Windward Studios Review

It's a good solution, which allows you to build reports quickly over multiple data sources.


What is most valuable?

The ability to generate a template from an MS Office application is invaluable, it makes things far easier.

How has it helped my organization?

Since we moved from using a self-built reporting engine to a hybrid engine which uses the Windward solution as it's primary reporting engine (some reports still have to be done the old way unfortunately, but that's the nature of our business), running out new reports is significantly quicker, meaning we can get new reports to customers far more quickly.

What needs improvement?

Autotag can be a little confusing for new users, however doing the training webinars will get them on their feet in no time.

For how long have I used the solution?

About 9 months.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Not really, the integration into our systems was straightforward.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, we've not had any problems at all.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, we did create a synchronised and flattened reporting database which allows us to provide as many reports as necessary without impacting main system performance though.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Very good.

Technical Support:

Very good.

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

We used an in-house solution which was tailored very much to what we required. However it wasn't flexible enough to provide us with what we needed without lots of code changes. Therefore we looked for alternatives.

How was the initial setup?

It took a few days of self training and integration, but was straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

In house.

What was our ROI?

Unknown at the moment, we'll see when customers next enter a renewal period.

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

The prices might look high, but they aren't that bad. Look at scout as well for a "per report" pricing model.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

BIRT and JasperReport.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good solution, which allows you to build reports quickly over multiple data sources. I would advise you to download a trial and take a look.

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