Deep Dive Into Microsoft Flow

This article helps you to learn what is Microsoft Flow and how to create it.

Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service. It allows reacting to an event in one Service (such as SharePoint online) and do something with the data from that event into another Service (such as Twitter). It makes it practical and simple for line-of-business. The users are needed to build workflows that automatically do business tasks and processes across applications and services.

It’s designed to connect different online services to pass data between them, or do work on that data.


It helps us monitor all our Workflow with the help of a great Cloud Solution called “Microsoft Flow”.

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Who can use Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow can be used by any person who needs the automated workflows. It can be widely used in all sectors like Educational Places, Government Sectors, Corporations, Organisations, Enterprises etc..

It is very simple to create and use. It doesn't require deep technical knowledge or programming skills. So, everyone can very easily create the Flow. It’s the Line-of-business in the enterprise organizations.

Benefits of Flow

  1. The most common use of Flow is to trigger notifications. When your boss sends an important mail and it creates the automated workflow that can send the immediate notification to you.
  2. Flow can also be used to copy files. For example, when a new file is added to OneDrive or Dropbox, an automated workflow can instantly post a copy of the file to SharePoint also.
  3. Flows can also be used to collect data. For instance, if you want to see what people are saying about a your brand, you can create a trigger that will capture new tweets that mention the brand and put a copy of each tweet in a SQL database for sentiment mining
  4. You can share the flows to add co-workers or groups in your organization as owners on your flows, so they can also edit and manage the flow and gave permission to run manually, and also grant other people or groups in your organization permission to just run the flow.

Microsoft Flow mobile app

we can Download the Microsoft Flow mobile app for Android, IOS, or Windows Phone version to your mobile device.

  • It can monitor flow activity such as successes, failures, and the time when each flow ran most recently
  • It can manage each flow such as enabling or disabling it and viewing its events and actions
  • It create a flow from a template such as one for getting a push notification when you receive mail from a sender that you specify

Difference between Flow and Logic App

The primary difference is Logic Apps is part of Azure, so it is a developer-focused tool, and Flow is for business users. You can get the details here,



Flow
Logic Apps
Audienceoffice workers, business usersIT pros, developers
ScenariosSelf-serviceMission-critical
Design ToolIn-browser and mobile app, UI onlyIn-browser and Visual Studio, Code view available
DevOpsAd-hoc, develop in productionsource control, testing, support, and automation and manageability in Azure Resource Management
Admin Experiencehttps://flow.microsoft.comhttps://portal.azure.com
SecurityStandard practices: data sovereignty, encryption at rest for sensitive data, etc.Security assurance of Azure: Azure Security, Security Center, audit logs, and more.
 

How to build Microsoft Flow

You can start building the Microsoft Flo without writing a single line of code.

Prerequisites

  • Microsoft Account – Corporate ID.

Follow the below steps to build a Flow using template.

Login to www.flow.microsoft.com

In the Home page, you have Sign in and Sin up Free options are available. If you have Corporate ID, you just sign in with that, otherwise you choose sign up free with Microsoft ID.

 

If you choose Sign up Free, its looks like this,

 

If you go with corporate mail id, Its looks like this,

 

After sign in, you are recommended to choose your country and click Get started.

Here the dashboard,

 

Summary

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