Windward Studios Review
Most valuable feature: ability to design reports, using all formatting bells and whistles, in Microsoft Word and Excel.


Valuable Features

The ability to design reports, using all the formatting bells and whistles, in Microsoft Word and Excel. Plus the ability to combine XML data and SQL data.

Improvements to My Organization

The most important is how we have been able to produce much more persuasive and professional reports than our peers.

Room for Improvement

Pricing is based off server cores. This has caused us to have to engineer our production server environment around the product.

Use of Solution

6 or 7 years.

Deployment Issues

None. It is really easy to implement.

Stability Issues

The product is very stable, and we have yet to find a scenario where the design environment (AutoTag) was different than our production environment (.NET Engine).

Scalability Issues

No issues with scalability.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

As good as the product is, the customer service is even better. Out of all of the products we use in our company, Windward is hands down the best support without even a close second.

Technical Support:

Awesome.

Previous Solutions

We originally used Crystal Reports, and then tried WSDL. We switched because of the versatility in report design available using Word/Excel.

Initial Setup

Very straightforward. AutoTag takes some getting used to, but if you have used a report writer or a macro structure before it comes pretty easily. The production use is even easier. Literally just a few lines of code to delploy.

Implementation Team

In-house.

ROI

We never evaluated, but it has never been a question.

Other Advice

Try it and you’ll buy it. We have introduced several of our friends to this product and they have all been impressed.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.

Free Trial

Windward Studios wants to reduce your report creation time by >50%. 

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