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Before coming to the  5 Reasons to Start using Power Automate, do you know in the high-profile RPA (Robotic Process Automation) market, Microsoft finally entered the market in April 2020 and released “Power Automate” worldwide. 

Many people are considering RPA (Robotic Process Automation) as an option for business automation. The effect of improving work efficiency obtained by automating the work performed on a personal computer is extremely large, and it is attracting attention as a way to improve labour productivity.

However, there are many issues such as license costs and engineer training when introducing RPA, and it is not an IT tool that can be introduced, and there is also a bottleneck that the creation of automation programs is concentrated on specific human resources.

On the other hand, do you know an IT tool called “Microsoft Power Automate”? It is a task automation tool provided by Microsoft, and since it is provided in the cloud, no special infrastructure is required, and automation can be executed more easily than RPA. In this article, we will give you 5 Reasons to Start using Power Automate.

Let’s first take a look at what is Power Automate?

Power Automate is an RPA reborn as a new brand with the addition of the RPA function “UI Flow” that supports the automation of the repetitive tasks of Microsoft Flow. UI flows allow the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) feature to automate Windows and web applications’ recurring tasks. 

UI flows record and play user interface actions (clicks, keyboard input, etc.) for easy-to-use APIs and applications that do not have APIs. You can also create automated workflows between a variety of applications and cloud services to easily sync files, receive notifications, collect data, and more.

Power Automate is also a service that constitutes Microsoft’s business platform “Power Platform” that enables data collection, analysis, and prediction with a minimum of coding.

Now, what are the 5 Reasons to Start using Power Automate

Reason 1: Quickly create automated workflows using templates

RPA products are being created one after another, but the template function did not seem to exist. Since RPA usually records the computer’s work procedure and automatically generates the program, the source code changes depending on the environment in which the user creates the automatic workflow. 

Therefore, it is difficult to implement the template function. On the other hand, Power Automate specializes in linking applications and cloud services, so there are several templates available that you can use to quickly and efficiently create automated workflows.

Reason 2: Intuitive operation allows non-engineers to create

A feature of Microsoft products’ UI (User Interface) is that learning costs can be reduced by intuitive operations such as Excel and PowerPoint. Of course, Power Automate is no exception to this, and even non-engineers can easily create automatic workflows through intuitive operations.

Reason 3: Cost optimization with cloud-native services

Power Automate is provided on the cloud platform “Microsoft Azure“. This allows you to get the resources you need, when you need them, and optimize your RPA costs. In addition, the secure environment of Microsoft Azure is reflected as it is, so security is also improved.

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Reason 4: Complete a highly reliable workflow that is strong in cooperation between services

Currently, Power Automate can work with 335 types of connectors. What was 275 at the end of the previous year has increased by 60 in less than half a year. In addition to Microsoft cloud services such as Dynamics 365 and Office 365, services popular with engineers such as Slack and GitHub, SNS such as Facebook and Twitter, and services commonly used in business such as Box and Salesforce can also be linked. 

Reason 5: AI can be used even with zero programming/data science knowledge

In June 2019, Microsoft released “AI Builder,” which allows anyone to easily use AI without specialized knowledge in programming or data science. By using AI Builder, you can automatically analyse the aggregated data and even output a report.

Also, Power Automate offers mobile applications for Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. This means you can create and manage automated workflows, monitor activity, and more from your mobile device, making Power Automate available anywhere and anytime.