Having just moved into the Navision market and having to sit the exams to become a consultant, I have noticed a few differences between the two and also some similarities. As I wonder about the system I find that, as with SAP, there are some nice features in the product and some not so nice.
However, it all comes down to choice and the old adage about you always love the first one does come down to it. After all, how many times on this site have suggestions been made about changes to the Baan product because of features seen on other products, but like all things, you like what you know.
Navision is the prefect 'other' solutions for small companies that have become disillusioned with Baan over the last few years. Those with customisations that would be expensive and time consuming to move to another Baan product could find that Navision allows them to move easier and quicker, but this does not mean its the perfect solution... Lets face it nothing ever is.
If I was running a business and had to chose from the large selection of ERP software out there, it does not come down to what the software can do, they are all the same, but its like chosing a word processor, which has largest customer base and therefore will last longer in the market place, which has suitable support and third party interest, which is easier for my people to use and also be trained in..... Wherever it does finance on one form or another now longer matters... Business has defined those processes and they are all the same in the vanilla solution, its the afterwards that matters, that 5 years of depreciation, that support, that user base... As long as Baan keeps its user base as is, it should have many years left in it, but without a change of business practise and a more open approach to listen to user like this forum, the other small companies like Navision will catch up and eventually overtake in the userbase.
"Grace is there for only one reason, to fall from"