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Power Automate vs Make: The ultimate duel for task automation

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May 14, 2024

Power Automate vs Make : Which automation tool is right for you?

Are you looking to use automation to simplify your daily tasks? Are you faced with the challenge of choosing the right tool for the job? Power Automate and Make are two no-code tools for creating optimized automation processes that combine speed and efficiency.
Let's explore them and help you make the right choice for your specific needs. How can we help? We'll take an in-depth look at each tool's features, integration capabilities, user experiences, and pricing models.

Overview of Power Automate and Make

Overview of Make

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Make, originally known as Intergromat, is a platform that lets you automate any task and increase your productivity. Since 2012, this no-code automation tool has helped over 500,000 users to set up the easiest to the most complex workflows, on an intuitive and flexible interface.

With Make, you get a more visual, structured approach to building automation, making it easier to manage flows with multiple branches and paths.

Use cases

Make's possibilities are unlimited, and it meets productivity needs in every field. It makes life easier by providing key functionalities and typical use cases. When it comes to marketing, you can generate qualified leads and increase your income.

When it comes to sales, you can finalize your transactions more quickly by using automatic tools to simplify the management of your contracts with prospects. 

In the process, Make goes beyond traditional system management, handling complex operations such as the synchronization of systems (tools) by sharing valuable information to avoid data loss. Make also ensures security by immediately detecting incidents to minimize downtime.

Overview of Power Automate

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Power Automate or Microsoft Flow is one of Microsoft's most versatile products. Paired with the power of its AI (artificial intelligence), Power Automate proves to be a real ally in automating repetitive and low-value tasks. 

As opposed to Make for personal use, Power Automate has been designed specifically for businesses and organizations. That's why it's one of the most popular tools used by 93% of Fortune 500 companies.  

Use cases

Are you ready to set up large-scale automations with confidence? With Power Automate, you can manage hundreds of different processes, allowing you to concentrate on high-value-added tasks.

Reporting weekly, managing e-mails, and updating databases will no longer be time-consuming. Using AI and digital process automation, Power Automate integrates with Microsoft Power Platform applications, websites, and co-drivers in just a few clicks.

Using applications such as Excel, OneDrive, or Teams, you can create a workflow by integrating a trigger and a scenario to manage human resources departments, for example. In the next few lines, we'll take a closer look at the features available for creating customized workflows.

Comparison of features and functions of Power Automate and Make

User Interface & Experience

The drag-and-drop interface of Make makes it easy to create efficient automation scenarios even without technical skills. Immediately after opening an account, you're greeted by a user-friendly dashboard that guides you through every step of automated workflow set-up.

The package helps you create customized scenarios to automate almost any task. And if you're just starting out, you can get help from its AI to get you up and running quickly, step by step. There's also detailed documentation covering every aspect of the platform, and a community to ask questions, share tips, and learn from other users.

Power Automate's interface appears simplified, consisting mainly of two elements. Firstly, there are user interface elements such as buttons, text fields, images, links, or drop-down menus. These can be used as triggers or actions in your automation workflows, to perform specific actions.

Secondly, the Flow Designer is the central place where you create, modify and configure your automation flows in Power Automate.  You can drag and drop actions from the authoring toolbox into your automation flow. Such actions represent the specific steps you wish to automate, such as sending an e-mail, generating a file, or updating a database. 

The verdict: Make combines a more user-friendly interface with a simplified learning curve, helped by its intuitive approach and numerous pre-built tools. Despite Power Automate's power, it may require a longer learning curve to master its features.

Integrations & Connectors

Make lets you integrate over 1,800 automation apps.

These include 

In cases where a specific application is not directly supported, users can integrate it using API calls. In this way, they can customize and extend their automation beyond the native integrations available.

Make supports a variety of actions and triggers, allowing you to define automation based on specific events. For example, the arrival of an email, the update of a spreadsheet, or the submission of a form. Users can create multiple paths and conditional paths, for automation that require complex logic. 

What about Power Automate?

If you're a proud Microsoft user, opting for Power Automate gives you access to various Dynamics 365 applications such as Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Marketing, and Project Service Automation. Moving beyond the Microsoft world, Power Automate can connect to over 500 different applications and services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Twitter, and many more. 

Power Automate provides automated workflows using triggers, actions, and connectors. A trigger starts the flow when a specific event occurs, such as the receipt of a new email. Actions then define the tasks to be executed in response to the trigger. 

And finally, there are the connectors that enable Power Automate to communicate with various services such as Outlook and OneDrive, to facilitate task automation without the need for coding. 

The verdict: If you're looking for a solution with a wide range of integrations and the ability to create complex automation, Make is probably more suitable. In contrast, if you're already rooted in the Microsoft ecosystem and prefer simplicity of use, Power Automate might be the best option.

Advanced key features and customization

With Make, you'll find a whole range of advanced key features and customization options to suit your needs. How do I get started? Focus on scenario planning and execution, which involves setting up filters to define routes between modules. To add logic to your automation, you can add notes to document and clarify process steps.

It offers additional tools to enhance the user experience. The flexible scheduling tool lets users define when and how often scenarios should be run. Our automatic alignment feature helps users to visually organize their scenarios, making automated workflows easier to understand and manage. 

The export, import, and restore scenarios feature provides additional flexibility and security for workflow management.

Enhanced functionality and customization options in Power Automate for the desktop enable the creation of reusable custom actions. Being a low-code tool in the first place, developers have plenty to rub their hands over. They can encapsulate existing functions or code libraries to create new custom actions.

Even more, the SDK (Software Development Kit) provides a set of APIs enabling designers to create custom actions using the .NET C# language. In practice, you could develop an action that automatically copies files from one folder to another when they are modified.

Our verdict: When it comes to complexity, Make seems to offer a more user-friendly approach, with features that simplify the configuration and management of automated workflows. However, Power Automate, while offering advanced key features, may appear more complex for users unfamiliar with software development.

Collaboration

Using Make, you can easily collaborate with “Teams” and invite members to work on specific projects. Creating a team allows you to control who can view and modify scenarios, models, data, and other project-related elements. 

And guess what? It's possible to join several teams at once. Just go to the Teams section to add a team and give it a name. Then all you have to do is coordinate each team and monitor activities.  

The team collaboration option in Power Automate is really helpful for sharing information and working together more efficiently. Working together is a matter between owners and members who only have access to the project. 

One has security roles and privileges over the data they possess, while the other shares data with specific rights such as read or write. This enables everyone to collaborate in a more smoothly coordinated way, ensuring that each member has access to the information and tools they need to be effective.

Our verdict: If you're looking for simplicity and quick set-up, Make is the best option. For more rigorous access and role control, Power Automate is the right solution.

Pricing plan

Saving time, money, and productivity cost money. Make and Power Automate can help you build and automate your business processes. 

Tableau comparatif des options Make et Power Automate

Make

Option Price/month Opérations/month Avantages keys Use case
Free 0 $ 1,000 - No-Code workflow builder
- Over 1000 integrated applications
With the free Make option, you can use the visual workflow builder to create an automated process that automatically sends appointment reminder emails or SMS messages to your customers.
Core 10.59 $ 10,000 - Unlimited scenarios
- 1-minute execution interval
- Access to Make API
For small businesses managing inventory and stock, Make's Core option offers an affordable and effective solution. The idea is to create automated scenarios to monitor your stock levels and even automatically place replenishment orders.
Pro 18.82 $ 10,000 - Custom variables
- Search in execution logs
- Flexible operations
- Priority scenario execution
Human resources teams can benefit from this formula to automate the onboarding process for new employees and improve their experience.
Teams 34.12 $ 10,000 - Team management and permissions
- Create and share scenario templates
You can create separate teams with specific authorizations to manage and run automated scenarios. All while maintaining an overview of all automation within the company.
Enterprise Customized offer. Contact customer service 10,000 - Advanced security (SSO, compliance)
- 24/7 support
- Dedicated management
- Extensive log storage
- Overflow protection
- Customized functions and connections
- Advanced management of large files
Perfect for large companies, this option gives you advanced operations management to guarantee the reliability and scalability of your large-scale automation.

Power Automate

Option Prix Avantages clés Cas d'utilisation
Power Automate Premium 14 €/user/month - Online process automation via connections to cloud services
- Automation of office tasks through direct interaction with the user interface
- 50 MB data storage
- 5,000 credits for AI Builder
- Access to Dataverse with 250 MB database and 2 GB file storage
Ideal for companies that need to automate both digital processes via APIs and interactive office tasks.
Power Automate Process 140.40 €/bot/month - Automation of office tasks without active user supervision
- Online process automation accessible to all members of the organization
It is suitable for companies that need to automate office tasks without active user supervision, as well as for deploying large-scale automated processes throughout the organization.

Use cases and testimonials

Make and Power Automate can help you create countless solutions, so if we were to list them all in this article, it would become an encyclopedia. Nevertheless, we're going to present a specific use case for each of them, along with some testimonials.

Make a solution for a small online store

To illustrate this point, we'll focus on Airtable and Google Sheets integrations. Imagine you have an Airtable product list, with Google Sheets as your sales and inventory tracker. 

Every time a new product is added to your Airtable's list, its details are automatically transferred to your Google spreadsheet. This allows you to keep your data organized and up to date without having to enter it manually. Sounds handy, doesn't it?

With over 500,000 Make users, we've received thousands of positive feedback. Take a look at testimonials like this one from business owners and individuals: Using Make, we've been able to expand our operations, simplify our processes, reduce our expenses, and lighten the load on our support team.

Power Automate solution for a Manager

So let's take the example of a manager who needs to regularly review and approve his team's activity reports, stored on OneDrive for Business. He needs to manage the report approval process more efficiently, to ensure that everything is handled in an organized and timely way, without requiring manual intervention.

Power Automate model, when a team member submits a report, the manager can select the file and choose a personalized action: automatically send a confirmation e-mail to the employee, archive the report in a specific folder, or even create a task in his or her own task management system.

Power Automate has had an impact on major companies around the world. The US multinational Cognizant has saved 75,000 man-hours using Power Automate solutions. 

Which tool to choose ? : The final verdict

We've compared the two tools throughout this content section, highlighting their functionality and distinctive features. Make or Power Automate, the objective remains the same: to increase productivity, reduce repetitive tasks, and free up time for higher value-added activities.

However, the following are our recommendations for an objective choice. With over 1,800 integrated applications and a wide range of modules, Make lets you create customized automation to meet a huge range of needs. It is especially suited to small businesses and individual users looking for a no-code solution to simplify their processes.

If you're a company already integrated into the Microsoft ecosystem and need advanced functionality to automate large-scale, complex processes, Power Automate would be more suited to your needs. Consider the different pricing options depending on the number of users and the complexity of your automation.

Decide on your specific needs and the ease of use of each platform to maximize the benefits of automation for your business.

Save time with automation: Simplify your processes

Feel a little lost when choosing between Make and Power Automate? You're not alone! But don't worry, we're here to help.

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