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Beacon Update – A Conversation with Michael Kirch

It has been a while since I had talked to Beacon, creators of an institutional quant platform that delivers the architectural model of investment... continue reading

Disruptive Technology Study

We are now ready to get the disruptive technology study underway with a survey that is ready to be completed on the topic. Over the last year or... continue reading

Christmas Conga Anyone?

As a marketing person at heart, I do love a good marketing program and I want to turn your attention to the Christmas game that Contigo are running – Christmas Conga. This little fun online game can... continue reading

It’s all about data

I had a chance to talk briefly with periodic CTRMCenter contributor Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas Partners yesterday to get his views on employment trends in the industry and what that might mean. He immediately began to talk... continue reading

Latest News

Britain’s biggest oil pipeline shut ‘for weeks’ for repairs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest oil pipeline could shut down for weeks for unscheduled repair work, sending the... continue reading

Commodity Technology Advisory Kick Off Two New Research Projects to Close Out 2017

Advisory Firm to Research Disruptive Technologies in Commodity Trading and Risk Management Sugar Land, TX and Prague, Czech... continue reading

U.S. soy processors build new capacity at fastest rate in 20 years

Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) – U.S. agricultural cooperatives are building new soybean crushing plants at the fastest rate in two decades as farmers in... continue reading

Drillinginfo Acquires Pattern Recognition Technologies, Leaders in Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics

Expanded data offerings for both supply and demand side of energy  primed to benefit utility, power and trading markets... continue reading

Videos

Mr. Andrew Bateman, SunGard Energy

In this episode of Conversations with Leaders in CTRM, Patrick Reames visits with Mr. Andrew Bateman, President of SunGard Energy. Mr. Bateman discusses SunGard’s capabilities across multiple industries and provides his insights as to the latest ETRM market developments both near and long term.... continue reading

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Blog

Beacon Update – A Conversation with Michael Kirch

It has been a while since I had talked to Beacon, creators of an institutional quant platform that delivers the architectural model of investment bank systems like SecDB at Goldman Sachs, Athena at JPMorgan, and Quartz at Bank of America Merrill Lynch to the broader market. I spoke to Michael Kirch, Chief Commercial Officer, at length about the company, its platform and progress last week. Beacon has recently won a number of awards for its technology and has been expanding its team including the addition of Richard Jefferson as COO. Formerly Global Head of Commodities Trading at Deutsche Bank, he also previously held roles in Commodities Sales & Origination, Energy Derivatives Trading and FX Options Trading and adds to Beacon’s commodities expertise. Now around 50 people strong, 90%... continue reading

Disruptive Technology Study

We are now ready to get the disruptive technology study underway with a survey that is ready to be completed on the topic. Over the last year or so, a whole host of potentially disruptive technologies have emerged that may have tremendous impacts on commodity trading and risk management. These join the shift to cloud and software as a service that we have observed taking on greater importance in the delivery of CTRM solutions. Technologies such as blockchain, automated trading, AI and machine learning, big data and social media, microservices and opensource software have all caught the imagination of software providers and industry players over this time period. The recent CTRM Conference focused on these disruptive technologies and their potential impacts and presentations from commodity players such as Alpiq and COFCO only served to suggest an IT... continue reading

Christmas Conga Anyone?

Published 4 December 2017

As a marketing person at heart, I do love a good marketing program and I want to turn your attention... continue reading

It’s all about data

Published 29 November 2017

I had a chance to talk briefly with periodic CTRMCenter contributor Carl Vellenoweth of Commoditas Partners yesterday to get his... continue reading

In case you missed it….MCG acquires Paragon

Published 28 November 2017

Though there doesn’t seem to be a formal press release issued to the wires, the two companies announced... continue reading

Black Friday Blues

Published 27 November 2017

Most Americans will be returning today from a four day holiday. I recall from living there, that this was usually... continue reading

The Periodic Analyst Vent Blog Article

Published 22 November 2017

Every now and then, I have to blow off a bit of steam. I am after all only... continue reading

Research into CEE ETRM Vendors for Power and Natural Gas

Published 21 November 2017

Having been based in the Czech republic this last decade, I am aware of a number of ETRM... continue reading

Allegro continues to find success in 2017

Published 16 November 2017

I had the opportunity to get a briefing from Allegro’s marketing and product management teams this week…and in... continue reading

New Platform Targets Ferroalloys and Specialty Metals Trading

Published 15 November 2017

Last week, I had a call with Frank Jackel, founder of metalshub, to discuss this interesting initiative in... continue reading

News

Britain’s biggest oil pipeline shut ‘for weeks’ for repairs

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest oil pipeline could shut down for weeks for unscheduled repair work, sending the price of crude to new two-year highs and triggering a steep rally in natural gas prices, just as a cold snap sweeps the country. The Forties Pipeline System, which carries around 450,000 barrels per day of Forties crude from the North Sea to the Kinneil processing terminal in Scotland, had been operating at reduced capacity since December 7 when a routine inspection revealed a small leak. Ineos, a privately owned Anglo-Swiss chemicals company, owns the pipeline and said it had taken the decision to close the system completely. Oil traders estimated this was the first total closure... continue reading

Commodity Technology Advisory Kick Off Two New Research Projects to Close Out 2017

Advisory Firm to Research Disruptive Technologies in Commodity Trading and Risk Management Sugar Land, TX and Prague, Czech Republic. Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech Advisory), the leading analyst firm for energy and commodity trading and risk management (E/CTRM) technologies, has announced two new research programs to close out 2017. The first is a review and analysis of emerging disruptive technologies in commodity trading and risk management (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/disruptCTRM), while the second will review the landscape of ETRM solutions serving the Central and Eastern Europe energy markets (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CEEETRM). “Over the last year or so, a whole host of potentially disruptive technologies have emerged that may have tremendous impacts on commodity trading and risk management. These join the shift... continue reading

U.S. soy processors build new capacity at fastest rate in 20 years

Published 11 December 2017

Michael Hirtzer (Reuters) – U.S. agricultural cooperatives are building new soybean crushing... continue reading

Drillinginfo Acquires Pattern Recognition Technologies, Leaders in Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics

Published 5 December 2017

Expanded data offerings for both supply and demand side of energy  primed to... continue reading

Uniper and Openlink Lead the Way in Tier-One Cloud ETRM Adoption

Published 5 December 2017

International utility implements sophisticated trading and risk management solution via Openlink Cloud December 05, 2017 02:00 AM Eastern... continue reading

TRADESPARENT announces collaboration for margin protection services for commodity price sensitive businesses with Alvarez & Marsal

Published 5 December 2017

TRADESPARENT announced today its collaboration with the leading global professional services firm,... continue reading

Do the Energy Trader Congo in new Contigo Christmas Game

Published 4 December 2017

After the success of its ‘Run Santa Run’ game last year, UK based, pan-European ETRM specialist, Contigo, is... continue reading

Australia just switched on the world’s biggest battery

Published 1 December 2017

The world’s biggest lithium ion battery has started delivering power. Activating the massive system in South Australia fulfills... continue reading

New Data Visualization Platform Gives Traders, Analysts Better Picture of Refinery Turnaround Market

Published 29 November 2017

Nov. 29, 2017, 02:30 AM SUGAR LAND, Texas, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/... continue reading

AOT Energy Deploys AspectCTRM In First Phase Of Planned Global Roll-Out

Published 29 November 2017

November 29, 2017 Aspect Enterprise Solutions, the leading provider of energy trade... continue reading

Interview Corner

Capco’s Energy Practice post-FIS – A Conversation with the Leadership Team

Published 4 December 2017

FIS announced their intention to spin-off the company’s Capco consulting business in May of this year. With the transaction completed in August, we recently visited... continue reading

Commodity Markets – A Headhunter’s View

Published 8 November 2017

ComTechAdvisory: Given all of the turmoil in commodity markets this last year or so, how has the job market been impacted? James Richmond: The markets... continue reading

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

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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