Windward Studios Review

Low learning curve. Has reduced our template development time.


Valuable Features

  • There's less of a a learning curve than with other reporting tools and it has easy to design complex templates using the AutoTag Microsoft Office plugin.
  • I can use Microsoft Office standard features with templates. This has reduced template development time on coding, layouts and formatting.
  • We receive customer data in various formats and it is very convenient to pass the XML datasource to generate reports.
  • Easy to integrate with our company product using Javelin Server RESTful web-services API.

Improvements to My Organization

Reduced design time for complex templates.

Room for Improvement

  • Javelin Server improvements: the ability to change the datasource file path on run-time.
  • AutoTag improvements: does not support dynamically changing headers and footers on Microsoft Office Word templates.

Use of Solution

I've used it for four years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

10 out of 10 - excellent.

Technical Support:

10 out of 10 - excellent, promptly responded to all our queries communicating between the UK and the US.

Previous Solutions

No solution was used previously.

Initial Setup

Setup was straightforward using Javelin Server (Setup using IIS7 & SQL DB) and AutoTag – Microsoft Office 2010.

Implementation Team

We implemented it in-house and we received support when required.

ROI

Excellent investment for reducing template designing cost. Could not provide percentage numbers.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Day to day cost – None apart from development time for new template design.

Other Solutions Considered

We also evaluated Jaspersoft Report Designer.

Other Advice

  • It's easy to use
  • Use standard Microsoft Office to design complex templates so you can utilize rich Microsoft Office formatting, layouts etc.

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