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Generate Amazing Reports with OData and Windward Seamlessly

We do not really need to discuss what OData is (it is Open :) If you are here trying to find a solution on how you can create reports with amazing designs by harnessing OData then you have come to the right place.

Windward offers the best platform to create OData reports.

But Why OData?

There are a lot of reasons why a company might be using OData. First of all, OData provides metadata that can be utilized to generate client code to access service. This is especially helpful if you have an extensive list of client classes that you have to create then OData can save you time and your process becomes more efficient.

Another advantage of OData is that it supports generic queries about the data. It lets you decide on the client side on how to filter the data provided by the service. So, there is no need to implement various actions or utilize query parameters in order to provide data that is filtered. Moreover, if you need new filters for your client, you do not even need to change the server and just simply put the query up on the client side.

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OData and Windward

Our team at Windward believe in the power of OData. We dare say that it is one of the API designs that was given much thought because of its ability to provide and deliver data not available in XML, SQL, JSON, and others. It provides the complete structure of the current data instead of transforming it and making it fit into a different model.

Windward has been one of the first few reporting tools that integrated OData and today,we continue to utilize it to the fullest of its capabilities. We offer the best reporting tool out there when it comes to generating documents based on OData.

This is primarily because there is a built-in OData Query Wizard that comes as a preset into our Report Designer. Moreover, our Report Designer can be completely integrated in any MS Office application. This means that you do not have to worry about learning a new software because we take advantage of the environment you are familiar with to introduce our added features.

The OData Query Wizard makes use of the metadata from the data source and creates a tree structure of the returned data, along with the links found in between the nodes. The Designer has a point-and-click user interface so it is really a time-saver for developers and it makes it easy for business operators to learn it.

After which, you can proceed and design your report in the appropriate MS Office application. Out of the data you gathered with the Wizard, you can use Word, Excel, or even PowerPoint to generate your reports. And, because the Designer sits inside the MS Office application, you get more freedom when it comes to the layout and design of your report.

As a summary, here are a couple of things you can get when Windward and OData work together:

  • A fully-functional system built for OData manipulation
  • Easy and quick report generation
  • The ability to import multiple OData sources and consolidate them in one template including the cross-references between these sources
  • Output can be exported as DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, HTML, PDF, and many more

About Windward

For more than a decade, Windward has been very committed to building reporting software programs to enable businesses to become more efficient in their operations. We focus on building solutions to issues concerning the generation of data-focused documents like forms, proposals, reports, statements and many more.

Throughout the years, our customers saved as much as 50% of their investments that would have gone in purchasing template designs and costs in production. It is never too late to take advantage of our reporting software that harnesses OData.

If you've just discovered us, we're excited. Try Windward with our 30-day free trial and start creating documents in quick time with our low/no code solutions.

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