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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)

Automating Standard Business Applications

So far, we have encountered numerous examples in which we have integrated and automated various applications with PAD. This chapter serves to deepen some of these things and also to connect new widespread business application areas using PAD. This chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Automating Microsoft 365 (also known as Office) applications
  • Integrating and automating SAP
  • Connecting and working with mainframe applications
  • Automating browser-based business applications

By the end of this chapter, we will know how to automate two very common business application scenarios so that you can connect other applications. Furthermore, you will have a deeper understanding of how to automate web-based business applications.