The Windward Story
Reporting and document generation should be simple, but for some reason the solutions most companies are forced to rely on make it overly complex, tedious and technical. Why can’t generating reports and documents from all your company’s data sources be as simple as creating a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet?
Our founder, Dave Thielen, asked himself that very question more than a decade ago after his then-boss handed him report mockups and asked him turn them into real reports with live data. Dave’s solution was to create software that provides a unique experience using Microsoft Office programs to format and edit report templates.
Behind the scenes, Windward’s sophisticated engine pulls data from multiple sources and merges that data into your reports and documents. We deliver a solution that allows IT professionals to create basic templates and business users to customize those templates and create variations to meet their reporting needs. It’s a fast and hassle-free experience that can actually make generating reports fun.
That fun is reflected in our company culture as well. Our positive and highly productive environment is geared to the best and the brightest.
Our Core Values
At Windward, we succeed because we embrace these guiding values:
1. Create a Team of “A” Players
- Freedom & flexibility to get the job done
- Consistently high performance
2. Do Our Damnedest to Delight the Customer – From Product to Sales to Support
3. Be the Company Your Friends Wish They Worked For
4. Do What’s Right
- Stand behind our commitments
- Actions speak loudest
5. Embrace and Drive Change
- Challenge assumptions
- Put forth alternatives
6. Communicate with Intention
- Listen 1st. Think 2nd. Speak 3rd.
- Forthright & respectful
- Brevity – Enough said
A sought-after conference luminary, Shirley has been guiding Windward as President/CEO since June 2009. Her career spans more than 25 years of leadership in the software industry, including enterprise solutions, document management, legal, mortgage processing, entertainment and educational software. Still on her bucket list: winning the Windward Chili Cookoff contest. Learn more about Shirley from her online profile.
CTO / Founder
Blog: Dave's Blog
If you’re really interested in the compulsory list of impressive-sounding titles Dave has held, check out Dave’s LinkedIn profile. What the profile doesn’t tell you is Dave once created a game so compelling (Enemy Nations) that a now-professional World of Warcraft player lost his job because he played it incessantly on company time. Learn more about Dave from his online profile.
Lawrence (Larry) Goldman
Director of Marketing
A B2B marketing leader with more than 18 years of professional experience in technology, SaaS and services, Larry drives market awareness and qualified sales leads through a rare combination of technical savvy, customer focus and persuasive communication.
Director of Sales
Troy is a sales leader who has trained teams to generate top revenues in company history. He has led sales representatives in consultative methods, relationship management, and solution-selling techniques while creating exceptional, over-quota results across education products, software, technology services, communications, and oil and gas industries.
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Windward: Just the Facts
Ten things you might not know about Windward.
- Windward was named for founder Dave Thielen’s childhood home on the windward side of Oahu, Hawaii.
- The company is headquartered in beautiful Boulder, Colorado.
- Windward is Windward Studios, which began as a game development studio that produced the popular and highly-rated RTS game Enemy Nations.
- We sponsor the annual Code Wars.
- Windward helps companies of all sizes, from small businesses to the Fortune 100 to government agencies.
- Our employees are awesome.
- Windward’s customers span 70 countries and 6 continents.
- We’re the makers of Dash, the iPad Google Analytics tool.
- Customers’ applications include financial statements, inventory reports, product-usage reports, purchase orders, invoices, training certificates, timesheets, and licenses.
- Windward commissioned one of the earliest “truly viral” online videos.