Hyperautomation, and 10 Reasons Microsoft’s Power Automate is a great option for your automation program

Bart Thomas
18 min readJan 23, 2023

Are you familiar with the term “Hyperautomation”? According to Gartner’s IT Automation Trends for 2022, within two years organisations will successfully lower operational costs by 30% by combining Hyperautomation technologies with redesigned operational processes.

Which sounds brilliant, but what is Hyperautomation?

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Gartner define it as “a business-driven, disciplined approach that organisations use to rapidly identify, vet and automate as many business and IT processes as possible”.

UiPath’s view is that “Hyperautomation is robotic process automation (RPA), expanded with AI, process mining, analytics and other tools that together amplify the ability to automate work.”

Automation Anywhere would have us believe that it is “automating the automation — dynamically discovering business processes and creating bots to automate them”, while Forbes’ definition is even more ambitious — “Fully autonomous business processes that identify patterns through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to create automations that can evolve and adapt on the fly.”

Suspect lingo (and with no real consensus as to what it means) aside, there is no doubt that organisations are pushing hard to automate as many business processes as possible.

By implementing a series of small automation projects, such as accounts payable automation, organisations become more responsive, accurate, productive, efficient and secure.

In 2023, the established players in the process automation space such as UiPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere, have a new (old?) competitor nipping at their heels. Microsoft has seemingly come out of nowhere with a feature-rich, highly capable automation platform, the guts of which you probably already have with your Windows desktop or Office365 subscription, and it offers some very compelling advantages.

Power Automate, a key component of Microsoft’s Power Platform, is a mature automation capability that works on multiple levels and includes a bevy of acronyms for your reading pleasure.

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