Now I’m not trying to start any new drama but this quote is pretty unbelievable.

Any IT leader who said these words after a disaster would be fired immediately which leaves me wondering why this dude still has a job.

After the technical nightmare that happened with the US healthcare website (too many users trying to log in crashing the system), U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the government expected to draw 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users, but instead it has drawn as many as 250,000 at a time since it launched Oct. 1.

But here’s the kicker and this is apparently a quote.

“These bugs were functions of volume,” Park said. “Take away the volume and it works.”

Are you kidding me!!?

Tell me what would happen if you told your boss this after a failed rollout. Would you even have a job?

Is it just me or is that one of the more insane IT quotes you have heard?

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

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  1. LOL

    Obamacare is a fail!

    I wonder why???

  2. government does not live in the real world.

  3. the old system work 4 over 60 years if the government would spend the time to up hold the law on the medicade and social security fraud on over 2 tri. over the last 10 years we wouldn’t have to make the insurance richer and the heath providers richer???? Big drug manufacter that steal from tax payers getting grants tax incentatives. go to the E.R. charge u $20. for a tough depressor a gown $35. a bandaide $10. Come talk about price shafting look 100% mark up can understand but 500% mark up lets get 4 real people. Lucky 4 me I served in Vietnam a U.S. Vet free health care thank god

    • It was perfect for 60 years? There were no problems. It worked for every body? When has anything ever worked the same or as well for all citizens? That being said, I agree with some of your points. I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive though. I do think we need to tackle fraud. I also think we need to tackle the cost of healthcare. But it’s not just the insurance companies. I’m sure doctors and hospitals would probably help the insurance companies in fighting change. Many people go into medicine to help people, but a lot go into medical and pharmacy fields because they think there is money to be made. We don’t live in a world where people will voluntary take less money for the greater good. Some doctors probably look at it like “I’m not going to go from making 110K a year to making 85K,” as if somehow they’re being sent to the poor house. All these people are in cahoots with each other and are all about money. They’re no different than Apple selling iPhones at 400% profit. The love of money and self-centeredness has made it basically impossible to fix any problems we have.

      • Iam with you 100% yes the doctors isn’t the problem it’s the ? Greed of big Corp. building great finicial gains? Like all of there supporters drug co. insurance co. Lobbest. everyone gets richer middle class gets shafted with the whole bill

  4. That’s what happens when government allows private contractors to do a job instead of doing it themselves. Must have been a Republican idea. As for you, Todd Tool, if Obamacare was such a fail, why are so many people trying to log on and get it?

    • I’d rather have private contractors do it than the government do it themselves. I mean c’mon, Al Gore thought he invented the internet for Pete’s sakes. He couldn’t find a TCP/IP port if it bit him in the face.

      • No, Al Gore never said that. As I am sure you will find if you ever bothered to look that up on snopes or factcheck or any of the urban legends sites.

        • Yes, I’m not an idiot. Does sarcasm or satire escape you?

          From Wikipedia: “Following a 1999 CNN interview Gore became the subject of some controversy and ridicule when his expression ‘I took the initiative in creating the Internet'[53] was widely quoted out of context, indeed often misquoted, by comedians and the popular media who took his expression to be a claim that he personally had invented the Internet.[54] But Gore’s actual words were widely reaffirmed by notable Internet pioneers, such as Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, who stated, “No one in public life has been more intellectually engaged in helping to create the climate for a thriving Internet than the Vice President.”[55]

          • I reread your comment. Nothing to indicate it was meant in a sarcastic or satirical mode. In fact, it is indistinguishable from the average ignorant right wing comment.

  5. People, when you spend two hours in the emergency room for tests and scans and the bill is over $4,000 something is fukd up. I’m willing to go with any plan that might bring down the cost. Now, the man said it right, too many users at one time crashes the server, Simple, happens all the time. The Gov should have used a method to spread out the load – First letter of last name groupings routed to different servers – there must be dozens of methods that would have worked. That’s if you can believe what they are telling us.

  6. This has nothing to do with healthcare. At the end of the day this is a technical issue, nothing more nothing less. Maybe you would be fired if you said it just like that, but if your boss asked you, a similar issue is all you could give. You would basically say we all underestimated the number of initial users.

  7. Is religion your next topic? Kidding! Boy, it went from IT to politics faster then I thought it would!

  8. The subject is not the merits of the President’s health care system. Mr. Park is blowing off the underestimation of load by a factor of five. If a well-publicized commercial web site collapsed upon failure to meet its load by a factor of five, people would be fired and subcontractors sued. There are ways to grow services to meet load peaks; just pick up any web design magazine and read how time is running out for retailers to meet seasonal demand and what to do about it. This is a technical web site. Major failure of a long-anticipated web site due to its designers’ failure to build in expansion for high load is inexcusable. The knuckleheads who failed to build in expansion should be called out, and Mr. Park should be fired for asking us to excuse such inexcusable work. That’s what would happen to any one of us who engineered so spectacular a failure.

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