SAN FRANCISCO – October 30, 2013 - Load Impact today offered to provide the technology taskforce responsible for fixing the troubled HealthCare.gov website free use of Load Impact’s performance testing services until the Obamacare website is functioning at full capacity.
In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday, officials of companies hired to create the HealthCare.gov website cited a lack of testing on the full system and last-minute changes by the federal agency overseeing the online enrollment system as the primary cause of problems plaguing the government exchange for President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms.
“There’s nothing new in the failure of the Obamacare site. Websites have been developed that way for years – often with the same results. But there are now new methodologies and tools changing all that and we’ve reached out to our California representatives and all of the companies involved to let them know we’re ready to provide our stress testing services to them free of charge,” said Ragnar Lönn, Load Impact founder and CEO. “ It isn’t like it used to be – this shouldn’t be hard, time consuming or expensive. You just need to recognize that load testing is something that needs to be done. It’s not optional anymore. It seems they found that out the hard way. But we sincerely want to help make it work.”
Load testing makes it possible to see the performance impact on a website, as the number of users and their geographic locations are increased. The test results are used by developers to anticipate when a website will fail, before that failure actually occurs and impacts real people.
With offices in San Francisco, the Stockholm-based company provides an On-Demand service for performance testing, and just last week began accepting applications for early access to its new Load Impact Continuous Delivery service, which for the first time allows developers of websites, apps and APIs to make stress testing an integrated part of their continuous delivery process.
Continuous Delivery is a recent development methodology increasingly used to automate and deliver software to a high standard and rapidly, reliably and repeatedly push out enhancements and bug fixes at low risk and with minimal manual overhead.
“HealthCare.gov represents a hope for the people of America, and the elimination of their worst fears in medical care,” said Lönn. “It’s something tangible that connects the nation to the promise of an increased standard of living and a step closer towards the American dream. Instead of whining about how incompetently HealthCare.gov has been built, Load Impact wants to be part of making it work as it should and can.”
About Load Impact
Load Impact's automated and on-demand services detect, predict, and analyze performance problems -- providing the information businesses need to proactively optimize their websites, apps and APIs for customers. With its roots in work for NASDAQ and the European Space Agency, the company has been redefining load testing since 2011 by making it cost-effective, instantly available, automated, and very easy to use. Test your website, app or API at loadimpact.com.
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