If you’re playing in the Microsoft Business Applications space you’re probably saying to yourself ‘not again!’ We all know there have been many naming changes, licensing changes, announcements that were recanted etc etc. Hard to keep up…I know!
So, a bit of an explanation as to what was announced at Ignite this year. A new brand name has been announced called Power Automate. This does not mean Flow will get renamed to Power Automate or Power Flow or anything like that. Flow will become a part of the Power Automate suite of products.
What else is part of this Power Automate suite of products? I imagine over time more and more products will get added to the Automation suite. For now, the latest toy you can play with is called RPA (Robotic Process Automation). This allows you to automate human interactions with old software by recording and replaying actions… all without writing a single line of code!
For example, you have a critical piece of software that was written 20 years ago, widely used in the organization to carry out tasks. The company is growing, these manual interactions are slowing down processing times causing frustrations for everyone involved but you’re too scared to touch the backend. So what do you do? Using UI flows, you can record the manual interactions, setup dynamic input where required & replay. These flows can then be run at will as fast as the legacy application can handle.
Give it a try today! https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/ui-flows/