The Windward solution offered by Windward Studios is an enterprise level document automation solution suitable for system integrators and software developers. It allows users to add document automation 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 Designer - which work seamlessly together to offer a robust document automation solution. The Windward Engine is a set of code libraries for integrating reporting functionality into your software application. The solution can be embedded using most any programming language and can use most any datasource.
The Windward Designer is a document template design tool for creating and customizing template layouts as per business needs. The designer integrates into Word, Excel, & PowerPoint as an add-on plugin thereby allowing users to edit, design and format reports directly from Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Users can standardize report styles and place data into templates using Windwards's intuitive drag and drop interface. Users can also generate and customize documents 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.
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.
Great experience working with Winward. Very responsive team, They really care about your experience. Most of the time I am dealing with very complex situations and they never brushed me off. Great product, great support and I see that product is changing all the time to evolve to better and better version.
I like the ease of implementation to most applications on the market. It is very intuitive to use within well established Microsoft office Desktop applications like Word, Excel and Power Point. Most of the time Admin Users don't even need programming background to get started.
Like any other products bugs come up once in a while but Winward Customer Care team along with developers are doing superb job handling each situation with exemplary attitude.
Thank you very much for the wonderful review
Pay per report (subscription)
Pay per server (subscription)
• Windward's solution supports multiple deployment options that allow users to integrate the document automation 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 documents from 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, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, and more.
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Windward Studios offers the following pricing plans:
Starting from: US$209,00/month
Pricing model: Subscription
Free Trial: Available
Pay per report (subscription)
Pay per server (subscription)
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Windward Studios has the following typical customers:
Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business
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Windward Studios integrates with the following applications:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Office 365
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FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials