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We’re seeking your participation in a new research effort by Commodity Technology Advisory. This new project looks at the impacts and implications of... continue reading

Invensoft Goes Mobile

This week I spoke to Mr. Prasad Raju at Invensoft Technologies and got a catch up on its activities. Invensoft provides IT solutions for commodity businesses including software products like Invensoft-XBS©  which is a Unified Commodity Management... continue reading

‘Scalable Commodity’ Pushes To The Cloud

I recently spoke with John Crew, Director at Scalable. Scalable provide a Commodity Management solution on the Microsoft AX platform. Scalable has been... continue reading

Invensoft Sponsors 2016 CTRMConference

Invensoft Technologies has become a bronze level sponsor of the 2016 CTRMConference and we thank them for their support. In fact, this is the third straight year that... continue reading

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Fight for survival returns to Europe’s battle-hardened refineries

(Reuters) by Libby George – Energy companies’ lifeline during the rout in oil prices – refining and downstream – has withered but the... continue reading

Trellis Energy Launches as a Standalone Company to Integrate and Optimize Natural Gas Transactions

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trellis Energy, formerly a part of the global IT services and business consulting firm Blackstone Technology Group,... continue reading

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering

(Bloomberg) by Javier Blas – If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying on a single engine since energy... continue reading

Looming price falls may force big miners to speed up asset sales

(Reuters) by Sonali Paul and Barbara Lewis – Three of the world’s top five miners will need to step up asset sales in the... continue reading

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A reminder – Please participate in our latest survey!

We’re seeking your participation in a new research effort by Commodity Technology Advisory. This new project looks at the impacts and implications of low priced energy commodities as they relate to ETRM system use and value. Though energy prices have recently risen off their 13 year low set January of this year, they continue to be somewhat moribund – in a persistent oversupplied condition and with unpredictable volatilities.  Given this situation, ComTech, with the support of study sponsor FIS, is seeking your thoughts about the direction of the energy markets and the implication for ETRM technology users, including the usefulness and capabilities of these solutions to help mitigate risks and find opportunity in this difficult market. We are seeking the participation of ETRM users in Europe and... continue reading

Invensoft Goes Mobile

This week I spoke to Mr. Prasad Raju at Invensoft Technologies and got a catch up on its activities. Invensoft provides IT solutions for commodity businesses including software products like Invensoft-XBS©  which is a Unified Commodity Management Platform offering Commodity Management (CM), CTRM and 3PL (Third Party Logistics) and covering the End-to-End needs of Commodity Businesses. It has also been busy developing new functionality and recently added two new modules – the XBS Customer Center for stakeholder management and “XBS Apps”. Introduced in 2015, “XBS Customer Center” is an “innovative integrated Stake Holder Management module that enables counter parties to participate in the business process involving in approvals, instructions, information access and so on,” he told us. “Customers can view their inventory; approve quality, issue instruction on processing, shipping and more, on a real time basis. Bankers can... continue reading

‘Scalable Commodity’ Pushes To The Cloud

Published 21 July 2016 - I recently spoke with John Crew, Director at Scalable. Scalable provide a Commodity Management solution on the Microsoft... continue reading

Invensoft Sponsors 2016 CTRMConference

Published 19 July 2016 - Invensoft Technologies has become a bronze level sponsor of the 2016 CTRMConference and we thank them for their... continue reading

Gavin Serkin to Open 2016 CTRMConference

Published 18 July 2016 - The 2016 CTRMConference to be held in London on October 27th, will commence with a presentation by Mr.... continue reading

The Importance of Consultants and Integrators in Vendor Success

Published 15 July 2016 - Consultants and System Integrators can be extremely influential in selecting CTRM software and so their views and knowledge... continue reading

Cadran Consultancy Gaining Traction

Published 14 July 2016 - I recently spoke to Ed Pieters at Cadran Consultancy. Cadran is a consultancy that specializes in the Oracle... continue reading

What Price Loyalty?

Published 13 July 2016 - Every two years, we undertake the vendor perception study. In fact, we just released the last one. Personally, I find... continue reading

Inbound Marketing and ComTech

Published 12 July 2016 - Recently, I noted the switch going on in our industry towards inbound marketing. Vendors are spending much more... continue reading

Towards A Definition of CTRM in the Cloud

Published 12 July 2016 - Over the last few weeks, a familiar question keeps coming up. What does “cloud’ mean and what actually... continue reading

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Fight for survival returns to Europe’s battle-hardened refineries

(Reuters) by Libby George – Energy companies’ lifeline during the rout in oil prices – refining and downstream – has withered but the fall in margins is hardly a surprise for European refiners, which are turning again to survival strategies honed during the tough years. Results this week from integrated oil majors including Shell, Total, BP and ENI show refinery margins crashing by as much as half from last year. BP’s margins were the weakest for a second quarter in six years, while Shell’s second-quarter refining and trading earnings plunged more than 60 percent. Total said its margins dipped 35 percent in the second quarter, and were falling already in the third due to high... continue reading

Trellis Energy Launches as a Standalone Company to Integrate and Optimize Natural Gas Transactions

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trellis Energy, formerly a part of the global IT services and business consulting firm Blackstone Technology Group, today announced its launch as a separate corporate entity, wholly owned by Blackstone. The new firm will continue to provide the Trellis™ natural gas transaction management platform that manages energy transactions and automates critical processes in natural gas production, gathering, and various delivery from pipeline to storage and end users behind city gate including gas supply planning and optimization. In addition, the company will also absorb Blackstone’s Digital Services practice for the energy sector, in order to provide energy companies with software and services in the areas of Big Data Analytics, Mobile, Cybersecurity and the Grid of... continue reading

Oil Majors Lost One Engine; Now the Second One Is Sputtering

Published 27 July 2016 - (Bloomberg) by Javier Blas – If Big Oil was a two-engine airplane, you could say it’s been flying on... continue reading

Looming price falls may force big miners to speed up asset sales

Published 26 July 2016 - (Reuters) by Sonali Paul and Barbara Lewis – Three of the world’s top five miners will need to step... continue reading

Oil falls on oversupply, demand concerns; U.S. crude hits three-month low

Published 25 July 2016 - (Reuters) by Devika Krishna Kumar – Oil prices fell more than 2 percent... continue reading

Kenkko Corporation Selects Pioneer Solutions Commodity Trading and Risk Management System

Published 22 July 2016 - Denver, CO USA – Pioneer Solutions, a leading provider of commodity trading... continue reading

Brady completes another successful Credit Risk upgrade at Vattenfall in record time

Published 21 July 2016 - 21st July 2016, London: Brady plc (BRY.L), the leading supplier of trading... continue reading

Aspect Sales Soar As Cloud Takes Firm Hold Of CTRM Software Market

Published 20 July 2016 - Aspect, first and largest vendor of cloud-based energy and commodity trade and... continue reading

Thomson Reuters Adds Futures and Options Execution Application for Commodities Traders in Eikon

Published 19 July 2016 - Commodities traders now able to execute futures and options directly from Thomson... continue reading

A structural problem the London Metal Exchange can fix: Andy Home

Published 19 July 2016 - BY ANDY HOME Reuters – Some problems you can’t fix yourself. The... continue reading

CTRM Community

Sugar futures rally on rising real, despite heavy crush

Cane crushing in the Brazilian sugar belt is running double the pace of last year, but sugar rallies on currency shift Read More... continue reading

South America woes to boost US corn, soy exports – Bunge

“The US is the game in town” on corn exports, says Bunge CEO Soren Schroder, foreseeing a “very strong pull” in US soybean shipments too Read... continue reading

Changes in steel production reduce energy intensity

The manufacture of steel and related products is an energy-intensive process. In 2015, the steel industry accounted for 1.5% of all industrial shipments but 6.1% of... continue reading

Statoil pays $2.5bn for Brazilian field

Source: Financial Times, 29th July 2016 Deal with Petrobras is Norwegian group’s biggest acquisition for 5 years Read the full article on FT.com Read More... continue reading

Norway’s DNO bids $300m for Gulf Keystone

Source: Financial Times, 29th July 2016 Heavily indebted UK oil group considers unsolicited cash and share proposal Read the full article on FT.com Read More... continue reading

FCA MiFID II consultation – second paper issued

The FCA (Financial Conduct Authority, the UK’s National Competent Authority)  have issued a second consultation paper on MiFID II, which can be found here. This section is based... continue reading

AM markets: grains drop. Could this be good news for bulls?

After all, the market has tended to reverse, with strong openings this week giving way to weak closes. And there is a potential spur for a... continue reading

Romanian wheat prices rise, overtaking Russian ones

Results of a tender by Egypt’s Gasc authority show contrary moves in Romanian and Russian wheat prices – and a dearth of offers from France Read... continue reading

Industry Voices

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

November CTRM recruitment update with Carl Vellenoweth

In this month’s article, I would like to cover the involvement of social media, CTRM recruitment, and the growing demand for Metals CTRM talent. As... continue reading

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