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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)

Typical requirements in enterprises

So far, we have focused on the functionalities of PAD and looked at individual UI flows that should perform a specific task. This allowed us to look at the automation options for a certain business process and implement them with UI flows. However, in an enterprise context, many organizations today generally have additional challenges, which we will closely examine.

Hyperautomation

Automating business processes typically requires taking both legacy and new technology into account. Application landscapes at companies are often very diverse starting from cloud and on-premises systems, applications with and without APIs, existing workstations and mobile applications, applications used for mass data processing, and so on. This may also require a whole set of tools to connect and automate all these applications, and in most cases, various tools are already in use. Establishing a unified approach here typically requires the use of technologies that...