Updated Oct. 31, 2013 at 3:22 p.m.

Premium Lock Red Hat to help fix ailing health care website

Published: 2013-10-31 15:10:00
Updated: 2013-10-31 15:22:45

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Raleigh-based software developer Red Hat Inc. is among the tech companies pitching in to fix the problems that have plagued the government's new health insurance website, HealthCare.gov, officials said Thursday....

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"the database"? This is a complex system which uses the databases of several large government agencies. The problem is due to the failure to integrate these already existing systems successfully (Social Securiy, Medicaid etc etc). That's a code and "middleware" (used widely) issue. Sure there may be an Oracle database or two used as a staging database or temporary work space but I doubt the problem is due to database issues that the help of anyone from Oracle would resolve. This is a system much more complex than Amazon (e-commerce) and they need expertise in system integration, not database tuning like some retail company's software might need.
I'm more inclined to think they used MS Access as the database :-) I for one would love to see the requirement spec documents... but that's just dreaming.
Stand down Red Hat and others. Let the numb nuts who started this complete this. Why should you help? If you do work on this, I want 760 million dollars returned to the taxpayers.
Yeah, Oracle is most likely the database they used. But, to characterize this as a complex system with limited time to build and test as they do in this story is really just plain wrong. They had over 3 years and 100's of millions of dollars to work with to build a website that does nothing more than a very slimmed down simplistic version of Amazon or any other number of business websites do every day. That is simply not an excuse.
Oracle? :)
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