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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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Index

Working with files

Files, from the perspective of Microsoft Power Automate, are objects that can be both the product and result of a workflow (as we saw in Chapter 3, Working with Email, when we looked at an expense report flow) or moved around through one. In this section, we’re going to build on the expense report flow from the last chapter and copy the file from the expense report document library to another SharePoint site for archival purposes.

We’ll also use Power Automate with another business scenario: publishing content to an outside storage service.

Copying files to SharePoint

Suppose your organization has a requirement to make an archival copy of all the content that passes through a particular work process. To demonstrate how to do this, we’re going to build on the flow we created in the last chapter in order to save email attachments and copy those file attachments to a new subfolder. We’re going to perform a series of steps to...