Microsoft Power Automate vs Workato
Last updated: May 20, 2020
Microsoft Power Automate (earlier Microsoft Flow) - is a versatile automation platform that integrates seamlessly with hundreds of apps and services.
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2020 - Microsoft acquires robotic process automation platform Softomotive
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today confirmed that the company has acquired Softomotive, a software robotic automation platform. It will become part of Microsoft Power Automate platform. Softomotive currently has about 9,000 customers around the world. Softomotive’s WinAutomation platform will be freely available to Power Automate users with what Microsoft calls an RPA attended license in Power Automate. In Power Automate, Microsoft will use Softomotive’s tools to enable a number of new capabilities, including Softomotives low-code desktop automation solution WinAutomation. Until now, Power Automate did not feature any desktop automation tools.
2019 - Microsoft introduced own RPA software - UI Flows
Microsoft has renamed its Microsoft Flow application integration and business process automation platform to Power Automate and added to it RPA software called UI Flows. As you know RPA (Robotic Process Automation) - allows you to automate routine operations at the user interface level. RPA system records user actions (mouse clicks, copying text from one field to another ...) and creates a software robot that does the same. Thus, you can create an automatic process and integrate old software (that doen't have an API for integration) into it. For example, the video shows how to create such a robot to copy data from legacy medical system to a cloud service. Note that Microsoft Power Automate now combines both RPA and API integrations with most popular cloud services.
2018 - Workato raises $25M for its integration platform
Workato, a startup that offers an integration and automation platform for businesses and competes with the likes of MuleSoft, SnapLogic and Microsoft’s Logic Apps, has raised a $25 million Series B funding round. The company has received investments from some of the largest SaaS players, including Salesforce, which participated in an earlier round. Workato’s service isn’t that different from other integration services (you can think of them as IFTTT for the enterprise), in that it helps you to connect disparate systems and services, set up triggers to kick off certain actions (if somebody signs a contract on DocuSign, send a message to Slack and create an invoice). Like its competitors, it connects to virtually any SaaS tool that a company would use, no matter whether that’s Marketo and Salesforce, or Slack and Twitter. And like some of its competitors, all of this can be done with a drag-and-drop interface.
2016 - Microsoft Flow is available on iOS
Microsoft Flow, the workflow management tool, has arrived on iOS. It lets you mash up up two or more cloud services in order to create workflows – like those that let you automate file synchronization, alerting, data organization and more. Competing services, including IFTTT and Zapier, have been around longer and offer a larger list of supported connections. Microsoft Flow, meanwhile, is more focused on integrations with Microsoft’s own business tools, like Office 365, Dynamics CRM, PowerApps, and Yammer, as well as those that are used in organizations, like MailChip, GitHub, Salesforce, Slack, and others. However, you can use Microsoft Flow to automate a number of common scenarios, like getting a text message whenever your boss emails you, saving the results of a Twitter search to an Excel file, copying files from OneDrive to SharePoint, copying photos from Instagram to Dropbox, and many more. With the new iOS application, you can now manage your previously created “flows” from your smartphone. That means you can switch them on or off, view their properties, or check out run history reports to make sure they are performing properly and haven’t had any errors.