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Juriaan Kloek
Consultant
IT implementation consultant at BearingPoint Caribbean
Jan 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it provides good, dynamic document-generation performance and the documents are being generated reliably. These are very important… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before using Windward, we were using another document creation tool and this old tool required some very specific, technical, XSLT knowledge, which was scarce. We didn't… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

From my experience in this field, the product is reasonably priced, at least with the RESTful engine implementation. It's definitely not a cheap option. People say… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are using the BeInformed platform which is a low-code platform, a process-modeling platform to build applications. This suite had document generation tool integrated… more»

What other advice do I have?

I was contacted by a Dutch guy recently who was considering using Windward for one of his projects. So I told him more or less what I said above: that we have had a good… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before we started the proof of concept on Windward two-and-a-half years ago, we did market research on document generation tools. I did download and try out Crystal… more»
Real User
Solutions Architect at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 17 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the features that we have found most important is that the report builder is in Word, so it was very easy to get into it. The learning curve wasn't too steep. We… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The product has improved our organization in allowing us to dynamically generate our customer documents - all of our contracts, application documents, and any other… more»

What needs improvement?

One thing that frustrated us a little bit is that we have to use the Office PDF generation, because the native PDF generation is always slightly different compared to the… more»

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

The pricing is very reasonable for what it provides. The report builder is about one grand per user and we're only going to ever have two or three of those. And the… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The previous solution was home-grown, an internally-coded solution that could not be leveraged. It was for template-building, it was a hard-coded document-generating… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do a proof of concept to make sure that it meets your needs. Check the PDF generation between the Office PDF and the native PDF. That caught us out a little bit. Make… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were comparing Windward to SSRS, Microsoft Sequel Server Report Services, which is one other kind of report-building product. I downloaded a few demos and tried them… more»
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Valarie King-Bailey
Real User
CEO at OTG
Mar 18 2019

What is most valuable?

* Windward's ability to capture and manage document information that comes from databases * Ease of use * The fact that it is a ubiquitous product, that it interfaces with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When generating documents from information in a database, it's very important to be able to quickly generate them with established templates. That's where Windward sails… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the things that we want is the ability to tag documents more easily. The reason it took us so long to get the system up and running is that the APIs could be… more»

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

If I have to say anything - and I almost hesitate to say anything because Windward has been such a good partner for us and such a good company - I'm starting to hear… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were not using anything prior to Windward. There's nothing on the market really quite like Windward. We looked. We looked high and low. We had been trying to find a… more»

What other advice do I have?

Documents are my life, that's how I make my living. If you're looking for a document solution that is of high quality, that does what it's supposed to do 100 percent of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't have any other solutions on our shortlist. We couldn't find a solution that did what we needed to do. We needed a solution to enable us to tag a document… more»
Real User
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Feb 04 2019

What is most valuable?

It integrates easily. In addition, it's easy to create templates and reports using Microsoft Word, so we don't have to learn something new to create a template. That makes it very user-friendly… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Our product is a very complex wealth management product. It manages the whole lifecycle of a typical investor. In our product, we maintain four or five different types of UK tax wrappers. That's our… more»

What needs improvement?

A few years back, we suggested they make it work for JSON because we were using XML format. They've already done that JSON formatting. From our perspective, it's meeting our requirements so we had not… more»

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

Pricing is something I complain about. Production pricing is okay, but for a testing environment the pricing looks a bit high to me. I have discussed this with them a couple of times, that for testing… more»

What other advice do I have?

I don't have too much experience with other products. Some of our clients have done a comparative analysis but I don't see why I wouldn't recommend this product. It has most of the features, it is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

From time to time, some of our clients will ask why we are using Windward, why not the product they are using. We have done comparisons and it's comparable to any other product in the market. It does… more»
Hit Mistry
Real User
Vice President at PSC Group, LLC
Jun 20 2019

What is most valuable?

You can use Microsoft Office as your designer interface. This is the best feature that I've come across. There is very little programming. You can have nontechnical people… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has streamlined a lot of our reporting processes. Windward gives you the ability to have a centralized reporting platform. There are many applications out there that… more»

What needs improvement?

Their PDF needs improvement. We've run into some issues when we tried to generate a Word document. If we try to generate the same document in PDF, sometimes it doesn't… more»

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

The pricing is fair. The way that they have it priced is the Windward Designer has a price that's associated with it. Then, depending on the number of cores that you're… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were previously using a combination of things. We were using SSRS, which is Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, and reports out of Microsoft Access. So, we were… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend someone to download a trial to see how easy it is to use for themselves. The price, technology, and performance are a natural fit for anybody who is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at HotDocs. We chose Windward because it was the quickest to respond. They had a seven-day trial that was available, which was easy for me to download, and… more»
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 to upgrade, and maintain, and generate out either a… 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 reports for it. It's improved our software, but it… 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, would be the ability to "burst out" reports… 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 package bundle. We're reselling it to our clients… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to use Oracle Reports before this. We had gotten word that Oracle was phasing it out, plus it was something that you really had to be technical to use, and you had… 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 clients. They're all over the ballpark, for printing off… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Because it was seven or eight years ago, I don't remember a lot of what we looked at. I do remember we looked at Crystal Reports, but we looked at somewhere between a half… 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 my templates directly inside those software sets… 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 prior to implementing the solution. So it's hard for… 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 the speed, especially with the complex, multi-line… 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. It's working just fine for me. I can see where, at some… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The only report generation I had done prior to this, was creating our own HTML reports. It was very time consuming and tedious. I wanted to find a software set that would… 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. There are lots of documents being created but they're… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This is my first foray into reporting software. I did evaluate Crystal Reports, and some other well known reporting software. It just seemed to me that Windward would be… more»
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 support from Windward was one of the primary… 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 just means we're on a supported platform. Whereas… 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 us, it met our requirements. A lot of things we did… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our previous report-generator product, it performed just as well. As I mentioned before, they're large reports but small in volume. It's not like we're processing one or… 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 standard formats, these are agreed to well beforehand… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Intelledox, that's an Australian-based company and does similar things - probably more expansive than Windward, has a lot more features - but features that we wouldn't… more»
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What is Windward Studios?

Embed Windward in your application to give it beautiful, stunning reporting & document automation.

Data-Driven Document Generation

Generate visually appealing documents that are data-driven just the way you like.

Visually Striking Designs

Our software presents innovative tools and features to build beautiful designs and stunning layouts. Your imagination is the only exception.

Agile Document Logic

We put forward the best document automation software for the new millennium. With the aid of conditional logic aspect, you can swiftly personalize the document content to gratify your end users. Embrace the modern class of Smart Documents.

Huge Time Saver

Geared up for faster template creation that enables you to keep pace with your business?  With our software you can create templates in just minutes and you do not need any training in programming to get it done.

Exceptionally Intuitive Interface

Our program's design offers documents that can be edited, customized and designed using the all-popular MS Suite giving you a seamless and stress-free experience.

Efficient Savings

Resources required for development and time taken by the developer are significantly reduced using our streamlined template design and document automation procedure. In the end, you spend remarkably less time and money. So stop holding your investment to initiate that next big plan!

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Windward Studios customers

HAL, Inc., Axe Group, White Clark Group, Blueprint Software, Aspect Security, Nucleus Software, LeBlanc’s Food Stores, South Sound 911, Aegon, Barclays, Fidelity Investments, ArisGlobal LLC, USDA, RepLink, AON Hewitt

Highlights
We ended up going with Windward for the level of support we got from them during our proof of concept.
The engine being able to sit inside of our firewall is the most important feature.
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.
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.
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.
We can develop any report at least five times faster.​
The Windward solution was very fast to rollout, and it is proven.
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