Introduction to Microsoft Flow

An Office 365 tutorial by Peter Kalmström

Office 365Flow is a new Microsoft tool for creating workflows. Flows empower users by automating time consuming processes which requires sending/receiving notifications, collecting data and saving them among various platforms. In a few tutorials in the Office 365 from Scratch series, Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of Business Solutions, will show how to create different kinds of flows.

Use among multiple cloud services

Flows are intended to replace SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 workflows. While workflows are limited to sites, flows can be used extensively with various cloud based services and create workflows for elaborate collaboration. For example, every time a new list item is added in a particular SharePoint list, it could be posted to Slack.

Microsoft Flow

Build from template

Flow creation starts with a template, and there are many predefined templates to choose from. There is also a blank template if you want to start from scratch.

Flow account instead of user account

Each Flow user can create a set of flows that are stored in connection to that Microsoft or Office 365 account. Therefore, any organization that decides to automate things with flows should make sure to create a special user account for all flows, to handle the case if a user quits but also to manage potential costs in cases of high volume flows. Tips articles about Flow

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