Automate the Impossible with RPA and Power Automate Desktop

An alternative title for this session could be “How I frustrate my kids ambitions of unauthorised gaming through automation!” Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been around for a while, but is now part of Microsoft’s Power Platform and easier to use than ever. Power Automate Desktop allows “island” or legacy applications and systems without an API to be automated – even my home Wi-Fi settings though my ISP’s terrible portal in my case.

In this session you’ll learn how to get started with automating web applications using Power Automate Desktop. We’ll focus on how to interact with web sites like a human with a mouse and keyboard does – using navigation links, entering text into textboxes and clicking buttons. You’ll learn the difference between web automation and UI automation in Power Automate Desktop, and how to decide which approach is best. Finally, we’ll cover how to integrate with Alexa at home, how to schedule your processes and discuss licensing considerations. The automation wave is about to hit – make sure you’re part of it!

Benefits of Attending this Session:

  1. Discussion of the value of RPA primarily in business scenarios, but with a personal scenario for interest and humour
  2. Demos of automating web sites, mobile notifications and Amazon Alexa
  3. Discussion of real-world considerations and licensing
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