What is Microsoft Power Automate?

Microsoft Power Automate helps you create automated workflows between applications using robotic process automation technology. We’ll explore some of the key features and benefits here.

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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What is Microsoft Power Automate?

Microsoft Power Automate is a tool that helps users create 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.

Softomotive for low-code RPA capabilities

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

In May, 2020, Microsoft acquired Softomotive, a leading provider of robotic process automation technology. Operating globally, Softomotive currently assists more than 9,000 customers in automating various business processes across legacy/modern desktop apps. By pairing Softomotive’s desktop automation with the capabilities of Power Automate, Microsoft is enabling more users to seamlessly automate manual business processes, all through affordable pricing to the user.

Is Microsoft Power Automate Right for You?

Microsoft Power Automate was created with two audiences in mind – citizen integrators and IT decision-makers. Citizen integrators are the line-of-business users within enterprise organizations who partner with IT to move digital solutions closer to the business itself. IT consists of decision-makers who want to empower line-of-business partners to create their own solutions within easy-to-use platforms.

Ultimately, IT professionals and integration specialists can focus their expertise on more advanced integration tools. Each looks to partner together to make their lives easier by improving business processes in the organization. As an advanced integration tool, Microsoft Power Automate connects to over 100 out-of-the-box data sources, such as Google Sheets, Twitter, Dynamics 365, SharePoint, Salesforce, and OneDrive.

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

  • Button Flows: Allows users to run repetitive tasks from anyplace and anytime via their mobile device.

  • Automated Workflow: Once triggered by an event, this flow performs the designed task automatically with no hesitation.

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

  • 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.

  • User Interface Flows: This type of flow involves RPA capabilities specifically. With this flow, users can automate repetitive tasks using interface actions such as clicks, keyboard input and the retrieval of text. This flow type can be used for both legacy and modern software.

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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

  • Features flexible desktop and web recorders

  • Native connection with Microsoft apps & tools

  • Connector integration

  • Scheduled and trigger-based automations

  • Integrated error handling for activities

Power Automate is a promising tool for industry needs. The platform excels in several areas, and this list will grow as the platform develops. Microsoft proved its intent to be well designed and an accessible platform for automation solutions.

The simple to complex automation capabilities in this platform securely streamline workflows that exist 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.

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