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Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate

By : Aaron Guilmette
Book Image

Workflow Automation with Microsoft Power Automate

By: Aaron Guilmette

Overview of this book

Microsoft Power Automate is a workflow automation solution included in Microsoft 365. This book explores the core concepts of workflow automation, such as working with connectors, triggers, and actions, along with their practical implementation in automating business tasks and simplifying digital processes to boost enterprise productivity.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Section 1 - What is Power Automate?
Section 2 - Basic Flow Concepts
Section 3 - Intermediate Flow Concepts
Section 4 - Administering the Power Automate Environment

Creating a basic sequential approval

In this section, we're going to create a basic sequential approval that involves first- and second-stage approval. These types of approvals are common in scenarios where an individual requests more than a certain number of vacation days or expenditure that reaches a certain threshold.

Like other workflows, you can use a SharePoint list as the starting point. You can also take input from other methods, such as reading content from a file or even requesting user input (which you'll learn about in Chapter 14, Accepting User Input).

For this example, you'll be creating a list with a number of different columns and data types. The columns will be used to store information as it moves through the process. The overall process will look like this:

  • Configuring the prerequisites
  • Creating the flow
  • Testing the flow

The design of the flow will stipulate that the first-level approver is the requester's manager, while the second-level approver...