We are now ready to get the disruptive technology study underway with a survey that is ready to be completed on the topic.
Over the last year or so, a whole host of potentially disruptive technologies have emerged that may have tremendous impacts on commodity trading and risk management. These join the shift to cloud and software as a service that we have observed taking on greater importance in the delivery of CTRM solutions. Technologies such as blockchain, automated trading, AI and machine learning, big data and social media, microservices and opensource software have all caught the imagination of software providers and industry players over this time period.
The recent CTRM Conference focused on these disruptive technologies and their potential impacts and presentations from commodity players such as Alpiq and COFCO only served to suggest an IT revolution is underway towards a more digital commodity enterprise. Similarly, new approaches to software development, implementation and service delivery are also emerging to support these disruptive technologies.
ComTech is launching a project to conduct high-level research into industry sentiments around these technologies and approaches in order to gage market interest in technologies and gain insights into which, if any, will play a future role in commodity trading and risk management. Additionally, the research will provide a better understanding as to what parties may bring solutions to market based around such technologies and methodologies. To that end, this planned research effort will be conducted as follows:
- Web-based surveys and questionnaires targeted to software users and other participants,
- Interviews with key users and influencers,
- Basic research into these technologies and their potential impacts on the industry over the next 12-36 months.
The research will result in a report released in late Q1/early Q2 2018. It is envisaged that this effort will inform and direct additional research into many of these technologies later in 2018. Anyone interested in sponsorship or advertising in the final report should please contact us. Meanwhile, we are keen to get as many responses as possible to the survey component.
The survey instrument is here.