Microsoft Power Automate

Low-code tools leveraging RPA and AI to create automated workflows

Did you know that there are likely dozens, if not hundreds, of workflows and processes you’re currently doing manually that can be done automatically? Microsoft Power Automate (formerly called Microsoft Flow) empowers everyday people with the tools required to create automations that can do everything from processing invoices on your internal systems to collecting business critical data from third-party websites.

The best part is that it is a no-code solution included with Microsoft Power Platform and that Arbela has a team dedicated to training and explaining Power Automate - helping you build automations yourself, building the automation for you, or a combination of both.

Automating desktop processes, automating cloud processes

There are more than 300 data sources with connectors built into Power Automate that you can use to create automated processes: Dynamics, SharePoint, OneDrive, and beyond. It’s not just Microsoft - integrations can be made to create automations that connect automated processes to legacy applications, third-party platforms, and more.

A visual workflow engine, Power Automate lets you create triggers and actions that launch chain reactions in your workflows, whether on the desktop (e.g., invoice processing) or in the cloud (e.g., data extraction). It’s rare for you to have to start from scratch, as Power Automate includes thousands of pre-built templates to help you build processes.

Consider, for example, invoice processing. An email with a PDF invoice attached arrives in an inbox shared by accounting. A workflow is triggered based on the attachment (“read” as an invoice via AI). The key information is extracted and sent for approval to a group on Microsoft Teams. An approver simply clicks Approved, and the necessary information is then automatically routed to a legacy accounting platform. All done in a matter of seconds.

Not sure where to begin? We can help you from the first step to the last.

RPA and Power Automate

RPA (robotic process automation) is central to automating workflows between applications and services, collecting data, synchronizing data sources, and a host of other tasks that typically require a lot of hands-on work and human resources. With Power Automate, RPA is either attended and unattended.

Attended RPA in Power Automate
These are the time-consuming processes that run on the desktop and typically require minimal oversight and human intervention, for example, a process running on a PC that only needs a user to weigh in when there are issues requiring business expertise. If your process is designed to maximum efficacy, this often means weighing in with a simple yes/no answer.

Unattended RPA in Power Automate
Primarily used for cloud-based processes, unattended RPA enables you to trigger workflows based on events (e.g., a form being filled out), and then processes can run with no users logged on your end. You can also use RPA to work in the cloud, monitoring websites or data sources for information relevant to your business, and then collecting and delivering that data to your internal systems. The workflow runs with no user logged in.