What is Microsoft Power Automate?

Over the past year, we’ve seen increased interest from customers to optimize processes. Organizations in both the public-sector and private sector are in search of ways to eliminate redundant tasks and time-consuming data entry to deliver faster and higher-value results with little to no added cost.

Rapid Process Automation (RPA)

As a Microsoft Partner and Nintex Partner, we have seen both companies make significant investments to bring RPA capabilities to customers. Both organizations have taken a much broader approach to creating business value and have been diligent about engaging the entire organization to promote automation. The message and strategy of RPA extends to IT Pros, developers and end-users, encouraging the entire enterprise to leverage tools to improve processes and proactively identify parts of the business that can benefit from task automation.

Focusing on What Matters

The enterprise application landscape is typically a mix of legacy applications and modern services, some running on-premises and others in the cloud. RPA is the answer for organizations that want to scale but are dependent upon systems that don’t talk to each other, which creates a disconnect between legacy and modern applications and services.

RPA uses bots to work between the applications, passing information from system to system and initiating actions which traditionally required a human to facilitate. Deep automation capabilities are now accessible to organizations that would have never explored RPA as an option to streamlining processes. These solutions were generally very costly and complex, Microsoft’s Power Automate is unique and more intuitive, allowing customers to do more with less across their business.

Microsoft’s goal with Power Automate is to bridge the gap between the legacy and modern applications, leveraging UI flows in Power Automate.

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UI flows in Power Automate are powered by Azure and allow organizations to build automation atop the UI of applications that do not have an API available. Organizations can automate repetitive tasks performed through a browser or the user interface of their Windows applications.

With UI flows, users can record step-by-step UI actions such as mouse clicks, keyboard use, and data entry, and then replay those actions.

This enables organizations to:

  • Automate in a single platform across apps and services that don’t have APIs
  • Customize, build, and manage UI flows scripts in a secure cloud environment
  • Leverage a low-code experience with a step-by-step record and play back experience
  • Seamlessly integrate UI automation with API-based automation by combining UI flows with regular flows

Microsoft Supports Digital Transformation

Power Automate will be a major player in Microsoft’s strategy to be a digital transformation partner. The modern workplace is dependent upon technologies that automate process and enable users to focus on the most important pieces of the business. In the spirit of Satya Nadella’s presentation on Tech Intensity, Microsoft continues to bring no-code/low-code tools market that empower users to automate intuitively, quickly, and with agility.

We will be working with clients in 2020 to help them better understand the capabilities and talk more about the common processes that can be improved using RPA and tools like Power Automate. To learn more, please contact us. We’d love to hear about the process that your organization is looking to automate.

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