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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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Getting Power Automate

Before you get started, you’ll need to make sure you have licenses that support the type of flows you want to create.

As mentioned previously, Power Automate contains the concepts of standard and premium connectors. Standard connectors are available for all Power Automate plans, including the Power Automate plans that come with Office 365 (also sometimes referred to as seeded licenses). Premium connectors (or features such as AI Builder and RPA) may require the use of a separate standalone Power Automate license:

  • Power Automate per user plan
  • Power Automate per user with attended RPA plan
  • Power Automate per flow plan
  • Legacy Power Automate P1 or P2 plan

A per user plan is best for organizations that have broad adoption of Power Automate and wide usage. A per flow plan may be more appropriate for organizations that only have a few flows that are used by everyone in the organization. For up-to-date licensing details...