AIIM International and the International Information Management Congress (IMC), announced at that the world’s two premier document technology associations have officially combined to form a single, worldwide organization dedicated to bringing industry vendors and users together. The combined organization will be known as AIIM International. The Boards of Directors from both AIIM and IMC met in Atlanta during AIIM ’99 and voted unanimously in favor of combining the two associations. The official agreement takes effect immediately. AIIM International’s European Region will be a pan-European organization with a semi-autonomous structure, controlled by a European Board of Directors. Focusing exclusively on the needs of the regional document technology industry, its goal will be to unify the region’s market and expand membership there. The first event to be produced by AIIM International’s European Region will be IMC ’99. This will take place in Amsterdam at the RAI June 8-10 1999. John Mancini, the current president of the AIIM International, will become the new chief executive of the combined association. Paul Carmen, current president of IMC will become the president of the AIIM/IMC European Region. AIIM International will continue and expand its predecessors’ activities in the fields of conference, exhibition and trade show organization, publications and membership. The AIIM and IMC brand identities will be retained for existing events. www.aiim.org, www.iimc.org
Lutris Technologies has unveiled Enhydra, a new Java/XML application server and development framework for building dynamic, adaptable multi-tier Internet applications. Enhydra is designed for companies ranging from midsize to the Global 2000. With Enhydra. Many parts of the Internet are built on the Open Source foundations built by pioneers such as Linux, Apache, PERL, Tcl/Tk, and even Netscape’s browser. Enhydra is written entirely in Java and supports all tools and infrastructure necessary for multi-tier Internet application development and deployment. Enhydra enables users to take advantage of the emerging Internet business model with the ability to dynamically process information from multiple sources. Enhydra and its source code can be used by anyone for any purpose at no charge. This presents a much more flexible and affordable solution than commercial application servers which start at around $10,000 and can reach $100,000 in Internet deployments. In addition, users can take full advantage of the combined power of hundreds of developers and testers, a capability that exceeds the teams working on even the largest commercial products. Enhydra is the first and only Open Source application server to feature XML based technology to simplify the interactive relationship of graphic designers and Java developers during the development of dynamic HTML presentations. Enhydra technology supports any potential server platform including Unix, Linux, Windows and NT, as well as industry-dominant Web servers including Apache, Netscape Enterprise Server and Microsoft IIS. The only platform requirement is the presence of an installed JVM for Java 1.1.6 or higher. Enhydra is available immediately under FreeBSD-style licensing, and may be downloaded today from www.enhydra.org. On-line demonstrations and FAQs are provided for quick evaluation. www.lutris.com.