Dynamics 365 practice grows with new hire

Lex Edison is back as cloud ERP consultant

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As more companies think about moving business operations to the cloud, Boyer & Associates is readier than ever to help them make that transition. Lex Edison of Chaska has rejoined the Boyer team as a Dynamics 365 Business Central consultant.

Boyer & Associates has supported Microsoft’s cloud ERP since it debuted in 2016. With prospects now waiting in line for Boyer to help them implement the accounting solution, the company is hiring additional staff to help with the influx of new clients.

Long-time Boyer clients might recognize Edison’s name. He worked at Boyer from 2005 to 2010 as a Dynamics GP consultant and programmer. He left because he missed Texas but soon discovered he missed the Boyer team as well.

“I don’t think I should ever have left Boyer,” Edison said. He’s glad to be back and is excited to be on the Business Central team, focusing mainly on cloud-based implementations.

“I’m happy to be back, and I’m looking forward to working with Business Central.” — Lex Edison, returning Boyer consultant

“I’m happy to be back, and I’m looking forward to working with Business Central,” Edison said. “I’m really comfortable with the people here. I think they do things right, we have a really good time and we are well positioned to do things in the B.C. world, which is where I think the world is going.”

Edison has 13 years of senior level experience implementing and supporting Microsoft’s Dynamics ERP software. Most recently, he worked as a senior Dynamics GP consultant at OTT, Inc. He has also been working with Dynamics 365 Business Central, learning more about the product and helping with the occasional implementation.

In Edison’s view, cloud-based ERP solutions like Dynamics 365 have a distinct advantage over their on-premise counterparts: fewer software issues. He said when he worked with on-premise systems he would often start a project only to discover a previously unknown problem that had to be fixed first.

That’s less common with cloud solutions, Edison said, because developers can be more proactive about fixing issues before the client even knows to request support for the problem.

“You just don’t have to worry about that kind of stuff with the cloud so I really am very much a cloud proponent. Not only is that where the world is going but it’s going there for a reason,” Edison said.

While he’s a supporter for the cloud in general, he’s specifically a fan of Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Business Central. He said the cloud ERP works well and is much cheaper than similar products available on the market for medium-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations.

“It’s extensive. It works. It’s very full functioning, robust. I think it’s great,” Edison said.

Jack Boyer, president of Boyer & Associates, is glad to have Edison back on staff. He referred to Edison as a “strong accountant with tremendous abilities to stick to and solve complex technical problems.” He added that Edison’s background with a variety of accounting systems gives him a unique ability to see multiple ways to solve difficult problems.

Edison earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from North Dakota State University. Having worked as both an accountant and a consultant, he’s able to speak both languages and better help clients solve problems — his favorite aspect of consulting.

“I like helping people. If you don’t you should be doing something else. I like being able to take a problem and solve it and make it work for a client,” he said.

When he’s not busy at work, Edison is a long-time Vikings fan and has been known to brew his own beer. He and his wife LaDawn live in Chaska.