The first attempt to create a US arm of Navision was in 1992. Here Peachtree Software of Atlanta, Georgia and Navision Software announced the intention of releasing a U.S. version of the product. PeachTree software president, Bill Goodhue, had acquired the rights to distribute Navision in the United States.
Peachtree was a big name in the SMB accounting market with their Peachtree Accounting package. Navision US competitor Sage acquired Peachtree Accounting in 1998, but in 1992 they were owned by US IT giant ADP.
Together they setup Navision Software US in Atlanta. But it was more challenging than expected. It was before Navision had true multi-language capabilities. And the existing English version, did not have a lot of the functionality required, like US Sales Tax and a lot of special reports.
The first release of Navision in the US was in 1994, as the DOS version Navision 3.50 was released as Avista 3.50.
The name Avista continued to be used in the US until the release of Navision Financials 2.00 in 1998.