I have spent the majority of my 25 year career with small software companies creating software for Fortune 500 HR departments, Governments, Hospitals, and Banks. For the majority of my career I have had titles like “Director” or “Vice President”, but the reality is that I am a creator and innovator. I enjoy finding patterns and solving problems and creating software that encapsulates these activities that deliver value to my Customers.
Every software system I worked on over the years have two things in common; An interface for users to interact with for data on the way into the system (Screens and Pages) and an interface for users to interact with the data after it has been processed by the system (Documents and Reports). Over the years I have worked with different reporting packages like Crystal Reports, SSRS, Active Reports and have even written a couple of custom reporting systems. These all required a lot of work and knowledge of a proprietary language or report designer…basically, it required a technical person to get data out of the system.
When I saw Windward’s solution, bells went off in my head. I understood the power of the Windward Designer and the reality that you no longer needed a technical person to create Reports and Documents, the business user could be given the power to make their own changes and at the same time free up developer resources for more complicated tasks.
As with everything in the history of computer science and software development, there is an ever increasing level of abstraction. Everyone wants to be able to do very difficult things, but they don’t want the complexity or time that comes with accomplishing those difficult things.
The software industry has always chased the principle of “re-usable components” and there have been iterations throughout history with CORBA, COM, ActiveX, etc. Today we see the continuation of the abstraction and re-use with the Cloud platforms like Azure and AWS along with the services they offer and software architectures moving to a more distributed and service-oriented architecture.
Document automation and generation will follow this same trend. Windward has actually been treating report and document templates as individual services for years, but the availability has been limited to software developers who could embed/reference the necessary libraries into their software.
My management style has always been about empowering people to be successful. This means pointing them in the right direction giving them some guard rails to work within and work with them to remove any obstacles they may be faced with. Moving to completely remote wasn’t an issue because of this. I never counted “butts in seats” which is why some organizations have had a hard time with going remote.
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