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Profile: David Thielen

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Dave, Windward’s founder and CEO, is passionate about building superb software teams from scratch and dramatically improving the productivity of existing software teams. He’s really proud that he once created a game so compelling (Enemy Nations) that a now-professional World of Warcraft player lost his job for playing it incessantly on company time.
You can read more from Dave on his personal blog, and at Huffington Post.


Posted on 06/26/2017

I hit a weird situation last week. We had a report (Windward, not SSRS) that was pretty basic, 9 pages long, and it was taking over 1 minute to run. I ran it under a profiler and 92% of the time is in the ADO.NET connector (i.e. SQL Server was slow to respond). And then […] …read more

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Posted on 04/14/2017

I was recently asked to describe my vision for Windward, in my own words. My vision is to create a company that can punch well above it’s height. One that can create compelling products that are a revolutionary improvement. And all that comes down to the people and systems we put in place at work. […] …read more

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Posted on 08/16/2016

In the early days of our company we had a strong culture. We were driven and focused, and by definition that meant a strong culture. Most of that culture helped us succeed. Some was of no impact. (And there were a couple of things that were counterproductive.) But then we did something very unusual. We […] …read more

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Posted on 08/03/2016

Where is the reporting and docgen industry headed? The same place all other software is headed: SaaS. Why We’re All Moving to SaaS SaaS tends to be a better solution at lower cost. (The why behind that could fill several pages, but that combination of better for less makes it very compelling.) So it has […] …read more

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Posted on 07/20/2016

We are getting a lot more focused here on our objectives. At the company, department, and individual level. Key to this is putting thought into everyone’s objectives and then tracking them. We are using a program named 7 Geese (love it, and not being paid to say this) to do all this. The following is […] …read more

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