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Jahedur R.
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"Fast, easy to design and develop"

What do you like best?

Native word/excel design feature, easy to develop, prompt support

What do you dislike?

It has a few minor glitches like any other reporting engine in the market, but Windward has been prompt on addressing those.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Windward to produce financial reports for our broad range of retirement plan clients. Most of the reports present complicated data with very professional look. With the help of windward studios, we were able to provide reports to our clients maintaining very high standard.

It makes the developers life easy since it allows designing report on native word/excel applications. As a developer I never had to worry about making it look professional since a non-geek who has a good sense of pro looking report and MS Word can design it. It helps us focusing more on preparing data. Developing complicated reports was never fun before.

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Ruby S.
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"LandValue Solutions Uses Windward Studios"

What do you like best?

Low bar to learning. Good videos on line, webinars, excellent customer service and training are the strongest features. They listen to requests for changes in a meaningful way. Of all the template programs I researched, this one is by far the best when looking for assistance with Microsoft Word and Excel template building.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing I dislike about Windward Studios. They are responsive, likable, and easy to work with.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For building templates for Microsoft Word or Excel, there is no other product on the market that compares to Windward Studios both in price and application.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Windward Studios to create appraisal report templates using JSON and generating reports through their RESTful engine. We found no other software anywhere for building large MS Word report templates, a critical component to our web-based appraisal software.

What Document Generation solution do you use?

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Mary A.
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"Nice Product and easy to use"

What do you like best?

There are a few things I like best about Windward - support and ease of use. The hands-on support is excellent and helped me understand how to use Windward. Now I feel comfortable creating reports and it doesn't take a lot of time create nice looking, professional reports.

What do you dislike?

I think what I dislike most is the documentation. It's very hard to find things and there isn't much there when you do find it.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a great product for easy report generation.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're using Windward to easily create reports that don't require a lot of IT hours. I've written reports before that have taken a lot of time but using Windward the reports are so much easier to create.

Bunny D.
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"డాక్యుమెంట్ క్రియేషన్ చాలా సులభమయ్యింది విండ్వార్డ్ వల్ల। "

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మా కంపెనీలో కాంట్రాక్టు లేక ఇన్వాయిస్ సృష్టించడం అయినా గాని విండ్వార్డ్ తో అన్ని సులభం అయిపోయాయి। మేము ఇప్పటిదాకా చాలా వేల గంటలు మరియు రోజులు వృధా చేసాము ఇప్పటిదాకా డాకుమెంట్స్ తయారు చేయడంలో। ఇప్పుడు వాటన్నింటికి ఫుల్ స్టాప్ పెట్టాము, ఎందుకంటే విండ్వార్డ్ మా పని సులభం చేసింది। మేము ఇంక మానవ యత్నం లేక మాన్యువల్ గా చెయ్యాల్సిన పని లేదు, ఇంక సమయం వృధా అయ్యే పని ఇంత కూడా లేదు ఎందుకంటే విండ్వార్డ్ డాక్యుమెంట్ జనరేషన్ చాలా సింపుల్ అండ్ ఈజీ అయిపోయింది।

మేము ఇంక ఐటి శాఖ మీద ఆధారపడటం ఆపివేసాము ఎందుకంటే విండ్వార్డ్ ద్వారా మేము డాకుమెంట్స్ కొద్దీ క్షణాల్లోనే సృషింటించడం సులభమయ్యింది। అది MS Word అయినా లేక MS Excel అయినా వాటిలోనే విండ్వార్డ్ ద్వారా డాక్యుమెంట్ టెంప్లేట్స్ లో డేటాను నింపి నిమిషాల్లో డాకుమెంట్స్ ఉత్పత్తి చెయ్యటం నేర్చుకున్నాము। ఇంక లెర్నింగ్ కర్వ్ లేదు।

మేము విండ్వార్డ్ టీం లో ఉన్నవారందరికి చాలా రుణపడి ఉన్నాము, మా కంపెనీలో డాకుమెంట్స్ ఉత్పత్తి చెయ్యటం చాలా సులభం చేసినందుకు। మేము ఇంక పాత బడ్డ డాక్యుమెంట్ జనరేషన్ సాఫ్ట్వేర్ వాడటం ఆపేసాము। నేను విండ్వార్డ్ సేల్స్ టీంకు ధన్యవాదాలు చెప్పాలి ఎందుకంటే వాళ్ళు చాలా స్పష్టంగా డెమో చూపించారు మరియు ఉచిత ట్రయల్ ఇచ్చారు। దీని వలన మేము డాక్యుమెంట్ డిజైనర్ను టెస్ట్ చేసాము, అందువలన మాకు తెలిసింది ఏంటంటే ఎన్ని డాకుమెంట్స్ అయినా క్షణంలో ఉత్పత్తి చేస్తుంది అది కూడా ఎటువంటి తప్పులు లేకుండా। విండ్వార్డ్ మమ్మల్ని అస్సలు నిరాశ పరచలేదు।

మా కంపెనీలో సమయం చాలా ముఖ్యం ఎందుకంటే మేము చాలా ప్రాజెక్ట్స్ ఒక్కసారే తీసుకొని నిర్వహిస్తాము, అందువలన చాలా డాకుమెంట్స్ తయారు చెయ్యాలి ప్రతిరోజు। అలాగే మాకు ఈ డాకుమెంట్స్ అన్ని ఒకదానికి ఒకటి పోలిక లేకుండా ఉండాలి ఎందుకంటే మేము చాలా క్లైంట్స్ కు ఈ డాకుమెంట్స్ పంపించాలి। కానీ ఆశ్చర్యకరమైన సంగతి ఏంటంటే విండ్వార్డ్ డాకుమెంట్స్ వేగంగా వాటిని ఉత్పత్తి చెయ్యటమే కాకుండా వాటిని చాలా సులభంగా అనుకూలీకరించడానికి ఉపయోగ పడుతుంది। ఈ విధంగా మేము చాలా క్లయిన్ట్స్కు ఒకే సారి డాకుమెంట్స్ పంపించడంలో తోడ్పడుతుంది। అంతేకాదు విండ్వార్డ్ సాఫ్ట్వేర్లో ఉన్న చాలా విభిన్న రకాల డిజైన్స్ మరియు టెంప్లేట్స్ ద్వారా యిట్టె డాకుమెంట్స్ ఉత్పత్తి చెయ్యటంలో మేటి।

మా కంపెనీ స్టాఫ్ కు విండ్వార్డ్ అంటే ఇప్పుడు చాలా ఇష్టం ఎందుకంటే ఇది డేటా ను చాలా డేటా వర్గాలు నుంచి సేకరించి వాటిని చాలా సులభంగా టెంప్లేట్ లో నింపి డాకుమెంట్స్ ను యిట్టె సృష్టించడంలో ఉపయోగ పడుతుంది। ఇక మా టీంకు కష్టమైన కోడింగ్ గాని లేక ఇతర క్లిష్టమైన కంప్యూటర్ లాంగ్వేజ్ నేర్చుకోవాల్సిన అవసరం లేదు, విండ్వార్డ్ డాక్యూమెంట్స్ సృష్టించడం చాలా సింపుల్ చేసింది।

ఇంక టెంప్లేట్స్ డిజైన్ చెయ్యటంలో గాని లేక డాక్యూమెంట్స్ ఉత్పత్తి ఖర్చులు గాని చాలా తగ్గిపోయాయి। విండ్వార్డ్ యుక్కా స్వీయ సేవ ఫీచర్ ద్వారా మేము ఇంక ఐటి స్టాఫ్ మీద ఆధారపడటం ఆపేసాము। మేము చాలా సమయం మరియు డబ్బు మిగుల్చుకున్నాము పోయిన రెండు మూడు నెలలో।

అంతేకాదు మా స్టాఫ్ అంత కలిసి ఒకరినొకరు సహకరించుకోవడంలో చాలా సులభమయ్యింది విండ్వార్డ్ ద్వారా ఎందుకంటే డాక్యూమెంట్స్ షేరింగ్ గాని లేకపోతే వాటిని ఆన్ ది గో డాక్యూమెంట్స్ సృష్టించండంలో చాలా తేలిక అయ్యిపోయింది। ఇంక ఎన్ని డాక్యూమెంట్స్ అయినా సరే ఎన్ని ఫార్మట్స్ లో అయినా సరే విండ్వార్డ్ వాటన్నిటిని చాలా సులభం చేసింది। మరియు విండ్వార్డ్ ఎటువంటి ప్లాట్ఫారం లో అయినాసరే చాలా ఈజీగా ఇంటెగ్రేట్ అవుతుంది।

ఇంక చివరిగా విండ్వార్డ్ ఆఫర్ ప్రైజ్ లో చాలా తక్కువకు దొరికింది। మా కంపెనీ బడ్జెట్ కు అనుగుణంగా ఇతర డాక్యుమెంట్ జనరేషన్ సాఫ్ట్వేర్ తో పోలిస్తే చాలా తక్కువ ఖర్చయ్యింది। మేము కొత్త కంపెనీ అవ్వటం వల్ల మాకు విండ్వార్డ్ వల్ల వచ్చిన లాభాలు ఎన్నో।

ఒక్క మాటలో చెప్పాలంటే విండ్వార్డ్ వలన డాక్యూమెంట్స్ సృష్టించడం మాకు చాలా సులభమయ్యింది। మాకు చాలా సంతోషంగా ఉంది మేము సరియైన నిర్ణయం తీసుకున్నందుకు।

What do you dislike?

ఇప్పుడైతే మాకు ఎటువంటి ఇబ్బందులు లేవు డాక్యూమెంట్స్ తయారు చెయ్యడంలో విండ్వార్డ్ వల్ల। ఇంక కొన్ని నెలలు అయ్యాక గాని చెప్పలేము ఏదైనా ఇష్యూస్ ఉన్నాయో లేదో। ప్రస్తుతం మేము చాలా హ్యాపీ।

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డాక్యుమెంట్ ప్రాసెసింగ్ లో మేము చాలా ఇబ్బందులు పడే వాళ్ళము, ఎందుకంటే మా దెగ్గర చాలా తక్కువ సమయం మరియు రిసోర్సెస్ ఉండేవి, కానీ విండ్వార్డ్ ఉపయోగించినప్పుడు నుంచి మేము వందల కొద్ది డాక్యూమెంట్స్ యిట్టె క్షణాల్లో శృస్థించి చాలా మందికి డిస్ట్రిబ్యూట్ చెయ్యగలిగే సత్తా మాకు వచ్చింది।

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

మేము చెప్ప దలిచింది ఒకటే విండ్వార్డ్ మీకిష్టమైన వర్డ్ గాని ఎక్సెల్ ప్లాటుఫార్మ్స్ లోనే డాక్యూమెంట్స్ ఉత్పత్తి చెయ్యొచ్చు చాలా సింపుల్ గా।

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"Report Engine 써본적 없는 개발자의 Windward Studios 리뷰"

What do you like best?

Reporting 시스템을 처음 사용하는 입장입니다. 일단 첫 번째로, 익숙해 지는 데까지 걸리는 시간이 짧다는 점이 가장 마음에 듭니다. 다음으로 간단한 인터페이스에 비해 생각하는 거의 대부분의 템플릿을 구현가능 하다는 점 입니다. 마지막으로 태깅 (tagging)이라고 하는 작업의 특징 상 그리 복잡도가 높지 않은 로직 코딩과도 비슷한 과정을 거치는데 조건문, 순환문, query 등 기본 지원 기능이 매우 강력한 점이 인상적 입니다. 소프트웨어 개발자 입장에서는 Windward 사용이 머리를 식힐 수 있는 일종의 exercise 로도 꽤 유용했네요.

What do you dislike?

우선, 사내에서 사용하는 문서 DRM 부여 시스템과 일종의 compatibility 이슈가 있습니다. 덕분 Windward를 인스톨 한 이후 엑셀 문서의 경우 거의 대부분, 워드 문서의 경우 일부 문서가 경미한 오류를 내고 있죠. 내용 자체가 날아간다거나 하는 critical한 이슈는 아니지만 문서를 열 때마다 오류 메시지를 보는 것은 그리 즐거운 일은 아니네요. 한가지 더 문제가 있다면 if tag나 for each tag의 경우 반드시 쌍을 이뤄서 작성 되야 하므로 작성 시 두 태그를 먼저 add하고 난 후에 작업을 하게 되는데 그 사이에 내용을 넣으려면 서로 붙어 있는 태그 사이에 스페이스바를 입력 하고 나서 새 태그를 더해야 합니다. 덕분에 tagging이 모두 끝나면 마지막에 무조건 스페이스바를 제거하는 작업을 해야하죠. 서로 붙어있는 태그 사이에 내용을 넣기 더 쉬웠으면 좋겠습니다.

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Report 엔진 자체를 처음 사용하는지라 다른 제품과의 비교는 할 수 없습니다. 제가 얘기할 수 있는 것은 Windward Studios 를 통하여 구현하고자 하는 바를 전부 구현 할 수 있었다는 점과 막히는 부분이 있었을 때 support 측에서 만족스러운 답변을 바로 바로 줬다는 점 입니다.

Windward Studios의 가격 경쟁력이 어느 정도인지 모르겠는데 경쟁 제품과 비슷한 수준이라면 이 제품을 선택해서 후회 할 일은 없을 것이라 생각 합니다.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

당사는 이전에는 수작업으로 진행하던 공정을 자동화 하는 프로젝트를 진행하고 있습니다.

시스템이 적용되기 전에는 결과물로서의 문서가 100% 수작업으로 작성 되었는데, Windward Studios 와 Engine의 도입과 시험 공정 DB의 결합을 통하여 자동으로 산출 할 수 있게 되었습니다.

Ekaterina T.
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"Дуже гарна тулза для роботи з репортами"

What do you like best?

Мені й моєї команді дуже подобається той факт, шо ми можемо співпрацювати як водночас по одному так і в команді між усіма колегами з цим тулом і строїти репорти різної складності.

Це дуже приємно і доволі таки рідке явище коли ти хочеш працювати з продуктами Майкрософт.

What do you dislike?

Нам бувало не достатньо документації. Але у них є підтримка українською мовою, і завдяки цьому ми ніколи не відчували потреби перейти на інший продукт. Це дуже приємно.

Підтримка може тримати коло 4 годин.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Читайте документацію та дивіться подкасти, бо в них ви зможете знайти дуже багато корисних матеріалів та гайдів що до коректного використання системи. Це дуже приємно і корисно на всіх етапах користування додатком.

Якщо у вас є проблеми чи питання по співпраці - то одразу пишіть у підтримку, вони дуже гарно відповідають і можуть допомогти.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Перш за все, моя команда складається с 10ти бухгалтерів. Ми обслуговуємо ФОП-ів. Для кожного із цих ФОП-ів є різні правила ведення звітів. Тому, коли мі користуємося WinWard - ми можемо налагодити всі шаблони лише один раз. і це допомагає нам в подальшому веденню звітів.

Раніше, на це ми використовували дуже багато зусиль. і це не було для нас гарною новиною, скажем так.

Alexsandra G.
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"Automatico informes hechos a mano usando Windward"

What do you like best?

En el negocio del cuidado de la salud tenemos tantos informes diarios que completar. Toman tiempo y todos los empleados deben recibir capacitación sobre cómo completarlos correctamente. Ahora ahorramos cientos de horas automatizando lo que solían ser informes hechos a mano.

Con una cinta integrada de Oficina fácil de usar, puede tomar sus documentos de Word, conectarlos a sus datos, luego recorrerlos y reemplazar los campos estáticos con etiquetas para sus datos.

Estas plantillas de Oficina son fáciles de modificar y mantener también. Es fácil abrir un archivo de Word y hacer cambios. Casi cualquier persona en nuestra oficina puede hacerlo.

What do you dislike?

Nada hasta ahora. Todo ha sido más fácil de lo esperado, estamos haciendo más en la mitad del tiempo.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Mira las plantillas de ejemplo que se instalan con su diseñador. Es fácil ver qué hacer una vez que haya visto un ejemplo de trabajo. Entonces puedes construir algo similar con tus datos y cartas o informes.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Los informes hechos a mano suelen tener muchos errores. La gente se cansa de llenar los mismos informes todos los días y, a menudo, se cometen errores, lo que significa simplemente volver a crearlos. Esto es un gran ahorro, no solo en un menor costo sino también en un cambio más rápido. Podemos crear un nuevo formulario, rellenarlo con los datos del paciente y enviarlo más rápido que nunca.

Windward ahorra tiempo y eso nos ahorra dinero. Ahora ya no tenemos que hacerlo manualmente.

Genesis A.
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"Windward Just Rocks!"

What do you like best?

Windward just made creating documents a cinch for us whether it is contract generation or document sharing....we have wasted thousands of hours every year just creating documents and making changes to them manually....and now all that's gone....Our company is happy with the Docgen software offered by Windward..no more time squandering...thank you guys at the Windward!

We no longer rely on our IT department to get the job done. The best part about Windward is it quickly integrated into our MS Word and Excel platforms. So we literally skipped the learning curve to learn the software and straightaway went ahead with creating document templates in minutes.

And, I want to thank the whole team at Windward (especially Shirley and Jim) for making our transition process smooth and seamless as we had to shift from an outdated document creation system to Windward.

I must thank the sales team for showing me a good demo and giving us a free trial so we can test the product and see for ourselves if it is able to handle the big tasks we throw at it. To our surprise, Windward didn’t disappoint us even a bit.

In our firm, time matters a lot as we are always hiring as well as contracting people for different firms, so we need documents that stand out and look customized to our wide customer base. And, few days into using Windward, I must say we are amazed by the extensive range of designs and document templates available in just a few clicks.

My staff loves the fact that it can draw data from a lot of sources and I must say some of them have literally no coding skills, but they find the Docgen software by Windward a walk in the park.

And, yes I’m glad we saved at least 40-50% in comparison to our old methods when it comes to template designs and document production costs. We adore the self-serve feature of the software and we don’t rely on IT developers anymore for document creation. That’s a lot of time and money we saved in the last few months.

I missed mentioning collaboration between our staff is like never before as we are able to share documents on the go in a lot of formats. We are not worried about the high-volume document output requirements anymore, as we have Windward integrated across all platforms in our company.

Finally, the budget aspect I must mention Windward offers far better features at a fraction of the cost unlike other software that we have tried out in the past. Although, we are always looking to cut costs as we are just a startup company and we hope Windward offers more flexible prices than they have currently on their platform.

In a nutshell, we are happy with Windward at the helm of document creation and we are glad we made the right choice after a lot of discussions and overcoming the initial hesitation to shift to new software. I hope to see more advanced features in the future upgrades from the company.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing wrong that comes to my mind right now about Windward....it's just few months we are into this, we need more time before we can pinpoint issues with the software (if any in the future).

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Well, all I can say is Windward makes document creation in MS Suite an easy pie.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saves time and resources for us on a colossal scale...as we had issues with document creation (especially when it comes to automation)....we no longer have to do it manually.

II
Internal Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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Verified Current User
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"Очень дружная компания"

What do you like best?

Мне очень нравится руководство и структура компании. Они всегда прислушаываются к нашему мнению и мы можем найти общий язык в любом вопросе.

Еще из приятного - это то, что когда наша компания делает какой-нибудь запрос на обработку отчетов, то нам не приходится ждать долго. Обычно новая фича будет сделана уже в течении месяца. Это реально удобно, т.к. в других продуках, который мы использовали до ВинВард - нам приходилось ждать иногда больше года. БОЛЬШЕ ГОДА!

Достаточно приятно, что они поддерживают Office 365 и все обновления и последние версии офисов. Мы, получается, убиваем двух зайцев, когда покупаем подпискуна офис и винвард.

What do you dislike?

Как бы не очень много у них документациии сопроводительной. Всё хорошо, но с документацией иногда бывает беда: её не хватает частенько.

Но из приятного здесь, это то, что всегда можно позвонить - и они ответят вежливо и учтиво на любой вопрос. Правда не постоянно, а в рабочие часы, но всё же. Ждать больше чем сутки не приходится.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Пишите в поддержку - там не боты, а живые люди.

Если у вас есть проблемы с генерацией отчетов - то вам сюда :) ребята знают, что делают, и делают это уже достаточно давно. Нам даже удалось пообщаться с их директором лично. Это было приятно, что они не игнорируют нас, а готовы нам помочь.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

При помощи их продукта мы создаем отчеты, которые кастомно сделаны для нас и только для нас. Этому нет цены!

Отчеты мы можем настраивать под себя асолютно как угодно. Количество свободы, который даёт нам WinWard в этом отношении - это наверное основная причина почему я и мой отдел экономистов начали их использовать.

При помощи их мы можем не только перегонять отчеты из word в excel, но и делать разные призетнации для разных клиентов под их нужды.

Jurriaan K.
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"Windward Document Generation integratie met low-code platform BeInformed werkt goed"

What do you like best?

Voordat wij Windward gebruikte, was het ontwerpen van PDF documenten in binnen de standaard functionaliteit van het BeInformed platform een erg technische aangelegenheid. PDF documenten zijn vaak het eindproduct van de processen die wij als IT implementatie consultant automatiseren voor overheden in de Caribbean.

Waar BeInformed goed is in het automatiseren van business-procesessn, is Windward goed in het designenen en genereren van PDF documenten of rapporten. Door deze verantwoordelijkheden los te trekken en als een service in te richten zijn onze documenten niet alleen mooier geworden, maar ook sneller ontwikkeld en met minder fouten.

Tijdens de integratie van Windward in het BeInformed product en ook wanneer wij issues ondervinden of nieuwe functionaliteiten willen toevoegen aan onze documenten waar wij in eerste instantie niet uitkomen, krijgen wij uitstekende support van het Windward team.

What do you dislike?

Wij werken in de Caribbean als consultant voor kleine overheden. De licentiekosten voor kleine overheden kunnen soms te hoog zijn.

Er zijn verschillende Winward Engines beschikbaar, Technisch gezien zou de JAVA engine een mooiere oplossing zijn in onze applicatie-architectuur. Echter, wegens licentiekosten en schaalbaarheid gebruiken we toch de REST-ful engine die schaalbaarder is ingericht. Ik vind het jammer dat licentiekosten ons er toe dwingen om niet de mooist mogelijke implementatie te kunnen realiseren

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Voor de implementatie, kijk goed hoe je de Windward Engines in je architectuur inricht en bedenk dan of deze implementatie schaalbaar is met de licenties die nodig zullen zijn.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Het ontwerpen van documenten van hoge kwaliteit (bijvoorbeeld een definitieve aanslag) die data-driven en autimatisch gegenereerd wordt door onze applicaties, is een stuk eenvoudiger geworden. Dit heeft verschillende redenen:

- De Business analist kan direct met de klant om tafel om in Microsoft Word plus de Windward AutoTag plug-in de documenten vorm te geven. Voorheen was hier een extra stap in het proces waarbij de business analist enkel de specificatie opstelde en dit vervolgens door een techneut vertaald moest worden tot een document. Er is dus een stap minder in het ontwikkel-proces

- Windward is gespecialiseerd in het ontwerpen en genereren van documenten. Daardoor kunnen we nu kwalitatief hogere documenten maken met meer functionaliteiten dan voorheen.

David B.
Validated Reviewer
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"Satisfied customer for over 13 years"

What do you like best?

There was no solution back in 2005 that provided the ease of server-side reporting based on Microsoft Office documents with the ease of using the Office documents to build the templates for those reports that Windward provides and that remains true today in 2019. The AutoTag tool used to mark up templates is straight forward and inuitive program. Windward is regularly improving and adding functionality to the engine.

What do you dislike?

We have had our issues with licensing restrictions and maintenance fees but Windward has not ceased in providing a key functionality with the necessary ease of template development. Less their problem than ours but once it is setup and integrated with your application there is little need for support which is a good thing, but makes it harder to justify the annual maintenance fees; the regular development and version upgrade schedule helps make up for it though so long as you have time to implement the upgrades into your application.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be sure to understand and work out licensing and maintenance fees/agreements when signing up to be sure your future requirements are supported without additional fees or upgrades.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Server-side reports based on real-world documents in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats. The ability to use the Office documents themselves to build templates is key capability. The benfit of not needing a highly technical team member do the template creation but rather be able to train and task an administrative staff member is a big financial benefit.

Angela E.
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Verified Current User
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"End-user Windward AutoTag"

What do you like best?

In the version of AutoTag I use, I especially like how the tags are automatically color-coded. It really helps with visualization of where all the tags are and how they would be used where they are placed.

What do you dislike?

I can't think of anything that I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Not only is Windward AutoTag a user-friendly tool, Windward Support is quick to resolve any questions or complex logic issues I might have.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are solving the ability to take data out of our system and merge into a MS Word or Excel file within a specific structure. This reduces a lot of time in having to manually build forms, letters, etc.

Elias K.
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"A state-of-the-art solution"

What do you like best?

Windward team has create a great software. We use Windward as an engine to our custom developed solution for financial Institutions to generate daily financial reports. The ease of use of Windward software gave greater flexibility to our clients to have further control in designing reports and using the features of MS Office. The support of Windward team is fast and very helpful when needed.

What do you dislike?

Windward software fits very well in our ecosystem. We like everything about Windward...

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Never hesitate to use Windward

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windward allow our clients to design reports at will using MS office. Windward save time in designing reports and offer a greater flexibility and creativity in designing reports.

Our clients are financial institutions, the Windward solution generates financial reports on daily basis, ranging from advices, reports and account statements.

Windward is very stable and reliable and it supports many languages especially Arabic.

Danny M.
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
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"Using Windward Studios for report generation"

What do you like best?

The product is well documented and support is very good with quick turnaround.

What do you dislike?

There is a learning curve with mastering how the “tags” should be laid out and how they interact with the different Data Sources. It also takes a bit of time to properly organize the document templates.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Take advantage of the free trial and all of the support resources online.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to create well designed custom reports for a variety of data views and output formats. We have been able to better organize our input data to serve our customers report needs.

Constantinos T.
Validated Reviewer
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"Best Document Generation in the market"

What do you like best?

The fact that design is in word, excel and powerpoint allows me to use any of my resources to design the document template directly from the users documents. Adding tags to pull data from any data source is also very easy to learn.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing i dislike. The software is an addon to office applications and makes it easy to start generating documents. The documentation / help could be further improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

when evaluating docgen software make sure that designing is flexible and you are not restricted to headers/footers. Also, make sure that software supports conditional formatting/displaying of content. Autotag and windward engine is on top of office applications and its engine is quite fast.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for the document generation of legal documents and application documents in customer on boarding and loan documents.

Steve I.
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Verified Current User
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"Amazing flexibility"

What do you like best?

Incredible flexibility to pull data from so many different data sources into a variety of output including MS Office documents. Variables allow user input at run-time to include data or other information that is not from the database.

Powerful selection and logic means that we almost never say "I can't do that" when a customer is specifying requirements for their export templates. Windward integrates with MS Office document styles, numbering, tables and other formatting, often automatically taking on the right formatting without any coding in the template.

Being able to develop against a local datasource using AutoTag reduces the time for changes and new templates, while actual reports and export documents are created from the live product leveraging the Windward Engine.

What do you dislike?

MS Office templates can be fragile. Replicating tags by copy/paste can cause them to break. Templates can also sensitive to errors in document files that are otherwise invisible in Office apps. Reporting engine can have widely varying resource requirements, occasionally causing report jobs to fail.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need to build powerful reporting capabilities, including MS Office document export, Windward is a great choice!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Windward Engine is built into our requirements management product, Blueprint, allowing customers and consultants like myself to build templates that export requirements documents in exactly the same format as those authored directly in MS Word or Excel. Exporting to MS Office documents is an incredible feature for our product and our customers as we enable digital transformation from document-based to fully online processes.

AC
Administrator in Computer Software
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
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"Adaptable Document Automation Tool"

What do you like best?

Most comprehensive document automation tool available on the market - Allowed us to fit a non-standard use case. The service has been second to none, even throughout the trial period.

What do you dislike?

Limited to only Microsoft office products, which creates significant design limitations. Learning curve associated with implementation. Working through kinks with PowerPoint as this is the newest product offering.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ensure all documents can fit into the Microsoft suite

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Implemented Windward to help manage hundreds of marketing documents. This was the only tool available that could meet our needs. The support team has been extremely helpful, providing calls and training that resolved any errors we received. Overall, Windward allows us to save 500+ hours annually.

C
Consultant
Validated Reviewer
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"Easy Integration - Good for business"

What do you like best?

Document generation is fast and accurate. By accurate I mean that what you see when you design the document in Word/ Powerpoint etc, it's exactly what you get. This ensures that there is less time spent ensuring that the output (visually) is what you wanted.

Very easy integration – In a few lines of code, you can be up and running.

Being able to use Microsoft Office as a template editor has been a key feature. In some of the other systems we have used, and certainly the more complex ones, creation of the document template needed to be done by a developer. What set Windward apart was that the templates could be designed by business analysts or marketing people who had little or no coding experience. This meant that we did not have to use expensive developers on template creation, or worse template changes– Better yet, I would get the client to manage their own templates. This is a massive cost saving. Using Microsoft office as the template editor allows Word, PowerPoint and Excel to be utilised, allowing for complex templates.

Winward has made it very easy to link to data sources making the development and testing of reports easy.

Winward has made it very easy to link to data sources making the development and testing of reports easy

What do you dislike?

There is not much we did not like - if anything. Its been great to work with and better than other products we have tried.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windward Studio, as a company, is easy and it is a pleasure to work with and have as partners in our projects.

All this adds up to huge cost savings and happy clients, which is key to our business success.

Rafal H.
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Verified Current User
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"AutoTag Review"

What do you like best?

The flexibility and functionality of AutoTag is great. Allowing to create report templates to pull data out from different database sources in sufficient way. After template is created once, It allow to output data in correct format every single time.

What do you dislike?

Biggest issue I come across with AutoTag is outputting in PDF format. It's not always possible to get document outputted in PDF the same way as is visible in MS Word. Also some of chart functionality is not working correctly e.g.(changing colors of chart bars, changing color of text inside a chart).

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend Windward AutoTag to any user that is working on reporting out from Database sources, as this tool is embedded with MS Office package in great way which allow to create nice looking reports/dashboards.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We currently using AutoTag to create wide range of KPI and other kind of reports for internal use as well as external clients. It allowing us to generate reports on the fly and saving massive amount of time creating reports manually every single time. It is great piece of software especial when integrating it with MySQL/MS SQL database.

David M.
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"Excellent support and responsiveness"

What do you like best?

Windward's Server and Report Designer applications are a core key component of our software solutions to our clients. In my dealings with Windward I have always found them extremely responsive and willing to help us effect the most cost-efficient solution for our clients' needs.

What do you dislike?

I honestly don't have any complants or dislikes of Windward's services.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Windward Studios are an excellent company to deal with, quick to respond to inquires and willing to assist with the best cost to value for implementation across multiple clients.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Report Designer allows our users and clients to quickly and easily manage their document production requirements in our CALMS application solution.

E
Executive Sponsor
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"Great product"

What do you like best?

We use Windward auto tag for document development for insurance industry. The plugin and the server software have been extremely stable for us. Our customers rely on timely generation of the documents and delivery and we require the stability of the software. I give 5 stars to windward for this.

What do you dislike?

None that I can think of. Windward is a small company but they have been excellent at customer support.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Stable product, with great customer support

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use windward software for document generation. We service insurance customers through a hosted solution in AWS. Whenever an insurance policy is created in our system we need to generated many documents. Using windward document generation we were able to solve this problem by using autotag to create templates and generate them at runtime. We have generated millions of documents for our customers using this solution.

Joe R.
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
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"Simple Effective Tool with a Highly Adanced Development Engine!"

What do you like best?

The simple template designer has proved very useful in building elegant and crisp looking reports, either in a PDF, Powerpoint Presentation or even a well formatted Excel spreadsheet.

Also, due to this simplicity, the learning curve required to train new members to build templates is a lot less steep than the learning curve to train users in SQL Statements. Our users are much quicker at grasping the knowledge using AutoTag and then learning SQL at a later stage once they are comfortable with the data structure.

What do you dislike?

Being on the development side, there are some limitations to what you can do with the template designer (I.e., LEFT JOIN) is not available as one of the ways to join tables in the wizard. However, there are ways to input any SQL Statement, you just lose the use of the wizard.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're looking for crisp, clean reports that utilise the widely used Microsoft Office Suite then there is no better product on the market.

The Engine is also extremely flexible to whatever code base you're using.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Many of the regularly requested internal reports are now built into elegantly designed reports which users are able to run themselves. This is saving time firstly for the user as they can get the report on demand, but also from our reporting and development team so that we can build more reports, explore extra functionality and dedicate more team to new developments.

Gerald G.
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"Fantastic Product for Document Generation"

What do you like best?

Ease of use all the way around. Anyone can build a template as long as they know how to use word. Multiple data sources (XML, JSON, SQL and more) allows for easy implementation.

What do you dislike?

Inconsistency when outputting from Word to PDF.

When inputting a data structure (XML) it reads only the first node for the schema. If the second node has additional attributes, those won't be included. A generic XML file must be given to the person creating the templates.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

When you first start using this tool, don't over think it. This is so easy, you try to make it harder than it really is.

Using XML and JSON data sources are harder than SQL tables. Make sure you know what kind of data source you have when you select a template administrator.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instead of having a group of employees generating documents for the company and customers, each person can create his/her own documents on demand. Individual teams can create the templates that meet their requirements.

Amit B.
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"AutoTag Review"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to import tags from different connected data sources and the ease of use in using the XPath Wizard to filter and select the appropriate content from the data sources.

What do you dislike?

Formatting and the output results to word and PDF are somewhat inconsistent. With a little work, it is possible to get them looking similar, but not exactly the same. The only other nuance is with working with XML files as the data source, if the xml file is changed as a datasource, the output still works, but within the template errors are displayed if it can't find specific variables for the looping criterial.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Client business problems, of easily and quickly distributing letters to their patients. Can quickly output a template from different data sources. One main benefit is the turn around time to produce the output documents, compared to before when client was manually creating letters for their patients.

Pedro S.
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"Flexible and robust"

What do you like best?

The integration with MS Word and Excel. Allows for non-technical people to be able to create a make changes to existing reports.

What do you dislike?

Sometime the tags are fickle, when moving or copying them, they might 'disconfigure' themselves. We would have to recreate them to work properly.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to automate a very important piece of our process in which non-developers are constantly tweaking the reports to meet business needs, speeding up the process as is not necessary to go through a whole development cycle

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