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How Windward’s Document Automation Will Make Creating Documents Your Favorite Thing!
If you have ever experienced the pressure of having to create a lot of documents for a client and ensuring that they are error free, then you may have asked yourself if there isn’t an easier way to get that done efficiently with less time consumed.
Practical Reasons Why PowerPoint Should be Your Preferred Report Presentation Platform
A lot of time and effort goes into creating a presentation and at the end of it all, you would want it to be able to stand out, attract attention and also be as accurate as possible.PowerPoint is still the most favored program for designing presentations.
PODs: Saving You Time by Streamlining Duplicate Work
Most documents require a company logo, a common header or footer, input parameters common across documents, and more. PODs can encapsulate each of these elements, and by dragging and dropping, be inserted directly into your template. Save time on the work itself as well as proofing and debugging, with confidence that all of your templates contain identical segments.
If/Else/Switch/Case Tags: Make Your Reports "Smart Documents"
Conditional logic can enable a single template to embody a very large number of permutations and combinations of content.Different body themes and formatting, including or excluding case specific content, outputting the correct content for data falling on a spectrum, and so much more
The terminology surrounding reporting and document generation can be confusing at best, and often misleading. We'll help clear up the confusion by focusing on features and applications rather than definitions. This short blog post includes a link to our free ebook "Data-Powered Documents."
Build vs. Buy – A Decision-Making Framework for Software Development
Virtually every development and product leader will face numerous build vs. buy decisions throughout their product lifecycle. The explosion of packaged point solutions, open source code, and frameworks means that there are multiple options for just about every component of a software project. Your choices will have immediate and long-term impacts on revenue, resources, customer...
Document Generation―Category, Segment, or Intersection?
We love to categorize things―from consumer goods and industries to animals and rocks. Software is no different. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different types of software. Categorization is useful, but it can oversimplify a problem/solution to a point of confusion or even misinformation.
The Rise and Scourge of Point Solution Software
Software and its developers are nothing if not adaptable. When a gap or need is detected in the market, it’s only a brief matter of time before a new software solution appears to save the day. This is very good for businesses and consumers. But this proliferation of point solution software has given rise to another, less desirable phenomenon―the application stack.
What Can I Expect in Version 15.1, 15.2 and Javelin?
Version 15 has been mainly focused on its central theme of improving product usability. In the recent months, our development team has been hard at work improving several core features as well as creating new ones, all to make working with Windward smoother than ever.
Announcing the Javelin Reporting Portal And Scheduled Reports
Windward Studios is proud to announce the release of the new Javelin reporting portal. Javelin is an online, out-of-the-box platform for running, managing and scheduling reports. It provides the necessary infrastructure for easily setting up your reporting processes.
XML for Reporting and Document Generation
Windward’s reporting software allows you to create and manage an unlimited number of XML reports based on XPath queries. The friendly wizard-style interface helps you select only the data you wish to view on your report, sort the data in any manner, export reports to all common formats, and much more.
PostgreSQL Reporting & Document Generation
Create and manage an unlimited number of Postgre SQL Server reports based on tables or queries. Take advantage of a friendly wizard-style interface to select only the data you wish to view on your report, sort the data in any manner, export reports to all common formats — and much more.
DB2 Reporting and Document Generation
Windward’s wizard-style interface allows you to select and sort only the data you choose in any manner you prefer. With Windward, you can also create and manage an unlimited number of table or query based reports and export them to every common format. There is no limit to what you can do with this DB2 reporting software.
Microsoft Excel: 10 Reasons Why it's a Superb Report Template Tool
When you input your data into report templates designed and generated in Microsoft Excel, you can take advantage of all Excel has to offer—plus some additional benefits. Here are the top 10 reasons why Excel is an ideal reporting tool.
The Future of Reporting and Document Generation
Where is the reporting and docgen industry headed? The same place all other software is headed: SaaS. SaaS tends to be a better solution at lower cost. So it has moved from “everyone should do this” driving the early adopters and the software marketing departments to actually happening.
Don’t Count Microsoft Out (yet)
At Windward (my company) we know both Java and .NET really well. And every time we’ve written a server app, we’ve gone with .NET. Part of it is the .NET stack is better designed which can only happen if you have one company architecting the entire thing (the Java stack is a collection of products from different companies and open source efforts). But even more important is the support.