The complications with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) website continued its unbroken streak of dominating the news cycle related to IT-related snarls, snags and inconveniences. Among the list of IT health issues bedeviling the ACA’s website that cropped up last week are: the admission of a dramatic rise in the number of items on the “punch list,” from dozens to hundreds of problems that require fixing; the lack of interest from those to whom the ACA’s website was specifically targeted; a host of folks, including well-known IT luminaries such as economist Larry Summers, offering what I'm sure is welcomed at the White House, unsolicited advice on how to successfully manage the ACA website development effort; and counsel that if a user finds him or herself on an Obamacare website that seems to actually work, it is more than likely being operated by a scam artist.
But the ACA website was not the only IT system that was reportedly in poor health last week. There was, for example, a Wal-Mart website pricing error that gave new meaning to the company’s slogan, “Always low prices.” A Fox News website called for World Zombie Day, and problems continued for Florida’s new unemployment insurance system website and back office systems.
WalMart Website Glitch Excites and then Disappoints Many with Low, Low Prices
Fox News Website Calls on All Zombies to Honor World Zombie Day
Florida’s New Unemployment Insurance System Website Still Causing Frustration
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Robert N. Charette is a Contributing Editor to IEEE Spectrum and an acknowledged international authority on information technology and systems risk management. A self-described “risk ecologist,” he is interested in the intersections of business, political, technological, and societal risks. Charette is an award-winning author of multiple books and numerous articles on the subjects of risk management, project and program management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. A Life Senior Member of the IEEE, Charette was a recipient of the IEEE Computer Society’s Golden Core Award in 2008.