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A Brno First!

When I rejoined Patrick at ComTech, I was based in Prague having just resigned as Executive Director of a group of power trading firms. Everyone it seems likes to... continue reading

SAP Commodity Management Has Significant Impetus

We have been tracking SAP with interest for the last several years in its efforts around its commodity management solution. To that end, we recently had another briefing with... continue reading

Agiboo Enjoying Good Demand for Agiblocks Amidst Industry Change

Just before heading to Essen for E-World last week, I had a briefing call with co-founder and Managing Partner, Mr. Jan van den Brom, and CEO, Mr. Bart Kroon,... continue reading

All Change at a Busy E-World

E-World was very busy this year with all vendors reporting good traffic and interest levels. However, most of the vendors had swapped locations over previous years and many had invested... continue reading

The great oil refinery experiment is coming to an end at Delta Airlines

Airlines live and die on fuel prices – when the price of oil (and the jet fuel derived from that oil) is high, you’ll see lot of headlines about... continue reading

Next Stop – Essen

Next week both Patrick and I will be at E-World and Water in Essen, Germany. We hope to meet a lot of colleagues there and we may try to... continue reading

Concord Resources Rolling Out Gen10 Commodity Manager for Metals and Concentrates

A few months ago, after talking with Gen10, I wrote about the broadening choice in metals for CTRM. Recently, I got an update and learned that Gen10 has been... continue reading

Britain’s Retail Energy Segment in Trouble?

An interesting article in Forbes draws attention to the British retail energy segment and the collapse of a 10th independent retailer (Our Power) within a 12-month period. The article... continue reading

CTRMCenter Gets a Job Board

Before the Christmas holidays, we wrote a blog about how to get the best out of the functionality embedded within CTRMCenter. In that blog, I mentioned we were adding... continue reading

Life is about Parallels

It was 1996. Houston was hot and humid as usual as I drove up to start my new job with TransGas Management Inc. I had come across TransGas along... continue reading

Suddenly, Consortia are Actually Delivering

Over the last, what is it now… 35-years in the energy and commodity industry, I have rarely seen participants in the industry work together for their common good. On initiative... continue reading

E-World Coming Up!

Anyone in the European energy and utility industry seems to make an annual migration to Essen each February. Actually, no offense to Essen, but it is just about the... continue reading

A Role for Social Media?

Social media have become a very popular medium and arguably a relatively untapped source of potentially useful intelligence for commodity businesses. Twitter and industry expert blogs are already utilized... continue reading

Scalable Data Systems Acquired by Sonata Software

Another acquisition in the CTRM space has taken place down under over the holidays as Sonata Software announced that it had acquired Scalable Data Systems. Scalable Data Systems is... continue reading

Happy New Year (not a repeat of last year’s blog in case you’ve got a great memory!) by David Calmonson

Wishing all CTRM readers, their families, pets, and servants a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2019. I’m entering 2019 full of trepidation. Brexit. U.S./China tariff war. Global Warming (not... continue reading

VAKT, Blockchains, Consortia and Solving Industry Problems

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Frances Dean, VP Operations & Corporate Services, and other senior members of the VAKT team. VAKT is a ‘blockchain initiative’... continue reading