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September 2, 2020 - by Synoptek
The Microsoft portfolio of products is constantly growing. As new and improved applications get introduced, connecting them together to build all-encompassing, end-to-end business solutions can facilitate better decision-making and business outcomes. Microsoft Power Platform does just that; it helps teams overcome the challenges of working with individual applications by enabling them to automate solutions and create customized apps.
And now with the introduction of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), teams can now free themselves from all the tedious, time-consuming manual processes of creating and deploying tailored applications and drive value in a no-code environment.
For a very long time, businesses who wanted to create new solutions had to rely on a handful of IT experts who could go through the processes of understanding user needs, building solutions, and deploying them for a team or the entire enterprise. However, as business needs started to become increasingly complex, the need to be able to customize existing applications and create new solutions without having to depend on a team of developers – grew higher and higher.
Microsoft Power Platform allows everyday users with no previous development experience create apps and connect solutions across the enterprise. Depending on the business challenge they are looking to solve, users can build custom solutions across Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents to boost productivity, drive value, and improve business outcomes.
Using Power Platform, businesses can connect to hundreds of data sources, bring them together in a single place, and uncover insights to gain a competitive edge. And when combined with Azure, they seamlessly extend app capabilities and functions across the cloud and easily create connectors to custom or legacy systems.
In April 2020, Microsoft launched UI Flows – Microsoft Power Automate’s new RPA capability – to enable users to automate everyday processes. Using this capability, organizations can automate their legacy apps and manual processes through UI-based automation and build flexible business models to support any business scenario. By putting automation in the hands of users, UI Flows bring API- and UI-based automation together in a single platform, allowing them to save time and focus on higher-value work.
Microsoft offers two types of automation with UI Flows: 1) Attended automation where attended bots mimic user actions to automate manual and repetitive front-office activities, and 2) Unattended automation where unattended bots use triggers to schedule automation of high-volume tasks – without users having to be at their desks. Irrespective of what automation organizations choose, using UI Flows, they can parse data from several disparate sources, connect to over 300 modern apps and services, and automate mundane tasks – quickly and easily.
As the adoption of technology across the business landscape escalates, the presence of several disconnected solutions makes it difficult for organizations to capture data from siloed applications. UI Flows allows end-to-end automation that spans on-premises systems and the cloud. Using UI Flows, organizations can enjoy a gamut of benefits such as:
As organizations resort to implementing many different tools to optimize their businesses, they need quick and easy ways to connect these tools so they can make better decisions and scale their business easily. UI Flows, Power Automate’s RPA capability, removes the gap that exists between different legacy and modern applications while bringing the entire IT environment together.
Using simple point-and-click actions, users can turn manual tasks into automated workflows and speed up time-to-value, thus strengthening an organization’s ability to perform intelligent cloud-based automation and expediting their digital transformation journey.
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