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Traceability and Kobe Steel

I just posted a Reuters story regarding Kobe Steel. At first sight, this is a story of mismanagement, lack of corporate discipline and profits at any cost –... continue reading

It’s A Wrap!

The CTRM Conference took place last Thursday in Amsterdam. It was attended by over 65 delegates from all parts of the industry who enjoyed perhaps the best content ever delivered at one of our conferences. All of... continue reading

Great article on the issues of today’s approach to software development

This linked article from The Atlantic might be good food for thought for some in this industry, even... continue reading

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data

If you want to discover what the impact of Blockchain might be on commodity trading and supply chains, or if you are wondering... continue reading

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CONTIGO SEES SIGNIFICANT MOVE TO CLOUD-BASED ETRM

Europe-wide ETRM specialist, Contigo, has seen over 80% of new customers opting for cloud-based ETRM and software solutions in the last 18 months, as businesses become aware of... continue reading

Finnish Industrial Company Goes Live with Allegro Horizon Ahead of Schedule

Another Nordics Company Chooses Allegro Horizon CTRM Solution to Manage Commodities LONDON, UK, October 16, 2017 – Allegro... continue reading

Asia oil buyers turn to U.S. in hunt for cheap supply

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK (Reuters) by Florence Tan & Catherine Ngai – Asia is set to ramp up crude oil imports from the United States in... continue reading

Oil jumps as fighting in Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk shuts output

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil markets jumped on Monday as Iraqi forces entered the oil city of Kirkuk, taking territory from Kurdish fighters and... 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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Traceability and Kobe Steel

I just posted a Reuters story regarding Kobe Steel. At first sight, this is a story of mismanagement, lack of corporate discipline and profits at any cost – in a way similar to the VW scandal regarding CO2 emissions reporting. The impact is obvious – Kobe Steel stock is in free fall and its brand equity damaged to a serious degree. However, for commodities traders there is a deeper meaning to the developing scandal around traceability and trust. Trust is a key component in commodity markets. Banks lend money, buyers buy and so on based on trust that tests and standards are met and that the data is accurate. When trust is broken or corrupted, serious issues emerge for everyone in the industry. Verification requires traceability. Not just the ability to trace something back through the supply... continue reading

It’s A Wrap!

The CTRM Conference took place last Thursday in Amsterdam. It was attended by over 65 delegates from all parts of the industry who enjoyed perhaps the best content ever delivered at one of our conferences. All of the presentations were excellent and these will be made available to delegates in due course. Attendance was down slightly over previous years in part due to inclement weather which stopped a number of delegates making the conference (delayed and disrupted flights) including a panel member and speaker. Despite that, feedback was once again excellent and we thank all presenters, panel members, sponsors, and synergy for making the event a success. The 2017 CTRMConference was supported by Bronze sponsors Agiboo, Factum, Inatech, Invensoft and Pioneer Solutions and Break Sponsors Aspect , Allegro, Atum Consulting, and EnergyOne. Here are a few photos – more can be found at the CTRM Conference website.    ... continue reading

Great article on the issues of today’s approach to software development

Published 29 September 2017

This linked article from The Atlantic might be good food for thought... continue reading

Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data

Published 28 September 2017

If you want to discover what the impact of Blockchain might be... continue reading

One Week to Go

Published 27 September 2017

Just a week to go to CTRMConference in Amsterdam. The opening reception will be held on October 4th on the... continue reading

Alpiq Presentation Added to CTRM Conference Line up

Published 26 September 2017

We have now added the last presentation to the agenda for the CTRM Conference. It will be titled... continue reading

Atum Consulting Supports CTRM Conference with Sponsorship

Published 25 September 2017

Atum Consulting is supporting CTRM Conference with a break sponsorship. We thank them for their support. Headquartered in... continue reading

Join With The In Crowd In Amsterdam

Published 21 September 2017

So, you are wondering whether to attend the CTRM Conference on October 5th in Amsterdam. You want to... continue reading

The Conference Season

Published 20 September 2017

I’m not really sure how this works outside the UK, so apologies to the tens of thousands (!!) of you... continue reading

Invensoft Sponsors CTRM Conference

Published 19 September 2017

Invensoft Technologies once again is sponsoring the CTRM Conference at the bronze level. We thank them for their... continue reading

News

CONTIGO SEES SIGNIFICANT MOVE TO CLOUD-BASED ETRM

Europe-wide ETRM specialist, Contigo, has seen over 80% of new customers opting for cloud-based ETRM and software solutions in the last 18 months, as businesses become aware of the many benefits it can deliver.  The company, which provides a suite of energy software, delivered in the cloud or on premise, says it believes that demand for cloud services will continue to grow as more energy companies appreciate its flexibility, cost saving and security benefits. However, with different cloud options available, the company is advising businesses to scrutinize systems carefully to ensure they meet their requirements. Contigo puts the rapid growth in cloud ETRM down to changes in the energy sector and the availability of newer systems, such as enTrader®. Developed especially for the web, enTrader offers a... continue reading

Finnish Industrial Company Goes Live with Allegro Horizon Ahead of Schedule

Another Nordics Company Chooses Allegro Horizon CTRM Solution to Manage Commodities LONDON, UK, October 16, 2017 – Allegro Development Corp., a global leader in commodity trading and risk management software, announced today that a major industrial company in Finland selected Allegro Horizon, a cloud-compatible commodity trading and risk management (CTRM) platform, to manage its European commodity operations and has undergone a successful and ahead of schedule go live. With a focus on operations in the Nordic market (Nordpool), the Finnish company had previously been long-time users of a different legacy system. After a recent evaluation of their business processes, the Finnish company identified the need for an extensible and scalable CTRM solution with coverage of... continue reading

Asia oil buyers turn to U.S. in hunt for cheap supply

Published 16 October 2017

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK (Reuters) by Florence Tan & Catherine Ngai – Asia is set to ramp up crude oil imports... continue reading

Oil jumps as fighting in Iraq’s oil-rich Kirkuk shuts output

Published 16 October 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil markets jumped on Monday as Iraqi forces entered... continue reading

ACT Commodities Group Selects Pioneer Solutions Trading and Risk Management Cloud Suite

Published 16 October 2017

Pioneer Solutions, a leading provider of commodity trading, risk management and environmental... continue reading

As crisis at Kobe Steel deepens, CEO says cheating engulfs 500 firms

Published 13 October 2017

Yuka Obayashi TOKYO (Reuters) – The cheating crisis engulfing Kobe Steel Ltd... continue reading

Global oil market seen balanced in 2018, even with rising output: IEA

Published 12 October 2017

LONDON (Reuters) by Amanda Cooper – Global supply and demand for crude... continue reading

Kobe Steel crisis deepens on new revelations of data fabrications, shares dive

Published 11 October 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Kobe Steel Ltd plunged deeper into crisis on... continue reading

LME to expand trading around gold and silver reference prices

Published 10 October 2017

LONDON (Reuters) by Jan Harvey, Peter Hobson – The London Metal Exchange expects three more clearing members to... continue reading

Oil rises to $56 on Saudi export cut

Published 10 October 2017

Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) – Oil rose to around $56 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by Saudi Arabian... continue reading

Interview Corner

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

The Importance of Modern Technology to Minimise Risk in Energy Trading

Published 1 July 2016

We recently asked Adrian Bullock, CEO at Contigo, what he was seeing in terms of ETRM software in Europe. His take was that having a... 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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