Posted by: kurtsh | May 6, 2016

BETA: Microsoft Flow – Orchestration for Productivity

imageIn case you’ve been living in a cave for the past month, (there’s been more coverage of this solution that I’ve seen in a long while) you should know that Microsoft has created & released in preview, a brand new automated workflow solution called “Microsoft Flow”.

WHAT IS IT?
It’s essentially a technology that allows end users to build automated workflows by connecting completely different services together – either from Microsoft or from 3rd parties.

For example, here’s a a workflow :

  1. I get a mail from a VIP customer
  2. It automatically posts the email to a Yammer Group for review
  3. It send a text message to myself and others on the team
  4. It adds an entry to a SharePoint todo list
  5. Anytime this or anything else is added to this SharePoint todo list, it creates an action item in my personal Wunderlist

The big deal is that we just announced that Microsoft Flow will be integrated into SharePoint moving forward.  This means that this will become a key part of the SharePoint productivity experience.  Taken from the Future of SharePoint announcement:

imageSharePoint lists give teams the ability to access, share and collaborate around structured data. Customers regularly bring data from other systems into SharePoint lists to support business processes. Last week, we announced Microsoft Flow, a new service for automating workflow across the growing number of apps and SaaS services that business users rely on. Microsoft Flow includes connectors that enable you to exchange data between SharePoint and a variety of Microsoft and third-party services, and store and modify that data within SharePoint. We’re pleased to announce deep integration of SharePoint and Microsoft Flow, which allows you to create and launch Flows directly from a SharePoint list.

A summary of Flow’s capabilities are located at:

For more on Microsoft Flow, check out the Preview site here:


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