@NinjaTrader Mr. Deux, if you would be so kind, since you are the only source of information I have to ask you, how will Mirus inform us when it's safe to use the platform for live execution again? I missed a very good day in the market today and I would like to get back to business as usual as soon as possible. Many thanks for your attention on this matter.
Thank you Sir. You have gone up and above what I feel is required of the CEO of any company. Wouldn't it be more effective for Mirus to implement a mechanism of informing clients about such things? I have not received a single email from them... a simple distribution list would suffice. Here we are on a private forum discussing commercial business that is proprietary to Mirus / Zen fire. I in no way wish to come across negative but something clearly needs to be done about communication at Mirus. I appeal to you to raise this issue to the highest levels. Thank you again for your ongoing communication and support.
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I'm being verbose today because this situation really pisses me off. Before I was a full time trader I worked in IT Infrastructure for 20 years, a good number of those years providing high availability systems for traders among others including the UK Ministry of Defense, Oxford University, Microsoft, the list goes on. As a best practice, to avoid down time, when a major upgrade was required we would implement a new system in parallel to the original working system and slowly migrate users. If we encountered an issue during the migration then only a handfull of users would be effected and easily rolled back to the original platform with minimal service interruption. Eventually all users would be migrated and after a "run-in" period the old system would be taken off-line and decommissioned. This is IT best practice especially when dealing with mission critical systems. As a result we were able to maintain our 99.95% availability Service Level Agreement to our clients / end users. Does anyone know what the SLA is for the zen-fire platform? What about availability statistics? Has anyone over there even heard of ITIL? The fault here lies squarely on the shoulders of the IT organization that planned and implemented this change. Was there any change control? Were there any fallback contingency plans? Where is the communication plan? Hell, I didn't even know there was a mandatory upgrade until I reset Ninja on Sunday evening before the open and got the popup alert. This migration is amateur at best, I have seen better migrations carried out by small IT shops run out of people's living rooms. (Not kidding). IT as a profession has a bad name because of cowboy antics like this one. As a former IT professional I am offended by the blatant disregard that Mirus has had for it's end users; the people that pay their salaries. As a former IT Director for a multi million Euro company, Head of Infrastructure for two proprietary trading houses and Managing Director of my own Technology company I have to say that if I were the Managing Director / CEO at Mirus / Zen-Fire I would be firing the Head of IT. End of rant.
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