The Windward solution offered by Windward Studios is an enterprise level reporting software suitable for system integrators and software developers. It allows users to add document generation and reporting capabilities to online, desktop, SaaS or mobile products.
The Windward Solution is an integrated suite combining features of two flagship products - Windward Engine and Windward AutoTag - which work seamlessly together to offer a robust reporting solution. The Windward Engine is a set of code libraries for integrating reporting functionality into the various commercial software application such as MS Office. The solution can be embedded into any data source using multiple programming languages preferred by the user and supports database connection using Java report engine, RESTful report engine and .NET report engine.
The Windward AutoTag is a report designing tool for creating and customizing template layouts as per business needs. AutoTag integrates into Word and Excel as an add-on plugin thereby allowing users to edit, design and format reports directly from Microsoft Word and Excel interface. Users can standardize report styles and place data into templates using Windwards's intuitive drag and drop interface. Users can also generate and customize reports through their Android and Windows-based smartphones and tablets.
The Windward Solution serves customers across various verticals including energy, financial services, government, healthcare, insurance, IT and more. Aon Hewitt, LeBlanc’s Food Stores, WitchLake, CERN and Community Savings Bank are some of its key customers.
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.
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.
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I've worked with a number of different report tools. Nothing I've seen comes close to Windward. I'm only bummed I didn't find them 2 years ago.
I make complex report outputs that need to pack in a lot of data, and communicate complex results graphically. My biggest issues with other systems are overflow, brittleness, and overall template hell. With Windward, I'm no longer getting pages with large empty patches. Editing in Word, I get to leverage a ton of power that's built into Word. Not every permutation you can think of in Word works properly, but so much of it does, that you can pretty much do any graphic layout. Word makes styling tables and whatnot a breeze. And you can leverage things like font/paragraph styles, which is really great. It's super easy, intutive, and flexible.
Bottom line for me - in 5 days, I was able to generate a beautifully branded template with full-bleeds, nested tables and loops, and fairly complex conditionals. This new template was a substantial improvement on my previous report templates using other systems. And I did it in a fraction of the time.
That's the product, but the customer support also deserves some serious kudos. Whenever I've had any issue, they have been super on top of it. Their response has been immediate and they're actively developing to meet my stated needs. When the issue has been tough, they've offered work-arounds until their team gets the issue fixed.
I'd highly recommend Windward.
The product is great. Much easier to grasp than other reporting tools as it embeds itself with Microsoft programs such as Excel and Word. The support network provided by the vendor is second to none. They have regular training videos and webinars to keep you updated and ensure your maximising the product as much as possible.
The outputs can differ between formats. This can be a little frustrating but, it can be resolved easily with a little manipulation of the template.
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We replaced a self built reporting system in our SaaS product with the Windward solution, when we were struggling to find another solution which could do the same. The engine integrated with our data sources in a snap, and AutoTag allowed us to replicate the reports quickly. We now have a hybrid system, which sometimes has to use our older reporting engine (for very specialised reports) but uses the Windward engine as much as possible.
Integration was quick and painless, and the ease of building new templates with Autotag has really taken the pain out of rolling out new reports for customers.
Nothing really, the costs can look high, but talk to Windward to see what other options there are. And it really is worth the money.
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• Windward's solution supports multiple deployment options that allow users to integrate the reporting and document generation functionality into online, desktop or mobile products.
• The solution can be integrated into an existing system with just a few lines of code and used to generate fully customizable templates in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
• Users can connect the .Net report engine, Java report engine or the RESTful report engine to multiple data sources with any programming language.
• The product supports Office styles that include brand guidelines, existing styles & mandatory standards and has the capability to export documents into multiple formats such as HTML, DOCX or PDF.
Voici quelques-unes des questions fréquentes sur Windward Solution.
Types de licences disponibles pour Windward Solution :
À partir de: $11868
Type de licence: Licence unique
version d'essai gratuite: Disponible
Enterprise plan: $11,868/license
Embedded Standalone Application: $13,987/license
On Premise Web Application: $18,085/license
SaaS Web Application: $22,182/license
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Utilisateurs habituels du logiciel Windward Solution :
Grandes entreprises, Entreprises de taille moyenne, Organismes à but non lucratif, Administration publique, PME
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Types de licences disponibles pour Windward Solution:
Nous n'avons pas d'informations sur les appareils pris en charge par Windward Solution.
Applications s'intégrant à Windward Solution :
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word
Ressources d'aide disponibles pour Windward Solution :
FAQ, Base de connaissances, Support en ligne, Support téléphonique, Tutoriels vidéo