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Catching Up With Generation 10

I had an interesting conversation with Richard Williamson and Andrew Dalby of Generation10 last week. Lots going on, they said, through organic growth with new deals, new hires... continue reading

Catching up with FIS Energy’s Markus Seiser

Last week at FIS’s Customer Summit in Orlando, I had the opportunity to sit and visit with Dr. Markus Seiser, head of the FIS Energy group. In a... continue reading

VuePoint Update

Vuepoint Solutions has been quietly growing a business focusing on UK and European energy – in particular, the retail side of that business, for several years. It offers a couple of main products – Market VuePoint and... continue reading

Mistakes To Learn From

Back in the early 90’s, I had just been hired as VP, Services for TransGas Management (TransEnergy – eventually acquired by Altra and now part of FIS/Sungard as part of their acquisitions). It took me no more... continue reading

Latest News

Aspect Outperforms Competition To Clinch Middle East Deal With Trading Firm Ferrocadia

(Aspect) International multi-commodity trading firm Ferrocadia has become the latest Middle East customer to choose the AspectCTRM cloud-based... continue reading

Commodities shipping firms struggle to ride out worst downturn on record

(Reuters) by Jonathan Saul – Shipping companies transporting coal, and iron ore and other commodities are urgently seeking ways to conserve cash and withstand... continue reading

China Wants to Set Prices for the World’s Commodities

(Bloomberg) China has put the world’s traditional financial centers on notice that it wants to develop its raw material markets as hubs for... continue reading

OpenLink Delivers Upgrade in Record Time for Bayerische Landesbank

London and Munich – OpenLink, the global leader in trading and risk management solutions for the financial services, corporate, energy, and commodities industries,... continue reading

Videos

Mr. Steve Hughes, Aspect Enterprise, November 19th, 2013

Steve has lead Aspect from a start-up software specialist in the oil industry to the leader in Cloud-delivered solutions for multiple commodities. Steve’s software expertise continues to spearhead Aspect’s continued annual growth as a top technology platform which has helped create a new paradigm for the way commodities trading companies select ETRM/CTRM software. Aspect’s successful evolution to a leading global solution is fueld... continue reading

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Blog

Catching Up With Generation 10

I had an interesting conversation with Richard Williamson and Andrew Dalby of Generation10 last week. Lots going on, they said, through organic growth with new deals, new hires and a new office in London. Their new business is coming from ags and softs, with some new features rolling out for the Specialty Coffee market, as well as with their data management and analytics platform, D3 Analytics. In terms of current market activity, they described the interest levels in CTRM or Commodity Management in the softs space as “warming up”, particularly among physical trading firms where the see traceability, operational risk and performance as key drivers. “Customers are spending their money carefully and are looking to move to solutions that fit their business processes,” Mr. Dalby, who has a power and gas data management background, told me. “G10’s... continue reading

Catching up with FIS Energy’s Markus Seiser

Last week at FIS’s Customer Summit in Orlando, I had the opportunity to sit and visit with Dr. Markus Seiser, head of the FIS Energy group. In a quick update on the acquisition and integration of SunGard into the FIS organization, he noted that the transition has gone well and he’s very pleased with the progress that the new FIS Energy group has made to date, noting that “with the acquisition of SunGard by FIS, the combination of these two very strong organizations has significantly accelerated our ability to bring new, innovative products to market.” In terms of news, Dr. Seiser notes that FIS will soon formally announce a new partnership with MCG Energy Solutions to embed FIS’s Aligne risk management component within MCG’s web-delivered power scheduling... continue reading

VuePoint Update

Published 20 May 2016 - Vuepoint Solutions has been quietly growing a business focusing on UK and European energy – in particular, the retail side... continue reading

Mistakes To Learn From

Published 20 May 2016 - Back in the early 90’s, I had just been hired as VP, Services for TransGas Management (TransEnergy – eventually acquired... continue reading

An SAP Update – A Strong Q4 and Enlarged Ags Footprint

Published 20 May 2016 - SAP’s VP for Agribusiness and Commodity Management, Ms. Anja Strothkaemper, spoke with me last week to give us... continue reading

Call For Papers!

Published 16 May 2016 - Finding speakers for the CTRM Conference is often a bit of a challenge so this year, we will ask for... continue reading

It Just Got Very Busy!

Published 11 May 2016 - This last week, things got very busy all of a sudden with multiple projects and a host of news and... continue reading

Fendahl Technology Announced as Silver Sponsors of the CTRMConference

Published 10 May 2016 - Fendahl Technology is to sponsor the CTRMConference as a silver sponsor in 2016. Fendahl... continue reading

Brady PLC Announced as Bronze sponsor of CTRM Conference

Published 9 May 2016 - Brady PLC will again sponsor the CTRMConference at the bronze level in 2016. We thanks them for their... continue reading

Paragon Energy Software – a new name and new product

Published 5 May 2016 - I had the opportunity to visit with Paragon Energy Software a couple of weeks ago to catch-up on... continue reading

News

Aspect Outperforms Competition To Clinch Middle East Deal With Trading Firm Ferrocadia

(Aspect) International multi-commodity trading firm Ferrocadia has become the latest Middle East customer to choose the AspectCTRM cloud-based trade and risk management solution. In a deal announced today, signed within weeks of first enquiry, Ferrocadia will use Aspect’s platform to manage trade and risk in its mainstream oil and iron ore business. Ferrocadia chose Aspect’s solution based on the previous experience of its founders, two of whom had used and got to know the solution at previous employer Trafigura. Also critical was Aspect’s powerful ability to support Ferrocadia’s extensive derivatives activities, along with the solution’s strengths in managing physical supply chains across all of the company’ traded product lines. During a testing and exacting selection... continue reading

Commodities shipping firms struggle to ride out worst downturn on record

(Reuters) by Jonathan Saul – Shipping companies transporting coal, and iron ore and other commodities are urgently seeking ways to conserve cash and withstand the worst market downturn on record as too many ships chase shrinking business. A shortage of financing – estimated at $30 billion and caused in part by banks cutting lending to sectors such as shipping – has also hurt companies, sending some to the wall. “The overall prospects for the dry bulk market are fairly dark – it seems that there is little faith in the market for a recovery. The market mood deteriorates by the day, despite the recent improvement of the Baltic Index,” said Basil Karatzas, head of consultancy and... continue reading

China Wants to Set Prices for the World’s Commodities

Published 25 May 2016 - (Bloomberg) China has put the world’s traditional financial centers on notice that it wants to develop its raw... continue reading

OpenLink Delivers Upgrade in Record Time for Bayerische Landesbank

Published 24 May 2016 - London and Munich – OpenLink, the global leader in trading and risk... continue reading

Debt repayments in crude cripple poorer oil producers

Published 24 May 2016 - BY LIBBY GEORGE AND DMITRY ZHDANNIKOV Reuters – Poorer oil-producing countries which took out loans to be repaid... continue reading

Rush for ag-chem megadeals clogs regulatory path, worries farmers

Published 20 May 2016 - (Reuters) by Diane Bartz and P.J. Huffstutter – As Bayer AG joins the... continue reading

The Commodity That No One Knows About But Everybody Wants to Buy

Published 18 May 2016 - (Bloomberg) byThomas Biesheuvel & Jesse Riseborough – The world’s mines and steel plants got so devalued during the... continue reading

Bright Spot for Banks: Dutch Lenders Jump Into Commodities Trade

Published 17 May 2016 - Bloomberg – The largest Dutch banks are grabbing a bigger share of lending to commodity traders, undeterred by... continue reading

Oil Rises to Six-Month High as Goldman Sees Demand Above Output

Published 16 May 2016 - (Bloomberg) by Grant Smith & Mark Shenk  – Oil climbed to a six-month high as Goldman Sachs Group... continue reading

Publications Commodity Technology Advisory LLC

2016 CTRM Market Update
2016 CTRM Market Update

Given the significant decline in commodity prices throughout the year in 2015, and impact that decline has had on the markets for CTRM/ETRM software, Commodity Technology Advisory LLC (ComTech) has recently completed an interim update to its biannual in-depth review of the CTRM software market space. This update is based upon an analysis of reported vendor results for 2015 and confidential conversations with several of the larger CTRM vendors regarding financial performance, unannounced deal closings and deal flow. Additionally, our analysis has factored in trends in the job market created by CTRM software and other sources of data.

Please note: This interim analysis is a topside adjustment to previously published forecasts and is not a comprehensive top-down analysis of the market as presented in our biannual CTRM Market Trends and Outlook publication.

Read more by downloading 2016 CTRM Market Update

CTRM Community

Primary drivers of the current price rally

London, 27 May 2016 Although petrol demand is strong in India and the US, in line with booming car markets, this is not the primary driver... continue reading

Industry to withdraw use of potassium bromate for manufacturing of bread

The bread industry in the country has announced withdrawal of potassium bromate for the purpose of bread manufacturing. … ... continue reading

Rich Graviss’ Gourmet Guide introduces global bakery trends to local trade

Rich Graviss Products Pvt. Ltd, a leading supplier and solutions provider for food services, in-store bakery and retail marketplaces, had organised Gourmet Guide 2016, a guide... continue reading

Industrial and electric power sectors drive projected growth in U.S. natural gas use

U.S. consumption of natural gas is projected to rise from 28 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2015 to 34 Tcf in 2040, an average increase of... continue reading

What to watch out for as oil prices rise

Source: Financial Times, 26th May 2016 There are key factors that can fuel crude beyond $50 or stall the near 80% price rally Read the full... continue reading

Yokohama partnership to test green hydrogen supply chain in fuel cell forklift deployment

A Japanese partnership, which includes the Yokohama and Kawasaki municipal governments alongside three industrial collaborators, is starting a new project to implement and evaluate an end-to-end,... continue reading

Oil trader Gunvor secures $1bn credit line

Source: Financial Times, 26th May 2016 New Asian facility pays lower interest rate Read the full article on FT.com ... continue reading

China plans sale of corn stocks

Source: Financial Times, 26th May 2016 Massive reserves threaten to swamp markets if sold or run the risk of spoiling Read the full article on FT.com... 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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