Such an architecture could not really scale up to the ambitious
objectives set up by our Director General. Something fairly
drastic had to bedone.
For these reasons, we decides to base the project on"open"
technologies: Unix and Oracle for the databases andapplications.
For the user friendly tools, we decided to base ourselves on
the then current Macintosh and PC clients and offer on those
platforms the decision management tools that were needed.
By 1994, a new set of financial and purchasingapplications
had been put in place. At the same time, two new user-friendly
tools had been developped, the Budget Holder's Toolkit,BHT,
and the Electronic Document Handling, EDH. It is at this time
that we met for the first time our JINR colleagues and starteddiscussing
the possibilities of reusing our user-friendly toolsoutside
CERN, in Dubna.
There was quite a good amount of skepticism about this:our
tools were too matched to the CERN environment, another organization's
needs were different, they depended on our underlying databases
and applications. All of these reasons were valid, still the
talks continued and finally a Collaboration Agreement was signed
with the main goal of helping JINR evaluate the potential of
AIS technology and possibly implement it in Dubna.
In 1995 we received for the first time our colleagues and work
started on BHT. There was still some disbelief about thereal
possibility of implementation inside JINR, but despite this
we learned to know each other, to appreciate each other and,
with some surprise, we saw so much progress happening so quickly
that the possiblity of BHT running in Dubna was no longer as
remote as it seemed at the beginning.
In 1996, a localized version of BHT started running in JINR
while in CERN we started working on the Human Resources Toolkit,
HRT, largely based on BHT technology. The periodical presence
of our JINR's colleagues and their now wide knowledge of BHT,
helped us in refining our HRT development and in pushing it
ahead. Without much surprise this time, HRT also was later localized
and started running in Dubna.
By today, the AIS applications encompass much more functionality
than they did in the early 90's, the following picture shows