Windward Announces New SharePoint Document Generation Software That Includes Open Source Component

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New SharePoint Document Generation solution has open source component. Windward turns it over to end users for better customization options within SharePoint configurations and for SharePoint consultants.

With Windward's Arrow you can view your SharePoint reports right from the document library.

With Windward's Arrow you can view your SharePoint reports right from the document library.

"It's rare that the code for a full-blown commercial product is turned over to the end users – but that's exactly what we did here," said David Thielen, Windward's founder and CTO. "We made Arrow open source so users are better able to customize it..."

DocGen specialist Windward today announced the release of the SharePoint Document Generation solution, a document creation and management tool that extends the native capabilities of SharePoint and turns it into a unified, comprehensive and easy-to-use system.

The complete solution is composed of three parts: the AutoTag tool for designing document templates, the Windward engine for generating documents, and Windward's open-source SharePoint add-in, Arrow, which offers additional SharePoint functionality such as scheduling and version control.

"It's rare that the code for a full-blown commercial product is turned over to the end users – but that's exactly what we did here," said David Thielen, Windward's founder and CTO. "We made Arrow open source so users are better able to customize it to work with their unique SharePoint setups."

Key benefits of the Windward SharePoint document generation software are significant time savings, where users save countless hours by designing, formatting, and editing documents in familiar Microsoft Office programs; a larger and quicker ROI because there's less ramp-up time, a shorter learning curve and minimal training necessary; and better use of company resources thanks to built-in version control, top-notch organizational tools, and a native scheduler.

Another noteworthy feature of the SharePoint system is its scheduler. Users can schedule items to be created and run automatically, so documents are being generated while they're working on other business tasks. The powerful and flexible scheduler offers a wide range of options and timetables, allowing documents to be generated daily, yearly, and anywhere in between.

Plus, the solution enhances security through the ability to set permissions. And because the Arrow component is open source, users and SharePoint consultants can tweak the code so it easily accomplishes tasks critical for their organizations.
For more information on Windward's SharePoint docgen tools, please visit http://www.windward.net/sharepoint_docgen.php

About Windward
Windward offers business intelligence, enterprise reporting, document generation and Web-based business intelligence solutions. Launched in 2002, Windward is the only full-featured, robust Java and .NET engine to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as a layout tool, putting template design and report and document generation power in the hands of the end user. Any Office user can easily and securely create reports and documents with almost no learning curve. Additionally, OEMs and VARs use Windward’s reporting component.

Windward works by merging any XML, SQL or custom data source—or any combination thereof—with a Microsoft Office report template. It feeds data into the template to create a what-you-see-is-what-you-get report or document that can be generated in DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, PDF, HTML, direct to printer, RTF, XLS, WordML, TXT, and CSV. Windward runs as a standalone application or in an enterprise computing environment. Also unique, Windward implements in hours, offers affordable server-based pricing, and offers “prompt, fantastic” technical support via a 24/7 support forum and support contracts. A free trial of Windward's products is available at http://www.windward.net.

The Windward user group spans 70 countries. User applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses. Other applications include reporting to meet requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley, International Financial Reporting Standards, Patriot Act, ARRA, HIPAA, Health Level Seven, Gramm-Leach-Blailey, Basel II, and other U.S. and international acts and accords affecting financial services, real estate, government, and insurance industries and the consultants and integrators serving them.

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