More and more evidence is coming to light that the glitch-filled launch of the Obama Administration’s new healthcare marketplace, HealthCare.gov, was more than simply launch-day traffic overload. Technology experts who’ve gotten access to the site have reported that it appears to be built on a sloppy software foundation full of dead code and improper web-efficiency techniques -- hallmarks of a software project rushed to meet a launch deadline.
Our own Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist, Bill Curtis, went on DemocracyNow! this morning to answer some questions about what caused the massive wave of glitches, what could have been done to prevent it, and who was at fault. Check it out below.
What we’re seeing is the result of an incredibly complex piece of legislative logic being translated into software logic in a very short amount of time. How do you think this project could have been handled to avoid these errors? Leave your thoughts in a comment below.
Erik Oltmans, an Associate Partner from EY, Netherlands, spoke at the Software Intelligence Forum on how the consulting behemoth uses Software Intelligence in its Transaction Advisory services.
Erik describes the changing landscape of M & A. Besides the financial and commercial aspects, PE firms now equally value technical assessments, especially for targets with significant software assets. He goes on to detail how CAST Highlight makes these assessments possible with limited access to the targetâ€™s systems, customized quality metrics, and liability implications of open source components - all three that are critical for an M&A due diligence.