Speed up and standardize activities

Power Automate (also known as Flow) is an application by Microsoft which gives you the power to automate many functions within the Office 365 environment, as well as extend to any third-party application that can accept a web request. The interface itself is "no-code", which means the logic and programming is done by drag-and-drop rather than command lines. You can go far with this, to create entire automated data systems.

Individual automations are called 'Flows'. They are linear in design, with a specific start and end state. They may also have conditional branches, parallel branches, and more.

Power Automate is the core of automation in Office 365. You can benefit from having small pieces of business automated, such as filling in additional fields or synchronizing lists. Or you can set up a whole solution to automate or semi-automate a line of business. You can have its features focus in internal processes, or automate parts of external business. Essentially, if you can imagine it, there is probably a way to figure it out in PowerAutomate.

PowerAutomate is here for the long haul, and it's a good idea to learn the utility of it as businesses increasingly start to adopt automation and semi-automation.

Our recommendation is to balance user confirmation with automation, to create 'semi-automated' systems with user oversight. This ensures that the systems are more resilient and capable of being overridden when needed, but also help companies and people save time by automating the bulk of the work.

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