How to Bring DocGen “Back to the Fold”
We at Windward have talked with thousands of companies, and they tell us that the most critical component of a docgen system is the template design interface. If document design took place in a flexible, familiar and easy-to-use tool, documents would look exactly as intended. The result: companies would shrink the employee software learning curve and reduce the costliest piece of the docgen process.
You can find document generation of that type in Microsoft® Word. We think Word as an interface frees docgen to be the best it can, and here’s why.
Word Offers Flexible Formatting
Word is a straightforward program that business users already know, so you can design and edit templates without large-scale IT involvement.
At its core, Word is an intuitive interface. The ribbon displays logical groups of commands and features, and drop-down galleries quickly get you to the tools you need. The output is highly customizable, and you can lay out elements so they appear exactly where you want in the document.
Users Experience a Small Learning Curve
Document generation integrated into Microsoft Word requires virtually no learning curve to get started—which significantly increases the speed at which projects get completed. And because any business user can quickly become a master of document generation,developers are no longer needed to build documents.
Word Has Widespread System Compatibility
Some existing Word-based docgen programs work with a wide range of databases and other data sources and can be integrated into systems based on Java, .NET and other programming languages. You don’t have to spend time putting data into other formats or invest in new equipment or developer training.
Your Customers Save Money
When you take developers out of the equation, your customers or business users are now the document designers. They are able to create documents quickly and efficiently, thereby slashing the overall cost of document design.