Ulenda Pickett is a Project Manager and Scrum Master at ThreeWill. She has over 16 years of experience in managing and delivering projects.
Learning something new is always a challenge, especially when it’s just an encouraging suggestion, as opposed to a sought-out endeavor.
Here is my kind gesture toward familiarizing myself with the Microsoft Power Platform.
As I’m currently on this journey working through Microsoft’s supporting exercises as part of this Learning Path, you know you’ve finally hit it when the initial suggestion becomes your personal challenge to ensure you can fully understand conceptually what’s going on. This is where I’ve found myself where it seems some steps are more intuitive than others. Here’s an excerpt from my journey as I am now creating my 1st Power Automate Flow. With Power Automate, there is typically a Trigger and at least one associated Action.
My first flow will copy all email attachments that I receive into my Microsoft OneDrive for Business account. There’s a template to get you started, how cool is that?
So, the process is simple, I should be able to use the template to create the Flow. Let’s see how it works.
After creating the template, you can go to My Flows to access it and select Edit to see how it works.
After clicking Edit, you can see the Flow as shown below.
I like the ease of understanding that you can view the code by clicking on the 3 dots to the right of the Flow and selecting Peek Code. Of course, Show Advanced Options is always interesting too.
Screen from Show Advanced Options shown below:
Screen from Peek Code shown below:
Great, in looking at the Flow checker, there are no Errors or Warnings!
You can also test the Flow either Manually or Automatically.
Wow, the Power Automate Flow automatically triggered! Of course, it took a little time to show up in the History. The process is a little slow, but it works, the Flow Succeeded!
Let me run another test. I’ll create a new test document.
The Flow Succeeded again. No fluke here.
Okay, so let’s check One-Drive to further confirm the documents are there.
The documents are definitely there. This process works very quickly. This is a good way to preserve a central repository for the Attachments one receives with email messages. Of course, we have to be careful about opening attachments. So, continue to be diligent and cautious before opening any email or attachment.
There are nice Analytics and Usage views with this flow too as shown below.
While I still have far to go in this Journey, overall, I’m thankful for the encouragement and have greatly appreciated Microsoft’s Power Platform Learning Path because it has enhanced my knowledge of the many practical things I can both use and share with others given the additional passion for Low-No Code use with Power Apps and Power Automate.
This was definitely simpler than expected, and you too can do some good things without having to code. Reach out to ThreeWill to further explore your Power Platform experience and journey. While I am Scrum Master/Sr Project Manager, we have some really good Power Platform Consultants who can assist you in your journey with the Power Platform.
- Automate a business process using Power Automate – Automate a business process using Power Automate – Learn | Microsoft Docs
- Seeing the ease of use and focus on Power App and the Power Platform during the March 2021 Microsoft Ignite.