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The 10 Biggest Software Stories Of 2013

Software is where the magic happens, and it's also where nightmares happen if it's not configured properly. CRN sifted through the year's headlines and here presents our picks for top software stories of 2013.

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10. Government Calls In Enterprise Tech Vendors To Fix

The Affordable Care Act website has pretty much been a disaster since launching in October, but at least the government had the good sense to bring in some heavy hitters in enterprise tech to help fix it.

Oracle and Red Hat were part of the so-called "tech surge" of companies sent in to fix the issues with the site in late October. While it's not clear what sort of help they're providing, Oracle and Red Hat are well equipped to repair enterprise systems, Kumar Nandigam, CEO of Plano-Texas-based Tekpros, which partners with both vendors, told CRN in November.

Over the summer, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services replaced Verizon Terremark with Hewlett-Packard to handle Web hosting for the site. And in mid-December, HHS said Kurt DelBene, former head of Microsoft's Office Division who left the company this summer, will be managing and leading the charge to fix the problems.

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