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Earlgarth Greaves - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at The Bluestone Corp

Power Automate is very user-friendly, it is easy to use. I find it very easy to use, easy to follow what's going on, to navigate around and get things done. I really like it. 

One of the features I like is the elements. Let me describe it. With Power Automate Desktop you're interacting with other pieces of software. That's kind of the whole point. You're grabbing information from other software so that you can then pull it together and move it back and forth between systems and do other things with it. Power Automate Desktop allowed me to quickly visually identify parts of a screen and record it. So I can see that I know I'm going to have to click this button here, this field there, and this tab here, and I can literally go and quickly just record all of them and identify them and have them in a list that I can see and say - there's my list of things.

Now when I'm actually pulling the logic together, it's really, really simple to just grab it from my list of elements and just fix things together. So I'm able to move faster than I can with Help and with the other solution. I really, really like that about it. I like its integration with other apps

Well, not integration. Because the whole point of Power Automate desktop is to grab information from other apps. So it's not a side feature, that's what it's designed to do specifically. So, that makes it easier to visually capture information from other applications, and then reuse those fields from other applications. I think it's the reuse that's really useful. Because I can see that I've done it. Whereas with the other one, did they do it or not?  But I really like that it is easy to capture visual elements of other applications and reuse them. 

The other good thing was the trial period. There's a much more realistic trial period of 90 days. So it encourages you to dig in on your own, and try and figure it out, because if something doesn't go right, you don't have to figure it out in 30 days, like all the others. So it's a 90 day trial, which makes sense to me because if it works, trust me, you'll never give it up. You going to use it, going to be hooked anyway, so 90 days make sense.

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Vinai Sankunni - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Team Lead at Kantar

It is very hard to say what the most valuable features are in Power Automate because we are still exploring the product and utility. I like the simplicity of how we can create those automated activities quickly. For now, the most valuable feature is that it is very easy to use.  

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VS
Practice Principal - Cloud and Automation at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is the native integrations with other Microsoft products. These include SharePoint, Office 365, and Microsoft Teams. 

The integrations that are built into Power Automate for those different Microsoft functions are good.

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Thiago Roque - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Digital Transformation at Zaact

Workflow management is what clients select the most. It is very intuitive and pretty much drag-and-drop, so we can create escalation, decision flows, and if-else conditions pretty much by dragging and dropping boxes. Even someone who is not technical can develop a workflow for the business.

It is very easy to use. It doesn't need a technical resource to create and maintain forms. The UX/UI is very similar throughout the Microsoft platform, including SharePoint and Office 365

It integrates with all sorts of databases, such as SQL Server and Oracle Database, which is a plus. 

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Meindert Van Der Galiën - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Technology Software Developer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

Its ease of use is most valuable. A lot of the bulk functionality is done either through standalone or custom connectors and standard API processes. 

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AG
Digital Strategy Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The best part is the automated workflow, which is quite good and easy. It is just drag-and-drop. We are able to create workflows quite quickly. 

We are able to directly integrate the data that it generates with Power BI dashboards. Its integration is quite good with other Microsoft tools, such as Power BI. The visualization of the data has become helpful for us.

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WilliamBowers - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Vertical Symmetry

With the desktop version, we can automate many things. The ability to do a lot of things is one of the most valuable features.  

For our clients with web-based reporting systems that don't have APIs. There was no other way to get the data into the systems than to manually enter it. We were able to automate that process entirely. We now collect information on a front-end power app, store it in a cloud database, and then push it into these external systems. 

The fact that we can do that for them is probably the most powerful piece for the people. 

We have removed an entire repetitive business process that didn't add any real value to the business but was required for compliance reasons.

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MA
Smart Automation & RPA Tech Lead at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution seems to have a good drag and drop functionality. 

It's very well automated.

The solution is pretty customizable. Even big automation tasks are done rather simply. If you want to do more, we've found that anybody can do it. Even a business user that has no knowledge of IT can jump on and figure it out.

Two or three years ago, in all IT products, there were a lot of standards that were missing. Now, using the cloud and using some EA tools, there is a huge scope of possibilities. It's much better.

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RE
Director - Analytics and Data at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The Outlook on the SQL server has been extremely valuable for us.

The solution is scalable.

The product is very stable.

For the most part, the initial setup is quick.

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MD
management leader at International SOS

Overall, it is a great service at the given price. It is very modern, and it integrates in a great way with pretty much anything. It is also fast. 

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SN
Head of Data & Analytics at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It's a very stable product. We find it to be quite reliable.

The solution is very easy to use. There's a bit of familiarity with the product due to the interface they have. We use other Microsoft Office products, for example, and it has a similar look and feel that's recognizable if you are familiar with the Microsoft Suite. 

The look and feel and user interface make training new users a fairly easy process.

The solution offers a variety of very good features.

There is an exhaustive amount of templates that users have access to.

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LuisNavarrete - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Alfapeople A/S

One of the most valuable feature that Power Platform has is the integration with Power BI and the AI Builder, in the firts one, you ca create visualizations and show indicators of revenue, execution, progress, ranges, of whats going on in the solutions, in the second one, you can create an intelligent model to show projections in a matter of minutes, it's so ieasy o create a robot in these software

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Scott Weiler - PeerSpot reviewer
VP at Speridian Technologies

The initial setup is pretty easy.

The entire product is pretty easy to pick up and learn. We've got some developers and some software engineers that have picked it up. We have RPA specialists that are are deep specialists in UiPath, and they picked up Power Automate relatively quickly. We have guys that are trained in multiple platforms such as Automation Anywhere or Blue Prism and they got it right away.

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Samuel Kamau - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder at Beta Edge Technology Limited

The most valuable feature is that it easily integrates with other Microsoft products, so it has multiple connectors. You can create solutions that connect to Teams, Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive.

There are templates available for you to create your own flow, and it is easy to start creating a flow and automating a solution.

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RE
Director, Product Management at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Its usability is very valuable because it has a quite simple flow. It is very user-friendly. It provides you templates. I started learning with the help of Teams templates, and then I started providing them. It is always good to start with a template so that you understand how it works.

Its branches are quite user-friendly. You can put expressions in it. It allows you to link and test the flow so that you can check whether everything is running properly. From a business standpoint, Power Automate is quite good for a non-tech person. It is not like Java, HTML, or C++, which are very developer-driven. Power Automate is a more business-oriented kind of tool.

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MIkeHunt - PeerSpot reviewer
Training Manager at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

Its integration with SharePoint and Outlook is the most valuable. 

I found it very easy to use. I could do everything that I wanted very quickly, and I didn't have any complications at all. I never had a problem in using Microsoft Power Automate.

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Venkat-Raj - PeerSpot reviewer
End User Computing Manager at Actuant

The solution is booming at the moment. They're adding lots of features all of the time. 

The initial setup is very simple.

There's a great community around the product that is very helpful and active.

The solution is free to use if you have a Microsoft E3 license. 

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HK
Process Specialist - Operational Excellence at a non-profit with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is the ability and ease of linking multiple connectors within the same flow. For example, you can have the same flow connections with Outlook, SharePoint, and DLLs.

It is a low-code environment, which means that it is more agile in terms of automation. You are able to start with one automation and then easily modify it for other uses.

The interface is user-friendly. It took me perhaps a month or two to understand what the dynamic is and how it works, and then how it can be linked to the sprint. I would say that it takes two or three weeks to learn the basics, but then it becomes easy to work with. The more you learn, the more you can evolve the flow, and you can implement additional scenarios.

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Alankar More - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Software Engineer at Globant

I really like the Excel operations and the templates that the solution has available. If you're looking for 10 items, chances are there are templates already for six to eight of them. We just have to download or integrate that template and our work has been done for us, in a sense. 

It's really user friendly. One of the coolest features that I've found is when we are writing some functions or some custom line of code, there is specific virtualization that we are working with that we are utilizing for recording. 

In just in one click, we can see any documentation, etc., that we need. It makes it very easy to navigate. 

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VT
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It's quite simple to use. You can automate almost everything in your organization by simply dragging and dropping and selecting a few options, whether it's an Excel spreadsheet or other on-premise data.

Power Automate is integrating artificial intelligence into the product, allowing us to automate future aspects, such as in pharma companies, medical agencies, and even banks, which are now using these products to automate their manual processes. And because robotic process automation is already built into Power Automate, these features make this product fantastic and accessible to everyone.

These products are intended low-code, no-code solutions. As a result, even a strategic developer can create and automate your day-to-day tasks at their workplace, whether it's management work or a developer is dealing with day-to-day issues with APIs.

In terms of IT, everything can be automated, but other things can also be automated. We can automate the reporting process, as we can with the help of an AI builder. Using Power Automate and Power Apps, we can generate sales reports on the fly.

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David Mellerin - PeerSpot reviewer
Chargé de mission Transformation & Lean at Otis Elevator Company

We choose Power Automate because it allows us to monitor our process and know where we can gain some time. We have a cockpit that shows us all the workflow for all automated tasks in place. We have a good overview of our processes now thanks to Power Automate. This is cool because previously we organized our processes on either paper or in a Word document. This was not really an accurate reflection of the tasks taking place. Now, we can have an interactive mapping of our processes.

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AM
Project Manager

The most valuable feature of Microsoft Power Automate in the desktop version is web scraping because you can do a lot with it. I work in retail and you can study prices changes, which can give you a lot of information. The solution is no code which is a large advantage.

In the web version, the most valuable features are creating tickets, taking email information, and creating a ticket with it, similar to an IT ticket.

Microsoft Power Automate is a tool that is easy to learn. There is some basic logic that you will have to understand but overall it is not complicated.

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SC
Senior Associate at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature we have found with the solution is the AI Builder. And they have a big range of connectors that we are finding useful.

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GajulaSrinivas - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at Accenture AI

The solution is bundled together with many Microsoft products.

The solution is stable.

The solution offers a lot of documentation and tutorials for users to learn about various aspects and features.

The pricing is very reasonable.

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Sharad Chandra - PeerSpot reviewer
Co-Founder & Director - Technology at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The connectors are a very good feature in this solution because they allow you to connect to multiple applications within the Microsoft environment. The solution is readily integrated. 

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OO
Senior Programmer Analyst at Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

The RPA robotic process automation is a good feature. We can make a flow within a flow. We just made a UI flow. The flow is to run every day so far it's been quite helpful.

There's good Microsoft documentation that makes setup easy.

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JP
Safety, occupational health and environment at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The tool is very good at implementing automation within processes. It's saved us from doing a lot of manual processes.

The tool is very effective. 

The features on offer are very good.

The product gives us a lot of very useful metrics that we can use.

The entire solution is extremely user-friendly.

There's good documentation online and I find the solution offers pretty good overall communications.

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CP
Senior Product Manager Data Science at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

Different trigger events were most valuable. You could schedule a process on a recurring basis, at a certain time of day or week, or when something happens, which is huge. 

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MK
Advisory Council Member at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is a great solution for simple automation activities or simple automation of simple tasks.

It is also integrated with Office 365. Integration is an absolute breeze with any RPA software.

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Geroge Tzifas - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Operating Officer at NGMROBOTICS LTD

We use the solution for building processors and it's really easy to use for this task. It gives you another way to move the path. 

With Microsoft, there are a lot of great process management tools. 

The initial setup isn't too difficult.

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Srenivasan Kannan - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Lead at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Power Automate is good for automation. For example, if a client requires a format for invoices, we set up the module - invoice number, container, quantity, product details. After that, whenever we load bulk invoices, it automatically identifies the invoice format and accepts the data. This is one of the best features of the product.

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RA
Business consultant, Head of RPA Solutions at Bsynchro Sal

The program requires no code, making it very easy to implement various functions.

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GauravSatle - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead & Consultant at Tech Mahindra Limited

It has some basic components that are able to communicate with different platforms within Microsoft.

The interface is simple and it's easy to use.

It servers our purposes in bringing together all types of applications, being able to automate them with the right intelligent output from the data that we plugin.

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KB
Lead Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The value is that the whole platform seamlessly integrates well and that there are enough connectors to the majority of the systems for the SAP connection, or ServiceNow connection, or an email connection, or SharePoint connection. There are a number of connectors already built-in. It doesn't require writing any extra code, it's a low code solution platform so it's easy and faster to create solutions.

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Peter Bohn - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Service Manager - Productivity and Identity at a logistics company with 5,001-10,000 employees

In terms of the most valuable features, the RPA is really great.

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Eric Espino - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

It is basically free for me because it comes with my Office 365 subscription. The main feature is that there is abundant learning material on platforms like YouTube. You can find information about whatever you want to be done in Spanish or English without a problem. 

It is very easy to learn. Users can start using it on their own without any former training, which is something I like about this solution. 

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HH
Digital Innovation Manager at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features are that it is low-code and simple.

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Biswajit Mohanty - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager - RPA & Transition at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The sequencer programming mode's ease of use is its most valuable aspect. The ease of calling out the functions in a sequence, basically from the functional side, is great.

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YW
Department Manager at SME Digital Transformation Department at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

Interaction with Microsoft Excel is good and will be more better in the future.

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TD
Power Apps & Dynamics 365/CRM Team lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is easy to understand and to develop connectors. You can always extend your own connectors. The ability to go outside and develop your own APIs is a real benefit. Microsoft is heavily investing and developing new features. It is well integrated into the CRM, SharePoint, and other Microsoft platforms.

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FA
Strategy Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I like the power automate side of the platform, which I'm using as well all the core applications to include a human loop in the process. I'm quite relieved now because they have the Power Automate desktop platform which is good.

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LuisNavarrete - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Alfapeople A/S

The most valuable features of this solution are the automation interface and the RPA automation.

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Carlos Vizcaya - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Manager (CDO/CIO) at AD Retail

The solution is great for some of our backend processes, for example, accounting and financial processes, and also for IT batch processes. 

The solution is very easy to set up.

The initial setup isn't too difficult. 

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CP
Architecte Entreprise Collaboration at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

Its integration with the Office 365 ecosystem is most valuable. We use a lot of ready-to-use templates.

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DK
Software Assets Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The ease of use and the integration with some of the existing products that we have would be its main takeouts.

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Syarifah Atiyah Syed Hisham - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Executive PMO at Perkeso

The most valuable features of Microsoft Power Automate are the ease of use and the templates that are provided. I no longer need to make the document from scratch. I can search for what template I want and then it only requires me to modify it a bit for my needs. Additionally, it's helped improve my productivity and efficiency, and at the same time, it's quicker.

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JJ
Student at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

The templates on offer are very good. It's quite helpful to have them.

The initial setup is fast as there really isn't anything to implement if you use the cloud.

Overall, it's been a positive user experience.

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SG
Senior Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Its complete integration with Microsoft tools and the inclusion of the CRM are the most valuable features.

It is embedded directly in the Office package, so clients have direct access to it. It has a lot more functionality than other standalone solutions, such as UiPath or Blue Prism.

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KinjalDangeria - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Services at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is very scalable.

The solution is easy to use. 

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. 

Technical support has been great so far. 

If a company already uses a lof to Microsoft applications, this solution is great. 

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LO
Robotic Process Automation developer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

It is a low-code platform. It is easy to use and good for automating small tasks such as expense approvals, timesheet approvals, etc.

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Bryan Senter - PeerSpot reviewer
Strategic Alliance Manager, Public Sector at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

It's easy to learn.

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PK
Architect at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Currently, we are mostly using the desktop part of it for data. We are basically extracting the data and then putting it in.

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RahimKhowaja - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Information Technology Officer at BMC Solutions

The solution is not only meant for SharePoint, but for everything.  It has millions of connectors. The best feature of the tool is that it is generic, so it allows one to do as he wishes. He can obtain data from Twitter and put it on his SQL Server. He can obtain data from WordPress and connect it with IBM. 

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Pedro Coelho - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate Partner at Inodev

Microsoft Power Automate is very easy to use. It's very complete with a lot of activities available. It's intuitive and it seems very stable. 

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SP
Associate Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

I like the scalability option and the simplicity, the way we can really use the interface to easily scale up. 

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SR
Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

I like Power Automate because it is very easy to use for users who don't have IT knowledge.

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HM
CI and Automation Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is Microsoft. So, you get the integration capability.

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MO
Information Technology and Services Individual Contributor at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The solution integrates well with Microsoft Office and other Microsoft solutions.

The solution offers pretty good automation capabilities.

The code of the product is very good. 

The initial setup was quite simple. We didn't have any trouble with the process.

The solution has been very stable so far.

Technical support is available regionally and it's quite good.

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FL
Teamleader Robotic Process Automation at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is that it is integrated into the browser, which means that you don't need a development environment.

Power Automate is intuitive and easy to use.

There is a broad community so you can find a lot of information on the web about how it works. It is also well-documented.

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DK
Solutions Expert at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

It has a gamut of things. Power Automate is easy to configure. It is more for a citizen developer. It is low code/no code. It is one of the easiest tools when it comes to configuration. By default, we have a lot of Microsoft products on our laptops or desktops. So, it is very easy to configure the remaining products.

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TS
RPA/IA Solution Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is quick, so I'm quite happy with it. It is also easy to use.

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Okay Akdeniz - PeerSpot reviewer
Business Application Group Manager at OBASE

It is a very useful solution. You don't need to create an infrastructure in your environment just for triggers or executions. You don't need to invest in the infrastructure. 

With Power Automate, we can call or trigger custom web services and routines. We are also using the flow for gathering data from Microsoft Dynamics.

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AT
Software Engineer at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I like that Power Automate gives us a connector to be able to connect different data sources or different software. 

It is very easy to connect, authenticate, and automate our daily routine tasks.

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GK
Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We jumped onto this solution because it's very reasonably priced. The solution was for a medium size organization and they didn't want to spend a lot on such a product. It's a good solution for small to medium size organizations. 

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AT
SharePoint Online at Neskaa

The approval feature is the most important feature. We also use the flow history feature.

It is a very useful product as compared to other products. We can automate easily when a list is updated. We can also handle approval-related issues and integrate it with emails.

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GK
Senior. Engg. Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees

The most valuable features of Microsoft Power Automate are the connectors, such as loops, which make things easier.

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AY
Director, Km & Bpo Innovation at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

It is stable. 

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OB
Application Support Specialist at a tech company with 1-10 employees

The most valuable feature is how much you can do with this solution.

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Buyer's Guide
Microsoft Power Automate
April 2022
Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Power Automate. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2022.
596,362 professionals have used our research since 2012.