Power Automate is the platform of Microsoft for well-organized repetitious workflows — you perhaps identify as its original name, i.e., Microsoft Flow.
The current scenario market for RPA (Robotic Process Automation) tools is hot; thus, it is no wonder that Microsoft is also doubling down on its platform.
A few months ago, the tech giant released Power Automate Desktop (PAD) based on its takeover of Softomotive. For instance, it assists users in automating workflows in inheritance desktop-based apps.
After a short period in preview, PAD is now commonly available. The actual news now is that it is even releasing new software, the Process Advisor. This tool is in preview as a component of the Power Automate Platform.
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The new process mining utility gives users a modern collaborative environment where programmers and industry users can work collectively to build new automation.
With Process Advisor, the business users can present documentation of how they process a return, for instance, and then give that to the programmers, who are generally not specialists in the way these processes commonly work.
Such a system can recognize hurdles in the present processes where automation can assist in speeding up the current workflows.
Charles Lamanna, the corporate VP of Microsoft for its Low Code Application Platform, said, “This goes back to one of the things that we always talk about for Power Platform, which, it’s a corny thing, but it’s that development is a team sport.”
Adding further, he has mentioned, “That’s one of our big focuses: how to bring people to collaborate and work together who normally don’t. This is great because it actually brings together the business users who live the process each and every day with a specialist who can build the robot and do the automation.”
How Does it Work?
The Power Automate tool stores exactly what a user does and clicks on. The entire data is then stored in the cloud and with only five or six recordings, the Power Automate software can map the way the process works.
Though, for complicated workflows or those that contain several branches for multiple edge cases, you probably wish more recording to create these processes.
Lamanna said, “This kind of map is great to go build an automation on top of it, but it’s also great because it helps you capture the ROI of each automation you do because you’ll know for each step how long it took you.”
“We think that this concept of Process Advisor is probably going to be one of the most important engines of adoption for all these low-code/no-code technologies that are coming out. Basically, it can help guide you to where it’s worth spending the energy, where it’s worth training people, where it’s worth building an app, or using AI, or building a robot with our RPA like Power Automate.”
Charles Lamanna equated this to the arrival of digital advertisement, which for the initial time aided marketers to quantify the revenue of advertising.
The latest process mining abilities in Power Automate is available in preview.