Obamacare/HealthCare.gov original budget for CGI was $93.7 million, it grew to $292 million prior to launch of the website. While estimates that the overall cost for building the website had reached over $500 million prior to launch, and total cost of the HealthCare.gov website had reached $1.7 billion.Government Accountability Office concluded the administration did not provide “effective planning or oversight practices” in developing the HealthCare.gov website.
We also heard about Broadcom threw away its LTE project which cost it billions. Throughout my performance tuning career, 30~40% projects were poorly designed and barely usable or be thrown away eventually. ~70% has performance or scalability issues.
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