Power Automate- Basics and menu items

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Hello All,

I have been learning the power of the Power platform these days and thought to share the knowledge.

Here I am starting with Power Automate.

Power automate was formally used to be called “Microsft Flow“.  

Power automate is an online workflow that automates the various actions across the most common apps and services.

It has over 220 services that can connect to different applications and can manage data. This list grows constantly.

What can you do with Power Automate?

You can automate the below tasks but not limited

  • Instantly respond to high-priority notifications or emails.
  • Capture, track, and follow up with new sales leads.
  • Copy all email attachments to your OneDrive for Business account.
  • Collect data about your business, and share that information with your team.
  • Automate approval workflows.

Power automate also comes with various templates that can be directly utilized with few configuration changes.

For example: Download an attachment from an email and move to the SharePoint folder. Getting a notification on the creation of a lead or mention the company on Twitter etc.

Before wasting so much time, Let us have a look at the interface and its components.

You will find below in the left-side menu.

  • Action items- this has 2 sections. Where you can manage approvals and business process flows.
    • Approvals: This is where you see the items received, sent for approvals along with history.
    • Business Process flows (BPF): This is where you see the flows which will require inputs or review.
  • My flows- you can see the flows created by you.
  • Create- flow can be created from here with templates or blank.
  • Templates- Predefined templates can be used by making a few configuration changes. 
  • Connectors- You can find over 220 connectors that can be used to connect to multiple services.
  • Data, where you can access entities, connections, custom connectors, and gateways.
  • Solutions, where you can manage your solutions.
  • Learn, where you can find information that will help you quickly ramp up on Power Automate.

Hope this helps.

I will come up with a post to create records in business central reading the invoices from Outlook.

Thank you,

Sreeni Pavalla

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