Every alert defined must have a corresponding action. Define the alerts you want, assign actions to them (Drag them from the top section into the bottom squares in the 'Configure Ruleset'), assign a time, and you should be up and running. (My problem was that I kept the default 'log handler configuration' and I was never getting e-mails...they would log fine...Landesk support was a big help in this.)
You will also need to enable monitoring in the agent config, and also define the ruleset you want to monitor in the agent.
Does anyone have or can create detailed "a step by step" guide for creating an email alert for add/removed software on managed workstations? I know it sounds simple and it should be simple. However, I can for the life of me find it. 8.8 Alerting is quite different than previous versions. Thank you.