Efforts to create a shared member database between the American Institute of CPAs and state CPA societies will be shelved indefinitely, after beta sites grappled for nearly two years with a flawed version of the platform.

In a July 6 memo to state society chief executives, J. Clarke Price, chairman of Shared Services LLC, said that the involved parties had 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 Society of CPAs, has been running a beta site since August 2003 that continued to cause a number of problems in the society's day-to-day operations.

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