Increase Productivity with Microsoft Power Automate

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Microsoft continually adds new features and functionality to its M365 (or O65) range of products. One such product it MS Power Automate. It is a great tool that can easily increase your productivity. This blog aims to show you what you need to know about Microsoft’s Power Automate.

Power Automate is a cloud-based product available to Microsoft 365 subscribers. The tool, formerly known as Microsoft Flow, brings intelligent automation to business processes. The tool allows users to harness the benefits of artificial intelligence developing workflows and creating data dashboards.

Power Automate hands over mundane tasks and manual processes to process automation. With this automation you can:

  • make data-driven decisions;
  • identify time savings opportunities;
  • map and analyze processes;
  • understand bottlenecks;
  • capture institutional knowledge;
  • track important metrics;
  • empower users to share processes and collaborate;
  • break down internal business silos moving data between departmental systems on a schedule.

Power Automate is available online, as a desktop client, or as a mobile application (for both iOS and Android devices). Best of all, it is included in most Microsoft 365 subscriptions.

How Does Power Automate Work?

In Power Automate you build time-saving workflows using a no-code or low-code experience. The software offers templates and step-by-step guidance to help create automated workflows.

The secure and scalable technology connects with other Microsoft products and allows users to integrate or create their own connectors.

You might set up a notification in Teams when a new Microsoft Forms response comes in, or when a Microsoft Planner task updates, or configure workflows to move documents between different SharePoint folders.

Don’t trust it to do the work on its own? No problems, as you can set up attended or unattended workflows. Attended workflows need humans to start the task via a Yes or No question.

Is Power Automate for Us?

It can help any business save time and reduce operating costs. Plus, Power Automate doesn’t work solely in the Microsoft environment. You might connect a Customer Relationship Management tool. Then, you could automate appointment scheduling and trigger file sending from OneDrive or SharePoint.

The uses abound across industries and you might use Power Automate to:

  • track mailboxes;
  • process forms;
  • extract information;
  • manage inventory levels.
  • perform sentiment analysis;
  • read business cards;
  • classify files;
  • orchestrate your pipeline;
  • automate auditing;

Create workflows using templates or design your own with what Microsoft touts as “point-and-click simplicity.” Don’t find it that simple? We can help you do it.

Turn your attention instead to areas that grow business and boost innovation by saving time streamlining your repetitive tasks and operational processes with Power Automate.  Need assistance setting up the workflows in Power Automate? Our IT experts can help. Contact us today.

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