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Updated CTRM Consultants and SI’s list/directory is now available

We have posted our newly updated list of CTRM consultants and systems integrators. This new list includes the addition of several firms since the last version.  We are now also... continue reading

An update on the FIS acquisition of SunGard

As our readers are surely aware, FIS announced their intention to acquire SunGard back in August of last year, with the deal having closed in November. I had the... continue reading

Visiting with InstaNext

I had a briefing this week with InstaNext, a US-based provider of tech solutions for companies that trade, procure, produce or transform commodities. The company, in business about 3... continue reading

Be wary of self-proclaimed “analysts” on the internet

NOTE: During the writing of this post, the article/analysis that I’m referencing has been “removed from the site at the author’s request, due to an error in analysis.” Nonetheless,... continue reading

So how bad are the nat gas and power markets? Ask a trader after they get their bonus

The US and EUR gas and power markets are bad enough that traders are going to make bonuses of less than $500,000 for 2015! Yeah, I know, its... continue reading

Brady Issues Market Update

After seeing their stock get hit pretty hard after a revision to their full year 2015 guidance in late November/early December, Brady appears to have rebounded rather nicely according... continue reading

Even in a Unsettled Market, Some CTRM Players are Thriving

As you’ve heard, and as we’ve talked here many times, the commodities markets are…ah…”difficult” right now. With the Bloomberg Commodities Index scraping new record lows on a daily basis,... continue reading

Do collapsing commodity prices spell doom for CTRM license sales?

The news throughout 2015 has certainly been grim for commodity producers of all stripes. With the Bloomberg Commodity Index (which tracks a wide ranging basket of commodity prices) falling... continue reading

Here’s a tip for you – Don’t leave your bag in a London Black Cab

Gary, Andrew (our web guru) and I spent last week in London for our annual planning session; and to visit a few customers/partners and attend the annual CommoditiesNow awards... continue reading

Aspect continues to build market momentum

We visited this week with Aspect to get an update on some of their recent activities and developments as the company (which started as OILSpace) marks its 15th year... continue reading

Allegro rolls out new look and new strategy at their annual customer summit

I was in Miami at the Allegro Customer Summit this week, presenting on the topic of “The Value of Your Investment in CTRM/CM” to the assembled group and visiting... continue reading

Lessons from the past

I glanced up this afternoon at my old hardhat that I have hanging on the wall in my office… I’ve kept this filthy thing around for almost 35 years... continue reading

Molecule is finding market traction

I caught-up with Molecule Software’s leadership team of Sameer Soleja and Sam Parka recently to get an update on the company’s on-going development from both a product and sales... continue reading

Paragon and the Energy Credit Risk Marketplace

I sat down with Paragon Consulting’s president, Kevin Gerold, and  SVP of sales and services, Jason Wells, last week to get their take on the current state of the... continue reading

With FIS’s acquisition of SunGard, what happens to SunGard Energy?

Last week’s announcement that Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has agreed to purchase SunGard does raise some questions as to the implications for the SunGard Energy business (as indicated... continue reading

Eka and the Agricultural Markets Outlook

I had the opportunity to visit with Manav Garg, Eka’s founder and CEO last week to get an update on the company and the markets they serve. Our conversation... continue reading

Wine, crude and CTRM

I stopped by a wine tasting event earlier this week hosted by Aspect. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a wine drinker, in fact I’m nothing of a wine drinker... continue reading

Pioneer Solutions joins the roster of CTRM Conference sponsors

We are please to announce that Pioneer Solutions has joined the growing list of sponsors of our 2015 CTRM Conference in London, produced in cooperation with Commodities Now. Pioneer... continue reading

Quorum is Building Solid Momentum in ETRM

When Quorum acquired Woodlands Solutions about a year and a half ago, we viewed the deal as a solid opportunity for Quorum to leverage Woodlands’ modern technology, and Quorum’s... continue reading

Updating the Evolution of the Vendor Landscape

With the SunGard's recent purchase of Energeya, and with Allegro now entering the consolidation fray with their acquisition of Just Commodity, we may be starting to see deals flow... continue reading

I’m going to save you from being ripped off for $3500…you’re welcome

Since the founding of Commodity Technology Advisory (and before that at our predecessor organization CommodityPoint) we have had the policy of providing our research reports free of charge, meaning... continue reading