Trend Analysis of Power Automate

Microsoft flow is now evolving and keep on expanding it’s scope. Initially it was ‘Microsoft flow’ with Automated Flow, Business process flow(BPF), Instant Flow… then it added UI Flow into the box ‘with selenium IDE’ .

Later in Ignite microsoft announced ‘Microsoft flow’ is coming up with RPA capability and name changed to Power Automate

After some days… got the news Microsoft took over Softomotive Ltd Which is the Niche player as per Gartner’s Magic Quadrant May 2019 report and Microsoft was not in the race of RPA products.

Anyways after this acquisition Softomotive‘s product WinAutomation is in the bucket of ‘Power Automate’ which added feather 🪶 to it which is already established name in RPA market and Microsoft gushed in to Gartner’s Magic quadrant June 2020 report as Visionaries.

Now Microsoft released new member Desktop flows with Process Advisor which are in preview. Already AI Builder entered in to The bucket of Power Automate. What’s next 🤔

Microsoft is addressing all %Process% automation 😀 like Robotic Process Automation, Digital Process Automation, Intelligent Process Automation, Business Process Management etc..

Just thought to check the trend analysis of Power Automate along with leading RPA products and result is amazing 🤩 graph is increasing for Power Automate from last one year worldwide. Attached the snapshot for easy reference and anybody can analyse from their end as well.. 😊

Anyways let’s wait and watch where is this Hyper Automation journey is leading. Thanks!

Microsoft’s new employee engagement platform ‘Microsoft Viva’

Microsoft unveils new employee engagement platform to help employees learn, grow and thrive, with new experiences that integrate with the productivity and collaboration capabilities in Microsoft 365 & Microsoft Teams

Here is the link for the announcement https://news.microsoft.com/2021/02/04/microsoft-unveils-new-employee-experience-platform-microsoft-viva-to-help-people-thrive-at-work/

Whether it will be a boost for D365 Human Resource related to learning management ?

CDS changed to Microsoft Dataverse

Here is an old member with new name 😊 Now CDS changed to ‘Microsoft Dataverse’.

Here is the link of announcement & information

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/common-data-service/data-platform-intro

Below is the link for developer overview

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/developer/common-data-service/overview

Along with that there are terminology updates as under

‘Project Oakdale’ also renamed to ‘Microsoft Dataverse for Teams’. Here is the link ..

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-platform/admin/about-teams-environment

Power Automate Desktop

Power Automate Desktop introduces a new drag-and-drop visual designer with over 370+ actions that run on your desktop, so you can automate everyday tasks to more complex business processes and workflows all from one intelligent automation platform.

Currently it is in preview phase please find the below links for more information

https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/jumpstart-your-business-with-power-automates-new-desktop-rpa-solution/

https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/ui-flows/

Microsoft Project Oakdale

Now-a-days maximum people are working from home so in current scenario Microsoft Teams is the best environment for team collaboration and execution.

Someone may be thinking if Power Platform features can avail within Teams environment it would be great 🤗 Now Microsoft has a solution Power Apps within the Team as ‘Project Oakdale’

Please refer below link for more information

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/teams/overview-data-platform

https://powerapps.microsoft.com/ko-kr/blog/introducing-project-oakdale-a-new-low-code-data-platform-for-microsoft-teams/

Microsoft Booking + Dynamics 365

Microsoft Booking is an easy to use app for booking & scheduling introduced as Office 365 suite. Please refer below link for more about Microsoft booking

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/business/scheduling-and-booking-app

Please find the below steps to publish business calendar with Microsoft booking.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/publish-your-business-calendar-online-with-microsoft-bookings-47403d64-a067-4754-9ae9-00157244c27d?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us

This app can be Connected to Dynamics 365 or any other business apps. It makes possible to expose booking services to POS, call-center and with tight integration to our Dynamics 365 solution. Please find below API overview for integration.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/graph/booking-concept-overview

Here is a link to publish it to Facebook seamlessly

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/connect-microsoft-bookings-to-your-facebook-page-858db050-3d10-4bb5-82f1-df6ebeda2685?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us

Microsoft Power Automate added wings to become full fledge RPA

Microsoft acquired Softomotive which is strong performer as per forrester Wave Report on RPA for Q4 2019 due to its product Winautomation. Please refer below snapshot

Please refer below link for the comparison of Softomotive Winautomation with RPA market leader UiPath..

Garter comparison blog link as under..

https://www.gartner.com/reviews/market/robotic-process-automation-software/compare/softomotive-vs-uipath

Capterra Comparison between UiPath RPA & Winautomation as under…

https://www.capterra.com/professional-services-automation-software/compare/135186-128942/UiPath-Robotic-Process-Automation-vs-Winautomation

Please refer below announcement from Microsoft regarding acquisition…

https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-acquires-softomotive-to-expand-low-code-robotic-process-automation-capabilities-in-microsoft-power-automate/

For usage with Power automate UIFlows.. please refer link

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-automate/ui-flows/create-processes

Let’s wait and watch for the RPA market trend… 😊

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Product Visualize

Let’s welcome to a new member in Dynamics 365 family with features of mixed reality i.e. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Product Visualize which helps sales executive to showcase and customize products in a real-world environment.

This helps to create a shared understanding between buyer and seller to accelerate complex sales processes. In industries like manufacturing, healthcare, and automotive, where products are often complex and highly configurable, or simply too cumbersome to carry around, the need for product visualization is key. It builds a buyer’s confidence early in the sales process, so costly change orders are reduced, and customer satisfaction is higher.

Please refer below link for more information:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/mixed-reality/product-visualize/

Preview Version can try using below link:

https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-sg/mixed-reality/product-visualize/

Dynamics 365 Remote Assist

Empower technicians to collaborate more efficiently by working together from different locations with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on HoloLens, HoloLens 2, Android, or iOS devices. It can be a friend or accompany to Dynamics 365 Field Service.

Use Cases are as under:

Collaborative maintenance and repair

Remote inspections

Knowledge sharing and training

Please find the more details here —> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/mixed-reality/remote-assist/ra-overview

Want to try refer this link —>https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-sg/mixed-reality/remote-assist/