Boyer & Associates, a Minneapolis-based ERP solutions company announced the official “Go-Live” for Geronimo Wind Energy’s Microsoft Dynamics SL implementation.
Founded in 2004 with roots in agriculture and investing, Geronimo Wind Energy (GWE) is a utility-scale wind energy developer based in Edina, Minnesota, with offices across the Midwest. Geronimo’s goal is to bring the benefits of renewable energy to rural communities throughout the Midwest by developing wind farms that are farmer friendly, community driven and good for the environment.
“Microsoft Dynamics SL was the right choice for us,” said Jeff Ringblom, controller at GWE. “It is a solid platform for our project-centric business.”
GWE had unique requirements, in terms of financial reporting and project-based recording but many of the needs were common to what Boyer & Associates sees in project-driven organizations across industries.
“Even though GWE requires strong financials by project, we can tell by their rate of current growth, they will soon need better tools to help them manage projects proactively, ensure their staff is well-utilized and offer unique billing options to each large and sometimes demanding client,” said Jack Boyer, president of Boyer & Associates.
“When that time comes, they will have the right tools. Many software solutions can produce financial reports by project; we wanted to make sure they are able to make the next logical step without having to repurchase another software program. Dynamics SL is the right tool for project-driven clients whether they simply need financial reports by project or whether they have the typical, more complex, needs of a mature project-driven firm,” Boyer said.
Ringblom stated back in August that, “Geronimo needs a more efficient way to track projects without having to resort to external tools such as spreadsheets that often require re-keying and reconciling to the accounting system.”
Now, after the Dynamics SL implementation, GWE has the ability to import Excel-based expense reports from employees so that the expenses do not need to be keyed again into accounts payable yet be able to hit the right projects consistently.
Another immediate benefit, since moving away from QuickBooks and onto Dynamics SL, is that Geronimo Wind Energy has the ability to run financial statements, even modified cash basis, by project.
“Microsoft Dynamics SL makes it easier to track project performance and better assists us in providing renewable energy to communities across the Midwest,” Ringblom said.
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