Recently, Microsoft introduced a new feature on its Power Automate platform called "Describe it to design it" with the promise of allowing users to create workflows without writing any code. Given our team’s extensive experience using Power Automate to enhance our client’s Dynamics 365 solutions, we were more than a little excited to try it out and find out how easy it really is.
The “Describe it to design it” feature uses natural language processing (NLP) to interpret requests and generate workflows automatically. Think Chat GPT for Power Automate workflows. Users can simply describe what they want the workflow to do, and Power Automate will create the necessary steps and actions to make it happen. It’s a potential game-changer for those who may not have a technical background or the time to learn to code, allowing users to easily automate routine tasks or complex workflows just by describing what they’re looking for.
Getting Started with "Describe it to Design it"
Let’s get started with a quick rundown of how to use this new feature.
1) Navigate to flow.microsoft.com and select New->Describe it to Design it
2) Describe what you want your flow to accomplish. In this case, I’ve asked for a notification when a case is created in CRM.
The Describe it to Design it feature will then suggest the trigger and the following actions based on your description.
3) Selecting “Next” will frame up the power automate routine, where you can add additional details like recipients or a description on the notification message.
4) Select “Create flow” will create and activate the flow in your environment. You’ll be brought to the flow where you can make any final additions or adjustments.
It’s just that easy! Your flow is active and ready to go in just four simple steps!
A great Feature for Workflow beginners
Overall, we found “Describe it to design it” to be a great new feature that can definitely help less technical users automate their workflows quickly and easily. With its intuitive interface and impressive natural language processing capabilities, it goes a long way towards helping Power Automate make automation capabilities more accessible. That being said, while this feature is great for automating simple or routine tasks, it’s less suitable for more complex workflows. Users who are looking for more control of their automations or are dealing with more unique processes, will likely still need to create their workflows manually and require more technical knowledge.
More than anything, we see this an excellent tool for getting started with workflow automation. It can help users with less technical know-how to generate ideas and act as a great resource for learning about how to structure workflows!
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