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Given the current wonky state of global commerce, you must be thrilled to be able to access automation where your latest (virtual) shipment contains 17 more Power Automate connectors!
Set aside your bowl of packaging popcorn and bubble wrap and let’s unpack these together! Today’s batch of Power Automate connectors run the gamut including: security, weather, data fetching, sustainability, URL shortening, VAT verification and more. While we’ve recently wondered about the place for so-called fun connectors, these are all business. All but three come from independent publishers, so we’ll look at first to the standard deliveries.
Autodesk Forge Data Exchange appears to be a competitor of Power Automate and Power Apps. Having a design background, I am drawn to the app’s use for AutoCAD, architecture and construction. The company describes it like this: “connecting design and make data between Revit and the tools of your choice.”
The connector’s three actions include getting: details about a Data Exchange such as its project name, file author, and the last modified time, etc., OR properties of a Data Exchange, or a property associated with a Data Exchange. It triggers a flow when a Data Exchange is either created or updated.
To address security, CyberProof Actions directly connects to your CyberProof instance to allow the actions from your instance to be used in Power Platform. This fully dynamic connector can provide vastly differing experiences depending on which actions are available in your instance.
This TrueDialog SMS connector is the latest to join 29 other available connectors for Power Automate that handle SMS. This one’s action lets the user send an SMS to a single or multiple recipients.
Triggering a flow happens:
- Whenever an incoming message is received
- When an end-use texts STOP (or a STOP synonym) to opt out
- For each delivery notice receipt (not all mobile carriers send a notice receipt)
- When one of the target phones is invalid
Two and a half stars
Independently Published Connectors
Notably in this delivery of independently published connectors, it appears that the more prolific creators have been busy. And, there are two first-time publishers in the bunch as well. We’ll review these connectors grouped by their creators.
Paul Culmsee: 5 New Entries
The AMEE Open Business connector has two actions that let you get a set of companies or a company’s details from the AMEE database, which looks at financial risk and sustainability metrics. My inclination would give this connector a higher rating if it could trigger a flow when a company reaches a given threshold set by the user. Still, a solid beginning.
A star among today’s list is the NIST NVD connector. It retrieves information about computer security vulnerabilities from NVD, the U.S. government repository of standards-based vulnerability management data represented using the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP). This connector does everything you could hope it to do, directly from the source.
Three additional connectors from this creator address different aspects of the weather for Western Australia drawing information from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development of the Government of Western Australia, or (DPIRD) for short.
The DPIRD Radar – West Australia connector draws info from radar about estimated rainfall.
The DPIRD Science – West Australia API provides the back-end to the rainfall-to-date, potential yield, and soil water tools that are currently available on the DPIRD website.
Finally, DPIRD Weather – West Australia utilizes data from over 185 weather stations throughout Western Australia, and data from other third-party weather stations. If detailed weather information should be a part of your flows, these are three connectors that you need to consider.
Troy Taylor: 5 New Entries
Advanced Scraper fetches data from remote HTTP sources. As of April 29, 2022, the connector supports only GET requests to fetch either a form or a URL. An improvement could be made to show the other HTTP methods and options supported by the API to increase our rating.
Two and a half stars
With the Ambee connector which sources data from ground sensors and remote satellite imagery, you can get real-time air quality, active fires, soil moisture and temperatures, water vapor levels, pollen count, most polluted places and historical weather details about a specific area. When any of these items factor into your day-to-day operations, this one is worth a look to include in your automation.
Another standout of the day, the Mintlify connector generates documentation for the code you write. You could use this to provide documentation suggestions or bootstrap a documentation page for new code as part of a continuous integration and continuous delivery/continuous deployment (CI/CD) process. Its three actions include: generating a documentation string based on submitted code, or retrieving a list of supported documentation formats, or list of languages supported.
The Do Not Call Registry Reported Calls connector ensures you don’t violate the DNC registry when you include it on flows involving automation of scheduled phone calls. Get a DNC complaint, or list all complaints based on specific filter parameters from its actions.
A fully detailed and action filled connector, the GlobalGiving Project helps non-profits in their fundraising efforts to connect with each other and to track projects, themes, organizations and gift giving assets in their region.
These next two Power Automate connectors, each from creators who’ve delivered before, offer added opportunities.
That API Guy
Use the actions of Rebrandly to shorten a URL or edit existing ones. This handy tool helps when you need a link-shortening solution using your organization’s domain name.
Use the actions of Telegram Bot to automate sending messages and photos via the Telegram messaging app.
- Get up-to-date information about the chat
- Gets User (Tests your bot’s authorization token*)
- Receive incoming updates using long polling
- Send text messages
- Send photos
*An authorization or access token contains the security credentials for a login session and identifies the user, the user’s groups, the user’s privileges.
In the event you had not yet heard, the Telegram BOT app has recently gained notoriety for one being used by Ukraine to gather evidence of war crimes. Those accessing this app may find this connector of increasingly important usefulness in that endeavor.
The final two for review come from first-time independent publishers with Power Automate.
Dr. Adrian Colquhoun
All action, the Clockify connector automates time-keeping and related tasks within your larger automation, helping to connect your free Clockify account to the Power Platform.
For those who have business interests (or tax concerns) in the UK, adding UK Check VAT connector to your flows will automate either the retrieval of the name and address of a UK VAT registered company, or it will retrieve the name and address of a UK VAT-registered business with a reference number so that you can prove that you performed a validation.
It won’t be long until the total number of Power Automate connectors surpasses 700. One year ago, there were just 489 connectors. I’ve watched an explosive growth of automation and it doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon. Despite the availability of so many, should you find yourself in need of a customized connector, or simply need help in locating the right one for your project, let us know.