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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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Technical requirements

In addition to Power Automate licensing, this chapter will use the following software and applications:

  • Power Automate Desktop (also called Power Automate for desktop)
  • Microsoft Access
  • The Microsoft on-premises data gateway

In this chapter, we’ll be using the edition of Power Automate Desktop that ships with Windows 11. Power Automate Desktop is also available as a free download for Windows 10, which we’ll cover in the Configuring prerequisites section.

Microsoft Access is available as a standalone app or as part of a suite, such as Microsoft 365 Apps for Business (formerly known as Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus) or Microsoft Office 2019. If you have a Microsoft 365 trial tenant, you can download an evaluation version of Microsoft 365 Apps from the landing page.

The Microsoft on-premises data gateway, like Power Automate Desktop, is available at no charge from inside the Power Automate web portal. We’...