Five Reasons Microsoft’s RPA Toolset inside Power Automate could be a game changer.
Microsoft recently announced two exciting product releases as part of their Power Platform. Microsoft Flow is now re-packaged as Power Automate, and they added new Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities called UI flows.
UI flows brings together the rich feature set of API-based digital process automation (DPA) that is available today, with RPA UI-based automation to create an end-to-end automation platform.
Here are five reasons why Microsoft’s RPA toolset launch could radically change the automation market and why we’re excited at the possibilities for our clients.
One – “Automation for All”
The goal of Microsoft’s Power Automate tool is to allow developers and non-developer users to leverage RPA by creating automated workflows across apps that do not have APIs or other connectors. They are using a record and play-back experience that captures a user’s actual steps, via interface actions like clicks, keyboard input, etc., making it easy to capture workflow and activity.
Looking ahead into 2020, Microsoft will be able to provide RPA capabilities for unattended UI automation as well.
Two – Lots of Pre-built Connectors
Microsoft’s UI flow offers over 275 pre-built connectors to the most popular user and enterprise applications like Salesforce and Workday. Plus, it’s easy to connect to cloud and on-prem data via a data gateway and over 10 gateway connection types. This allows on-prem data sources to be used as part of automation that’s conducted in the cloud.
Microsoft’s Power Automate enables RPA features for both modern applications with APIs or legacy applications with incomplete or missing APIs; even combining legacy apps, modern apps, and manual processes in a single automation.
Three – Process Discovery Agent
One of the most challenging aspects of automation that we see is helping clients discover and focus on the processes that could be automated. Microsoft has partnered with FortressIQ to create a process discovery agent that can identify which processes could benefit from RPA and highlight where an organization is spending the most time and energy. This could be invaluable in corralling all the potential automation use cases that we can, then, help a client assess their value and impact for prioritization in their automation roadmap.
Four – 100% Cloud-Based
UI flows is 100 percent cloud-based and uses the same low/no-code experience that millions of people are familiar with in Microsoft’s Power Automate. Clients can automate repetitive tasks performed through a browser or the user interface of their Windows applications.
Five – Security via Azure
Power Automate is built on and powered by Azure, using the same services and infrastructure, as well as the same Azure directory integration, which enhances cybersecurity for RPA-driven automation.
Our RPA team is enthusiastic about Microsoft’s foray into RPA and the potential these new capabilities bring for our clients who wish to capitalize on the features of Power Automate:
- Automate in a single platform across apps and services that don’t have APIs
- Customize, build, and manage UI flows scripts in a secure cloud environment
- Leverage a low-code experience with a step-by-step record and play back experience
- Seamlessly integrate UI automation with API-based automation by combining UI flows with regular flows