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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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Connecting to a database

In this section, we’ll look at creating a simple button flow that adds a row of data to a database table. To do this, you’ll need a database and a table. In the following example, we’ll create a SQL instance and a database that we’ll use for our Power Automate configuration.

Creating a server

While you can use any supported database technology with Power Automate, we’re going to focus on SQL Server. If you already have an existing SQL server available, you can skip this step. Otherwise, you can provision the necessary components in Azure to start working immediately.

If you do not have access to server infrastructure, you can sign up for a free Azure trial at or by navigating to, signing in with your global admin credential for your trial Microsoft 365 tenant, and then completing the Azure trial sign-up process.