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How the use of a NoSQL database played a role in the Healthcare.gov snafu

on November 25, 2013


Flipping an old proverb on its head, the Healthcare.gov website debacle has many fathers, at least if you follow  the finger pointing. One of those “fathers” was the choice of a NoSQL database to run parts of the site, according to the New York Times.

Since the problem-plagued rollout of Healthcare.gov, there’s been a lot of blame to go around — between the government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the contractors, including CGI Federal, that had to build the site. What I hadn’t heard till now was that the choice of MarkLogic, a NoSQL database may also have played a role. According to the story:

Another sore point was the Medicare agency’s decision to use database software, from a company called MarkLogic, that managed the data differently from systems by companies like IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. CGI officials argued that it would slow work because it was…

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