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Introduction to Task Flows in Fabric

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In this blog post, we explore task flows in fabric and how you can use them in Fabric. We’ll cover what task flows are, their purpose, and the basic components to help you get started. Let’s dive right in!

Introduction to Task Flows in Fabric

What are Task Flows in Fabric?

Task Flows in Fabric are a new feature released in May, designed to help you visualize your data architecture in an organized way. They provide a comprehensive view of how your data is sourced, ingested, transformed, and ultimately visualized. Although primarily a Fabric feature, task flows are accessible within Power BI workspaces.

What are Task Flows in Fabric?

Getting Started with Task Flows in Fabric

Getting Started with Task Flows in Fabric

When you open your Power BI workspaces, you might notice a prominent section dedicated to task flows. If it feels intrusive, you can adjust its size or hide it using the available options.

Task Flows in Fabric allow you to plan and organize your data solutions. You can create tasks, connect them, and manage their associations with datasets, reports, dashboards, and more. Here’s how to get started:

Creating Tasks in Task Flows in Fabric

  1. Add a Task: Start by clicking “Add a Task” and choose the type of task you want to add, such as “Get Data.”
  2. Customize Tasks: You can name and describe each task, and associate it with new or existing items in your workspace.
  3. Organize Tasks: Drag and drop tasks on the canvas, create connections between them, and adjust their positions to make your workflow clear and efficient.

Creating Tasks in Task Flows in Fabric

Managing Task Associations

You can associate items like semantic models, reports, and dashboards with tasks in Task Flows in Fabric. Each item can only be associated with one task at a time. To reassign an item, simply unassign it from the current task and associate it with the new one.

Managing Task Associations

Creating Connections in Task Flows in Fabric

Connect tasks by dragging from one node to another, or use the connector option to specify the direction and relationship between tasks. This helps visualize the flow of data and dependencies between tasks.

Managing Task Associations

Pre-Created Task Flows in Fabric

Fabric offers pre-created task flows to help you get started. These templates follow recommended methodologies and can be customized to fit your needs. When selecting a pre-created task flow, you have the option to replace your current canvas or append the new flow to your existing tasks.

Pre-Created Task Flows in Fabric

Recommendations for Improving Task Flows in Fabric

While Task Flows in Fabric are a promising feature, there are areas for improvement:

  1. Customization: More options to customize task colors, types, and the ability to create new task types.
  2. Cross-Workspace Reference: The ability to reference items across different workspaces, making task flows more versatile.
  3. Tenant-Wide Task Flows: Expanding task flows to be tenant-wide rather than workspace-specific, allowing for more comprehensive planning across multiple workspaces.

Conclusion

Task Flows in Fabric are a powerful tool to help you plan and organize your data solutions in Fabric. Although the current functionality is limited, it’s a great start and holds much promise for future enhancements.

For those interested in deeper learning and hands-on training, visit our training page to explore our courses and resources on Task Flows in Fabric and other advanced topics.

 

 

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