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Streamlining business processes is a critical step in improving the performance and operational agility of any business. SharePoint 2010 workflows have been the go-to solution for automating manual and repetitive processes for many years. Unfortunately, according to Microsoft, support for SharePoint 2010 workflows in Microsoft 365 will end in 2020.

As of Aug. 1, SharePoint 2010 workflows have been turned off for newly created tenants.

Starting Nov. 1, Microsoft will begin to remove the ability to run or create SharePoint 2010 workflows from existing tenants. SharePoint 2010 workflows will be removed from the Microsoft 365 tenant entirely in early 2021.

What does this mean for your organization? If you currently leverage SharePoint 2010 workflows in Microsoft 365 to support process automation, you may soon lose the functionality you’ve come to rely on. It’s time to explore other options for automating critical processes across your organization.

What is Power Automate?

Formerly known as MS Flow, Power Automate is a solution from Microsoft that enables users to develop automated workflows between apps and services. The low-code interface can be used by staff members of all skill levels to create flows to eliminate manual execution of mundane or routine tasks.

Power Automate can be used to streamline a wide range of business processes, including:

  • File transfer
  • Notifications and alerts
  • Data collection and backup
  • Lead capture
  • Calendar synchronization
  • Approvals
  • Form responses
  • Task creation
  • Manage social media channels

The cloud-based application can be used by nearly every department across your organization, including IT, HR, finance and accounting, marketing and more.

The Benefits of Power Automate

Power Automate offers many benefits that make it an excellent replacement for your SharePoint 2010 workflows. The service is gaining significant popularity among businesses of all sizes for its:

  • Cost savings: By reducing the time and effort spent on manual tasks, Power Automate can help you cut costs across your enterprise. What’s more, since all Microsoft 365 licenses include access to Power Automate, there’s no additional cost for accessing the basic functionality of the service.
  • Ease of use: Thanks to extensive pre-built templates and an easy-to-use interface, nearly anyone in your organization can leverage Power Automate to streamline tasks. From skilled coders to coding rookies, your staff can use the service to improve their efficiency and productivity.
  • Connectivity: As a part of the Power Platform, Power Automate is naturally integrated with a number of key enterprise solutions, including Power BI, PowerApps and Power Virtual Agent. The service also offers a direct connection to Microsoft 365, Azure, Dynamics 365 and other key solutions, allowing you to automate processes that span a number of platforms.
  • Versatility: Power Automate can be used to create many different flow, or process, types. Develop automated flows that run following a defined trigger, scheduled flows that run at set times or intervals, button flows that executes whenever a user desires, and more.

Getting Started with Power Automate

It can be challenging to fully understand the robust capabilities of Power Automate and the potential impact on your organization. Avtex has developed a complimentary assessment to help you get started on the service and optimize the benefits gained from Power Automate.

During the virtual assessment, our experts will help you collect existing workflow data, identify impacted workflows, explore Power Automate integrations, develop a strategic roadmap for automation and more.

To schedule a free workflow assessment, contact us today.

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