Windward: Extending the Power of Microsoft Word
Reporting and document generation doesn't require expensive software or complicated layout tools. Microsoft Word users can take advantage of their facility in this popular Office program to design reports and documents that convey critical, up-to-date business information in a visually impressive format. Windward is the only complete reporting package to use Microsoft Word as the design tool..
Windward is for companies that want to put the power of report design and generation into the hands of business professionals, thereby freeing up IT staff to focus on other work. Many reporting, docgen and mail merge programs on the market today require significant IT involvement. Because users design reports in Microsoft Word and can run, schedule and distribute reports with a few button clicks, there is little learning curve..
And, when used in the Microsoft SharePoint environment:
What Windward Provides:
A Complete Reporting System
A reporting system encompasses the processes of designing, generating and distributing reports. Reports are simply ways to present data and include items such as invoices, inventory tallies, financial statements, insurance policies, customer account summaries, product usage reports, and even certificates and letters.
A Comprehensive Document Generation and Mail Merge System
Document generation is an automated way of producing (ie. generating and distributing) a document. The user creates a template; when the document is generated, specific information populates the template. Examples of documents generated include letters, forms, and contracts. Document generation also encompasses mail merge.
The Windward design tool AutoTag connects a template created in Microsoft Word document with data from your database or other data source and generate documents in a wide variety of formats.
Document Generation Uses
Here's what you get with Windward.
The MS Word-based Report Design Tool
One of the biggest expenses in the report creation process correlates to the design tool's ease-of-use. AutoTag allows users to design templates in Microsoft Word. Template creators can utilize all of MS Word's design features, including fonts, styles, lists, tables and more, as well as tools such as Word's built-in formulas.
Because many professionals already know how to use Excel, there's little learning curve. Windward customers report that creating and revising reports is at least 10 times faster than with other reporting systems.
Users don't need to learn complicated code in order to insert data into their reports and other documents, because wizards and drag-and-drop functionality from within Microsoft Word connect templates to their data sources. Windward handles a variety of data sources, including SQL databases, XML files, and Excel spreadsheets.
Report Generation and Scheduling Capabilities
Users can run reports with the click of a button, and they can produce documents in a wide array of outputs. Plus, a flexible report scheduler in AutoTag allows users to generate reports whenever they are needed.
Arrow 3.0 For SharePoint
Windward Arrow extends SharePoint to deliver a complete enterprise reporting, document management, dashboard and business intelligence system. Users design reports in Microsoft Word and use SharePoint enhancements to connect templates to data and to run and schedule reports. Arrow 3.0 for SharePoint lets a community of users produce critical business documents – easily and securely.
The Windward Reporting Engine
The Windward Reporting Engine connects a template to its data sources. It is similar in functionality and capabilities to Crystal Reports and SSRS but has additional functionality. It generally runs as part of a server-based application and can produce hundreds of thousands of reports per day on a single server. The engine is available in both a Java and .NET version.
Windward was created by Windward Studios and both companies were named for founder David Thielen’s childhood home on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. It is headquartered in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, Windward Studios was an innovative game development studio. Its first product was the popular and highly-rated real-time strategy game Enemy Nations, which is now offered for free. The Windward suite of reporting software programs was released in 2002.