Windward Core Review

It suits us well with templates for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, along with full integration into our application.


What is most valuable?

  • Word and Excel template generation
  • Ability to integrate with our application

How has it helped my organization?

Our reporting tool is now fully integrated with our application, appearing and behaving as part of the application.

Report layouts can be done by less technical staff.

What needs improvement?

Some graphing capability could be improved and differences in layout for different formats (Word, PDF, etc.).

For how long have I used the solution?

3 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No. Drop in the WAR and call the API.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

None

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We generate a fairly low volume of concurrent reports, so not an issue.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Excellent. Always got a response within hours and fixes or guidance quickly.

Technical Support:

Excellent

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, we used Oracle BI Publisher. Windward integrates easier, has a better Word template builder (Publisher didn't have Excel or PowerPoint template builders), and better licensing options to suit us.

How was the initial setup?

Simply drop in the WAR file. We had to do work on our end to secure the data we pass in to Windward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We bought on a x number of reports generated per month basis, which suited us as we have a lot of infrequent users and monthly reports (a lot of reports are run within 1 or 2 days).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Pentaho and Oracle BI were the main contenders.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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