Windward White Papers

Learn about reporting software best practices, easy ways to create more effective reports, and much more with Windward’s reporting and document generation white papers.

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CoverSheet10 Tips to Achieve Budget Approval130x163The Top 10 Tips to Achieve Software Budget Approval

You’ve discovered a great new software application, but someone else in your company has to approve the purchase—and persuading stakeholders that the investment is in everyone’s best interests can be a tough sell. We’re here to help. These 10 tried-and-true tips will put on you the path to budget approval bliss. Download the white paper.

CoverSheet_OragamiBeautiful Reports: The Non-Designer’s Guide to Designing Business Documents

We designed this e-book to help you – the non-designer business professional – create scrumptious reports. In it, we serve up tips and techniques on how to design documents that wow your customers, your colleagues and your bosses. Download the white paper.

 

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Reporting – General

What is Reporting?

When we think of reports we think of rows and columns of data, or sometimes tables and graphs used to represent inventory, usage, distribution, sales. But there is more to reporting than you might think. In this quick look at what reports really are, we see a broader spectrum of documents that are actually reports. Download the white paper.

SmashReportingBottleneck130x163How to Smash the Reporting Bottleneck

As a software developer, you work hard to provide your customers with an intuitive interface, but one of most costly and time-consuming challenges you face comes when your customer struggles to use the reporting and document generation component. Learn why it doesn’t have to be like this. Download the white paper.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Reporting

This white paper will make you an expert on what reporting is, what reporting software does, which key questions to ask when choosing an enterprise reporting system, and why reporting matters to YOU. Download the white paper.

ReportsNoticeCover Sheet130x163How to Get Your Reports Noticed

There it sits, unopened on a desk: the report that someone (possibly you!) labored to create. That’s so wrong. Getting your report to a useful state—where it guides company decisions instead of taking up space—is a matter of understanding what makes a usable report and  using software that adds to a report’s usefulness. Download the white paper.

 

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Reporting in Software Applications

CompetitiveAdvantageCover130x163Let Reporting Be Your Competitive Advantage

Upgrading your reporting is one of the quickest ways to get the most bang for your development buck. In many cases, you can install a ready-to-run system that will work with your current setup. Download this free white paper for 4 facts and 8 compelling examples of why you should upgrade your software product’s reporting component.  Download the white paper.

CoverBuyvBuildCoverSheet130x163Buy vs. Build: Incorporating Reporting into Your Software Application

Months of hard work are about to pay off. You’ve worked diligently to develop a new software offering, but you’ve put off one key item. Now you have an important decision to make. Should you buy a reporting or docgen application or build your own? Here’s a look at 10 key considerations that will guide your decision.  Download the white paper.

Complete Checklist ThumbnailThe Complete Checklist for Evaluating Reporting Software

Many vendors make the same claims about the pure amazingness of their software, but those won’t tell you whether their app will ultimately become your competitive advantage. We’ve created a checklist that asks questions that quickly guide you to the finish line: selecting the reporting solution that’s best for your unique situation. Download the white paper.

 

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Document Generation (DocGen)

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The definitive guide to document generation, document management, document assembly, document automation, document creation, document collaboration, document generator and document converter – phew! This guide explains key terms, shows how they’re related, and introduces you to various programs on the market today. Download the white paper.

 DocGenRightCoverSheet130x163Document Generation Done Right

Time and money are too precious to be wasted through inefficiencies in document generation. Great document generation allows your customers or end users to efficiently create and update document templates without taxing developers. In this updated white paper, learn the what, how and why that drives the best document generation practices. Download the white paper.

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Data & Databases

11DataTipsCover130x163Your Data: Friend or Foe? 11 Tips for Creating a Reporting-Friendly Database

At Windward Studios, we’ve seen time and again how structuring customer data first leads to huge time savings in report design later. This paper covers the basics of data organization and features 11 useful tips to help you organize your data in a way that will save you time and expense. Download the white paper.

 

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Reporting with Microsoft Tools

Excel Aces Report Design

Excel is a commonly used application by analysts everywhere across virtually all industries. Yet there is so much data that Excel can’t handle. Excel’s powerful functionality can also be limiting. With Windward, however, you can give Excel the power of your enterprise. From SQL datasources to SharePoint Lists, Excel can be one powerful reporting tool. Download the white paper.

 

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Software Development

dns-failoverfullcover130x163Surefire DNS Failover on a Budget

Businesses everywhere depend on their websites for customer communication, enhanced branding and increased market reach, but for options for keeping this vital channel always up and always on can be bleak. Learn how a Windward created an affordable solution and achieved near perfect uptime on less than $6,500 per year.  Download the white paper.