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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 though most of it pertains to complex machine control software.  That... continue reading

Factum joins list of sponsors for the CTRMConference

We’re pleased to announce that Factum Ltd, a US and UK based consultancy, has joined the growing list of supporters of the 2017 CTRMConference as a Bronze sponsor.  While... continue reading

Five Year CTRM Market Outlook – 2017-2021

We have just released our 5 year outlook for the global CTRM markets as part of our 2016-2021 CTRM Market Outlook Report.  This year’s report is available in an... continue reading

Hurricane Harvey and Social Media

I’ve heard it said that social media is the democratization of information, a place where everyone gets their say…and that, frankly, is why it’s become almost useless as a... continue reading

The Market for CTRM Products and Services declined by more than 7% in 2016

ComTech is currently finalizing our 2017 CTRM Market Trends and Outlook Report, our annual review of market developments, including a detailed look at the size of the global CTRM... continue reading

France rolls out new energy plan…

The French government has just announced their plans to make the country carbon neutral by 2050, and the initial reaction is…let’s say “skeptical”.  Among the actions they intend to... continue reading

Reminder – 2017 CTRM SourceBook Submissions are due soon!

Just a reminder to all ETRM/CTRM product vendors – submission materials and listing agreements for the 2017 SourceBook are due back to us by June 15th. As I stated... continue reading

OpenLink rolls-out their Cloud Strategy

OpenLink rolled out their comprehensive cloud strategy earlier this week, announcing the culmination of more than a year’s investment and effort in engineering and optimizing their products to run... continue reading

ComTech is launching the 2017 CTRM SourceBook

Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) is pleased to announce we’ve launched the data collection efforts for the 2017 CTRM SourceBook.  As I’m sure our readers know, the SourceBook has become... continue reading

Changes are coming for the H1B program & it will leave a mark on this space

One of Donald Trump’s campaign platforms was that he would either change or eliminate, if necessary, the H1B Visa Program in order to end real or perceived abuses that... continue reading

The Risks Keep Evolving

As I’m sure you’ve noticed on this page, ComTech is currently conducting a snapshot survey looking at risk and risk management in energy and commodity trading.  We’ve done other... continue reading

Molecule Software – a different and potentially disruptive company and product

I visited with Sameer Soleja, head of Molecule Software, this week to get an update on their recent developments and get a look at the latest generation of their... continue reading

Thinking about CTRM Architecturally – A new ComTech Whitepaper

Over the last 20-years, CTRM solution providers have worked diligently to improve their product capabilities and expand their market reach, with some seeking to bring to market an “all... continue reading

Visiting with Enuit

I had the opportunity to visit with David Meyers, co-founder and CEO of Enuit LLC, this afternoon to get an update on his company’s recent activities and the overall... continue reading

Well, that was fast…

Coming out of the election, almost everyone I know was wondering if Trump’s pre-election platform positions on energy policy would come to fruition.  Well, whether you like him and... continue reading

Allegro enjoys a successful 2016 despite a challenging market

I was in Dallas recently to meet with Allegro’s senior management team for a briefing on the company’s recent activities, their 2016 results and the outlook for the 2017.... continue reading

The Obama Administration’s parting shot at the bald eagle

As I’ve mentioned it this blog before, I enjoy getting out and shooting photographs of birds and wildlife.  In my hundreds of trips around south Texas and the Gulf... continue reading

As we near the end of the year…

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, colleagues and industry friends the very best this holiday season and for the new year. Though the... continue reading

Barclays is getting out of energy trading

Reuters is reporting that Barclays, one of Britain’s largest banks, is existing the energy markets, joining others financial institutions such as RBS Sempra and Deutsche Bank who had previously... continue reading

The Amazon Cloud is Starting to Feel like Skynet

As more CTRM vendors and customers look at moving their systems into the cloud, its worth noting that Amazon Web Services (AWS) just wrapped-up their latest Amazon cloud conference,... continue reading

The coming sea change in CTRM technology

We’ve been seeing it for some time now – the increasing momentum toward adoption of web-delivered and cloud-based CTRM.  We’ve written about it extensively (almost to the point of... continue reading