Microsoft Flow Community Blog

Welcome to the Microsoft Flow Community Blog

On this blog you will find articles, guides and information created by our community members and, from time to time, roundups and community news.

Microsoft Flow offers template collections which are organized by role or vertical. There are 9 templates offered to streamline Human Resource processes. One of the templates creates candidate profiles in SharePoint using Forms. As a spin-off of this template this Flow will address the new candidate interest process including employee referrals using the Teams, Forms, Outlook, and SharePoint connectors.  

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Wouldn't it be amazing if you could update your Power BI Dataset when clicking a button - well now you can - just use Flow together Azure Functions and a Flic button Smiley Happy 

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If same part of yur workflow are complex, you can keep your flow as simple as possible by hiding the complexity in  what I call "Service Flows"; To understand this post, you need first take a look at my previous post

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Extend Microsoft Flow with the Microsoft Graph ...and 0 code !

by sergeluca ‎10-11-2017 11:59 AM - edited ‎10-11-2017 12:01 PM

The Microsoft Graph api is an nice api covering many Microsoft cloud services.. In this post I will show you how to use the Microsoft Graph directly from Microsoft Flow without having to write "real code"

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In this post you will learn how Microsft Flow can provision Office 365 groups, SharePoint sites, apply PnP templates and wait in Azure queue until the objects are created. And of course this will be achieved by writing Azure functions in C# or in PowerShell.

 

 

 

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Eisenhower Your Emails: Make Your Inbox Productive Again

by pladavm ‎10-05-2017 06:44 AM - edited ‎10-12-2017 07:47 AM

We discover how we can apply the Eisenhower Matrix to our email inbox order to tame that seemingly untamed beast that is our email inbox. In doing so we have created potential to open up many other gateways of efficiency.  

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Do you receive many incoming general and sales inquiries every week? And are you still manually copying them into Dynamics CRM? And how many hours would you save every week if I told you there is a way to automate that entirely with Microsoft Flow and Parserr?

 

If the answer is "MANY!", then we have the setup for you. It shouldn't take much more than 10 minutes, but could save you and your business hours!

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If you are attending the CRMUG Summit  in Nashville in October, be sure to attend my session on Microsoft Dynamics 365 With Microsoft Flow

 

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I bang on a keyboard all day. Not because I think of it as my bosses head, but I've managed to make a career of tap, tap, tapping all day long and sometimes well into the evening or weekend. 

Over time, I hunch and my shoulders pinch and if left unchecked can turn into something more chronic and difficult to manage. Well,  20 years into an IT career, and I'm on the other side of that and having to take time every day to stand up and work and incorporate movement into my day. It's helping to stand up and work occasionally, rather than sit down each day, all day. Now we can schedule Flow notification/reminders with some advanced scheduling features. 

With this blog post, I'll show you how to quickly setup notification reminders throughout your specified work week, to stand up to work as well as a remiders to take two minute walk every 30 minutes as recommneded by CNN. 
REFhttp://www.cnn.com/2015/08/06/health/how-to-move-more/index.html

 

 

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In Part 3, we bring everything together with Microsoft Flow and publish our local Function App to Azure.

 

It's now easier than ever to make use of your data across any number of services. By combining the intuitive Microsoft Flow with the flexibility of Azure Functions, we can orchestrate the flow of data between any source.

See how to build a solution that takes referrals from your website form, adds them to SharePoint and creates an opportunity in a third party CRM.

In this example scenario, we're using Gravity Forms, ConnectWise and Office 365. If you happen to be using these services, and you'd like to experiment with Flow and Functions, you can implement this solution yourself using this guide.

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In Part 2 we test our local function app, create another Azure Function App and connect to ConnectWise.

 

It's now easier than ever to make use of your data across any number of services. By combining the intuitive Microsoft Flow with the flexibility of Azure Functions, we can orchestrate the flow of data between any source.

See how to build a solution that takes referrals from your website form, adds them to SharePoint and creates an opportunity in a third party CRM.

In this example scenario, we're using Gravity Forms, ConnectWise and Office 365. If you happen to be using these services, and you'd like to experiment with Flow and Functions, you can implement this solution yourself using this guide.

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It's now easier than ever to make use of your data across any number of services. By combining the intuitive Microsoft Flow with the flexibility of Azure Functions, we can orchestrate the flow of data between any source.

 

See how to build a solution that takes referrals from your website form, adds them to SharePoint and creates an opportunity in a third party CRM.

 

In this example scenario, we're using Gravity Forms, ConnectWise and Office 365. If you happen to be using these services, and you'd like to experiment with Flow and Functions, you can implement this solution yourself using this guide

 

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Hello, Flow Community.

 

Since the introduction of the Microsoft Forms connector to the Flow service in July of this year, we have seen a rapid growth of usage and huge amounts of Flows created using the Forms service. Due to adoption rates, we are experiencing heavy load patterns to the service, resulting in much longer trigger intervals.

 

Thank you for your patience as we work to return the service to the quick trigger intervals. We expect the fix to be in place by middle of October.

 

Microsoft Forms Team

Thinking of using Microsoft Flow for the first time and want the low down? Check out this list of current limitations and workarounds

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Have you ever wanted to connect flows to the physical world? to alert teams in an instant? to call for help? to measure the sentiment of a room after a speech? Flic and Flow together can help make this happen. Come read about it!

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IoT Button - Microsoft Flow

by JoaoLucindo on ‎07-25-2017 06:29 PM

Process automation with Microsoft Flow using NodeMCU and Arduino IDE

 

The purpose of this article is to guide the development of a IoT button integrated with Microsoft Flow platform.

 

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As a marketer, one of the most tedious business processes is dealing with all of the people that submit forms on a website. 

 

Here's how we integrated our website's forms with Microsoft Dynamics 365, and even further optimized this process with decision-making, email-follow ups, and more. 

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A Modern Client Engagement

by pladavm on ‎07-12-2017 02:46 PM

As a Chartered Tax Advisor & Chartered Accountant I am often put in a position where I am asked a question but without more information I am unable to provide an answer. My answer typically would be "Yes, I can absolutely help you with that issue, however I need to know" and then proceed to outline a comprehensive list of information requests with accompanying reasoning why each item is required before I can finalise my tax analysis. This can be quite reptitive since many customers fall into common types of tax issues. 

With Microsoft Flow I demonstrate how we can make this process much more easier and be more engaged with our clients. 

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This blog walks through a real-world scenario of how Flic's physical button can integrate with SharePoint and Flow to give real-time status of all technicians (or engineers, consultants, contractors, ETC) who are at their customer's location. When the technician arrives, he/she clicks on Flic once which sends the manager information of the technician's location and the current weather conditions. Weather conditions of the technician's current location plays an important role in the time spent and hence this information is also provided to the manager via email.

In this example, the Flic app on an iOS device is used.

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Small Business Automation: The Mega Tweet

by pladavm ‎06-22-2017 03:22 PM - edited ‎10-16-2017 07:58 AM

Marketing for small business owners can be really time consuming and difficult. Often because of thesehurdles many small business owners fail to apply proper attention to marketing.  

Luckily for small business owners Microsoft Flow is a great new tool to help automate time consuming digital marketing. In this article we explore automating the use of Twitter to promote a small business.

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There are plenty of times that you'd like to be notified when a specific email arrives in an inbox, but what about those times when an email doesn't come through? In this post we're monitoring status emails sent each day by our client's backup programs. If a backup program doesn't send another email within 30 hours, an alert is sent to a backup technician who can acknowledge it using Email Options in Microsoft Flow.

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There are a lot of actions for different platforms in Microsoft Flow. Unfortunately, there is some missed functionality, especially SharePoint related. I like how Azure Functions can be used to creat microservices. That is why I thought it would be a good idea to cover some functionality by Azure Functions and make it easy to use and extend.

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Meet Datanaut Xander Cell

by Community Administrator ‎06-08-2017 12:37 PM - edited ‎06-08-2017 12:39 PM

This week we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.

 

Today, meet Xander Cell.

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Meet Datanaut Sandina Martinez

by Community Administrator ‎06-07-2017 01:21 PM - edited ‎06-07-2017 01:22 PM

This week we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.

 

Today, meet Sandina Martinez.

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Create information in Dynamics 365 using Microsoft Flow with literally a press of a button!

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Meet Datanaut Appleta Patel

by Community Administrator ‎06-06-2017 12:11 PM - edited ‎06-07-2017 01:10 PM

Yesterday we announced some of the community events you can expect at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit next week, and debuted the Datanauts, a collection of space defenders representing Excel, PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.

 

Today, meet Appleta Patel.

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Can't make it to Microsoft Data Insights Summit? We’ll bring the conference to you!

 

We’re livestreaming our three keynotes and nine of our most popular breakout sessions, June 12–13, 2017 so you can learn alongside attendees. As Microsoft’s conference for business analysts, the Microsoft Data Insights Summit is filled with strong technical content to help you build a data culture at your organization.

 

See the full livestream schedule below. Mark your calendar and get ready to transform the way you work!

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Update a secondary SharePoint list using Flow

by darogael ‎05-31-2017 12:09 PM - edited ‎05-31-2017 12:10 PM

In this blog we are going to walk through the process of building a custom Flow using SharePoint list. When a new item in the primary list is created the Flow will make updates to a secondary list items as well . Both the lists have a similar column which is used to build relationships.

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"Get Manager" For SharePoint Document Library Approvals

by Community Manager ‎05-30-2017 10:57 AM - edited ‎05-30-2017 11:08 AM

Have you wondered how to run approvals on SharePoint document libraries and noticed that you cant pull manager info?

Let me show you a handy workaround to use!

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