HEALTHCARE.GOV – A billion dollar website

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in IT News

Whoever heard of a pure IT project that cost a billion dollars to build (so far)? A GAO investigation goes deep into just how bad the process of building HealthCare.gov was. Not only was the project a technical disaster — development was originally supposed to be complete October 1, 2013, but the schedule is now for the end of 2014 — but it has cost far, far beyond what was budgeted and far further than what could be called reasonable for such a system. The report says (page 9) that, through March 2014, the total cost of the project was $946 million. $840 million of this was spent by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), with the rest by the IRS and Department of Veterans Affairs. But the development costs continue to rise and are likely already over $1 billion. Read the full...

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Google Apps Ranked #1 in cloud business email

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in IT News

Research firm Radicati names Google Apps for Business the leader in cloud business email. Radicati ranked Google number one for its Google Apps for Business productivity suite, which includes cloud email as well as other web-based tools for collaboration, communication and storage. Among other strengths, the report commends Google Apps for these reasons: Built for the cloud. Google Apps was designed as a cloud-based service from the ground up, so IT departments don’t need to spend time and money maintaining desktop components. Consistent and familiar. Apps delivers the same experience across devices, operating systems and browsers, and many employees already use Google at home. A complete package. Apps includes file storage and sharing with Google Drive, real-time collaboration with Google Docs and custom business email with Gmail. Download Full...

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