Windward Reporting is intended for use by system integrators and enterprise and commercial software developers. By using Windward, developers can add reporting and document generation functionality to online, desktop, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or mobile products.
Windward’s .NET or Java report engines can be integrated into a product by adding as few as 14 lines of code. Design functionality is enabled through AutoTag, an Office-based template design tool. Users can create, edit and revise report templates, freeing up time for more strategic tasks.
Windward Reporting is currently used in more than 70 countries. Verticals include health care, government, financial, insurance and IT consulting. Users are primarily developers, business users, power Office users and IT and database administrators.
Each purchase of Windward entitles the user to five hours of professional support, via phone, email or screen share. Windward also offers users an interactive step-by-step tutorial system, free monthly training sessions and a product documentation wiki.
Gerald from PSC Group
Employees number: 21 to 50 employees
If someone can use Word, they can use AutoTag. It is very easy to build a templates and use them right away. The vendor has a fantastic support team. They answer simple questions for beginners and they strive to understand your particular business problems and needs for your more complex
There aren't detailed error messages coming out of the RESTful engine. When a report isn't generated for any reason, the same generic error message is returned.
Attend the training. Learn the power of AutoTag. When you start using AutoTag, spend the time to learn how to use PODs, it will save you so much time the more documents you convert over to use AutoTag.
Rob from ICS
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Employees number: 51 to 100 employees
The product is great. Much easier to grasp than other reporting tools as it embeds itself with Microsoft programs such as Excel and Word. The support network provided by the vendor is second to none. They have regular training videos and webinars to keep you updated and ensure your maximising the product as much as possible.
The outputs can differ between formats. This can be a little frustrating but, it can be resolved easily with a little manipulation of the template.
Make sure you cover all aspects of the software from what it currently offers to how it works with MS and the support network it brings with it. Also try and engage with other users before committing, this is what I did and never looked back. Its a much more enjoyable tool than the likes of other well known products.
Ben from Active Documents Ltd
Specialty: Software / Technology
Employees number: 2 to 5 employees
The way Windward allows you to integrate their software into your own, to provide a reporting engine is simple and elegant, and they ease of creating reports using the AutoTag tool makes it a pleasant product to use.
I don't like the price, but it is very competitive and very good value for money.
If you are looking for a Reporting Engine to integrate into your system, Windward is brilliant. In just a few days of development, we had it fully integrated and generating reports in place of a home-grown reporting engine.
Amit from PSC Group
Employees number: 51 to 100 employees
Windward AutoTag is easy to use, especially the tag wizard to quickly tag content in your documents from various data sources, XML, SQL, etc... The vendor is great and always on their toes when it comes to replying back with open tickets or updated releases.
Vendor, no issues. Product, some inconsistencies in PDF vs Word output, just need to do some extra formatting on the templates to get them to look similar when outputted.
Create the available POD files for your templates, it helps in automating your document generation process especially if you are creating a front end UI website for your users.