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ComTech is launching the 2017 CTRM SourceBook

Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) is pleased to announce we’ve launched the data collection efforts for the 2017 CTRM SourceBook.  As I’m sure our readers know, the SourceBook has become... continue reading

Catching Up with Pioneer Solutions

I recently caught up with Hugo Stappers of Pioneer Solutions to discuss general market conditions and Pioneer’s recent activities. Hugo sees a stronger market coming into 2017 after a... continue reading

Changes are coming for the H1B program & it will leave a mark on this space

One of Donald Trump’s campaign platforms was that he would either change or eliminate, if necessary, the H1B Visa Program in order to end real or perceived abuses that... continue reading

Well, that was fast…

Coming out of the election, almost everyone I know was wondering if Trump’s pre-election platform positions on energy policy would come to fruition.  Well, whether you like him and... continue reading

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... continue reading

Beacon – A cloud-based financial platform comprising trading and risk tools

Just before Christmas, I had a demonstration from a company called Beacon. The company was founded in early 2014 by Kirat Singh and Mark Higgins, both Technologists with a... 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,... continue reading

Barclays is getting out of energy trading

Reuters is reporting that Barclays, one of Britain’s largest banks, is existing the energy markets, joining others financial institutions such as RBS Sempra and Deutsche Bank who had previously... continue reading

The Amazon Cloud is Starting to Feel like Skynet

As more CTRM vendors and customers look at moving their systems into the cloud, its worth noting that Amazon Web Services (AWS) just wrapped-up their latest Amazon cloud conference,... continue reading

CTRM Conference Roundtable Unmissable?

The first roundtable discussion at the forthcoming 2016 CTRM Conference should be something rather special as it is focused on “Critical Issues for CTRM Users in a Low Cost... continue reading

Increasing Role of the Internet Threatened by DDoS Attacks

Last week, a French hosting company experienced the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack ever recorded. The attack was conducted by a botnet composed of at least 150,000... continue reading

CubeLogic Returns as an Independent Company

Four years after they were acquired by OpenLink, CubeLogic has returned to the market as an independent entity.  In speaking with OpenLink senior management about the divestment of CubeLogic,... continue reading

BJSS Brings Agile Development to Commodities’ Top Tier

I had a call with a UK-based consulting firm last week that had contacted us to give us a briefing on their activities in commodities. BJSS is a company... continue reading

Oil Traders Panic…not because of prices, but because Yahoo Messenger is going away

Yahoo announced last month that they’re ending support of their legacy versions of their IM product, Yahoo Instant Messenger, and after August 5 will only support their web-based version.... continue reading

Lower Commodity Prices Driving Push to CTRM in the Cloud?

Over the last 18 -24 months, as commodity prices have fallen, commodity traders/buyers/sellers of all types have had to grapple with rising costs and lower revenues. Recently, ComTech has... continue reading

The Desk is Back!

I’ve been a follower of John Sodergreen’s publications for years.  Under the banner of Scudder Publishing, his market reports, including The Desk (which launched in 1998), were always chock-full... continue reading

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