In this article we will detail how you can use Parseur text extraction software to send parsed data from emails to Microsoft Flow.
What is Parseur?
Parseur is a email parser solution to extract text from emails automatically. It is connected to Microsoft Flow, along with many other services (see the detailed integration list). Parseur can extract text from emails, attachments and any text document. It is very easy to setup as everything is point and click.
What is Microsoft Flow?
Microsoft Flow is a service that integrates cloud-based apps and services so they interact with each other seamlessly. In particular Flow makes it easy to send, process or receive data from Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics NAV, SQL Server, Azure etc. Flow also connects to hundreds of third party services like Twitter, Salesforce, Pipedrive, Gmail and many more.
How to send parsed data from email to Microsoft Flow?
Example use case: Emails to SharePoint
For the purpose of this article we’ll use a common use case: extract text from emails and create a new item in a SharePoint list.
Let’s say we run a Movie Star Concierge Service. Movie stars can request services via a form online.
When a movie star hits the send button, we receive the request by email:
Our service is very successful and our support team is growing. We want to log all requests in a SharePoint list so that our team can pick them up.
In order to do that, we set up the following workflow: every time it receives an email, Parseur parses it and extracts the relevant text pieces. Then, parsed data is sent to Microsoft Flow that creates a new item in a connected SharePoint list.
Let’s see how to setup this workflow.
Step 1: Setup Parseur Mailbox
If you don’t have one already, let’s go ahead and create an account on Parseur by clicking on the button below:
- Create a mailbox
- Forward a sample email
- Create a template to tell Parseur which text to extract
- Send more emails (or setup automatic forwarding) to make sure Parseur forwards the data correctly
You will be guided throughout that process by an interactive tutorial. Additionally you may want to check the following article for additional information: create your first mailbox and setup your templates.
Step 2: Setup your Flow connector
Now connect to your Microsoft Flow account (or create one if you don’t have one already), Then go to My Flows > New > Create from blank
Then type “Parseur” in the search box and choose “New document processed” (or “Table processed” if you’re dealing with table fields).
Then, Parseur will ask you to name your connexion and enter the API Key:
- Use anything you’d like for the connexion name.
- Your API Key is in your Parseur account overview (click on your name in the top bar of the screen).
Now, select the mailbox you want to use from the drop down list.
Then, click New step and choose which application you want to send your Parseur data to. In this example we’ll choose SharePoint.
Enter the specifics of your application (for us, SharePoint address and list name) and create a data mapping between the fields sent by Parseur and the ones expected by your application.
Step 3: Test your Flow
Now it is time to test that your Flow is setup properly. Click on the Test button at the upper right corner of the screen and choose “I’ll perform the trigger action”.
Back in Parseur, click the reprocess icon to send the parsed email data to Microsoft Flow.
If everything went correctly, you should now see a success message in Flow and your data in SharePoint!
You are now all set!
Below is a live example. Requests are received in SharePoint just a few seconds after the user submitted the form.