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The features of Microsoft’s Power Platform

Tired of repetitive tasks?  Fed up of paper shuffling? Sick of waiting for the IT team to grant folder permissions?  Annoyed at getting to work to find there are no parking space? Bored of being asked the same question over and over again? Microsoft’s Power Platform is here to help.

Hopefully you don’t suffer from all of the above, however if you do, we’d like to introduce you to Microsoft’s Power Platform, or as we like to call it, the power platform superheroes.  I know, not as catchy as Power Rangers, but that name was already taken.  But don’t let that take anything away from the fact they are a powerful bunch.

The four of them are known as:

  • Power Apps
  • Power Automate
  • Power BI
  • Power Virtual Agents

To give you a taste of their collective power, here are a tester of a few projects that we’re working on at the moment…

Robotic Process Automation

Tired of repetitive tasks?

Power Automate includes a product known as ‘Desktop Flows’.  Think of it being like an Excel of Word macro, but on steroids.  Desktop Flows allows you to record actions on your device, view the resulting activities captured, edit them, and then set them to run manually or automatically using Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

The move to paperless

Fed up of paper shuffling?

By combining Power Automate and Power Apps you can very rapidly move to the much vaunted ‘paperless office’.  You can trigger approval workflows using Teams or your mobile devices; receiving confirmation of each stage of the approval as it progresses.  If you are presented with a piece of ‘traditional’ paper – simply scan it, or capture it with Office Lens, and let Microsoft’s AI processes extract the relevant information from the captured document and begin an automated process.

Permission management

Sick of waiting for the IT team to grant folder permissions?

In dynamic organisations, where people frequently join, or move between work groups; the traditional step of requesting permissions to access shared folders can be somewhat slow.  We now provide clients with the ability to simply update a SharePoint list (usually via Teams or Power Apps) to make an organisational change; and Power Automate completes all of the back-end creation, moving and setting of permissions within seconds of the change.

CCTV integration

Annoyed at getting to work to find there are no parking space?

Wouldn’t it be nice of you could receive an email telling you that all the parking spaces where full before you arrive at work; allowing you to find somewhere else to park and save time?  By feeding images from your organisation’s CCTV straight into Power Automate, we can use AI Builder to identify when all the spaces are taken and send an email or SMS to warn you.  This is just one of the many AI functions that Microsoft has provided within Power Automate.

Automated query management

Bored of being asked the same question over and over again?

Microsoft’s Power Virtual Agents can provide an intelligent Bot that can field a barrage of increasingly complex queries.  By integrating the Bot with Power Automate, we can trigger a range of automated process to reduce the overhead of handling colleague and client queries and requests.

 

If the idea of using Microsoft’s Power Platform Superheroes to make your like easier sounds appealing; why not get in touch and speak to one of String’s Solution Superheroes by filling out the form below to find out how we can help.

 

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