The NLINK® E-mail eXtender® can be used to provide sophisticated e-mail capabilities to any of your legacy systems or integrate data into your legacy systems via e-mail. Simple or complex data can be e-mailed to NLINK, received, decoded, aggregated, processed and then passed to legacy, mainframe, ERP, or any other system connected via the NLINK Server. Raw operational data received by NLINK can be processed, formatted, encoded, attached to an e-mail and sent to any number of recipients.
Very few systems today support the automatic receipt or transmission of data via e-mail even though the Internet has transformed e-mail into a pervasive communications medium. The ability to receive business information in a relatively low-tech manner, (such as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet attachment to an e-mail), from suppliers, customers or company personnel and automatically strip the attachment, process the data and load it into a back-office system can be invaluable. Conversely, the ability to automatically produce operational reports from data stored in your ERP system on a scheduled basis and then distribute via e-mail as binary attachments provides significant opportunities for cost savings.
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the standard e-mail protocol in use on the Internet today. SMTP was originally designed for only ASCII text, but MIME, UUencode and other encoding methods now enable program and multimedia files to be attached to e-mail messages. SMTP servers route SMTP messages throughout the Internet to a mail server, such as POP3, which provides a message store for incoming mail.
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) is the most common encoding method for transmitting non-text files via Internet e-mail. MIME encodes the files and decodes it back to its original format at the receiving end.
UUencoding is an encoding method sometimes used for transmitting non-text files from UNIX systems via Internet e-mail. Originating in the UNIX community, UUencoding was one of the first methods for sending binary files as attached files over Internet e-mail, but today, MIME is much more widely used.
Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) is a standard mail server commonly used on the Internet. It provides a message store that holds incoming e-mail until users log-on and download it. POP3 uses the SMTP messaging protocol.
Some of the NLINK E-mail eXtender functional highlights include:
- Automatically handles simple text e-mails and e-mail attachments in either MIME or UUencode.
- Supports multiple attachments (MIME multipart) potentially encoded in different formats.
- Automatically verifies intended recipients have a valid e-mail address.
- Automatically archives all received e-mails if required.
- Automatically resolves DNS addresses.
- Uses de facto Industry Standards (SMTP, POP3, MIME, etc.) for a truly portable system.
- The NLINK E-mail eXtender supports NLINK’s advanced features of Store & Forward, Automatic Error Recovery, and Clustering.
- The NLINK E-mail eXtender can accumulate data from multiple transactions, users and/or systems before processing the received data.
The NLINK E-Mail Wizard