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Jim Aiken
Real User
SVP, Product Development and Quality Assurance at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Mar 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The fact that it uses Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as base templates, so when you generate, it's easy for clients... more»

How has it helped my organization?

This is a tough question, because we are a software vendor, and we use it as an add-on to our software to write the... more»

What needs improvement?

It is a very good product. It does everything we need it to do. The only thing I can think of, that we'd like it to do,... more»

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

This is tough to say, because we have a contract with them, where we we sell it for use with our application only, in a... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We used to use Oracle Reports before this. We had gotten word that Oracle was phasing it out, plus it was something... more»

What other advice do I have??

We have developed somewhere around 600 - 700 base product reports that we ship, and then custom reports for our... more»
Mike Bellrose
Real User
Co-Owner at a tech company
Mar 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The two features that I like the best are the ability to generate Word and Excel documents, and the ability to create... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's tough to give you an example of how it's improved things, because I really wasn't doing anything of this nature... more»

What needs improvement?

There are some - and they've made some positive changes to this already - but there is always room for improvement in... more»

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

For what you're getting, it's an extremely good value. I implemented, I believe they call it a single-core license.... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

The only report generation I had done prior to this, was creating our own HTML reports. It was very time consuming and... more»

What other advice do I have??

At this point we really only have four or five different templates. We're generating documents through a Web portal.... more»
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Informat9488
Real User
Information Technology Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Feb 25 2018

What is most valuable?

When it came down to the crunch, all the products we evaluated generate reports and were pretty easy to use. The... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It really hasn't improved our organization at all. We had a report-generator before, we have a report-generator now. It... more»

What needs improvement?

It's pretty early stages. We haven't got any constructive feedback yet.

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

I can't advise anybody about pricing and licensing, but it was competitive. We went and looked at the market and, for... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Our previous report-generator product, it performed just as well. As I mentioned before, they're large reports but... more»

What other advice do I have??

In our case, the ability for users to have design and layout control is not really important. The reports are pretty... more»
Neil Carroll
Real User
Product Management & Owner at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees
Feb 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The engine being able to sit inside of our firewall is the most important feature. The design tool, with all of its... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It completely offloaded a needed component of our platform, providing tools that we would have had to develop... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be nice to have a black-and-white, ideal setup for servers, to maximize capabilities. We went through a lot of... more»

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

The ability for Windward to be licensed as a black-box and to be retained in our servers behind our firewall was an... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used a solution that merely transformed HTML into PDF. We still had to transform the JSON data into HTML... more»

What other advice do I have??

We recently have moved into production with our service and platform. So far I would give it a solid nine out of 10. It... more»
it_user195528
Real User
COO/VP Operations & Software Exec at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 13 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability for it to be integrated into our software solution and the AutoTag tool that allows us to quite quickly... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's hard for me to say because we've had this product ever since we started our solution. We really could not have... more»

What needs improvement?

We've been working with Windward and the executives over there over a number of years and they've been quite flexible... more»

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

It is absolutely worth the value. They have flexibility, depending on what you're looking for from a buying standpoint.... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I don't believe we had another solution at the beginning. We started, and have stayed, with Windward.

What other advice do I have??

We solely connect to our own solution database, our geoAMPS right-of-way database. We create PDF, Word, and Excel for... more»
Juriaan Kloek
Consultant
IT implementation consultant at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Template editing in Microsoft Word. Government projects are mainly through tenders. By indicating in the tender that the government will be able... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before, PDF documents were generated through a very technical process with XSLT. We hardly had XSLT specialists available and they were... more»

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

We only started really thinking about the licensing and pricing well after the proof of concept was successful. If we had started to take this... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We started building a custom solution. In the end, the functionality we get back from Windward for the price paid, makes it impossible for us to... more»

What other advice do I have??

Clearly define the amount of logic you want to handle inside your document template. Decide which logic should be handled by the document, and... more»
Paul Fendley
Real User
Web Specialist
Mar 06 2018

What is most valuable?

AutoTag, because it integrates with MS Word and makes it easy for our users to create template documents and reports. We have multiple banks... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The templates used to have to be filled out individually for each file. We currently have over 5000 files active in our system, so this saves... more»

What needs improvement?

I do not have enough experience with it to give an accurate answer. It works great compared to what he had, and the support we have received has... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Custom solution, as noted elsewhere in this review.

What other advice do I have??

I have just started using the product within the last six months and would give it a rating of eight out of 10, currently. We connect to a SQL... more»
Sabina Suster
Real User
Business Technology Analyst
Feb 27 2018

What is most valuable?

I think it is a very flexible tool, that is one reason it is valuable for us. But the graphics and pictures in the reports are the most... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As of now we don't have a lot of experience with this tool because we have only been using it for one month. So we haven't made much progress,... more»

What needs improvement?

Maybe just one thing: We would like to shrink these reports into one page, because there is a lot of free space on one page, but we cannot... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

For now I have only had experience with Crystal Reports. We were searching for something that is suitable and pleasant for our customers,... more»

What other advice do I have??

Right now we have four or five reports in our production environment. In our test environment we have an additional three or four. We are... more»
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The Windward Solution is ideal for commercial software (OEM), system integrator and enterprise developers who need to add Reporting and Document Generation functionality to desktop, online, SaaS or mobile products. The .NET or Java report engines can be quickly integrated in as few as 14 lines of code, meaning faster time to market. Windward enables design without restrictions through AutoTag, the Office-based template design tool. Any user can create and rapidly revise templates, freeing up dev resources.

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