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365 features, tips, and tricks – Power Automate

Effective time management is key to running a successful business – wasting time can have a series of derogatory effects on it. This is why it is key to use technology wherever possible in order to ensure that you and your employees are using time as effectively as possible.

Microsoft 365 has the tools to ensure this.

Microsoft 365 is the market leader in providing tools to assist you with your day-to-day functions both remotely and in office. For almost 50 years Microsoft 365 (formerly Microsoft Office) has been a staple of almost all of our lives, whether that be when working or in our free time. Microsoft as a platform has revolutionised the way the world uses technology. Let us take a look at a particularly good feature Microsoft has introduced as one of its prime tools for achieving advanced levels of productivity.

Cloud services are used worldwide for almost everything. In the past it has been impossible to get them to work in harmony and communicate with one another.


Power Automate

Power Automate makes this possible, it gives you the power to create a workflow with a multi-step flow across a variety of applications.

Power Automate makes it possible for you, for example, to receive a text message saying someone important has emailed you, previously you would have had to continuously refresh them.

Let us take a look at this in more detail.

For example, when someone tweets about your company it is essential you at least show recognition that you have seen the tweet in a timely manner – sometimes this is not possible with our busy work days. Power Automate makes it possible to set up a flow that follows them, sends a reply, and also adds their details to a spreadsheet that gets emailed over to you automatically for your approval. It will also insert their details into your sales channel for future contact. In this example Power Automate helps you to keep your company reputation at a high standard by minimising delay in responding, and so giving you more time to reply in person as necessary.

Power Automate also makes it possible for you to manage approvals on the go on your phone, by email, or on the web. The approval process works with data in SharePoint, Microsoft 365, Twitter, and over 100 other services.

Power Automate allows for more effective time management by taking the strain of the more monotonous tasks for you. It also means you are not wasting money paying employees for doing tasks below their pay grade; they can spend their time being productive with the help of technology.


How does it work?

The concept of business process automation is working from an initial trigger action, be that prescheduled or because of a prior human action. A series of pre-scripted steps will follow. To ensure you have some control you can define your own parameters from which the automation will act.

Using Power Automate wherever possible is integral to ensuring you make the most of your workday. It gives staff the opportunity to put their knowledge and experience into the tasks that best use their skills and abilities.

Want to introduce Automation into your workplace but you are unsure how to do this?

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