Online incorporation strikes glitches at Companies Office

Preparations for a new service offering company incorporations online have been interrupted by technical glitches, but the Companies Office has decided to press on and will soon begin testing for a launch next year of incorporations via its Website. In a memo to subscribers, the Companies Office Webmaster Andrew Wagg describes online incorporations as 'a fantastic leap forward', but outlines problems with the new Oracle server and database software the office installed two weeks ago to enable it.

Preparations for a new service offering company incorporations online have been interrupted by technical glitches, but the Companies Office has decided to press on and will soon begin testing for a launch next year of incorporations via its Website.

In a memo to subscribers, the Companies Office Webmaster Andrew Wagg describes online incorporations as "a fantastic leap forward",but outlines problems with the new Oracle server and database software the office installed two weeks ago to enable it. Waggs says the office considered going back to its previous software but decided to press on after Oracle promised a patch for compatibility problems by the middle of this month.

One problem on the site produces the message "Request failed. Try again later", and can usually be resolved by pressing the back button on a Web browser and then repeating the action that produced the message. The problem occasionally becomes persistent and requires part of the server software to be restarted.

Wagg says the office is still making "excellent progress" toward offering on-line company incorporation via the Internet and will begin testing soon. He says the office hopes to make the service available to all its account holder early next year, and will run seminars in the main centres to introduce it then.

The office recently introduced the ability for subscribers to modify their account details online.

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