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Windward Arrow extends SharePoint to deliver a complete enterprise reporting, document management, dashboard and business intelligence system. Arrow 3.0 for SharePoint lets a community of users easily and securely design, run and share reports.
SharePoint users looking for a powerful reporting, document generation or B.I. system need capabilities that SharePoint alone doesn't provide. Arrow 3.0 turns SharePoint into a unified, comprehensive and easy-to-use system.
Use cases include:
In all of the above cases, users design reports, documents or dashboards in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
An enterprise reporting system encompasses the processes of designing, generating and distributing reports. Reports are simply ways to present data and include items such as invoices, inventory tallies, financial statements, insurance policies, customer account summaries, product usage reports, and even certificates and letters. Arrow 3.0 is an extension of the Microsoft SharePoint System that transforms SharePoint into a comprehensive enterprise-level system for reporting, and it helps solve a need for automation that is missing in SharePoint.
Arrow 3.0 Reporting Functionality
Arrow 3.0 Reporting Uses
Document generation is an automated way of producing (i.e. generating and distributing) a document. The user creates a template; when the document is generated, specific information populates the template. Examples of documents generated include letters, forms, and contracts. Arrow 3.0 merges a template created in Microsoft Office document with data from your database or other data source and generates documents in a wide variety of formats.
Arrow 3.0 Document Generation Functionality
Arrow 3.0 Document Generation Uses
A dashboard presents information in an up-to-date visual summary, allowing you to make critical business decisions. Arrow 3.0 lets you design and preview dashboards and then display them in SharePoint.
Business intelligence, commonly referred to as BI, is the information that helps a business gain insight into its operations. It includes functions such as reporting, analytics and data mining, and its goal is to support better decision making. Arrow allows companies to harvest in-depth data and generate BI reports for internal and external use.
Here's what you get in Arrow 3.0.
One of the biggest expenses in the report creation process directly correlates to the design tool's ease-of-use. Arrow's AutoTag component allows users to design templates in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint. Because Microsoft Office is a suite of programs most professionals already know how to use, there's little learning curve. Windward customers report that creating and revising reports is at least 10 times faster than other reporting systems.
AutoTag makes data layout and source mapping trivial. Users don't need to learn complicated code, because wizards and drag-and-drop functionality connect templates to their data sources. Windward handles a variety of data sources, including SQL databases, XML files, and Excel spreadsheets.
Users can run reports with the click of a button from within SharePoint, and they can generate documents in a wide array of outputs. Plus, a flexible report scheduler allows users to run reports whenever they are needed.
AutoTag Max is a stand-alone desktop reporting system separate from Arrow. An enhanced version of AutoTag, AutoTag Max does everything AutoTag does. It also lets users:
The Windward Reporting Engine connects a template to its data sources. It is similar in functionality and capabilities to Crystal Reports and SSRS but has additional functionality. It generally runs as part of a server-based application and can produce hundreds of thousands of reports per day on a single server.
System requirements include:
Windward Reports was created by Windward Studios and both companies were named for founder David Thielen’s childhood home on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii. It is headquartered in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. In 1994, Windward Studios was an innovative game development studio. Its first product was the popular and highly-rated real-time strategy game Enemy Nations, which is now offered for free. The Windward Reports' suite of reporting software programs was released in 2002.
Windward Reports' user group now spans 65 countries and all continents except Antarctica. It has more than 500 customers whose applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses.
You can learn more about Windward at our Reporting Blogs.
I try not to over-react but I have come to detest Camtasia. Every time anyone at my company creates a video and puts it up on the web, it does not run in Internet Explorer. And then 2 people have to spend several hours figuring out how to make it work.
Every single time.
The original version we bought years ago (which you can no longer get) worked great. But since then - nothing but problems. Including some versions where the video would take 45 seconds to start playing. Do you wait 45 seconds for a video?
Anyone know of a product that works? Because we can't afford to use a product that requires this level of effort to produce each video.
My wife decided to get a new Blackberry phone. We have Exchange at home (what can I say, I'm a nerd) and so she told them on purchasing that it must connect to Exchange's ActiveSync so it synchronizes her email, contacts, and calender. And at the Verizon store they said - yes, no problem.
Yep, that's right, BlackBerry requires software on our mail server. Which I then have to learn how to configure & administer. And assuming that it is as poorly written as their setup code on the BlackBerry, that could end up being a full-time job.
So I figured that instead we will go with a company that understands how to write usable software. I connected my iPhone and my daughter's iPod to Exchange in under 2 minutes each. My wife will return the BlackBerry to Verizon on Monday and switch to an iPhone & AT&T.
And to the CEO at Verizon who has that nice message at the start of the customer service call - no I did not get what I needed. Not once in any of the 4 calls. If you want to get enterprise level customers, get an enterprise quality product. And that is not BlackBerry.
If so, please go to my post asking for suggestions on how to improve the charting UI in AutoTag.
thanks - dave
The Microsoft support team in China has started a really good code snippet site at http://www.codeplex.com/helloworld Just 3 examples so far but if they run with it this may become step 1 for finding out how to do something in Windows.