Have you ever found yourself needing to share specific data directly from a spreadsheet into a Slack channel? but the whole process of extracting the data, consolidating it, and then sending out a message seems exhausting. Or maybe you are a project manager who needs to keep everyone on the team updated with the latest data from your spreadsheets, but manually copying and pasting data from your spreadsheet to Slack seems tedious and error-prone. With Google's BigQuery, Google Sheets, Google Apps Script, and the Slack API, this task becomes incredibly straightforward.
In this blog, we'll guide you through setting up an automated Slack notification system connected to BigQuery, making data monitoring and sharing a breeze for you and your team!
Let’s check out a few use cases,
Sales and Marketing Analytics:
Customer Support Analytics:
These are just a few examples. The beauty of this system is that it's highly flexible and can be adapted to a wide range of use cases - anywhere you have data in BigQuery that you want to share regularly with your team.
Our first step involves formulating a BigQuery SQL query to extract the data we want to monitor. For instance, if we want to track our daily total sales, our SQL query might look like this:
The results of this query give us the total sales for the last 7 day available in the data.
Google Sheets comes with a useful feature that lets you connect directly to BigQuery. To do this,
To send our data to Slack, we need to create a custom Slack App and use its 'Incoming Webhooks' feature. Follow these steps:
Click on Extensions > App Script: create a new Apps Script file
The script editor will be empty, and you will need to follow the steps below to set things up. We'll need to write three functions
Here is an example of how you might implement these functions:
Here is how the alert Slack looks like
Lastly, don't forget to set up triggers for your Google Apps Script functions to control when your alerts get sent out. Triggers can be accessed in the Apps Script editor under Edit > Current project's triggers.
And that's it! With these four simple steps, you can build a powerful automated Slack notification system that integrates directly with your BigQuery data without leaving your Google Sheets interface. Say goodbye to manual data extraction and hello to streamlined data sharing!
While this blog post focuses on connecting Google Sheets with BigQuery and then Slack using Google Apps Script, the beauty of these tools lies in their adaptability. This process can be tailored to fit various use cases and data sources. This flexibility allows us to better harness data, make informed decisions faster, and ultimately drive our operations more efficiently.
As technology continues to evolve, so will how we can leverage these tools. So stay curious, keep exploring, and remember - when it comes to automating your workflows, the sky is truly the limit!
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