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Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes 132

itwbennett writes "Oregon is holding back $25.6 million in payments from Oracle (out of some $69.5 million Oracle claims it is owed) over work the vendor did on the state's troubled health care exchange website. The site was supposed to go live on Oct. 1 but its launch has been marred by a slew of bugs and it is not yet fully functional. This week, Cover Oregon said it had reached an agreement with Oracle laying out 'an orderly transition of technology development services, and protects current and future Cover Oregon enrollees,' according to a statement. Oregon officials reached the deal with Oracle after the company reportedly threatened to pull all of its workers off the project and essentially walk away."
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Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

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  • Sounds Nice (Score:4, Interesting)

    by johnnyb ( 4816 ) <> on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @04:36PM (#46412279) Homepage

    Must be nice to be able to fail at a project such that they owed you $69 million, but you don't actually have to make it work.

    Perhaps states should make a rule stating that large projects must be broken up into deliverables of $1 million increments.

  • by viperidaenz ( 2515578 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @04:37PM (#46412293)

    Just one more thing though.
    Oracle should pull all of its workers off the project and walk away after giving back all money already paid.
    If you don't deliver what you've been told to deliver, you shouldn't get paid.

  • Oracle Services (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @04:44PM (#46412377)

    I don't have any personal experience with Oracle the company. But I've spoken to a half-dozen or so of their clients, and not one of them has ever had a successful completion of a project, and they've all gone over budget. Purely anecdotal evidence, I know.

    I'd be interested to hear if someone has had a good experience working with Oracle...? But if the overwhelming consensus is negative, how do they continue to gain new clients?

  • by mattis_f ( 517228 ) on Wednesday March 05, 2014 @05:18PM (#46412761)

    It's an honest question. I am a programmer of embedded systems and microcontrollers, my expertise is at the other end of the computing spectrum.

    As much as I like to blame Oracle, the state may have added serious requirements at the last minute that complicated everything. These articles doesn't say anything about it. Same seems to go for all the troubled exchanges - so what's the problem?

    Is there anyone on here with some insight?

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