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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.
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Verifying the result

Finally, you’ll want to ensure that the flow has completed as you anticipated. You can check to see if the Forms data was written by flow to the database by examining the flow’s run history or by querying the database table in SQL.

Reviewing the run history

The easiest and quickest way to verify if the flow is successful is to examine the run history. The run history will show the steps performed during the flow’s execution. You can review the run history for the flow by using the following process:

  1. From the Power Automate web portal (, click My flows and then select the Customer Survey flow.
  2. Click the ellipsis for the flow and then select Run history.
  3. Click on the date for the run:

Figure 13.16: Expanding the flow run

  1. Expand the Insert row (V2) action and review the data:

Figure 13.17: Viewing the run detail for the Insert Row (V2) SQL action