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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)


We’re all familiar with the situation, in both our private and professional lives, where we have to perform repetitive and boring IT tasks. Microsoft provides Power Automate Desktop, a free tool that can be used to solve both small and large automation scenarios.

In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to automate repetitive and monotonous processes with Power Automate Desktop to free up more time for more important things. The book provides insights into the history of the program and its current role in the Microsoft Power Platform. It then explains the concept of user interface automation and how locally installed programs or processes as well as a web browser can be implemented with Power Automate Desktop.

As you progress, you’ll learn about the complete feature set of Power Automate Desktop through numerous examples, from basic concepts, such as variables, conditions, and branching, to capabilities with the local desktop, such as file and folder management, to connecting to databases, mainframe computers, and SAP automation.

The final chapters also cover the topic of artificial intelligence and how it can be incorporated into processes, as well as how Power Automate Desktop can be used in large enterprises, where additional topics, such as governance, compliance, scaling, and security, play a role.