Windward Studios Pros and Cons

Windward Studios Pros

Informat9488
Information Technology Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
I think it's a bit more intuitive to use on the AutoTag feature. View full review »
Neil Carroll
Product Management & Owner at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
The engine being able to sit inside of our firewall is the most important feature. View full review »
Neil Carroll
Product Management & Owner at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
The design tool, with all of its features and sample output fidelity tests, and being able to work with JSON data and output PDF and HTML, were also both crucial. View full review »
Neil Carroll
Product Management & Owner at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
The ability for users to have design and layout control is also critically important. Without this ability, procuring report designs would represent a huge bottleneck. Report design tools also enable upsell opportunities for customized reports, with quick turnaround times. View full review »
ITManage9d7b
IT Manager Applications with 1,001-5,000 employees
The integration with MS Office is an advantage, creating a better user experience. View full review »
ITManage9d7b
IT Manager Applications with 1,001-5,000 employees
The ability for users to have design and layout control is very important because it allows them control over the design and layout of their reports, without the help of IT. View full review »
CTOAndEve181
CTO and EVP
We can develop any report at least five times faster.​ View full review »
CTOAndEve181
CTO and EVP
The Windward solution was very fast to rollout, and it is proven. View full review »
CTOAndEve181
CTO and EVP
The usually the response is within one hour. The technical support will WebEx with you. I rate them as a 10 out of 10. View full review »
Haleh Mehrabadi
.Net Developer - Data Analyst
​Creating dynamic table of contents (TOC) based on dynamic data in different reports. View full review »
Haleh Mehrabadi
.Net Developer - Data Analyst
Technical support is ​very good. They reply immediately and follow-up with any questions.​ View full review »
Haleh Mehrabadi
.Net Developer - Data Analyst
​A useful, ​easy to use product, which has a lot of features for designing reports. View full review »
Paul Fendley
Web Specialist
AutoTag is valuable because it integrates with MS Word and makes it easy for our users to create template documents and reports. It allows our users to design the templates based on differing needs. View full review »
COO33ca
COO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Managing templates through MS Word, as non technical users can manage output. View full review »
it_user195528
COO/VP Operations & Software Exec at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable features are the ability for it to be integrated into our software solution and the AutoTag tool that allows us to quite quickly create and update the templates themselves. View full review »
Mike Bellrose
Co-Owner at a tech company
The two features that I like the best are the ability to generate Word and Excel documents, and the ability to create my templates directly inside those software sets. It's absolutely critical for me as a user to have design and layout control, because all of my reports are very, very customized. I have to have control over the ability to generate and to control what they look like. View full review »
Jim Aiken
SVP, Product Development and Quality Assurance at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The most valuable feature is the fact that it uses Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as base templates, so when you generate, it's easy for clients to upgrade, and maintain, and generate out either a PDF or an actual Excel spreadsheet. View full review »
Hit Mistry
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Windward helped automate reports which otherwise would have needed IT to create and maintain. View full review »
Hit Mistry
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It has the ability to easily integrate into existing apps with little code. If you know how to use MS Office, you can create a report. View full review »
Juriaan Kloek
IT implementation consultant at BearingPoint Caribbean
The most valuable feature is that it provides good, dynamic document-generation performance and the documents are being generated reliably. View full review »
Juriaan Kloek
IT implementation consultant at BearingPoint Caribbean
For the designer we use AutoTag which is a Microsoft Word plugin. In general, it's easy to use, it doesn't have a very steep learning curve. It's not difficult, for people who know Microsoft Office well, to start using the AutoTag tool... It feels just like you're in a Microsoft Office environment with some extra functionality. View full review »

Windward Studios Cons

Neil Carroll
Product Management & Owner at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
It would be nice to have a black-and-white, ideal setup for servers, to maximize capabilities. We went through a lot of scenarios to get something that is scalable. An ideal AWS-package server setup could have saved us a lot of time. But I understand this is very company specific. View full review »
Sabina Suster
Business Technology Analyst
We would like to shrink these reports into one page, because there is a lot of free space on one page, but we cannot shrink it into the one page to be shorter. This is one thing we would like to change. View full review »
ITManage9d7b
IT Manager Applications with 1,001-5,000 employees
They should add a document distribution solution on top of the document generation capability. It should allow us to send the generated document to a certain recipient (e.g. customer contact’s email address) based on a business-rules management system. That system would allow the end-user to manage a relationship between a document template and its recipient. View full review »
CTOAndEve181
CTO and EVP
​AutoTag needs to be web-based, so our customers can create reports from our web.​ View full review »
Haleh Mehrabadi
.Net Developer - Data Analyst
​The tool does not support macOS documents. View full review »
Paul Fendley
Web Specialist
Is there any way to avoid AutoTag loading in Word/Excel each time? I need to use it from time to time - quite rarely. AutoTag affects performance of Word/Excel. I do not want to install/uninstall AutoTag each time I need it. View full review »
COO33ca
COO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It needs better support for upgrades and more control over layout of elements. Upgrades tend to break existing output. Elements do not position where expected due to insertion of blank lines and page breaks. It takes time to fix these through trial and error. View full review »
it_user195528
COO/VP Operations & Software Exec at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
A lot of clients who want to use this don't have the technical background for the SQL portion of gathering the data. If Windward were to make a more user-friendly SQL extract front-end, that would help a lot of clients to leverage the application a lot more. View full review »
Mike Bellrose
Co-Owner at a tech company
There is always room for improvement in the speed, especially with the complex, multi-line Excel spreadsheets. They made some improvements in the last version that are quantum-fold faster than when I first started. But there is always room for improvement there. You always want reports faster and faster. View full review »
Mike Bellrose
Co-Owner at a tech company
There are some Excel formatting things that you lose when you implement a template: some default Excel validation scripts, macros. You could create them in Excel if you were just using Excel, but in creating a template that generates a report, some of those validation things are lost. View full review »
Jim Aiken
SVP, Product Development and Quality Assurance at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The only thing I can think of, that we'd like it to do, would be the ability to "burst out" reports, meaning one section of a report could be sent out as an email to a manager of a department, say, without having to run multiple reports to do it. As it sits now, we have to do multiple reports to do it. View full review »
Jim Aiken
SVP, Product Development and Quality Assurance at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
It is software, so there are always times where things don't work. Most of the time issues happen when trying to move to a new version. There might be problems with reports that were created in an older version, so either we have to make a tweak to the templates or we report it to them and get them to make an adjustment to their software. View full review »
Hit Mistry
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The next release could benefit from a cloud-based environment. View full review »
Hit Mistry
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It needs the ability to drill down in a single report (i.e., interactive)​ into data. View full review »
Juriaan Kloek
IT implementation consultant at BearingPoint Caribbean
Regarding AutoTag, we do notice that when you want to refactor a little bit of your template design or when you want to implement changes, sometimes you need a lot of clicks to get the change done. For instance... it would be helpful to be able to find all the identifiers with the old name and replace them with the new name. We haven't found a way to do that with the find-replace tool. Throughout the user-interface of Windward, you need a lot of clicks to get that done. View full review »

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