Democratizing RPA with Power Automate Desktop: Boost your productivity by implementing best practices for automating repetitive desktop processes


SKU: 9781803245942
Author: Krause, Peter
Publication Date: 04/28/2023
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Media: Book
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Discover how desktop flows can interact with your everyday tools and automate tasks, freeing up time to do more important things

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Key Features:

  • Learn how Office programs can assist with automating recurring tasks
  • Maintain superior work quality by including daily desktop and web applications in your flows
  • Enrich your flows with additional AI-based information and integrate them with cloud systems

Book Description:

Whether you want to organize simple files or perform more complex consolidations between different Office programs and remote-control applications that don’t allow outside access, Power Automate Desktop helps meet these challenges. This book shows you how to leverage this workflow automation platform by explaining the underlying RPA concepts in a step-by-step way.

You’ll start with simple flows that can be easily recorded and further processed using the built-in recorder. Later, you’ll learn how to use the more advanced actions to automate folder and file management and enable Office programs to interact with each other. You’ll also get to grips with integrating desktop flows into other cloud environments and further enhance their value using AI. As you progress, you’ll understand how flows can run unattended and how they are managed in the Power Platform, as well as key concepts such as creating, modifying, debugging, and error-handling UI flows. Finally, the book will guide you to use Process Automation Designer (PAD) in conjunction with your frequently used desktop systems to automate routine tasks.

By the end of this book, you’ll have become a Power Automate Desktop expert, automating both professional and personal tasks.

What You Will Learn:

  • Master RPA with Power Automate Desktop to commence your debut flow
  • Grasp all essential product concepts such as UI flow creation and modification, debugging, and error handling
  • Use PAD to automate tasks in conjunction with the frequently used systems on your desktop
  • Attain proficiency in configuring flows that run unattended to achieve seamless automation
  • Discover how to use AI to enrich your flows with insights from different AI models
  • Explore how to integrate a flow in a broader cloud context

Who this book is for:

Whether you’re a home user looking to automate simple tasks on your workstation or a business user or citizen developer seeking to automate more complex rule-based processes, this book will help you overcome the challenge. No knowledge of a programming language is required, but in the more advanced chapters, a general understanding of information technology, including basic programming language structures, protocols, and cloud concepts, will be helpful.