A Comparison of SSRS & Windward Studios

Comparisons & Features of Two Top Document Generation Tools

If you’re working with SQL, then be aware that you have several options for your reporting and document generation component. The Windward Solution and SSRS are two of the more popular choices. Windward’s product team created this comparison to help you understand the merits of both.

Over its history, SSRS has demonstrated a singular superpower: it can take relatively simple concepts and drown them in needless complexity. You can see this in the way SSRS makes you dive through sub menus and attribute fields when all you want to do is simply bold some text. Or that it still doesn’t allow you to assemble reports that could contain landscape‐ AND portrait‐oriented pages in the same final document.

While SSRS does include useful ideas (Tablix, Expression Editor, integrating Dundas charting, MAPs, indicators, etc…), it has an ongoing reputation for poor implementation of these ideas. A process that should be intuitive and simple becomes a multi‐step wizard that leaves you with a report template that you can’t even modify. Sure, you can take the road less traveled with SSRS and have an “adventurous journey,” but we all know how that ends: wasted time and lost energy.

Windward takes the reporting road most traveled. It optimizes the experience of your team through the use of data wizards, drag and drop functionality, Microsoft® Office as a template designer, and more. The table below provides an overview of the two products on a selection of key features.

Product Comparison Table

Feature

Windward Studios

SSRS

Data Source Connectivity

Windward Studios
All SSRS supported data sources plus...
  • File Based (XML, XLSX, Access)
  • Web Based (Salesforce, JSON, REST)
  • Big Data (MongoDB, Cassandra)
    Continued support of emerging  datasources
Docmosis
Supports major SQL based,ODBC/OleDB and XML based datasources

Customization

Windward Studios
Free form design allows users to intuitively make layout and formatting changes in Office a tool they know.  Create modern looking reports that impress clients
Docmosis
Simple tables, cumbersome menus to make simple changes like fonts, charts colors, page numbering

Backwards Compatibility

Windward Studios
Templates are compatible with older versions and platforms (.NET or Java).  Tags are automatically upgraded on first run.
Docmosis
No compatibility for templates between versions. Conversion tool is mandatory

Open Formats

Windward Studios
Templates and Output created to specifications allowing editing in native applications.  Open Office and make layout changes at any time.
Docmosis
Proprietary RDL templates, must have designer installed for any change

Data Selection

Windward Studios
Drag/Drop Intuitive SQL, XPath and OData wizards make selecting data as easy as creating an email filter
Docmosis
Wizards only available for tables and matrices

Component Reuse

Windward Studios
PODs feature lets you capture data sources, tags, text, charts or any combination of each, even entire documents
Docmosis
Shared data connections and report parts (charts, tables) components can’t be combined in a single object

Learning Curve

Windward Studios
Easily design template in tools you know through the Microsoft Office Suite, create tags with drag and drop design/wizards
Docmosis
Must know how to write SQL and learn new designer for layout

Summary

Windward offers convenience and a host of ease-of-use features unavailable to SSRS users.

With Windward you can:

Reporting for high-volume output and a familiar user-friendly design environment

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For over 10 years, Windward has lead the industry with our world-class document generation platform that creates visually stunning, data-powered documents designed exactly the way users want and are created in a fraction of the time and cost compared to existing solutions. Proudly located in Boulder, Colorado, Windward Studios is the premier solution for developers and business users adding reporting and document generation capabilities to their applications in over 70 countries around the world.

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