Complex integration is not the way to augment everyday tools like Excel. That’s why we’ve dedicated ourselves to producing easy-to-use reporting systems with low learning curves that produce the documents you need for your business. Windward is the easiest and most flexible way to create professional reports from your Excel data.
File Based Data Sources Supported by the Windward Solution
- XML Files or URL
- Microsoft Access (ODBC)
- Microsoft Excel
- SharePoint Lists
- SQL Schema
- SQL Server RDL Files
Why Windward for File-based Data?
With Windward, you deliver better looking reports, on time.
The Windward product suite helps you embed advanced reporting and document generation functionality into your new or existing software application. The Windward Java and .NET engines quickly and cleanly embed into your codebase and connect with your file-based data source or sources.
By employing the Windward reporting and document generation solution, you to take advantage of several of the best features of file-based sources like Microsoft Excel©, XML and Microsoft Access (ODBC).
The advantages include:
Enjoy Complete Control Over Your Data Structure
Data structure is always an important concept when you are building an enterprise reporting system. With a file-based data source you have exact control over the structure and relations that exist between your data.
The structure of your data is the foundation for any software that interacts with it. With Windward, you can execute exact control over the relations and layout, allowing you to fine-tune the reporting process and increase performance and efficiency.
Take Advantage of Portability
You can create your templates both at your workplace or on the go. You use portable files for just that purpose, portability. You can design and generate your reports just the way you expect your data to function, online or offline. Windward’s products allow you to operate in both worlds.
Improve Your Use of Native Functions
Certain file-based systems enable you to use native functions to work with your data in an efficient manner. Windward will only populate your templates with the data you select, driving performance and scalability.
Several file-based data sources like XML and Microsoft Excel contain native functions to provide you with a toolbox full of data selection options. Windward’s ability to use these functions natively extends those options, meaning less time crunching your data and more time using it.
Design Templates with Ease
Once your programming is completed, non-developer employees and other end users apply the Windward AutoTag design tool to create report templates in Microsoft® Office®. Novice users can apply Windward’s intuitive connection wizards to create complex queries with simple drag and drop actions, directly linking their templates to your file-based data source.
They can then run and distribute those reports when and where they want, in widely used and widely accepted formats.
Key Benefits for Excel Reporting with Windward
- Windward for Excel runs on YOUR platform.
Whether you use Java, .NET or any other programming language, Windward is designed for easy integration.
- Easy creation of high-performance, multi-threaded, modular applications. Build your applications in Java, C#, VisualBasic, C++, Python, or PHP and run them on desktop, server and embedded platforms.
- Simple to embed.
Incorporating Windward into your program can be as little as 14 lines of code. (Note: template design is in Office but the engine does not use Office.)
- The ability to easily generate complex queries.
The wizards is so intuitive that even someone new to Excel reporting can generate almost any query.
- Streamlined data access.
Create datasets of complex views to provide simple tables to access that data.
- Easy template design.
You design reports in Microsoft Word and Excel, so there’s little training or learning curve – and you get a UI that is superbly designed for document generation. Plus, the non-banded design tool lets you do things that are impossible with other Excel reporting tools.
- Time savings built right in.
Windward Pods give you a powerful way to drag and drop data tags and complex sub reports – with no limitation on the combination of documents and tags in the Pod. Plus, you can pull in additional text and documents with a single tag, repeat parts of the document, include conditional parts of the document, and more.
- No data selection limits.
Create your own equations and functions or use any of the large number that are included
- Excel Reports generated in seconds, not minutes.
We measure our reporting in pages per minute, not minutes per page!
With Windward, your template is a free-form document – exactly how Excel reporting and document generation should be.
Expect Exceptional Support
All Windward solutions include full documentation, 3-minute express training, live or on-demand training webinars, tutorials, examples, code samples, and everything else you might need.
We offer quick and courteous customer support. In the words of our customers at RepLink, “Customer service is outstanding. Windward does just what we need it to do.”
Try Windward Today
Experience firsthand the ease that Windward brings to your Excel reporting needs.