Best way to read an excel chart or take a snapshot and email to each specific individual user (automation with

Hi all,

I need to email charts from an excel spreadsheet to specific users in our organization.  For example, I have a spreadsheet with 120 charts, each chart will need to be automated and emailed to certain users on a daily basis.  I am not sure on the best solution for this?
Can I take a snapshot of the chart save it to disk and then email it to the users?  Should I just import the raw data into SQL Server table and then re-create the charts and then email from there?  could i do this  in Excel using some type of VBA?  Any ideas, samples, example would be appreciated.

thank you!
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I think the best solution, as you noted, is to keep the data in the database, create an SSRS server, and generate the charts as reports. Then you can send them out via daily subscriptions. It's also possible to do this with VBA (see here), but honestly that's more trouble than it's worth, IMHO.

Just get a download of SQL Express and install it somewhere with access to your main datastore. See if you can get the queries that are pulling the data into Excel so you can use them to create the reports.

New Installation (Reporting Services in Native Mode)

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kouts1Author Commented:
Getting the source of the data or queries will be almost impossible.  I will have to figure out a way to import the data from excel into SQL server first as part of the daily automation process.  I am thinking of creating an SSIS package first and then either ssrs or pure to chart the data.  Lol, my boss is adamant on having all this ready by Friday this week.  :(

thanks for the help!
kouts1Author Commented:
Oh man, then I recommend an espresso machine or Turkish coffee...good luck!
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