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2020-01-12T12:03:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Microsoft Power Automate?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Microsoft Power Automate, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Real User

I think the price points for Power Automate are very good in comparison to other products in the category. The advice that I would have for people considering the solution is that it is better for use with multiple, smaller projects and solutions. If that is what you want to accomplish then Microsoft Power Automate is a good target product. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this solution overall as somewhere between a seven or an eight. Probably closer to a seven.

2020-03-03T08:47:00Z
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Top 20Real User

My advice to people who are considering implementing Microsoft Power Automate is that I think it is a really great tool that allows you to get started quickly on prototyping and integrating solutions that will simplify some redundant tasks. The best idea would be to just get started with it and experience what it can do. The biggest lesson we have learned from using Microsoft Power Automate is that there is just so much that is possible to automate. Thinking about the potential scope of what the tool can do, we now look at a problem and think that maybe we can use Power Automate to resolve the issue. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Microsoft Power Automate as a nine-out-of-ten at this point. To become a ten they would just need some more maturity with the test and production environments and making things more production-ready. Also, some additional guided help would valuable for new users to orient them and get started building their own applications. But other than that, it is perfect.

2020-01-29T08:35:00Z
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Top 20MSP

If you're looking for entry-level, inexpensive, and you're already an O365 customer, then this might be a consideration. But if you're looking for an enterprise tool, you should probably keep looking. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a three out of ten.

2021-08-18T23:12:08Z
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Top 20Real User

We are customers of Microsoft. There are more than 100 users making use of the solution in our company. I would definitely recommend this product to others for its ease-of-use. I rate Microsoft Power Automate as an eight out of ten.

2021-08-17T12:21:23Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

My advice is that you do review the licenses clearly before opting in.

2021-08-03T08:17:40Z
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Top 20Real User

We are a customer and an end-user. We are using the solution on our desktops, however, I don't know which exact version we are using. I'd advise other users that it is very simple to implement Power Automate, however, new users have to be careful with how they expand it and develop complex processes. That said, we don't have experience with processes more complex than a one or three-step process. I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

2021-07-15T16:14:47Z
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Top 20Real User

I would advise others to first look at the process and then the technology. The biggest issue is that people think that whatever they have in the current system can be digitized and automated, but it is better to first do the roadmap, understand the process from A to B, and then design the flow on paper. After the flow on paper seems okay, then go to the tool and create the form. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a nine out of 10. Big data support is something that I'd like to be covered a lot. The other piece that my business needs is already taken care of by the solution. Big data support is the only piece that is missing currently.

2021-07-09T22:16:20Z
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Top 20MSP

I'm not sure I would recommend this product now, perhaps in a year or two when the solution is more stable. We struggled with a project recently and that was difficult. I rate the solution a five out of 10.

2021-05-19T16:39:32Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution to others. It is one of the powerful tools. The best part is that it fits very well with the Microsoft ecosystem. It is not at the same level as Automation Anywhere and UiPath, but being a Microsoft product, I see a bright future for this. In one and a half years, it will be one of the key players in the RPA industry. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate an eight out of ten.

2021-04-29T20:56:48Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a seven out of ten.

2021-04-27T10:57:15Z
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Top 5Real User

I would absolutely recommend this solution to others. At this point in time, I would give it a rating of eight out of ten.

2021-04-01T16:47:28Z
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Consultant

To know about the best practices for this solution and how to make it more secure, I would advise others to read the information on the web. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a seven out of ten.

2021-04-01T09:37:06Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Right now, on a scale of one to 10, I would give Microsoft Power Automate a six since I can't actually use it. I really can't go past six. Maybe once I actually start using it, I'll rank it much higher. I think it has great potential if I could just get it back working.

2021-04-01T09:10:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend this solution. We are just at the start of our journey, and we are trying to understand its true capabilities. We plan to keep using this solution. We'll look for use cases. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate an eight out of ten.

2021-03-31T16:51:03Z
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Top 20Real User

I would definitely recommend this solution. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate an eight out of ten.

2021-03-11T11:24:45Z
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Top 5Real User

I would highly recommend Power Automate to anyone who is quite keen on RPAs and wants to automate certain processes from a business standpoint. Microsoft is doing really well in this space. There are very few RPA tools, and Microsoft has been successful in penetrating the market. There are very few of them who are on every single PC. Any business, bank, or enterprise that has Microsoft on their PCs and has subscribed to this at an enterprise level are given Power Automate. The market penetration of Power Automate is really good. As more and more users start using it, they will obviously come up with issues. I definitely found a few challenges, but nothing with which Google Search couldn't help. More and more people are using Power Automate, and I can easily find answers on the web. It is already great, and it is going to go quite well if Microsoft goes ahead and starts building more of these tools. I would rate Power Automate a nine out of ten. It is a great product.

2021-03-06T05:35:01Z
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Top 5Real User

I would recommend this solution to others, but first, they should evaluate it. Do a PoC of the tool and evaluate the business purpose. Review the results before making the purchase. In the beginning, Power Automate was called Flow, and it was very basic to easy to manage. During the last year, there have been many improvements from Microsoft that have taken it to the next level and can compete with UiPath and Automation Anywhere. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate an eight out of ten.

2021-03-05T12:22:25Z
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Real User

I'm not sure of which version of the solution it is. It's in the cloud and therefore constantly updated. I'm a consultant. I would advise, in general, around any tool, just be clear with the requirements. No matter what sophisticated tool you were using, if you're not clear about data, then the software is not going to work. I have customers where we have to make a data governance program or project first before we implement it. You have to be clear with all your data, with all the possible information that's part of your data path. Be clear about how efficient your processes are before you enter into an RPA or process automation project. This is the main thing. As for the product itself, it is easy to use. You're not going to have any surprises. I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've been happy with the product overall.

2021-02-23T11:14:24Z
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Top 20Real User

Our clients prefer using UiPath because it is easier to use and has more functionalities than some of the other solutions. It is also more economical. In the Tunisian and West African markets, UiPath is used more popular, and the customers prefer a solution that is implemented in their market. At the moment, Microsoft Power Automate is suitable for automating a few processes on each desktop. It is a small solution, but Microsoft has a clear roadmap for this solution, and it would be an interesting one in a few months or years. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a five out of ten.

2021-02-09T16:58:50Z
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Real User

When making good architectural decisions it is best to understand what kind of scenarios you are solving, especially when it comes to the loads. Try to calculate what is the overall load that will be used, and all flows per day, per minutes, per hour, etc. It is important to do some testing. Keep in mind the enforcement of API quotas, etc. It is important to start thinking about this and start calculating your flows, to get to the real cost for usage, excluding the initial license. It is critical to know how fast you consume your assigned API calls and when you have to buy extra. This is all in a way stored in the licensing documents, but it is not physically enforced, this is something to keep in mind. I fully recommend this solution. I rate Microsoft Power Automate an eight out of ten.

2021-02-04T11:48:08Z
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Top 20Real User

We have a partnership with Azure. I'm using the platform from the desktop version coming with Microsoft 365. I assume it's the latest version of the solution. Based on our preliminary usage, I do recommend the solution. It is easy to start with and to try out. It's pretty user-friendly and, and there's so much documentation on how to use it. There is other information about use cases as well and some pretty good videos on how to do certain things. The community seems to be pretty strong, which is helpful for when you are starting out. In general, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

2021-01-27T10:03:10Z
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Top 5Real User

I'm using the latest version of the solution. We are a consulting organization, and we do help clients. We've helped large organizations. We don't have just one use case for this product. We have many. You can't build an application with this solution. This is more for automating within a department or in an area, for example, a finance area, where they have all sources lined up and it takes almost three or four days for an accountant to go through the data to create templates and updating templates, etc. Those kinds of things. This solution makes the processes happen faster. I'd recommend the solution to other organizations. I would rate the product at an eight out of ten. There's a bit more maturity that needs to happen, however, all of the elements are there to make for a great product.

2021-01-23T17:07:02Z
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Top 5Real User

We're a Microsoft partner. I have used Flows and it's very easy to use it, however, not in advanced terms. I'm not sure which version of the solution we're using. It's my understanding that it is the latest, however, I don't know the exact version number. I'd warn new users that they have to know about the concept of RPA. It's very difficult to get on board with this kind of solution if you don't know about RPA. You have to make everything step-by-step. You have to know how to make a diagram flow. You need to understand what comes first and what's in the middle, and what's next. In order to successfully dive into using the solution, a user must be familiar with these kinds of concepts and labels. If you don't know about the process or haven't read about BPM, it could make it very difficult to implement RPA. I suggest new users if they aren't familiar, read a little about RPA in the beginning and then learn about the processes. It's a good product. I would rate it nine out of ten.

2021-01-23T15:16:01Z
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Top 20Real User

Microsoft is gradually becoming better, but for RPA, it's not fully there yet. If you are looking for a low-code, simple to deal with email and extract a spreadsheet, then Microsoft is a good option. However, if you have a complex RPA use case where optical character recognition or PDF ingestion is needed then Kofax is a better choice. I'm responsible for the center of excellence running Kofax as an RPA solution, and not for the Microsoft Power Apps. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a seven out of ten.

2021-01-21T18:59:59Z
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Top 5Real User

We're Microsoft partners. We're using the latest version of the solution right now. I would definitely recommend the product to other organizations. Overall, we've been pretty happy with it, even though we haven't used it for too long. In general, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

2021-01-15T23:45:57Z
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Top 20Real User

Use it for basic workflows, but I wouldn't recommend it for anything that is mission-critical. I don't think that it is ready for mission-critical type processing. It's a good product. They just have a lot of functionality they need to add. People have posted on their feature request board, and on their community board. The vast population that is using it asks for the same features. They are either very slow to implement those features or they are not interested. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

2021-01-04T16:27:14Z
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Top 5Real User

I would recommend it. I would rate Power Automate an eight out of ten.

2020-11-25T11:32:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

My advice on this product would be to focus on the human in the loop. That's because Power Automate is really great when you want to communicate with users in the middle of a crisis, or if you want some interaction with different people or want to orchestrate workflow between different departments. It has quite an impact when you implement user interactions. For now, I would rate this solution a six out of 10, but I am sure it will improve in the next few months.

2020-11-15T06:09:15Z
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Top 20Real User

We have just started to use this solution. The next step is to have a dashboard to polish the KPIs from the data stored through this application. I would suggest using this solution if you don't have any budget restrictions for automating processes. If you are a subscriber of Microsoft and you use Microsoft Office 365, I will advise using it right away. If you have a budget and you want a solution that designs specifically for business profits, I will suggest implementing some other solution such as the one from Pega systems. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a seven out of ten.

2020-11-05T03:46:36Z
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Top 20Consultant

What happens in the Microsoft platform is that users cannot be self-sufficient with one product. You require Power Automate, PowerBI, Power Apps, and different components of the Power platform. If you have the entire set of applications then things become easy, and they can rate this tool highly. If, however, they don't have all of the tools, then the capability is reduced. We have plans to continue using this solution in the future. We will continue by integrating all of the Microsoft components. This is very helpful, and we can also use different platforms for different clients. This is definitely a product that I can recommend. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-10-31T14:05:46Z
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Real User

We're a Microsoft customer. We don't have a business relationship with the company. We're using the trial version of the cloud deployment model. We haven't paid for it yet as they have to do a benchmark within or the solution for some POCs on UiPath and on Power Automate to see the differences. In a lot of companies, they use Microsoft products. It's easy to demonstrate how it's important to have a Power Automate type of solution on hand. Overall, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. Power Automate definitely offers the best automation scenarios due to the fact that it's a Microsoft product for Microsoft products. I tried automating something, for example, in SharePoint, using both UiPath and Power Automate, and Power Automate was the clear winner. It was just so easy and seamless. It's also great from the perspective of a small company as there aren't high costs up front.

2020-10-28T07:51:40Z
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Real User

I highly recommend this solution. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a ten out of ten. I am a fan of this solution.

2020-10-26T11:38:38Z
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Top 20Real User

I'm using the latest version of the solution. We would typically evaluate the solution as an on-Cloud deployment. However, we would use either cloud or on-premises deployment models, depending on the situation. It's not implemented in our organization. We're a vendor or a partner. We provide services to implement it. I'd advise other organizations that if you are looking for industrial strength, I don't think this solution is quite it. However, if you're poking around and are going to use it lightly, it might be a way to venture into process automation. It would allow you to try it out without a big commitment. If there are companies that are serious about it, it's probably not the right option. It's not ready yet. Microsoft is maybe trying other ways to build out the capabilities, through acquisition avenues. Therefore, I'm not sure if that's the platform to get. There will be too many growing pains. Overall, I'd rate the solution five out of ten.

2020-10-21T04:33:57Z
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Top 20Real User

To use this solution, you need to maybe brush up a little bit on how to use the function references that are available in Microsoft Power Automate. The code that you use for the functions is a little bit different from what you would use if you were using Excel or anything like that. So, you just need to brush up on how the functions work. Once you understand them, it is pretty simple. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a ten out of ten. Everything has been perfectly fine. I am a happy user.

2020-10-14T06:36:59Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend this solution for simple automation. We plan to continue using this solution if it gets better in terms of use cases, features, and scalability. It needs a full check-up in terms of functionality to be a fully functional RPA. I would rate Microsoft Power Automate a six out of ten.

2020-10-06T06:57:43Z
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Top 20Reseller

Choosing a solution really depends on what the customer needs. If they're looking for something that's easy to maintain, we might go for UiPath or Automation Anywhere. And if we don't have the budget we tell them to look at Microsoft Power Automate. If you don't have a budget for that, then you look at a custom automation which doesn't need any RPA tool. It all depends on the customer's requirements and constraints. This solution has the potential to go further, but for now I would rate it a five out of 10.

2020-09-29T05:58:32Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We're simply customers. We don't have a business relationship with the solution. We use the solution, however, not in its full capacity. It's just there as and when there is a need. The product earlier was in Softomotive. Microsoft just took over Softomotive, which has WinAutomation, so yes, technically, it is now Microsoft. We're using an earlier version of the solution, not necessarily the latest. I'd recommend the solution. We don't have very complex use cases to compare it to, however, for small to medium complexity projects, it would work well. Overall, I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

2020-09-17T08:05:00Z
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Top 5Real User

We have the Microsoft Dynamics Customer Enterprise license, and that covers for Automate and VI. Right now, we are doing some tests. We're just working with four workflows. We're just really starting and haven't begun any big projects yet. We have 15 ongoing small projects. I'm not sure of the exact version we are using. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten. We're still testing it in production. We need more time with it to really get a sense of what it can do.

2020-09-16T08:18:31Z
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Top 20Real User

I have a few comments and advice for people considering the addition of RPA in their workflows. I would suggest that they do as much streamlining of their processes as possible. If they can get smaller things up and running by creating the process with a simple tool it may help their efficiency as well as their bottom line. When you go for big tools like UiPath and all the other robust RPA solutions, the cost of creating those smaller processes will be higher than they need to be. If people have a Microsoft Enterprise license, they could actually use the Power Automate tool to make their processes much more lean and efficient. Doing the same thing by employing any of the RPA-related solutions and tools might be a lot more effort. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Power Automate, overall as a product as a six-of-ten at this point. It has got a lot of room for improvement.

2020-09-13T07:02:22Z
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Real User

I'm using the latest version of the solution. I tried to follow some YouTube tutorials from different people who are actually doing some good work with Microsoft Power Automate, however, they're using different versions as compared to the latest version that I'm using. The layout and the modules and everything is different as compared to the previous versions. I use the cloud deployment model because it has some free storage or free allocation with the subscription. I would definitely recommend the solution. Even small businesses would benefit from the solution. Any company would be able to integrate it. There are a lot of tasks you could handle with the solution. It's great for handling customer inquiries, for example, if you had a business with inquiry forms on sales sites. It also offers one of the cheapest rates as compared to other automation tools. Other automation tools charge a huge amount for license fees. Microsoft Power Automate offers decent fees for the automation tools they offer. The solution is also excellent for businesses due to the fact that it's totally based on the cloud. You can use it in anywhere and you can execute your flows from your mobile. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If they offered some better tutorials, I'd rate them higher. No one wants to go and read through dozens or hundreds of web pages. The tutorials need to be interactive or video so that it's easy and engaging. If Microsoft was able to offer that, they'd be close to perfect.

2020-07-29T07:45:54Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I see Power Automate as a quick-win solution for many enhancements that can be used in any organization. Rather than a task that involves heavy coding on a third-party application, such as a CRM or with Salesforce, Power Automate can be leveraged for good results. Overall, I would say that my experience using this product has been good. My advice for anybody who is considering this product is to create a prototype or a proof of concept, first. At the end of the day, management needs to buy into the solution. They should see, however, that it brings value to the business. It is a product that I recommend, although they do need to fix the small glitches that I experienced in the flow. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-06-18T05:17:45Z
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Real User

This is a good product and one that I recommend. For anybody who is considering it, my advice is to do a proof of concept at each phase. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-06-08T06:11:03Z
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Top 5Real User

Power Automate is a new solution from Microsoft. It provides business workflow features, application features, and RPA features. It's an all-in-one solution and if the customer already uses Microsoft Office 365 they can easily integrate it with Microsoft products. If you want to integrate it with other platforms, such as virtual solutions it's also a good choice. Overall, it is a good solution, but there is still a feature gap when compared to other RPA solutions. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-03-05T08:39:50Z
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Top 5Real User

Power Automate is a new solution from Microsoft that provides business workflow features, application features, and RPA features. It is an all-in-one solution and if customers already use Microsoft Office 365 then they can directly and easily integrate it. Vertical integration is also a good choice because Power Automate makes it very simple to do. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-01-26T09:26:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We suspect that Microsoft is going to invest pretty heavily in this area. It might be strategic to start using Power Automate now because I suspect it will develop a lot of features over the next few years. The suitability of this solution depends on how complex the processes are. My advice to anybody who is considering Power Automate is to make sure that it has the capabilities to support that, particularly versus a more established player like Nintex or AgilePoint. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

2020-01-12T12:03:00Z
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