We’re less than a month into the launch of HealthCare.gov, and as each day passes we’re finding out about more glitches, shoddy code quality, a lack of end-to-end testing, and rushed changes made days before the healthcare exchange was to go live. All of which are symptomatic of a software project being rushed to completion to meet a deadline without considering the implications of a botched launch.
The Obama Administration has already announced that HealthCare.gov was not properly tested before launch, but with top contractors of the site being questioned by Congress, we’re learning the problem lies much deeper than that. In fact, on the surface, it looks like each contractor handled a very small part of the overall website and left it to someone else to tie them all together at the last minute.
Dr. Bill Curtis, CAST Chief Scientist and Director of CISQ was invited to PBS NewsHour to discuss some of the problems with the healthcare exchange, and what we can expect going forward as the government tries to repair the damage done. You can watch the video below or visit PBS NewsHour to get the full story.
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.