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Aspect provides a client briefing post ION acquisition

Earlier this year, ION sent shock waves through the E/CTRM community as it announced the acquisition of both Aspect Enterprise Solutions and then OpenLink. While merger & acquisitions in... continue reading

Drillinginfo’s Energy Disruptors Summit – Examining Today’s Toughest Energy Issues in a Beautiful Setting

I had the opportunity to participate in Drillinginfo’s 2018 Energy Disruptors Summit last week in Lake Tahoe.  This event, which focused on many of the critical issues facing today’s... continue reading

Reuters says Exxon is going to expand trading ops and is looking at ETRM software

Reuters posted a story overnight that Exxon Mobil, the “largest non-trading energy company in the world”, is going to shed that title and start actively trading around their huge... continue reading

An Update: Long Island Iced Tea/Long Blockchain Corp crashes to Earth

As readers of this blog may remember, back in December I looked at the story of the Long Island Iced Tea Corp. changing their name to the Long Blockchain... continue reading

The consolidation trend continues – Quorum buys Entero

Quorum announced late last week that they had purchased Calgary-based Entero.  As both companies have had considerable success in their respective markets – Quorum in the US E&P and... continue reading

Allegro announces the acquisition of FEA

Allegro announced this morning that they had acquired energy and commodity risk and analytics firm Financial Engineering Associates (FEA) from MSCI, who had previously bought FEA as part of... continue reading

Visiting with Openlink, now an ION Investment Group company

Now that the acquisition of Openlink by ION has closed, I visited with Openlink’s EVP & CMO Nancy Pearson, and Ken Knowles, EVP of strategy & business development, this... continue reading

5 Reasons Blockchain will be successful in the energy markets…and 5 reasons it will be a failure.

Blockchain is the hottest thing since Y2K.  Everyone is talking about it, many companies are investing in it and lots of tech companies have built-out huge practices dedicated to... continue reading

Going Off-Topic – Amazon made me a victim of tax fraud & potential money laundering and I want answers!

I know this topic isn’t ETRM, CTRM or CM, but it is about internet security, identity theft, possible international money laundering and a corporation’s responsibility to address issues caused... continue reading

Aspect post ION acquisition is business as usual…and business is good

I had the opportunity to visit with Steve Hughes, president of Aspect Enterprise, this week to get an update on their business now that the ION acquisition has closed. ... continue reading

Openlink announces they are being acquired by ION

This afternoon, Openlink issued a press release announcing that they are being acquired by ION Investment Group.  Though the announcement wasn’t necessarily unexpected (see our earlier blog post here),... continue reading

And now it’s Amphora…

Its a busy time for CTRM mergers, acquisitions and divestitures…. In just the last couple of months, we’ve had 1) ION buying Aspect and a strong rumor that they... continue reading

Rumor has it that ION is making a big move in CTRM

Rumors have been flying for the last couple of weeks that Dublin-based ION Investments Group is about to acquire one of the largest CTRM vendors. Though a name is... continue reading

Disruptive Technology

Just a reminder, we’re currently working on a research effort looking at the impacts of disruptive new technologies in the CTRM space.  If you are a ETRM/CTRM user, provider... continue reading

I’m changing my name to Blocky Blockchain

In the surest sign that blockchain madness has consumed the markets, Long Island Iced Tea Company announced yesterday that they were changing their name to Long Blockchain Corporation and... continue reading

Aquilon is moving energy settlements to the cloud

I visited with Michael J. Snayd, VP of Business Development & Marketing at Aquilon Energy Services a few days ago to get an update on their activities.  For those... continue reading

AIM has left the building…and my desktop

I wrote about Yahoo Messenger being killed off last year and the pain it caused the oil trading markets in the US (https://www.ctrmcenter.com/blog/oil-traders-panic-not-prices-yahoo-messenger-going-away/).  At the time of that writing,... continue reading

Capco’s Energy Practice post-FIS – A Conversation with the Leadership Team

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 with leadership team of... continue reading

In case you missed it….MCG acquires Paragon

Though there doesn’t seem to be a formal press release issued to the wires, the two companies announced via website postings a couple of weeks ago that MCG has... 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 for... continue reading

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

Last week, we had a conversation with Aspect Enterprise Solutions (Aspect) CEO, Steve Hughes and SVP of Marketing, Brigette Gebhard, with the main topic of conversation being the recently... continue reading