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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

By : Aaron Guilmette
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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate - Second Edition

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By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

MS Power Automate is a workflow automation tool built into MS 365 to help businesses automate repetitive tasks or trigger business processes without user intervention. It is a low-code tool that is part of the Microsoft applications framework, the Power Platform. If you are new to Power Automate, this book will give you a comprehensive introduction and a smooth transition from beginner to advanced topics to help you get up to speed with business process automation. Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to configure automation workflows for business processes between hundreds of applications, using examples within Microsoft and including third-party apps like Dropbox and Twitter. Once you understand how to use connectors, triggers, and actions to automate business processes, you’ll learn how to manage user input, documents, and approvals, as well as interact with databases. This edition also introduces new Power Automate features such as using robotic process automation (RPA) to automate legacy applications, interacting with the Microsoft Graph API, and working with artificial intelligence models to do sentiment analysis. By the end of this digital transformation book, you’ll have mastered the basics of using Power Automate to replace repetitive tasks with automation technology.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
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Learning Power Automate terminology

As we begin working with Power Automate, it will be important to understand the core terminology that is being used. It’s also important to note that terminology periodically changes, so if you started using Power Automate a few years ago, you may want to read through and make sure you’re using current terminology and concepts.

The following terms are generally organized in the order that you’ll encounter them in the book, which also corresponds to their increasing complexity and usage. You’ll need to understand them so you can choose where to apply the correct business logic and processes. As you go through this book, if you encounter terms you don’t recognize, you can refer back to this section.


A flow is simply the logical grouping of conditions and tasks used to automate a process. Flows can be identified using a variety of characteristics, such as where they originate (cloud or desktop),...