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Virto SharePoint Alerts and Reminders: How to Connect Alerts from SharePoint to Teams?

Virto SharePoint Alerts allows you to automate your business processes as you wish. But it also integrates perfectly with Microsoft Teams!

Virto SharePoint Alerts and Reminders: How to Connect Alerts from SharePoint to Teams?

When a change happens to an important business process, you need to be informed in time. Though SharePoint alerts may be enough for some cases, Virto Alerts and Reminders app offers a wider range of features. Receive email notifications according to an adjusted schedule, track projects and tasks changes, define recipients list, customize email body as you wish and save templates, send alerts to instant messengers — this is only a short part of the whole features list.

Virto SharePoint Alerts allows you to automate your business processes as you wish. But it also integrates perfectly with Microsoft Teams. Today Teams is an essential tool for conversations, meetings and video conferences, files sharing, and working together in a single workspace. No matter where you are and which device you’re using right now. It’s not surprising that yet over 44 million users are active in Teams every day and most of our clients use Teams as well.

Now imagine, that you can relate Virto SharePoint Alerts with your Teams and keep your colleagues informed about any corporate changes: when you receive a purchase order and need your team to check it instantly; when you welcome a new teammate or it’s someone’s birthday; when you remind your colleagues to prepare a business trip report. You just set a connection between Virto SharePoint Alerts and your Teams, and a flexible notification system is ready to go.

This trick will let you receive alerts in Teams and avoid switching to SharePoint or email client to see what it is about. The only thing you have to do is to create an Incoming Webhook and follow the steps below.


Creating alerts in ShareРoint using Incoming Webhook

Using Incoming Webhooks is one more simple way to post messages from apps into Teams. Creating an Incoming Webhook gives you a unique URL that you use when creating an alert.

In the case below, you’re working on a SharePoint list and need to know instantly when anybody on your team creates a new item list. For example, your list contains all the contracts to be signed and attached. And you would like to receive an alert about all the new contracts added.

Check if you already have Virto Alerts SharePoint installed and added to your SharePoint site.

Step 1: Create Incoming Webhook

Open the settings of your team in Teams that will receive the alerts and click “Connectors”.

Find “Incoming Webhook” in the list of connectors and click “Add”.

Name the webhook and save it.

Then copy the URL below to the clipboard. This URL will be used in Virto SharePoint Alert

Step 2: Create an Alert in SharePoint Alerts

Open your SharePoint site, navigate to Alerts page, and click “Add alert”.

Select your SharePoint list with contracts and adjust an alert as you require.

And here is the key — open the “Recipients” block and find “MS Teams Webhook URL”. Now just paste the webhook URL you copied before.

Adjust the alert as you wish (add title, body, define when it will be sent, etc.) and save it.

Step 3: Receive Alerts from SharePoint to Teams

Now when a new contract (list item) is added by your colleagues, the alert will be sent directly to the Team you’ve chosen.

This simple option in two shakes makes you able to adjust any business process. In case you wish to apply this feature to multiple teams, create webhooks for each of them. You can track any changes, notify about any events, remind the deadlines, and etc. And if you define SharePoint alerts to be received in Teams with help of Virto Alerts, your team will enjoy them in a single place — in Teams.

Below is one more sample of sending reminders when a contract expires soon. Just create a reminder instead of an alert and paste the created webhook URL in the “Recipients” block.

If you still don’t have Virto SharePoint Alerts and Reminders installed, just get a free trial to try all the features or  buy it right now.

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Tatiana Sushchenko is the product owner at VirtoSoftware. She started her IT career with the famous ABBYY Lingvo back in 2006 in Moscow. Then she moved to Microsoft performing strongly in various marketing management roles across Visio, SharePoint, Office 365 and Project for almost 10 years. Tatiana is a graduate of the Institute of Business Studies and holds a mini-MBA degree. She also graduated from Microsoft marketing excellence university.

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