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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)

Working with APIs and Services

So far, we have used PAD to enable applications without an API to be used with automated processes via their user interface (UI). Even though this is the main purpose of PAD, we can also communicate with APIs in the context of UI flows to wherever is the best integration option. These possibilities close the loop and allow us to implement a complete business process exclusively in PAD without adding other mechanisms. Accordingly, in this chapter, we will look at which APIs and protocols PAD can communicate with directly and which web-based data formats PAD can handle. We will highlight the following points:

  • Managing local Active Directory (AD) services and accessing local database and email services
  • Leveraging web services with Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and working with web formats (Javascript object notation (JSON), Extensible Markup Language (XML), and portable document format (PDF))
  • Cryptography...