A Comparison of Ecrion & Windward
Note: We were unable to obtain a trial or any sort of hands-on experience with Ecrion’s software, so all the information reported here was found through our own investigation. (Ecrion, please reach out to us with a demo if any of the information here is in accurate).
If you’re working with document generation, be aware of the plentitude of options out there. The Windward Solution and Ecrion are two of the most popular choices. Windward’s product team has created this comparison to help you understand the merits of both.
Throughout its lifetime, Ecrion has done one thing consistently: customer communication management and customer engagement management with a severely lacking document generation software.
Getting started with Ecrion is a struggle. They offer no free trials or demos without speaking directly to a salesman, and their brochures offer no real insight. Ecrion does offer a couple of tutorial videos on YouTube, but this gives a very limited and tailored overview of the software. However, it is apparent that their designer is a standalone software, so you will have to recreate your templates from scratch. Even after you take the time to replicate work that had already been done, you will be missing a significant amount of Microsoft Word’s functionality.
Windward simplifies this process by providing the user with Windward Designer and a much more reliable support system. With the help of Windward Designer, table and chart creation is quick and to the point, taking advantage of Microsoft Office and building upon it. Syntax errors become a thing of the past with Windward Designer doing the heavy lifting. The table below provides an overview of Ecrion and Windward, and its selection of key features.
Windward Designer is quick and easy. By simply going to the Windward Artist tab in the Microsoft Office Ribbon, the user can select from a plentitude of tag options and edit the tag properties through simple steps thanks to the Tag Editing Wizard. Once a tag has been created, Windward provides the option to save the tag within a POD, allowing for the tag and its properties to be reused in a simple and efficient manner. With these advanced reporting tools, creating a complex document is a breeze. Ecrion Studio has some of the same functionality, but lacks much of the rest. It has less tag options, less wizards for tag creation, and no documentation that I could find.