Windward Studios Review
Before Windward, we needed to use SSRS reporting engine to render reports to MS Word.


Valuable Features

I like Windward as it's directly attached to MS Word and we actually develop the report on MS Word. It gives us the benefit of using most of the MS Word features. Lot of clients of ours prefer reports in MS Word format and therefore Windward suits us quite well. Also, it's much better compared to a couple of years ago.

Improvements to My Organization

Previously we were using SSRS reporting engine to render reports to MS Word. It couldn't deliver what our clients wanted. So we had to go for an alternative. Now clients are quite happy as they get pretty much what they wanted. It may not be 100% but quite close.

Room for Improvement

I think it needs few other reporting features like grouping data on the report itself.

Use of Solution

About three years.

Deployment Issues

Yes there were some unexpected bugs but we were able to find workarounds.

Stability Issues

Yes there were some unexpected bugs but we were able to find workarounds.

Scalability Issues

No, not really.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

It's quite good actually. Usually I get a response within 24 hours.

Technical Support:

It's quite good actually. Usually I get a response within 24 hours.

Previous Solutions

Previously we were using SSRS reporting engine to render reports to MS Word. It couldn't deliver what our clients wanted. So we had to go for an alternative. Now clients are quite happy as they get pretty much what they wanted. It may not be 100% but quite close.

Initial Setup

I'd say average. Not easy nor really complex.

Implementation Team

In house implementation was done.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

When I started a couple of years ago Windward wasn't a very stable product. So the maintenance cost was bit high. But now it's much better.

Other Solutions Considered

I was not involved in the process. But I was told that Windward was the only one they could find as a better product in terms of delivering what our clients wanted at that time.

Other Advice

It's a really good product if you really want the reports in MS Word form and if you want to use MS Word features in your reports.

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

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