Skip to comments.Former Cover Oregon IT Manager Speaks Out [Obamacare Website]
Posted on 03/01/2014 10:37:14 PM PST by steve86
PORTLAND, OR - The former IT manager of the troubled Cover Oregon website is speaking out.
Carolyn Lawson resigned following the state's health care exchange problems but says she is not at fault. She blames the technology's contractor, Oracle Group, and says she warned her superior, Bruce Goldberg, several times that the exchange was in trouble.
Goldberg is the interim director of Cover Oregon now and would not comment on Lawson's claim.
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Not Larry’s biggest fan myself, but how likely is it really that this is an Oracle problem? The federal website contractor CGI has been involved with lots of fiascoes, but Oracle software is used in many successful operations and I can’t recall them being blamed or sued for anything like this. What a mess.
That’s my guess, also.
Blaming Oregon’s fiasco on Oracle is like blaming Ford because some senile old geezer like me drove his Mustang GT down the Interstate Exit Ramp rather than the On Ramp and ended up going the wrong way. Or blame the construction company that build the highway.
Oracle sells database software. How you build your Tables, Relationships & Rules is up to you. Did Oregon hire Oracle to deliver the finished product? If so, who determined what the database was supposed to do? I assume that the Customer (Oregon) has that role.
The issue is not Oracle software or databases, the issue is Oracle Consulting Services.
The state of Oregon did not purchase the Oracle DBMS; they purchased Oracle Consulting Services for design and implementation along with leasing the software.
Did Oregon hire Oracle to deliver the finished product?
Then you have missed the truly epic stories that have been posted on this very forum.
“Not Larrys biggest fan myself, but how likely is it really that this is an Oracle problem?”
Having implemented programs in large companies while working for a VP who wanted political goals as opposed to realizable goals I agree the problem is likely not with Oracle. When the guy signing the check orders you to do something and you tell him the damage it will cause and he ignores you then you really have no choice but to comply or quit.
OK, different story. Thanks for the additional information.
It would be really interesting to see their Gantt Chart and any Change Orders during the course of the project.
I assume that both teams of lawyers will have a field day with those.
(FWIW, I admit to a bias AGAINST government bureaucracy, especially Left Coast hippie government and a bias TOWARD anyone who has sponsored such an awesome flying sailboat.)
Yeah, but who is managing the Oracle consultants? Surely they are not managing themselves... Cannot blame it on the consultants, as they are not “in charge” of the overall project. It is the hiring governmental agency.
Remember how Ellison made huge contributions to his buddy Clinton and got the justice department to prosecute Microsoft because they were being apolitical at the time and not giving Slick Willy his due?
Is it true he’s an egomaniac?
I remember and I thought that GW Bush and the GOP Congress were going to clean up government. Why didn’t it happen?
The State of Oregon did not hire individual consultants (that can be done also). They signed a contract with Oracle Consulting Services to produce a deliverable. The state would have little to no management interaction with individual consultants. Oracle would provide the project management and line management. Sure, the state's oversight of the contract was no doubt deficient as well. But Oracle failed to deliver anything like what it was obligated to in a timely manner.
Somewhat interestingly, Washington State, in contrast, did the entire project in-house and had a largely working website right from the beginning (Oct 1). I enrolled October 7th. There were some problems, and lots of downtime for fixes, but at this point WA's effort stands head and shoulders above Oregon's state-hiring-private sector approach.