What is Microsoft Power Automate?

Microsoft Power Automate helps you streamline repetitive tasks with automated workflows between business applications and services. We’ll explore some of the key features and benefits of the platform here.

Microsoft Power Automate is a tool that helps users create automated workflows between desired applications to synchronize files, get notifications, and collect data. This intelligent, cloud-based solution uses triggers and actions to create chain reactions within a workflow so that repetitive, manual, and time-consuming tasks are accomplished without human intervention.

Microsoft Power Automate boosts user productivity, allowing them to quickly and securely automate tasks and put intelligent workflows to use with minimal effort. Using pre-built connectors, users can build time-saving workflows that can do anything from individual tasks to large-scale systems with seamless integrations.

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These secure workflows also include cloud-based integrations like data loss prevention, identity and access management services. With the ability to automate time-consuming manual tasks with built-in AI capabilities, there’s more time to focus on strategic, high-value opportunities in the business.

The main advantage of this platform is that it’s built for integration on a broader ecosystem of services that leverage automation, which in return gives your organization a head start on hyperautomation. It also offers low-code AI, enabling any user to leverage these capabilities within their automated solutions.

Microsoft Power Automate was created not only for citizen integrators and IT members, but it was also made for non-technical business users in mind. This puts automation tools in the hands of every employee, empowering people to create their own solutions within an easy-to-use platform.

As an advanced integration tool, Microsoft Power Automate connects to over 300 out-of-the-box data sources, such as Google Sheets, Twitter, Dynamics 365, SharePoint, Salesforce, and OneDrive.

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How Does Microsoft Power Automate Work?

Automation triggers in the platform are accomplished through a robotic process automation (RPA) capability called Flows. Through Flows, API and user-interface-based automation capabilities are joined together in the Microsoft Power Automate platform, both on-premise and in the cloud. Step by step actions in user-interface Flows, such as mouse clicks, data entry, and keyboard use can be recorded and processed into intelligent, secure workflows.

Here are the different types of automation flows inside of the platform:

  • Scheduled Flows: Once a designated time is reached or elapsed, the scheduled process is triggered and continues to complete the tasks on the schedule you assign to it.

  • Cloud Flows: Automations that use API connectors and are triggered by a specific event in the cloud or on-premise such as a notification of your company on social media or an email from a specific person. Within cloud flows, you have the ability to add intelligence to your automation with AI Builder. AI Builder lets you enhance your business with AI from language understanding, image recognition, processing forms, and optical character recognition (OCR).

  • Desktop Flows: With this flow, users can automate their user interface on desktop by recording their screen, and the visual flow designer will automate mouse and keyboard clicks. Users can utilize desktop flows for extracting text from PDFs, retrieving files from folders, pulling info from Excel, and more.

  • Business Process Flows: Essentially provides a guide for end users to get work done in a streamlined fashion that leads them through organization defined processes. This automation can be tailored so that people with different security roles can have an experience that best suites the work they do.

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Automate Anytime and Anywhere

With Microsoft Power Automate’s apps, you have the ability to expand your automation capabilities across, web, desktop, Microsoft Teams, and mobile.

Power Automate for Desktop

Create and manage desktop automations in Windows using the prebuilt drag-and-drop options or recording your own desktop interface.

Power Automate for Microsoft Teams

Create and manage automations within your Teams hub without leaving the app from alerts, notifications, approval processes, and more.

Power Automate for Web

Create and manage all of your automation aspects in one portal.

Power Automate for Mobile

Create and manage all of your cloud flows from anywhere with the Mircosoft Power Automate app.

The Power Platform

Power Automate is part of a larger suite known as the Microsoft Power Platform; the Power Platform also offers Power BI, Power Apps, and Power Virtual Agents. Power Automate is built on the Common Data Service Platform and allows you to connect to the Microsoft suite of software. This suite includes Office 365, Dynamics 365, Azure, Microsoft Teams, and more.

“Microsoft Power Platform is an inclusive technology. Its ease-of-use creates a culture of innovation, helping you realize the untapped value you couldn’t access before.”

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Is Microsoft Power Automate Right for You?

A systematic approach to manual tasks

With its seamless integration with robust technologies like RPA and Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft Power Automate makes it easy to automate manual actions to help businesses reduce effort and errors.

Power Automate Platform Highlights:

  • Hundreds of pre-built actions with a user-friendly interface

  • Built-in AI capabilities with AI Builder

  • Features flexible desktop and web recorders

  • Native connection with Microsoft apps & tools

  • Connector integration

  • Scheduled and trigger-based automations

  • Integrated error handling for activities

According to a Forrester’s Toal Economic Impact of Microsoft Power Automate study, not only does the platform drive business transformation but has the results to show for it. Of the surveyed companies, they saw a 199% ROI over the course of 3 years which also equated to $1.4 million in worker time savings.

Power Automate is a promising tool for industry needs. The platform excels in many areas, and this list will grow as the platform develops. Microsoft proved its intent to be well-designed, an accessible platform for automation solutions, and empowers those without a technology background the ability to create automations.

This platform’s simple to complex automation capabilities securely streamline workflows across various departments, all accomplished through a cloud-based system. With the ability to automate time-consuming, manual tasks through intelligent capabilities, users can focus on the strategic aspect of their daily operations.

Let us know how we can help you implement and integrate Microsoft Power Automate into your technology ecosystem.

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