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The Periodic Analyst Vent Blog Article

Every now and then, I have to blow off a bit of steam. I am after all only human. As you might have read, I am trying to... continue reading

Research into CEE ETRM Vendors for Power and Natural Gas

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

Allegro continues to find success in 2017

I had the opportunity to get a briefing from Allegro’s marketing and product management teams this week…and in summary, its clear that 2017 has been a good year... continue reading

New Platform Targets Ferroalloys and Specialty Metals Trading

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

Latest News

Australian grain exporter completes successful blockchain pilots

BY FINBARR BERMINGHAM successful blockchain pilots have been completed in Australia’s grain industry, which show that the technology can eliminate counterparty risk and track... continue reading

Reuters Exclusive: UAE’s ADNOC to venture into privatization, oil trading – CEO

ABU DHABI (Reuters) by Rania El Gamal – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) [ADNOC.UL] has embarked on... continue reading

SoOum Corp Launches Updated International Commodities Trading Platform

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SoOum Corp. (OTCPINK:SOUMD) (OTCPINK:SOUM) (“SoOum” or “the Company”), a Physical Commodities Arbitrage Trading Company offering... continue reading

U.S. to account for most world oil output growth over 10 years: IEA

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The United States is expected to account for more than 80 percent of global oil production growth in the... continue reading

Videos

Interview with TrayPort and Trayport Contigo

The last of our four videos shot in London a couple of weeks ago was recorded at the offices of Trayport in London to discuss the recent acquisition of Contigo by Trayport. In the video, I ask Mr. Simon Piercy about the acquisition and its likely impact on Contigo and its customers before discussing the background to the acquisition with Mr. Elliot Piggot,... continue reading

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The Periodic Analyst Vent Blog Article

Every now and then, I have to blow off a bit of steam. I am after all only human. As you might have read, I am trying to find out more of the lay of the land here in central & eastern Europe around ETRM solutions. There are actually 5 or 6 local vendors that say they offer such solutions and have installed bases in the region. Now, maybe I am naive, but you would think that if ComTech call a vendor or send an email, someone would be interested in responding? After all, we only recommend to solutions to end users, disseminate information about vendors to the market and provide one of the best channels to market in the form of this website right? It doesn’t... continue reading

Research into CEE ETRM Vendors for Power and Natural Gas

Having been based in the Czech republic this last decade, I am aware of a number of ETRM solutions on the market within the region. Vendors like IPESoft, Transition Technologies, Unicorn Systems, IP Systems, FIS XDM and Microstep HDO all have has installed bases for ETRM software in the region for some time and there may be others of which we are unaware. Many of these vendors maintain a low profile and are not well known outside of their own countries. However, ComTech is interested in exploring this region and understanding what solutions are out there – local vendors or the more international and better known ones like OpenLink, Allegro, Contigo and so on. We would also like to get an understanding of why these CEE vendors... 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

Generation10’s Vision Takes Root

Published 13 November 2017

G10 has a surprising array of tools, applications, and services available to the commodities business and the company’s... continue reading

All good things come to he who waits….

Published 10 November 2017

I was discussing some poor use of the English language recently and remembered this wonderful book I used... continue reading

ION Investment Group and Aspect Enterprise Solutions – What’s The Deal?

Published 9 November 2017

Last week, we had a conversation with Aspect Enterprise Solutions (Aspect) CEO,... continue reading

Lacima Targets the Trader’s Desktop with New Risk Tools

Published 9 November 2017

I recently spoke to Dr. Chris Strickland, CEO of Lacima. Lacima has today announced a new product line... continue reading

‘Peak Oil’ is a Political Statement

Published 8 November 2017

The words ‘peak oil’ are a close second to ‘climate change’ when it comes to getting me worked... continue reading

CTRM – A Growing Replacement Market?

Published 1 November 2017

Over the years, I have advised many clients and interested parties alike that replacing an implemented CTRM solution... continue reading

News

Australian grain exporter completes successful blockchain pilots

BY FINBARR BERMINGHAM successful blockchain pilots have been completed in Australia’s grain industry, which show that the technology can eliminate counterparty risk and track the provenance of agri produce. The work was completed by CBH Group, Australia’s largest co-operative and a grain exporter, and AgriDigital, an Australian company which develops blockchain-based solutions for the grain industry and which has developed a cloud-based commodity management system. The first pilot successfully created tokenised digital title for a commodity in exchange for digital dollar payment. This eliminates the burden of counterparty risk and payment security that traditionally faces farmers. Via AgriDigital’s platform, digital title to a delivery of oats was generated and held in the farmer’s digital wallet. Seven days later, settlement between the farmer and buyer occurred in an atomic transaction.... continue reading

Reuters Exclusive: UAE’s ADNOC to venture into privatization, oil trading – CEO

ABU DHABI (Reuters) by Rania El Gamal – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) [ADNOC.UL] has embarked on a major shake-up plan to privatize its services businesses, venture into oil trading and expand partnerships with strategic investors, its chief executive said on Monday. The partial privatization plan marks a major shift by the state energy company that was founded in 1971. It aims to make ADNOC more competitive and commercially focused, operating in way that is more akin to other state-owned controlled peers. The state firm plans to sell at least 10 percent of its fuel retail unit, ADNOC Distribution, in an initial public offering (IPO) this year and could float up to 30 percent... continue reading

SoOum Corp Launches Updated International Commodities Trading Platform

Published 17 November 2017

NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SoOum Corp. (OTCPINK:SOUMD) (OTCPINK:SOUM)... continue reading

U.S. to account for most world oil output growth over 10 years: IEA

Published 16 November 2017

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – The United States is expected to account for... continue reading

Glencore says grain M&A hunt goes on after it passes on several targets

Published 15 November 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) by Gus Trompiz – Commodities giant Glencore (GLEN.L) has made... continue reading

Noble Energy Implements Allegro Horizon

Published 14 November 2017

Independent Oil and Gas Exploration Company Accelerates its Cloud-first Strategy with Allegro’s Forward-compatible CTRM Solutions DALLAS, TX, Nov.... continue reading

Large corn, soybean, wheat trading volumes ‘down to growth of algo funds’

Published 14 November 2017

by Mike Verdin Growing levels of investor bets on corn, soybean and... continue reading

Oil markets cautious on Middle East tensions, increased U.S. drilling

Published 13 November 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil trading was cautious on Monday amid ongoing tensions... continue reading

Sinking feeling: Asian floating oil storage declines as crude market tightens

Published 10 November 2017

SINGAPORE (Reuters) by Henning Gloystein and Roslan Khasawneh – The amount of... continue reading

Boliden (SE) convinced: Dynamics 365 for operations and DycoTrade…

Published 10 November 2017

By the end of June a final contract between Boliden (SE) and DycoTrade has... continue reading

Interview Corner

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

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

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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