Mail Nightmare

When a certain system function is complete (i.e. a data load or daily invoice processing) it may be practical for an email to be sent with a message such as "Processing is complete, your report is attached".

I was recently tasked with optimizing a mail server that depended on Microsoft Outlook to send automated emails. With each new version of Outlook, security becomes tighter, and it has become impractical to use for automated messaging. It is also unnecessary.

By replacing one line of code in the client's mail script, and installing one simple freeware executable, I was able to eliminate Outlook (freeing up an MS Office license!).

My client was very happy that a complete rewrite was not needed!

Do you have a process that worked well in its day but has become cumbersome? Talk to me!