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Business Intelligence App 1.2.0

Daria Volkova
Creative Director at Volkov Labs, Grafana Champion

We are excited to announce the release of the Business Intelligence App, version 1.2.0. At this early stage, it is a proof-of-concept, meaning a product created as a starter to vastly extend its functionality in the future. This release includes the following updates:

  • Improved the Alerting panel.
  • Added regex patterns for alerts.
  • New for webhooks: added test connectivity and a new Use by Default parameter.
Business Intelligence App 1.2.0 for Grafana.

Proof of Concept

Business Intelligence App is a proof-of-concept project with an expected launch in February 2024. It will include the following components:

  • Alerting,
  • High performance Engine,
  • Reporting (Q1 2024),
  • Dashboard management (Q1 2024),
  • Forecasting (Q2 2024).
Business Intelligence for Grafana. Our BI(G) project.
Business Intelligence for Grafana. Our BI(G) project.

Alerting panel improvements

The latest version of the Alerting panel is depicted below. This panel is designed to simplify work with alerts by having all controls in one place and having an intuitive order of configuration settings.

The creation logic follows the Grafana alerting basics.

Alert card

Every alert on the Alerting panel has a sleek card with the title, the panel name it evaluates, schedule details, statuses and action buttons.

Alert card components.
Alert card components.


There are two statuses for each alert. One indicates whether the alert is Active or has been Paused.

And the other status might be one of the four values:

  • Scheduled. The alert is scheduled, but never run yet.
  • OK. The alert has been run and the thresholds are NOT breached or the regex pattern is NOT found.
  • Alerting. The alert has been run and the thresholds are being breached or the regex pattern is found.
  • Error. Something is wrong, which could be the query, annotation or webhook.

Right after an alert is created it becomes Active and Scheduled. Any active alert could be paused. After any change, the alert status changes to Scheduled.

Action buttons

Four action buttons are available:

  • Info. Open the drawer with the alert details.
  • Pause/Active. Set the alert to pause or active mode.
  • Edit. Opens the Edit drawer. When you click in the Edit drawer, the alert status changes to Scheduled.
  • Delete. Delete the alert after the user's confirmation.
The Alerting panel and the Edit alert rule drawer.
The Alerting panel and the Edit alert rule drawer.

Regex Pattern

The regex pattern evaluation is a new evaluation option. The alert evaluation could be set to Thresholds or a Regex Pattern:

  • Thresholds. The alert examines data against the specified thresholds in the panel options.
  • Regex Pattern. The alert examines the specified fields (optional) and searches the specified pattern.

The Evaluation section is shown in the picture above.

Webhook updates

Test connectivity

You can test connectivity in the Edit Webhook drawer using the red button at the bottom.

Use by Default

You can set any webhook to be assigned by default, meaning, when a webhook is not specified, the default one is executed.

New features for a webhook - connectivity test and use by default.
New features for a webhook - connectivity test and use by default.

Getting Started

You can download the Development release from our GitHub repository and follow this hands-on tutorial.

Metrics, Logs, CPU Usage with BIG Alerting in Grafana | Unscripted and Hands-On

Docker Compose

The docker-compose.yml file consists of the following containers:

  • Grafana includes the provisioned BI Engine data source, an Alerting panel, and a demo dashboard.
  • Timescale is required to store configuration, events, rules, etc.
  • BI Engine has a service account key to access Grafana HTTP APIs. It evaluates alert rules and calls webhooks when alert statuses change.
  • JSON webhook is a webhook example based on NodeJS, which accepts alert payload and saves it to the files for testing purposes.
  • Node-RED provides an HTTP POST endpoint and sends a Slack notification with alert details.
  • Data Generator generates test data for threshold evaluation in the demo dashboard.


When you run a docker-compose file, it launches the Grafana, Timescale, BI Engine and Webhook containers:

docker compose pull && docker compose up


Stop and remove all containers:

docker compose down

Release Notes

Features / Enhancements

  • Initial Proof of Concept (POC) release for testing.


We're looking forward to hearing from you. You can use different ways to get in touch with us.