- Automate business processes without coding
- Integrates perfectly with other tools on Microsoft's O365 platform
- Easy testing and logging of your automation
Power Automate used to be called Microsoft flow and is a tool in the Microsoft O365 environment. Its main goal is to empower users to automate repetitive business tasks. For example: receiving notifications or data alerts, automating repetitive extraction of data from different sources and saving them on multiple directories in your network, updating Power BI datamodels, or sending automated emails to groups or users.
The power of Power Automate lies within its connectors, a connector is something that allows you to connect to (data) sources or applications that can be used in your workflow.
Five benefits can clearly be seen:
When it comes to triggering your workflow, there are three options you can choose from depending on your needs. These are:
All the benefits above lead to one big advantage for customers: time. With the current business environment and personnel shortages, Power Automate gives teams in your company more time to focus on challenging work which brings significant value to a business. Another welcome benefit is that automation reduces errors, as there are fewer manual inputs and dependencies.
Customers will also be pleased to find that Power Automate is actually included in the license costs for Microsoft Dynamics, so customers already in or transitioning to the Microsoft stack have an easy time adopting this tool for their solutions.
We at Rockfeather see Power Automate as a perfect solution when a customer wants specific tasks to be automated. When we implement other solutions we implement at our customers, we quickly face the limits of these tools. For instance, when we want to notify users from a specific group in the Active Directory that a Power BI report has been refreshed, we can create a solution connecting different sources and use these resources to automate this business process. After this, there is no actual person needed anymore to perform this task. Because of the relative technical simplicity of the application, we guarantee a smooth transfer of knowledge and documentation to our clients.