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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

AI models (managed through AI Builder in the Power Platform) require access to the Microsoft Dataverse. If you’ve completed examples earlier in this book that required access to Dataverse, then you should have already met the requirements. If you haven’t created a Dataverse database yet, you can use the following process:

  1. Navigate to the Power Automate web portal (
  2. Expand AI Builder, and then select Explore:

Figure 17.1: Launching AI Builder

  1. If prompted, select Create a database.
  2. Select a Currency and a Language, and then select Create my database:

Figure 17.2: Creating the Dataverse database

  1. Use your browser’s refresh button to update the page.
  2. At the top of the screen, click Start free trial:

Figure 17.3: Enabling a trial for AI Builder

Once the trial has successfully started, you can start working with AI models...