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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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Verifying the flow

The easiest way to verify a successful desktop flow completion is to watch the desktop flow execute in real time. During the execution process, you should have been able to watch the following actions take place:

  • The Microsoft Access application launch and open the Contacts database
  • The New contact button being pushed
  • Text being entered in each of the fields
  • The close button being pushed
  • The Microsoft Access application close

You can also verify the flow by opening the Contact database yourself and confirming that the data matches what you entered in the Customer Survey form:

Figure 16.36: Viewing a contact that was entered through the Power Automate Desktop flow

Finally, you can review the Power Automate run history for the flow:

Figure 16.37: Verifying data in the flow’s run history

Any of these methods confirm that your flow was created and executed. If you encounter errors or if data...