La solution Windward proposée par Windward Studios est un logiciel de reporting à l'échelle des grandes entreprises adapté aux intégrateurs de systèmes et aux développeurs de logiciels. Il permet aux utilisateurs d'ajouter des fonctionnalités de création de documents et de rapports aux produits en ligne, de bureau, SaaS ou mobiles.
La solution Windward est une suite intégrée combinant les fonctionnalités de deux produits phares (Windward Engine et Windward AutoTag) qui fonctionnent de manière transparente pour offrir une solution de reporting efficace. Windward Engine est un ensemble de bibliothèques de code qui permet d'intégrer une fonctionnalité de reporting dans différentes applications logicielles commerciales telles que MS Office. La solution peut être intégrée à n'importe quelle source de données en utilisant plusieurs langages de programmation privilégiés par l'utilisateur ; elle prend également en charge la connexion à une base de données à l'aide des moteurs de reporting Java, RESTful et .NET.
Windward AutoTag est un outil de conception de rapports permettant de créer et de personnaliser des modèles en fonction des besoins de l'entreprise. AutoTag s'intègre à Word et Excel en tant que plug-in complémentaire pour permettre aux utilisateurs de modifier, concevoir et formater des rapports directement à partir de l'interface Microsoft Word et Excel. Les utilisateurs peuvent uniformiser les styles de rapport et placer les données dans des modèles à l'aide de l'interface intuitive par glisser-déposer de Windward. Les utilisateurs peuvent également générer et personnaliser des rapports via leurs smartphones et leurs tablettes Android et Windows.
La solution Windward est au service des clients provenant de tous les secteurs : énergie, services financiers, administrations publiques, soins de santé, assurances, informatique, etc. Aon Hewitt, les magasins d'alimentation LeBlanc, WitchLake, le CERN et la Community Savings Bank comptent parmi ses principaux clients.
We're thrilled to have found this product! We recently finished a large PHP project and used Windward Reports (Autotag and Javelin Rest Services) as the reporting engine. Much of those reports employed some very large and complex scenarios. "Many" logical branches (If, Case, Loops). What the reporting package didn't have, we were able to create and add in the form of our own C# custom functions to fill the gap to handle everything from JSON Arrays to specialized functions to manage complex English linguistics. The ability to create a live report (WYSIWYG) right within Word, use styles and native MS Graphs lets Windward reports really shine through! You'll love it!
While we built our reports upon one data source (MySQL), the package itself easily handles dozens of data types to import and work with. The speed at which we are seeing these reports generate is also worth noting. Extremely fast considering the number of iterations for the number of calculations. Autotag (the report designer add-in) also allows for variables to easily get passed into the reports and lets you create PODS to share variables and data you've used between users and designers.
The real magic though is their fantastic support team backed by some A1 developers. What we didn't understand, Windward always explained to us and if something didn't work in the product, support made sure we had a work around or the product itself was able to perform at the required level.
If you're looking for a reporting solution that backs onto Microsoft Office, can be built in as a service to run independently or from a user workstation (Autotag), I highly recommend you check out Windward Reports before investing time in other products!
Of course, every rose has a few thorns and Autotag is without exception. We did find a few things!
1. Expect a learning curve. Debugging a report or figuring out why a report might not run can be challenging as your reports grow in complexity.
2. Graphs do not always appear as they should when output into PDF and other formats. However, Windward is addressing this now developing a new PDF engine to output with.
3. If you use a lot of complex formatting and styles, expect some challenges and minor nuances.
NCC has been using Windward products as the reporting component of our land information system for over a decade now. It has always worked well for us, and we're planning to continue using it following a major system upgrade this coming year. Customer service and tech support has been great over the years, so we're pretty happy. Their developers have been responsive to requests from us regarding certain features, which is really nice.
Integration into Microsoft Word is great. Very easy connection to our corporate SQL Server databases, and report authoring is very intuitive. Our developers have no issues working with the engine component either.
We've had no real issues with the software suite since we acquired it.
Thank you for the nice words and we love having you as a customer. And you've had some great suggestions for us for features over the years.
I have been using Windward for nearly 2 years now and it has been the root cause of us being able to achieve what we set out to do. Needing to eradicate a number of repetitive Excel based reports, Autotag allowed us to build robust templates and improve our reporting ability and have greater control over our data.
I love the fact that it sits in Microsoft products so easily. I feel this helps reduce a lot of the burden of learning a new piece of software as you are halfway there through your knowledge of programmes such as Word and Excel.
Like most reporting software there are a few nuances that need to be understood to be able to work around them, but ultimately there are only a few of these and they generally aren't of a critical nature.
1. The ease and speed of the design of our document and report templates. Directly from our Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), we have our analysts designing the templates.
2. Linking to numerous data sources and enabling of ODATA querying.
3. Wrappped as a webservice can be used by any 3rd party system in your organisation to become your universal document and report generation system.
4. Bring reporting capabilities to legacy and new systems.
Documentation could be updated for even more improved guidance in more complex templating and integration projects
Thank you for the nice review. And we are working to improve the documentation even more - there's (always) a lot more we can do with it.
The purchase of the software was straight forward. Software and licenses were easy to install. Windward software is as advertised. Support is great. Windward recommended a professional services vendor that delivered as well as the Windward product. I strongly recommend Windward as a document generation solution.
Windward design studio has put the ability to develop new documents in the hands of operations, and frees engineering resources.
The engine delivers output as promised. We have not seen the engine struggle to produce everything sent that way.
The support is great. We encountered our barcode was custom and needed Windward support. They responded quickly, worked through the issue and after a few attempts solved the issue, quickly.
Support was responsive but encountered a barcode issue that required multiple attempts to solve. It is a reality of software, but is the only con I could provide.
Voici quelques-unes des questions fréquentes sur Windward Studios.
Types de licences disponibles pour Windward Studios :
À partir de: $209/mois
Type de licence: Abonnement
version d'essai gratuite: Disponible
Nous n'avons pas d'informations sur les fonctionnalités de Windward Studios.
Utilisateurs habituels du logiciel Windward Studios :
Grandes entreprises, Entreprises de taille moyenne, Non Profit, Administration publique, PME
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Applications s'intégrant à Windward Studios :
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word
Ressources d'aide disponibles pour Windward Studios :
FAQ, Base de connaissances, Support en ligne, Support téléphonique, Tutoriels vidéo