On September 23rd Microsoft released nine videos to their Microsoft Cloud Platform YouTube channel.
I will embed all the video’s at the bottom of this post but before I do let me answer some questions….

What is Microsoft Flow?

Microsoft Flow is a cloud-based service that makes it practical and simple for line-of-business users to build workflows that automate time-consuming business tasks and processes across applications and services.

Who is the intended audience for Microsoft Flow?

Microsoft Flow has two distinct audiences: – Line-of-business “Citizen Integrators” in enterprise organizations who partner with IT to move responsibility for business solutions closer to the business itself. – IT decision makers who want to empower line-of-business partners to create their own solutions so IT professionals and integration specialists can focus their expertise on more advanced integration tools, such as Azure Logic Apps.

How do Microsoft Flow and Logic Apps relate to each other?

Microsoft Flow provides features that help line-of-business users create automated workflows. Logic Apps is an Azure service that provides the same great features of Microsoft Flow, plus features such as integration with Azure Resource Manager and the Azure Portal, PowerShell and xPlat CLI, Visual Studio, and additional connectors.

How does Microsoft Flow fit in Microsoft’s overall business application platform strategy?

Microsoft Flow is part of a powerful and adaptable business application platform that includes PowerApps, the Common Data Service, Dynamics 365, and Office 365. This platform allows our customers, our partners, and our ISV partners to create purpose-built solutions for their own companies, their industry, for functional roles or even for specific geographies. Line-of-business users, who understand their business needs best, can now easily analyze, compose, and streamline data and processes. Professional developers can easily extend the automation, analytics and apps line-of-business to leverage Azure services like Functions, App Service, and Logic Apps. API connectors, gateways and the Microsoft Common Data Service make it possible to get more value out of services or data already in use, either in the cloud or on-premises.

What services can Microsoft Flow connect to?

Microsoft Flow connects to more than 100 data sources out of the box, and we’re adding more all the time. Some examples of data sources and services include the following: – SharePoint – Dynamics 365 – OneDrive – OneDrive for Business – Google Drive – Google Sheets – Trello – Twitter – Box – Facebook – SalesForce.com – Mailchimp – Customer APIs
You can find a full list of available connectors here.
You can access data sources in your own IT infrastructure through the on-premises data gateway.

What are templates?

Templates are pre-built flows for popular and common scenarios. Using a template only requires you to have access to the services in the template and to fill out any required settings.

What data sources will I be able to connect to?

You can connect to more than 100 standard services from Microsoft and third parties, such Office 365, Twitter, SharePoint, OneDrive, Dropbox, SQL Server, and more. You can also connect to premium services such as Salesforce and the Common Data Service for PowerApps.


Ben Peterman – September 25th 2017