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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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Creating a flow that uses all input types

In this example, we’re going to configure a simple flow that uses all six input types and use that data to populate a SharePoint list. You could also try this example to save content to a database.

Before you begin configuring the flow, you’ll need to configure some basic prerequisites, such as a SharePoint list that contains the columns to store the various data values. Once the prerequisites have been completed, you’ll be able to move on to creating and testing the flow.

Configuring the prerequisites

Since the data for this flow will be stored in a SharePoint list, you’ll need to configure a SharePoint list if you don’t already have one that you can use. In this example, we’ll create a new list in an existing site and then add one column to store each of our values.

To create the list, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to a SharePoint site, click Site contents, and then click...