type statements)
  • Conditions (circumstances under which the trigger becomes active)
  • Actions (the result of a condition met by a trigger)

Since this is not part of the DP-600 exam, I opted not to complete the exercise at this time as I can always go back to it. I completed the Knowledge Check, and with that, I have completed all 13 modules! Woohoo!

A screenshot of the Fabric Analytics Engineer challenge page shows 13/13 modules completed.
Completed challenge!