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A Late Flurry of Demand?

Q4 and the holiday season is often a busy time for the vendors. It has been historically the favored time for the RFP (as periodic CTRMCenter contributor David Calmonson will tell you in comic terms) and the vendors... continue reading

capSpire Offers Free Support Tool for Allegro Users

When a particular software product reaches a certain level of market penetration, it will create both an employment market around it as well... continue reading

Energy One Acquires Contigo – Background and Analysis

Australian ETRM vendor, Energy One Ltd, recently announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based ETRM vendor, Contigo. Yesterday, Contigo... continue reading

Is RPA Set to Streamline Commodity Trading Processes?

In terms of looking at possibly disruptive technologies across the commodity trading and risk management space, another area of potential is in the... continue reading

Latest News

TRADESPARENT UPGRADES ITS PORTFOLIO STRESS TEST SOLUTION

Reflecting the needs of the commodity industry, TRADESPARENT today announces the upgrade of its Portfolio Stress Test Solution allowing market participants to determine... continue reading

Industry report recognizes ION for CTRM category leadership

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ION, the largest global provider of trading, analytics and risk management solutions for commodities and treasury management, announced... continue reading

DrillingInfo Launches Executive Deal Summary to Accelerate Oil & Gas Industry Investors’ Access to the Latest M&A Information

Executive Deal Summary incorporates M&A deal assessment with production, permits, rigs and leasing information to create a complete... continue reading

Quorum Software Appoints Gene Austin as President and CEO

Software Industry Veteran to Lead Next Stage of Quorum’s Growth HOUSTON Dec 11, 2018 – Quorum Software, the leader in digital transformation for the oil... continue reading

Videos

An Interview with Frank Brienzi – CEO, Allegro

In this latest video from Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech), Mr. Frank Brienzi, CEO of Allegro meets with Patrick Reames to discuss recent developments at Allegro and describes his vision and priorities for the company in the coming years.

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Blog

A Late Flurry of Demand?

Q4 and the holiday season is often a busy time for the vendors. It has been historically the favored time for the RFP (as periodic CTRMCenter contributor David Calmonson will tell you in comic terms) and the vendors will also push to get any business closed prior to year end of course. In recent years, we have seen something of a decline in demand for CTRM software largely due to the many changes in the industry and perhaps due to a focus on architecture, business processes and data in preparation for digitization on the part of many companies in the space. However, we have been expecting demand to increase over 2018 and going into 2019 for a variety of reasons though perhaps with the emphasis being towards the smaller deal and more often in the cloud. Over the... continue reading

capSpire Offers Free Support Tool for Allegro Users

When a particular software product reaches a certain level of market penetration, it will create both an employment market around it as well as a peripheral software market. Both are true of Allegro. I recently learned about a tool offered to Allegro users by capSpire called cAST (capSpire Administration Support Tool). The tool is available for free for those who want to use it and was originally conceived in 2016 when capSpire was performing a number of upgrades and migrating Allegro to the cloud for clients. “Moving Allegro to a more of a cloud-based solution makes it easier for administrators to distribute Allegro to the users, but it can also make it more difficult to access the database located in the cloud when troubleshooting issues.  Companies want... continue reading

Energy One Acquires Contigo – Background and Analysis

Published 7 December 2018

Australian ETRM vendor, Energy One Ltd, recently announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based... continue reading

Is RPA Set to Streamline Commodity Trading Processes?

Published 4 December 2018

In terms of looking at possibly disruptive technologies across the commodity trading and risk management space, another area... continue reading

Is Blockchain Simply Hype or Are There Lessons to be Learned?

Published 3 December 2018

I came across a very interesting blog post late last week. The article appears on MERLTech and is... continue reading

Perception is Everything

Published 29 November 2018

Looking at LinkedIn this morning, it seems like everyone recently won some kind of award from one publication or another.... continue reading

Energy One Enters into Agreement to Acquire Contigo

Published 27 November 2018

It was announced on ASX overnight that Australian ETRM supplier, Energy One, has entered into an agreement to... continue reading

Gen10 Innovating with Collaborative Supply Chain Apps and Ecosystem Approach

Published 26 November 2018

I recently wrote about Richard Williamson (CEO of Gen10) and his vision... continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Published 22 November 2018

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers!... continue reading

Speaking of UI’s…as a dinosaur

Published 21 November 2018

Gary, in recent blog posts, touched on the future of the user interface found in CTRM systems, both... continue reading

News

TRADESPARENT UPGRADES ITS PORTFOLIO STRESS TEST SOLUTION

Reflecting the needs of the commodity industry, TRADESPARENT today announces the upgrade of its Portfolio Stress Test Solution allowing market participants to determine portfolio risk and being able to more rapidly set hedging strategies based on accurate and timely data to mitigate losses. PORTFOLIO STRESS TEST 2.0 Portfolio Stress Test 2.0 is part of an upgrade to TRADESPARENT Risk Analytics business solution that includes new tools for a more meaningful representation of key market exposure drivers. It allows users to design various market scenarios such as trade flows and cross those scenarios against the relevant portfolios. The upgraded solution is specifically designed for market participants active in the commodity trade and processing industry and including: Upside/downside comparisons Stress Test limits Full coverage option risk PNL decomposition Dynamic... continue reading

Industry report recognizes ION for CTRM category leadership

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ION, the largest global provider of trading, analytics and risk management solutions for commodities and treasury management, announced today that its commodity trading and risk management (CTRM) portfolio garnered top recognition in the 2018 Vendor Perception Report from Commodity Technology Advisory, a leading analyst organization for energy and commodities software. The biannual report surveys CTRM users and consultants from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and covers all commodities sectors including natural gas, power, crude oil and refined products, petrochemicals, metals and agricultural markets. ION’s three CTRM brands – Openlink, TriplePoint and Aspect – were recognized by over 80 percent of the responders, with ION’s Openlink solutions acknowledged as the overall market leader as well as the leading platform for cross-commodities deployment. Openlink also achieved... continue reading

DrillingInfo Launches Executive Deal Summary to Accelerate Oil & Gas Industry Investors’ Access to the Latest M&A Information

Published 12 December 2018

Executive Deal Summary incorporates M&A deal assessment with production, permits, rigs and... continue reading

Quorum Software Appoints Gene Austin as President and CEO

Published 12 December 2018

Software Industry Veteran to Lead Next Stage of Quorum’s Growth HOUSTON Dec 11, 2018 – Quorum Software, the leader in... continue reading

Eka Adds Four New Energy Trading and Risk Management Clients

Published 11 December 2018

New energy clients include Natural Gas, Condensate, Power and NGL and Coal, taking Eka’s winning streak to 20... continue reading

China’s commodity import volume surge tells a different tale to slack value growth: Russell

Published 11 December 2018

LAUNCESTON, Australia (Reuters) – The prevailing market narrative after China’s overall November... continue reading

Oil traders focus on deteriorating economic outlook rather than OPEC: Kemp

Published 10 December 2018

LONDON (Reuters) by John Kemp – The weakening outlook for oil consumption... continue reading

Explainer: Asia oil and LNG markets are both swamped, so why are prices poles apart?

Published 7 December 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) by Jessica Jaganathan and Henning Gloystein – Asian markets for liquefied... continue reading

In major shift, U.S. now exports more oil than it ships in

Published 6 December 2018

(Reuters) by David Gaffen –  The United States last week exported more crude oil and fuel than it imported... continue reading

CONTIGO JOINS THE ENERGY ONE GROUP, CREATING NEW GLOBAL ETRM VENDOR AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATION

Published 6 December 2018

Contigo, the UK based supplier of energy trading and risk management solutions... continue reading

Interview Corner

Regulatory Compliance TRADESPARENT

Published 17 September 2018

An interview with Mr. Alexander Regnault, Director Operations, TRADESPARENT ComTech Advisory: TRADESPARENT now offers a variety of different solutions from risk management to regulatory compliance... continue reading

ETRM and PPAs – The View from Down Under

Published 7 August 2018

An interview with Mr. Shaun Ankers, CEO, Energy One ComTech Advisory: Can you give us an update on Energy One? What key initiatives are you... continue reading

FIS Looks to Leverage Products into Energy & Commodities

Published 26 June 2018

ComTech Advisory: FIS Energy & Commodities is just a part of a larger group of products and business units offering trading and risk products that... continue reading

Brady’s Product Strategy and Direction – Interview with Ms. Libby Koehn, Chief Product Office, Brady PLC

Published 3 April 2018

Ms. Libby Koehn joined Brady PLC recently as Chief Product Officer. We asked her about Brady’s strategy, products and views on market developments. ComTech Advisory:... continue reading

An Interview with Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon

Published 27 March 2018

Comtech recently had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon to get his thoughts about Beacon Growing Rapidly and Finding... continue reading

FIS Gear Up to Launch Multiple Product Strategy into Commodities

Published 20 February 2018

Commodity Technology Advisory asks Dr. Markus Seiser, COO, FIS Energy, about FIS’s strategy and plans for Energy & Commodities ComTech Advisory: FIS now markets its... continue reading

Interview with Metafused

Published 1 February 2018

ComTech Advisory: What is Metafused and what does it offer? Madhuban Kumar: Metafused’s platform provides automated AI predictions for financial services and increases their efficiencies... continue reading

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

CTRM Community

Coming changes in marine fuel sulfur limits will affect global oil markets

Published 14 December 2018

International regulations limiting sulfur in fuels for ocean-going vessels, set to take effect in January 2020, have implications for vessel operators, refiners, and global oil... continue reading

Tariffs, Trade Wars & Trading – Focus on Metals & Manufacturing

Published 13 December 2018

It was 6.00 PM on a cold wintry afternoon in Lawrenceville, Illinois as Dave swung into the driveway of his suburban home. He reflected that... continue reading

South Korea stopped importing condensate from Iran before receiving sanctions waivers

Published 13 December 2018

South Korea, the world’s leading importer of condensates, has sought alternatives to partially offset declines in imports of Iranian condensates during the past few months,... continue reading

Honduran farmers flee effects of climate change

Published 13 December 2018

Source: Financial Times, 13th December 2018 Worsening production and financial despair drive migration to the US Read the full article on FT.com Source: Commodities Now... continue reading

Funding the main challenge for Indian steel growth

Published 13 December 2018

India’s steel production is expected to almost double by 2025 and M&A activity could result in a leaner industry, but headwinds remain, including tight credit... continue reading

For one week in November, the U.S. was a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products

Published 12 December 2018

During the week ending November 30, 2018, the United States exported more crude oil and petroleum products than it imported for the first time in... continue reading

Scrubbers under scrutiny by maritime industry as IMO 2020 nears

Published 12 December 2018

Looming 2020 regulations capping marine fuel sulfur at 0.5% have so far benefited manufacturers marketing scrubbers – or exhaust gas cleaning systems, as they are... continue reading

Changes in coal sector led to less SO2 and NOx emissions from electric power industry

Published 11 December 2018

Annual U.S. electric power industry emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) have declined by 88% and 76%, respectively, between their peaks in... continue reading

Industry Voices

Trading Re-imagined – How Digitization is Reshaping the Commodity Trading Industry

The Commodity Trading industry is on the cusp of transformation – and Digitization is at the heart of the change. By Cyrus Dadachanji, Partner, Midstream... continue reading

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

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