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.
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'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.
Implementing Windward to manage our invoicing and customer communications is a breath of fresh air! Unlike XSL templates, anybody can easily create and update templates using the Report Designer. It is a piece of cake – it didn’t require me technical knowledge or even a formal training… just applied simple logic and it was like something I’ve been doing for years!
As a portfolio lead and business analyst, I’ve seen quite a lot of applications/tools that end up making the business adjust to satisfy how the application works. But not Windward, it is an application that adjusts to work for the business!
I like that even a non-technical person can use the product. And that the licensing model is perpetual!
Having the Report Designer integrated with MS Office is a PRO. However, it is also a CON because of MS Office's limited design capabilities.
Thank you for your incredibly nice words. And I agree, using Office as the design tool has both large advantages and some disadvantages.
Pay per report (subscription)
Pay per server (subscription)
• 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 Studios.
Types de licences disponibles pour Windward Studios :
À partir de: $209/mois
Type de licence: Abonnement
version d'essai gratuite: Disponible
Pay per report (subscription)
Pay per server (subscription)
Fonctionnalités du logiciel Windward Studios :
Utilisateurs habituels du logiciel Windward Studios :
Grandes entreprises, Entreprises de taille moyenne, Organismes à but non lucratif, 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