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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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Learning about actions and variable passing

In this chapter, we’re going to introduce a few new concepts that relate to working with Power Automate Desktop, specifically around the action to run a Power Automate Desktop flow and how to pass variables from the cloud to a desktop application.

Run a flow built with Power Automate for desktop action

The Power Automate Desktop application can’t read or use cloud triggers. Using the connectivity established through the data gateway, however, Power Automate Desktop can receive the instructions it needs to execute the flows it’s responsible for.

Variable passing

Variables are a programming construct used to store temporary information. Programmers use variables as a kind of placeholder for content that changes (or varies) when an application, script, or process is run. Through the use of a variable, an application can substitute the actual value in place of the variable during execution.