The Value of Microsoft Power Automate

Microsoft Power Platform is designed for analyzing data, building apps, automating processes, and creating virtual agents – all with low to no-code development.  Previously we provided an Overview of Power Platform, breaking down its four symbiotic applications.  In this blog, we’d like to double click-through into the specific functionality and value Power Automate can provide your organization. 

What is Microsoft Power Automate?

As you may have guessed, Power Automate is all about automation.  It’s a way for you to automate highly repetitive manual tasks and seamlessly connect your various applications to improve your overall productivity. Now of course, improved productivity can come in many different forms depending on your role.  Whether you are a basic business user to an IT professional, you can create automated processes using Power Automate’s no-code/low-code platform. 

Let’s take a look at the types of flows you can build with Power Automate and how they address some common productivity issues in many businesses:

Automated Flows

This is automation that is triggered by an event. This could be for your marketing team to capture and organize data from surveys, email campaigns, and other activities.  Getting rid of the manual copy and paste method and having the information flow right through to your CRM.  Or for your sales team to automatically track leads, notifying them when opportunities have been created, updated, and won. 

Instant Flows

Starting automation with a click of a button.  You can automate repetitive tasks from your Desktop or Mobile devices. For example, instantly send a reminder to the team about a deadline they need to meet or requesting approval from a manager – all with a push of a button from your mobile device.

Scheduled Flows

This is for tasks that need to be automated on a schedule.  This would allow you to automate your follow up tasks in a pre-determined and programmed manner.  Maybe you want to send a report through email at the same time every day or every week. Scheduled Flows can help you track and manage tasks more effectively with preset triggers you can count on. 

Business Process Flows

This portion of Power Automate is setup to ensure that company-wide processes are adhered to.  This could mean adding automated flows to your onboarding process to ensure your new employees have a consistent, welcoming experience; or syncing up meeting notes across your team, automatically creating to-dos to follow up with. 

UI Flows

With UI flows you can easily automate legacy processes even if they don’t have APIs.  Using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Power Automate allows you to create a UI Flow that records clicks and keyboard strokes from your Desktop and Web applications and automates the playback of manual steps on legacy software – saving you tons of time and reducing clerical errors.  This allows you to seamlessly integrate your legacy software across modern applications and services.

Whether it’s simple tasks or super complex company processes, Microsoft’s Power Automate enables you to securely scale across your entire organization with confidence. 

To learn more about Microsoft Power Automate or the Microsoft Power Platform as a whole, please reach out to one of our experts.

Jared Teed

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