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Ags & Softs

CIO Article Asks Traceability Questions

I just found an interesting article in CIO magazine for December that although its a sponsored article, asks some interesting questions about ERP systems in the Food and Beverage space. Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand... continue reading

Traceability May Be The Hot Issue For 2017

Traceability is rapidly becoming or is already a major issue for many commodities. The widely accepted definition of traceability from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) is as follows, “The ability to identify and trace the history, distribution, location and application of products, parts and materials, to ensure the reliability... continue reading

Trade Facilitation & Enforcement Act Highlights Significant Supply Chain Risks

After our blog regarding Traceability yesterday, I was alerted to the National Coffee Association who have highlighted the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act as a significant supply chain risk for the Coffee Industry and calls it ‘uncharted territory’ for importers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently detained the first... continue reading

Agiboo’s Subscription Approach Brings Dividends

Back in June 2016, Agiboo made an announcement regarding making its Agiblocks CTRM solution available in the cloud on a subscription basis. ComTech blogged about this development and suggested that Agiboo was attempting to disrupt the CTRM software market place with this offer and we promised to follow developments closely.... continue reading

Solving Risk Reporting Issues in Heterogeneous CTRM Environments

I had a fascinating call with TRADESPARENT last Friday. TRADESPARENT provides a platform-independent Risk Management Solution for commodity traders & processors that supports the analysis of commodity-related risk, margins and performance primarily in the ags and softs space. Norbert Verhagen (Managing Director) told me that it too is seeing an... continue reading

SAP Update: Rolling Out New Rural Sourcing Management Application

I recently took a briefing call from SAP speaking with the VP for Agribusiness and Commodity Management, Ms. Anja Strothkaemper. At the moment, SAP is busy implementing a number of SAP Commodity Management projects aiming to establish them as future reference accounts. SAP continues to see a strong customer demand... continue reading

A Day With Dycotrade

Last week, I attended the Dycotrade Customer event in Rotterdam. It was held at the private Royal Maas Yacht Club and included around 45 customers and partners of the vendor. Dycotrade describes itself as a vendor of ERP for Commodities software built on the MS Dynamics platform and its customers... continue reading

Ags & Softs Report Issued

ComTech issued the CTRM for Agricultural & Soft Commoditiess research report last week and it is now available for download. The study was sponsored by Agiboo, Allegro, Aspect, Brady PLC, Cultura Technologies, Generation 10 and OpenLink and we thank them all for their support. This is a very comprehensive report... continue reading

Commodity Management and CTRM

Commodity Management is an emerging application area that is significantly broader than CTRM in some respects and has, at least until now, catered primarily to a large group of entities that don’t really ‘trade’ commodities, but instead procure, process or sell them. As Commodity Management has gained acceptance in the... 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 yesterday to its lowest level since June of 1999, the news is clearly not getting any better as the end of... continue reading

SAP Commodity Management Update

Last week, I was invited to SAP’s Commodity Management Forum 2015 in Heidelberg, Germany. It was a well-attended event with representatives of 15 customers, and 7 partner firms, as well as myself. There were also many familiar faces, now working for SAP Commodity Management, from the TRM software scene. A... continue reading

Scalable Commodity North American Success

I spoke to John Crew, Director of Australian MS Dynamix vendor Scalable yesterday. Scalable have an extension specifically for commodities called Scalable Commodity and are one of a number of ERP platform vendors making the journey into the world of commodity management and TRM. The ERP commodity management extension is... continue reading

European Ags and Softs Demand Robust – Agiboo

Agiboo continues to increase the specific functionality in its Agiblocks software to support soft commodities, Mr. Jan Van Den Brom told us recently. The vendor has been very busy implementing it’s new sugar flagship client – and has managed to get them up and running in just two months from... 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 happened to coincide with the “mini-crash” that occurred across the commodities market over the last couple of weeks, so it gave... continue reading

An Update on SAP’s Growing CM Footprint

Last week, I was afforded a catch-up briefing by the SAP team including its VP for Commodity Management and Agribusiness, Ms. Anja Strothkaemper. Ms. Strothkaemper looks after both SAP’s Commodity Management and Agribusiness efforts since they see a great deal of overlap and synergy. Since the last time I had... continue reading

The 2015-2020 CTRM Market Outlook report is now available

We’ve just released our latest research report, the 2015 – 2020 CTRM Market Outlook; a comprehensive review of the CTRM markets including market trends and sizing information, from 2014 actuals to a year-by-year forecast from 2015 to 2020. In developing this year’s report, our analysis took into account a number... continue reading

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