What is Microsoft Flow?
You want to create workflows between your favorite apps and services, connecting time-consuming tasks and processes across different applications? You are interested in custom workflow solutions for your entire company, certain national subsidiaries, departments, or specific functional roles? No problem with the cloud-based Microsoft Flow service!
Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service you can use to set up automated workflows between your favorite apps and services for continuously repeating tasks – without development and programming skills. Microsoft Flow together with PowerApps, Common Data Service, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 forms a high-performance, adaptable platform for business applications. You can create individual solutions for companies, specific industries, functional roles, or even certain regions with this platform.
Connect more than 140 services and apps with Microsoft Flow
Over 140 standard services from Microsoft and third-party providers are currently available – with a rising trend. With Microsoft Flow you can connect Office 365, Twitter, SharePoint, OneDrive, Dropbox, and SQL among others, along with the premium services Salesforce, Mailchimp, or Wunderlist and the Common Data Service. The benefit: Flow establishes a secure connection to local data and cloud-based services – so you reap the maximum benefit from existing data.
Starting to use Flow is relatively simple: First you have to register as a user. If you already have a Microsoft account, you can register on your tablet, desktop computer, or smartphone – and then immediately start exploring the platform or creating a flow.
Microsoft provides templates with predefined flows for popular, common scenarios. To use a template, simply access the services it uses and establish the required settings.
Automated workflows between favorite services
Use Microsoft Flow to connect your favorite services in order to receive notifications, synchronize files, capture data, improve the data quality in your company, or launch numerous other tasks. Examples include requesting a service technician directly on a machine, collecting and visualizing data, or approval workflows. The key: You can set up workflows with multiple steps for continuously recurring tasks and integrate conditions for the execution of certain routines.
Use Microsoft Flow to read Twitter messages and set up their authors as leads in Dynamics 365 for Sales or as contacts in an Excel list – by visualizing the locations of the Twitter users with the help of Power BI, you can see in parallel where tweets about your company are coming from.