When I am discussing integration scenarios with my customers, a frequent question I get is: When should I use Power Automate instead of Logic Apps?

First, let me tell you that Power Automate is built on top of Logic Apps architecture. Power Automate is a stand-alone Software as a Service (SaaS) that is designed for broad usage, including business users that want to automate day-to-day tasks. 

Power Automate and Logic Apps are both designer-first integration services that can create workflows. Both services integrate with various SaaS and enterprise applications. Power Automate and Logic Apps share the same workflow designer and the same connectors.

In my experience, the main difference is Logic Apps can enable advanced integrations (for example, B2B processes) where enterprise-level Azure DevOps and security practices are required. With that said you shouldn't overlook the Power Platform functionalities to extend the capabilities of Finance and Operations Apps. In the following link you will find a TechTalk series that will provide you information and resources that will help you determine when to use the Power Platform:

TechTalk Series: Using the Power Platform to Extend Finance and Operations Apps - Microsoft Dynamics Blog

Finally, the following table can help you decide which scenarios you should use Power Automate or Logic Apps:

Power Automate

Logic Apps

Users

Office workers, business users, SharePoint administrators

Pro integrators and developers, IT pros

Scenarios

Self-service

Advanced integrations

Design tool

In-browser and mobile app, UI only

In-browser and Visual Studio, Code view available

Application lifecycle management (ALM)

Design and test in non-production environments, promote to production when ready

Azure DevOps: source control, testing, support, automation, and manageability in Azure Resource Manager

Admin experience

Manage Power Automate environments and data loss prevention (DLP) policies, track licensing: Power Automate Admin Center

Manage resource groups, connections, access management, and logging: Azure portal

Security

Office 365 Security and Compliance audit logs, DLP, encryption at rest for sensitive data

Security assurance of Azure: Azure security, Azure Security Center, audit logs

Thanks for reading,

Said

 

Acknowledgments: I want to thank my colleague Todd Jeska (Customer Engineer) for his contributions and peer review.