Efforts to create a shared member database between the American Institute of CPAs and state CPA societies will come to a halt, J. Clarke Price, chairman of Shared Services LLC, said last week.

In a July 6 memo to state society chief executives, Price said that the involved parties had all underestimated the complexity of integrating Oracle's large-scale software platform with the computer membership systems of about 50 different partners. Price, who is also the chief executive and president of the Ohio State Society of CPAs, had been running a beta site of the project. He said that problems integrating the Web sites of state societies and order entry resulted in operational inefficiencies and that further state implementations will be postponed indefinitely.

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