What is Power Automate? Microsoft announced the renaming of Microsoft Flow at Microsoft Ignite to bring continuity to the established Power Platform alongside PowerApps and Power Bi.
However, it’s so much more than a name change and brand alignment. As the name suggests, the broader focus on automation means the platform becomes broader in scope. Microsoft communicates Power Automate as “a unified platform with API- and UI-based automation for enterprise customers”, which is designed to cater for the full spectrum of users from technical to business.
Users can still use Power Automate to create workflows in the manner in which they are accustomed to. However, it now comes with a new feature set, including robotic process automation capabilities and UI flows. The purpose of UI flows is for users to automate repetitive tasks, simplifying workflows across organizations. It will provide scalability and even more security.
License changes were put into place from October 2019, and at the time of writing, those still apply. I strongly advise reading the following blog: Office 365, Flows and beyond on how those licensing changes might affect you.
Power Automate best practices
Recently, Rencore hosted a Power Automate mini-summit. Microsoft’s Power Automate mastermind Stephen Siciliano, MVPs Serge Luca, Laura Rogers, and Matthias Einig all contributed with varied sessions from the business user to the experienced power user and developer. Their Power Automate best practices were insightful and useful.
Also, Stephen’s Keynote gave a transparent view into the Power Automate product roadmap. I recommend viewing the summit session recordings, which are free to access and watch.
The development and usage of Power Automate is growing at a rapid rate. Many platform owners and administrators are benefiting from scaled and automated governance to handle flows and their connectors.
Flows are often the interconnection between the service layers throughout Microsoft 365, and after 30 days, flows automatically expire, causing disruption. The issue is being able to find all this data, report it, and have it acted upon swiftly. I recommend looking at Rencore Governance, which solves these pain points by bringing automation to your Microsoft 365 and Power Platform governance approach.