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A Few Words….

Periodically, I feel inclined to repeat a few ground rules regarding this website and it’s been a while…. If you have news, give us a shout (email or call) and give us a formal briefing – we... continue reading

Contigo Highlights Recent Wins and Germany Focus

Contigo continue to make progress and I had an upbeat call with head of marketing, Debbi Bavin, late last week who gave me some of the recent highlights.... continue reading

Normal Service Will Shortly be Resumed

We haven’t blogged much in the last week or so and for a good reason. Last week, I began to feel strangely tired after our return for Amsterdam... continue reading

Traceability and Kobe Steel

I just posted a Reuters story regarding Kobe Steel. At first sight, this is a story of mismanagement, lack of corporate discipline and profits at any cost –... continue reading

Latest News

Report: Big Data is Accelerating Corporate Control of the Global Food Supply

Editor’s note: The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has just published Too Big to Feed: Exploring... continue reading

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology and Securities Markets

At a Glance… On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) held an Investor Advisory... continue reading

Powel awarded second substantial European contract within Uniper’s Power Business

Following a framework agreement between Powel AS and Uniper in 2015 for the delivery of short-term optimisation and... continue reading

Allegro Launches CTRM Mobile Application

Commodity Trading and Risk Management Software Company Launches Groundbreaking CTRM Mobile Application DALLAS, TX, October 18, 2017 – Allegro Development Corp., a global leader in commodity trading and... continue reading

Videos

Dick Couron – CEO, Trilogy Effective Software Solutions, Inc.

In this episode of Conversations with Leaders in CTRM Technology, we visit with Mr. Dick Couron, CEO of Trilogy Effective Software Solutions. Mr. Couron discusses recent developments at his company, the current market for solutions in the up and midstream market segments and his view of emerging technology market trends.... continue reading

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A Few Words….

Periodically, I feel inclined to repeat a few ground rules regarding this website and it’s been a while…. If you have news, give us a shout (email or call) and give us a formal briefing – we may write a blog about it as a follow up and we are very happy to hear what is going on out there, If you have a press announcement – send it to us and we will post it unless it is news regarding an award. Apologies, but some ‘awards’ are nothing but paid advertising these days and not newsworthy. Unfortunately, we cannot differentiate between awards that are paid advertising and the bone fide ones you work so hard to get, so it is our policy not to publish award news at all, If you see the work product on... continue reading

Contigo Highlights Recent Wins and Germany Focus

Contigo continue to make progress and I had an upbeat call with head of marketing, Debbi Bavin, late last week who gave me some of the recent highlights. Two new deals have been signed in recent months (of which one is in the cloud) for its enVoy product. These deals were with non-UK companies who are seeking to get into UK markets. A third deal for enTrader was also signed with a Dutch retailer who recognises Contigo’s expertise and experience of UK retail supply market. enVoy is a software product that helps simplifies the sending and receiving of energy industry data in the UK power market. It provides the capability to submit UK ECVNA, Physical Notifications and Bid-offer data. enVoy provides the link between the Energy trading... continue reading

Normal Service Will Shortly be Resumed

Published 18 October 2017

We haven’t blogged much in the last week or so and for a good reason. Last week, I... continue reading

Traceability and Kobe Steel

Published 11 October 2017

I just posted a Reuters story regarding Kobe Steel. At first sight, this is a story of mismanagement, lack of... continue reading

It’s A Wrap!

Published 9 October 2017

The CTRM Conference took place last Thursday in Amsterdam. It was attended by over 65 delegates from all parts of... continue reading

Great article on the issues of today’s approach to software development

Published 29 September 2017

This linked article from The Atlantic might be good food for thought... continue reading

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data

Published 28 September 2017

If you want to discover what the impact of Blockchain might be... continue reading

One Week to Go

Published 27 September 2017

Just a week to go to CTRMConference in Amsterdam. The opening reception will be held on October 4th on the... continue reading

Alpiq Presentation Added to CTRM Conference Line up

Published 26 September 2017

We have now added the last presentation to the agenda for the CTRM Conference. It will be titled... continue reading

Atum Consulting Supports CTRM Conference with Sponsorship

Published 25 September 2017

Atum Consulting is supporting CTRM Conference with a break sponsorship. We thank them for their support. Headquartered in... continue reading

News

Report: Big Data is Accelerating Corporate Control of the Global Food Supply

Editor’s note: The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has just published Too Big to Feed: Exploring the Impacts of Mega-Margers, Consolidation and Concentration of Power in the Agri-Food Sector, a comprehensive (and alarming) report detailing the ways in which global agribusiness is using current economic and technological trends to further the failed industrial model. From seeds to pesticides, livestock genetics to animal pharmaceuticals, farm machinery to commodity traders, food and beverage processors to grocery stores—unprecedented consolidation has left fewer and fewer companies with a larger share of the marketplace. Meanwhile, the social, environmental and economic consequences of these unchecked arrangements are wreaking serious havoc around the world. In short, the report states, “Dominant firms have become... continue reading

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Considers Blockchain Technology and Securities Markets

At a Glance… On October 12, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee (“SEC”) held an Investor Advisory Committee (“IAC”) meeting to consider, among other things, blockchain technology and the implications for securities markets.1 The meeting covered a broad range of topics relating to blockchain and distributed ledger technology (“DLT”), including initial coin offerings (“ICO”), post-trade processing, and decentralized applications. In the wake of the SEC’s recent enforcement action alleging that two recent ICOs were fraudulent,2 the SEC is cautiously and carefully approaching these topics in order to better capture the benefits of this new technology while avoiding the potential for fraud and abuse. Opening Remarks In his opening remarks, Chairman Clayton emphasized the need... continue reading

Powel awarded second substantial European contract within Uniper’s Power Business

Published 18 October 2017

Following a framework agreement between Powel AS and Uniper in 2015 for... continue reading

Allegro Launches CTRM Mobile Application

Published 18 October 2017

Commodity Trading and Risk Management Software Company Launches Groundbreaking CTRM Mobile Application DALLAS, TX, October 18, 2017 –... continue reading

U.S. shale oil industry to see wave of investment: Total CEO

Published 18 October 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – The U.S. shale industry will see another wave of investment as producers are betting strongly... continue reading

CubeLogic accelerates growth with opening of New Office in Singapore

Published 18 October 2017

Expansion will enable CubeLogic to accelerate growth in sales, professional services and... continue reading

Contigo Sees Significant Move to Cloud-based ETRM

Published 17 October 2017

Europe-wide ETRM specialist, Contigo, has seen over 80% of new customers opting for cloud-based ETRM and software solutions... continue reading

Finnish Industrial Company Goes Live with Allegro Horizon Ahead of Schedule

Published 16 October 2017

Another Nordics Company Chooses Allegro Horizon CTRM Solution to Manage Commodities LONDON,... continue reading

Asia oil buyers turn to U.S. in hunt for cheap supply

Published 16 October 2017

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK (Reuters) by Florence Tan & Catherine Ngai – Asia is set to ramp up crude oil imports... continue reading

Oil jumps as fighting in Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk shuts output

Published 16 October 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil markets jumped on Monday as Iraqi forces entered... continue reading

Interview Corner

Trends in Technology

Published 12 July 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is Contigo seeing in terms of uptake of the ETRM in cloud and what are the benefits of such an approach? Adrian Bullock:... continue reading

Developments in CEE – An Interview with David Kučera

Published 28 June 2017

An Interview with David Kučera, General Secretary of the Prague Energy Exchange („PXE“) ComTechAdvisory: Tell us a little about PXE – its history and objectives... continue reading

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Published 27 April 2017

An Interview with Cyrus Dadachanji, Partner, Energy Trading and Risk Management at Infosys Consulting ComTechAdvisory: Please tell us a little about Infosys Consulting and the... continue reading

New Business Models and Consumer Focused Digital Transformations

Published 28 March 2017

ComTech visits with Amir Soufizadeh, Head of Commodities & Utilities Practice at BJSS. Founded in 1993, BJSS operates across the UK and USA, providing consultancy... continue reading

Kynetix explains Distributed Ledger Technologies and its future

Published 21 March 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is Kynetix’ interest in Blockchain technologies? Scott Riley: There are three primary drivers to Kynetix’s interest in DLT: 1. Our mission at Kynetix... continue reading

An Interview with Michael Kirch CCO of Beacon

Published 19 January 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is the Beacon platform and what was the impetus for developing it? Dr. Michael Kirch: Mark Higgins and Kirat Singh founded Beacon in... continue reading

Commodity Auctions and Exchanges

Published 10 October 2016

Interview with Phil Bird Perfect Channel ComTechAdvisory: Can you tell us a little about Perfect Channel? How did it get started and what are its... continue reading

The Importance of Modern Technology to Minimise Risk in Energy Trading

Published 1 July 2016

We recently asked Adrian Bullock, CEO at Contigo, what he was seeing in terms of ETRM software in Europe. His take was that having a... continue reading

Industry Voices

Brexit: Passporting aside – regulatory considerations for firms providing investment services

Sophie Crisp, Manager, Risk and Compliance | 15 Jul 2016 Since the Brexit result, the focus for many has been on firms maintaining passporting rights... continue reading

The latest trends in near shoring / Human Capital

At a recent gathering of CIO’s from some of the commodities traders it became clear that ‘near shoring’ is again the flavor of the month.... continue reading

REMIT Reporting is nearly done – can we now forget about European regulation?

There are now only a few days to go until the second, and final, reporting deadline under REMIT, on 7th April. From that date, all... continue reading

The nu-clear Future

Researched and written by Paul Cassar of MJMEnergy Ltd – http://www.mjmenergy.com “Opponents of nuclear misread the science. It is safe and reliable. The challenge, as... continue reading

Key CTRM Recruitment Findings

Commoditas Partners has published its key CTRM Recruitment findings based on data collected through interviews with hiring managers of leading trading and investment companies, system... continue reading

CTRM Recruitment update with Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas Partners

Spike in LNG CTRM skills Over the last 18 months there’s been an increasing number of multi-national and national oil companies setting up trading hubs,... continue reading

Iron Ore: swapping the physical for the paper trade

By Ami Katschinski, Trayport’s Head of Global Commodities, offers his views on the future of the global iron ore market The iron ore markets have... continue reading

Are you ready for the digital revolution of recruitment?

Every good company knows that it’s most important asset is its staff, right? That a good hire can keep a business afloat through low points... continue reading

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