At 08:30 February 16, 2016, Quebec planned to begin receiving
2,800 new online applications. But for the second time in a month,
the government issued a public statement delaying the launch,
indefinitely, blaming the delay on a "technical
Users observed the Quebec online portal crashing at its opening
and displaying an error message stating "due to a keen
interest for Quebec and high traffic, the Mon project Québec
website is down for the moment". More than 42,000 intending
applicants have registered a user profile, a pre-requisite to
submit an application. The problem however extends much further
than a technical glitch.
It appears the Quebec government has overlooked many
considerations in the launch of its online program. First, the
online system was initially conceived to permit a maximum of only
100 simultaneous users and recently raised to 500 users to connect
at the same time. But traffic can readily be estimated to be far
greater than the current bank of registered users, which at 42,000
is 84 times more than its user capacity of 500. Users typically
open a volume of web browsers in order to submit their application
using a cascading process. If one submission using an open browser
fails, users must quickly use the next web browser. This results in
an unknown quantity of potential submissions for each of the 42,000
users which dwarfs its capacity of 500 simultaneous users.
Perhaps a more telling reason for recent difficulties is the
inefficient planning of its online platform. One example of faulty
planning that restricts its online user capacity is the large
education data base the Quebec government has loaded onto its
platform. The user registration process includes a series of drop
down menus corresponding to most common degree types from literally
thousands of internationally universities and colleges from which
registrants must select. However this does not serve any practical
purpose at this early stage, as registrants must still submit their
foreign education documentation during the application process
which undergoes equivalency assessment. One would expect that by
building a data base that heavily draws on web site capacity, the
issue of foreign education equivalency could be definitively
confirmed. There is otherwise no benefit to designing a web site
with such functionality that otherwise prevents access to many
thousands of simultaneous users.
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