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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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Accepting User Input

Many types of business processing require some sort of user input. Input can come in the form of data typed in by a user, a choice prompt where the user selects “Yes” or “No,” or even uploading a file. Power Automate provides an interface for users to supply information as part of the flow. Connected applications, such as Power Apps, can also be used to supply information to a flow.

In this chapter, we’re going to revisit the concept of instant cloud flows from Chapter 5, Creating Button Flows. You’ll be introduced to gathering different types of user input that can be used later in a flow. Specifically, this chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the user input options
  • Creating a flow that uses all input types

By completing the example exercise at the end of this chapter, you’ll become familiar with the different types of user input options and how they can be used...