In 2000 the internet bobble had not yet blast. The news and media all talked internet, 24-7-365 and companies wanted their companies to be online. Navision could not be stopped. They even had TV advertising running.
In November 2000 the two international ERP vendors, both from Denmark, Navision Software a/s and Damgaard A/S (the developers of Concorde, C4, C5, XAL and Axapta) merge under the name NavisionDamgaard A/S.
‘The merger between our companies is natural because we can stop competing against each other and instead focus on creating a strong global company for the mid-market. By merging the two companies, we achieve a size and a market position that enables us to participate actively in the current international consolidation in the industry,’ said Jesper Balser, CEO of Navision Software.
The question is still if the new NavisionDamgaard now will have the power to really take on the global market for ERP systems. IDG doubt this.
When the two former competitors announces their merger, this was a big surprise to most. Primary among the partners on the Damgaard side, who had been used to Damgaard referring to Navision as "the enemy".
In 2001 NavisionDamgaard A/S again changes their name. Nobody can use such a long name. The name is now only Navision A/S. This also includes a re-branding of the product names. Navision Financials becomes Navision Attain. Axapta becomes Navision Axapta, XAL Navision XAL. Something which even today makes a lot of users think that they uses Navision, when they are actually using Axapta, XAL or C5.
Navision continues to release new versions, where they again and again prove their commitment towards Microsoft and their product portfolio.
In 2000 Navision Financials 2.60 and 2.65 is released. 2.60 contains lots of new functionality with the new Navision Manufacturing and Navision Advanced Distribution sub-versions. And Navision 2.65 continues to improve the SQL Server options made available with Navision Financials 2.50 in 1999. The SIFT-Technology used by Navision did not exist in SQL Server at that time, and caused flowfield calculations to be very slow.
In 2000 Navision Financials receives the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Certification and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Certification.
In 2001 the new Navision Solutions 3.00 becomes Navision Attain 3.01, before it has be released most countries. Only Navision "group 1 countries" ever see a Navision Solution in their language.
Together with Attain they launch Navision Commerce Gateway based on Microsoft BizTalk Server and Navision User Portal using Microsoft's Digital Dashboard. The last got them some marketing, but these Dashboards are long forgotten today.