Industry News

More Application Seen for AI and Blockchain

On the back of issuing our Disruptive Technologies report and recent CTRMRadio podcast on the same topic, a couple of interesting articles appeared today covering conferences in the FinTech... continue reading

Trouble Up North….

Traders on Nordpool, and who are part of the Nasdaq clearing house, this last week faced a c.$133 million hole in a contingency fund as a trader defaulted as... continue reading

The Emergence of the Mega Vendor?

Over the last 25 years or so, the talk around the virtual ComTech water cooler will occasionally turn to the topic of “which vendor or vendors, if any, will... continue reading

Cloud and Data

Today, we issued our new report – Disruptive Technologies in Commodity Trading (sponsored by FIS). Based around a survey we conducted, the findings really do seem to resonate with... continue reading

Drillinginfo’s Energy Disruptors Summit – Examining Today’s Toughest Energy Issues in a Beautiful Setting

I had the opportunity to participate in Drillinginfo’s 2018 Energy Disruptors Summit last week in Lake Tahoe.  This event, which focused on many of the critical issues facing today’s... continue reading

The Era of Uncertainty

Things are always uncertain to some extent – especially in the commodities world where unexpected outages, industrial action, accidents and so forth can disrupt supply chains. These days however,... continue reading

European Energy…

I’m here in Budapest attending the ETCSEE Conference. It seems well attended and the morning sessions were interesting. I’m writing this during a break. However, the initial presentation by... continue reading

Reuters says Exxon is going to expand trading ops and is looking at ETRM software

Reuters posted a story overnight that Exxon Mobil, the “largest non-trading energy company in the world”, is going to shed that title and start actively trading around their huge... continue reading

The consolidation trend continues – Quorum buys Entero

Quorum announced late last week that they had purchased Calgary-based Entero.  As both companies have had considerable success in their respective markets – Quorum in the US E&P and... continue reading

ComTech Advisory and CTRMCenter Launches New Podcast Series – CTRMRadio

Always looking to find new ways to bring quality content to our readers here on CTRMCenter, ComTech Advisory has launched a new monthly podcast series to be known as... continue reading

New Cloud-Based Shipping Solution in the Offing

New cloud solutions abound in and around CTRM at the moment and a couple of weeks ago I spoke to another new venture – Singular Point. The application is... continue reading

When Not Exhibiting Starts the Rumor Mill: E-World Buzzes

Last week, both Patrick and I spend much of the week in Essen, Germany attending E-World. Last year, we gave it a miss and later heard all sorts of... continue reading

AIM has left the building…and my desktop

I wrote about Yahoo Messenger being killed off last year and the pain it caused the oil trading markets in the US (https://www.ctrmcenter.com/blog/oil-traders-panic-not-prices-yahoo-messenger-going-away/).  At the time of that writing,... continue reading

Blockchain – Solution or Dead End?

Blockchain. The word seems to be everywhere at the moment. Not a day goes by without an announcement of a Proof of Concept or Pilot somewhere using blockchain. I... continue reading

ION Investment Group and Aspect Enterprise Solutions – What’s The Deal?

Last week, we had a conversation with Aspect Enterprise Solutions (Aspect) CEO, Steve Hughes and SVP of Marketing, Brigette Gebhard, with the main topic of conversation being the recently... continue reading

The Commodity Business Just Got Even More Weird …. and Gruesome!

With Halloween just around the corner, I simply couldn’t resist this one. Everyday, I scan google for news using a variety of search terms. Today, an article came up... continue reading