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Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop

By : Peter Krause
Book Image

Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop

By: Peter Krause

Overview of this book

Whether you want to organize simple files or perform more complex consolidations between different Office programs and remote-control applications that don't allow outside access, Power Automate Desktop helps meet these challenges. This book shows you how to leverage this workflow automation platform by explaining the underlying RPA concepts in a step-by-step way. You’ll start with simple flows that can be easily recorded and further processed using the built-in recorder. Later, you’ll learn how to use the more advanced actions to automate folder and file management and enable Office programs to interact with each other. You’ll also get to grips with integrating desktop flows into other cloud environments and further enhance their value using AI. As you progress, you’ll understand how flows can run unattended and how they are managed in the Power Platform, as well as key concepts such as creating, modifying, debugging, and error-handling UI flows. Finally, the book will guide you to use Process Automation Designer (PAD) in conjunction with your frequently used desktop systems to automate routine tasks. By the end of this book, you’ll have become a Power Automate Desktop expert, automating both professional and personal tasks.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)

Practical relevance to PAD

The actions provided under PAD are not unique to PAD, other than launching a local application and controlling it. All APIs called by these actions are available in the cloud and, therefore, available to any application.

The reason we see these actions in PAD as well is that it gives us direct access within the context of UI flows without the need to add more cloud flows or other technologies. This allows us to build some intelligence into our UI flows. In selected scenarios, these actions can certainly make sense, but typically, this functionality will be used primarily in cloud scenarios. However, in cases where the content of an image is to be determined within PAD or the mood in an email is to be determined, the availability of these actions is, of course, very helpful. The availability of these actions can be helpful, all of which rely on pre-built and trained AI models. Another way of using AI that is more adapted to a business is described in the...