Microsoft debuts Power Automate process advisor and new RPA features


    Microsoft on 9th December 2020 announced the public preview of process advisor, a process mining ability in Power Automate that recognizes processes that can be automated. Microsoft Power Automate Desktop has also hit general availability by integrating it with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and it has also put in four RPA enhancements to Power Automate: real-time run and queue monitoring, setting execution priorities, lifecycle management, and role-based sharing.

    In November 2019, Microsoft renamed Microsoft Flow as Power Automate to align it with its Power Platform, a business tool that allows users to analyze and automate across their organization. With the recent update, Microsoft is now focusing on RPA features that assist companies to find the tasks that are the best fit for automation. As Power Automate Desktop is generally available, anyone in the organization can automate desktop or web-based applications. Power Automate Desktop unifies API-based automation with cloud flows and UI-based automation with desktop flows.

    Power Automate’s process advisor

    Power Automate illustrates how processes are conducted, enabling users to visualize and evaluate them for automation. The process advisor can deliver insights about the time-consuming processes in your organization. Process advisor operates process recorders to apprehend the comprehensive steps for each process, develops process maps to indicate an end-to-end visualization of the variations, and gives analytics to enhance processes by viewing each current variation.

    RPA Enhancements

    The new RPA enhancements are as follows:

    • Power Automate now has role-based sharing through which companies can share desktop flows, allowing numerous users to formulate automation scripts.
    • Lifecycle management encompasses end-to-end creation and movement of desktop flow across any environment. Users can also add desktop flows along with similar assets, such as Power App, a Power Virtual agent, or cloud flows.
    • Power Automate gives a new Priority property to the desktop flows connector, using this users can now prioritize which desktop flows to run on their machines based on significance.
    • Last but not least, Power Automate has a new Monitor section with two new real-time views which enables users to see the health and success of their desktop flow runs with real-time monitoring.

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